"WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is sticking to a fossil-fuel dependent energy policy, delivering a blow to a monthslong, behind-the-scenes effort by nearly every major environmental group to convince the White House that the policy is at odds with his goals on global warming."
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- Source: AP, 01/31/2014
"WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Transportation collects relatively small civil penalties against the railroads it regulates, as concern grows over the safety of shipping large volumes of crude oil and ethanol in tank cars long known to be deficient, federal documents show."Source: McClatchy, 01/31/2014
"Women who live near natural gas wells in rural Colorado are more likely to have babies with neural tube and congenital heart defects, according to a new study."Source: EHN, 01/31/2014
"ASHEVILLE — The Environmental Protection Agency will establish rules for coal ash disposal, handing environmental groups a long-sought win and setting the stage for debate over whether coal ash should be regulated as hazardous waste."Source: Asheville Citizen-Times, 01/31/2014
"Engineering firm Kellogg Brown & Root has been awarded a project and construction management contract for the US’ first commercial-level oil sands project."Source: TCE Today, 01/31/2014
"A coalition of business, energy and farm groups are spending millions of dollars to fight the Obama administration’s effort to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and other sources."Source: Wash Post, 01/31/2014
"U.S. EPA is preparing buyouts for hundreds of employees in its regional offices, as part of an effort to pare its workforce in the face of budget constraints."Source: Greenwire, 01/31/2014
"The question of whether to export crude oil stands to be the next major debate in U.S. energy policy."Source: E&E Daily, 01/31/2014
"WASHINGTON -- The National Security Agency monitored the communications of other governments ahead of and during the 2009 United Nations climate negotiations in Copenhagen, Denmark, according to the latest document from whistleblower Edward Snowden."Source: Huffington Post, 01/30/2014
"Tests on the water supply in Charleston, W. Va., a week after a chemical spill tainted the city’s water system turned up traces of formaldehyde, suggesting that 'there’s a lot more we don’t know' about the consequences of the spill, an environmental expert told a state legislative committee on Wednesday."
"Seventeen foundations controlling nearly $1.8 billion in investments have united to commit to pulling their money out of companies that do business in fossil fuels, the group plans to announce on Thursday."
"HOUSTON — Faced with growing criticism and lawsuits, an oil industry task force representing hundreds of companies in North Dakota pledged on Wednesday to make an all-out effort to capture almost all the natural gas that is being flared in the Bakken shale oil field by the end of the decade."
Shell CEO Ben van Beurden ruled out drilling in Alaskan offshore waters during 2014 -- as part of a restructuring aimed at restoring falling profits.
"SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – In a shallow arm of the bay, where Pacific tides cause hardly a ripple, hundreds of harbor seals lounge, mate and bear young. With placid expressions on bewhiskered faces and bulky bodies reclining on shorelines, the seals belie a disturbing burden they carry."Source: EHN, 01/30/2014
"MEXICO CITY -- The stunning and little-understood annual migration of millions of Monarch butterflies to spend the winter in Mexico is in danger of disappearing, experts said Wednesday, after numbers dropped to their lowest level since record-keeping began in 1993."Source: AP, 01/30/2014