"An environmental group argues the agency significantly underestimates methane emissions from the oil and gas industries. The inspector general is now investigating."
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- Source: InsideClimate News, 06/26/2017
"Legislation to ease environmental hurdles for forest-thinning projects will likely pass the House in July before facing an uncertain future in the Senate, Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) said yesterday."Source: E&E Daily, 06/26/2017
"To Waste Management, the nation's largest handler of garbage, the liquid that winds up at the bottom of a landfill is called 'leachate,' and it can safely be disposed of in a well that's 4,200 feet deep. But to residents of mostly rural Jackson County, the stuff is just 'garbage juice,' and it carries a toxic taint that they don't want in their drinking water."Source: Tampa Bay Times, 06/26/2017
"President Donald Trump’s Labor Department has proposed scrapping key protections intended to protect shipyard and construction workers from exposure to beryllium, a toxic mineral that can cause deadly lung disease."Source: Reveal, 06/26/2017
"Advocacy groups have challenged an especially egregious ag-gag law designed to keep the public in the dark about industrial animal farming operations."Source: Civil Eats, 06/26/2017
"After 42 years on the Endangered Species list, the Yellowstone grizzly bear — whose numbers have grown to more than 700 from fewer than 150 — will lose its protected status, the Interior Department announced on Thursday."Source: NY Times, 06/23/2017
"An early glimpse of the turn in the oil markets came last August. Thanks to a recovery in the shale oil drilling business, the French company Vallourec started rehiring people it had let go at its Youngstown, Ohio, steel pipe factory. ... Ten months later, crude oil prices have tumbled more than 20 percent, with the strong rebound in the U.S. shale oil drilling and production among the reasons for the decline."
"The Environmental Protection Agency issued new rules and other documents Thursday outlining how it will regulate toxic chemicals under a landmark law passed by Congress last year."Source: AP, 06/23/2017
"An oxygen-poor 'dead zone' in the Gulf of Mexico, which can prompt harmful algae blooms and threaten marine life, could approach the size of New Jersey this summer, federal scientists say — making it the third-largest the Gulf has seen."
"The House passed a bill on Thursday that supporters say will speed up permitting decisions for water-storage projects such as dams and reservoirs in drought-stricken areas of the United States."Source: The Hill, 06/23/2017
"BISMARCK, N.D. — A federal judge won’t decide until later this year whether to shut down the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline while federal officials conduct a more thorough environmental review."Source: AP, 06/23/2017
"A first-of-its-kind 'clean coal' power plant that utility owner Southern Co. spent years constructing in Mississippi may end up burning no coal at all -- and instead just run like a natural gas generator."Source: Bloomberg, 06/23/2017
"Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s electricity grid review is due out soon. Corporations and the wind industry just did their own study that counters his concerns."Source: InsideClimate News, 06/23/2017
"Four people, including a homeless person and two hikers, have died from the record-breaking heat in the U.S. Southwest, media reports said, where triple-digit temperatures have driven residents indoors and canceled airline flights."Source: Reuters, 06/23/2017
"'Last Week Tonight' host John Oliver knew he was inviting a legal battle when he used his show Sunday to lambaste one of the country’s largest coal mining companies and mock its chief executive. But it had to be done, he said."