WASHINGTON — Robert Murray, the chief executive of coal giant Murray Energy Corp., is suing the head of the Environmental Protection Agency over new rules limiting emissions from power plants. But his lawyers have asked a federal judge to postpone his trial date so he can attend the Republican National Convention this July.
The government agency that regulates Southern California’s air quality sued Southern California Gas Co. on Tuesday, accusing the company of negligence in a massive gas well leak that has forced thousands to flee their homes. The South Coast Air Quality Management District said the company’s negligence…
By Anthony Adragna Jan. 25 – Despite the low odds of gaining enough votes to block President Barack Obama’s signature environmental regulations, more than 40 groups reported lobbying Congress during the fourth quarter of 2015 on the Congressional Review Act resolutions to kill the rules. Organizations ranging from large coal companies like Arch Coal Inc.
The Florida House smacked down a series of Democratic amendments aimed at weakening a bill that prohibits local governments from banning high pressure well stimulation known as fracking and positioned the bill for approval by the full House on Wednesday. The amendments, by Reps.
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The US Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission could continue with a power-saving strategy called ‘demand response.’ The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) may employ a regulation strategy that reduces energy use and could save consumers money.
Research on the amount of gas leaked from onshore oil and gas wells raises “serious questions” over the development of fracking in the UK, Greenpeace has said. Around a third of former onshore oil and gas wells are leaking methane gas, according to the research led by scientists at the University of Durham.
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Oklahoma oil and gas officials yesterday reached a settlement with SandRidge Energy Inc. to shut down several disposal wells in an earthquake-prone area of the state. The agreement avoids a courtroom standoff between SandRidge and the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) about whether the agency has the authority to shut down wells in an effort to prevent earthquakes.
The ability to countersue opponents of development projects can strike at the heart of their First Amendment rights. SLAPP stands for “Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation.” It works this way: A developer applies for zoning and other land-use permits to build a facility.
Long before a natural gas storage well sprung a disastrous leak near Los Angeles, California, utilities and national industry groups were raising alarms about the danger of aging underground storage infrastructure. The leaking well’s owner, Southern California Gas Co, warned state utility regulators in 2014 of “major failures” without a rate hike to pay for comprehensive inspections of 229 storage wells.
Governor Tom Wolf announced new rules Tuesday to cut methane emissions from the state’s oil and gas sector. Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. Wolf’s announcement follows a similar move by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in September.