Coal CEO Wants Court Date Moved So He Can Attend The RNC

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.

Lobbyists Swarm Congress Over Carbon Rules Resolutions

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.
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Fracking fears raised by U.K. methane gas study

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.

EARTHQUAKES: SandRidge agrees to shutter some Okla. disposal wells

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.
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Opinion: SLAPP — a Potent Legal Ploy to Silence Environmentalists

William Potter
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.

California gas leak spotlights shoddy regulation of aging storage wells

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.