With the prospect of a new mining reform bill before the Senate, industry advocates have renewed their push for softer royalty rates, while environmentalists continue to call for protection of public lands.
A slew of states and environmental groups will return to court Wednesday on the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Massachusetts v. EPA decision in an attempt to get the Environmental Protection Agency to start regulating greenhouse gas emissions.
Since the U.S. Department of Energy cut out two expansive electric transmission corridors in heavily congested regions, several states have stepped up opposition to what they see as the federal government's attempt to swipe their authority. But as the Senate eyes their concerns, many maintain that the greater good outweighs the costs that some communities may have to pay.
Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.) introduced legislation Tuesday aimed at protecting America's coastline from non-tanker-related oil spills, such as the one that devastated San Francisco Bay in November.
Asarco LLC has asked the court overseeing the company's Chapter 11 proceedings to approve an environmental settlement under which the U.S. government, the state of Missouri and others will get more than $70 million in allowed general unsecured claims against the 108-year-old mining outfit.
The owner of the cargo ship involved in November's massive oil spill in San Francisco Bay is set to make a small dent in the millions of dollars of damages caused by the crash. It agreed on Sunday to pay over $2 million toward recouping the city's cleanup costs.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency revealed the reasoning behind its refusal to let California pass a law limiting auto emissions to curb global warming, drawing harsh criticism from environmental groups and lawmakers.
The U.S. Department of Justice is seeking undisclosed civil penalties from Puget Energy Inc. stemming from a 2006 diesel spill, the company said Friday.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a new rule aimed at expediting the process federal agencies use to ensure that their projects fall in line with state plans for controlling air quality.
Dealing a blow to Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP, a federal judge on Friday declined to toss claims by the city of San Diego that the pipeline giant has dragged its feet on cleaning up a fuel plume that contaminated groundwater.
Alaskan authorities plan to bring a civil suit in the fall against BP PLC to recover damages and lost revenues that resulted from spills and subsequent plant shutdowns in 2006 at the oil giant's pipelines in western Prudhoe Bay.
ChemCentral Midwest Corp. has agreed to pay more than $375,000 to settle allegations by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that an explosion and fire that destroyed the company's Kansas City, Mo., facility violated environmental and public health laws.
The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill on Wednesday that would use $18 billion worth of tax breaks from oil and gas producers to help fund alternative energy projects, but prospects for the bill getting through the Senate and White House are slim.
Hess Corp. has entered into a $1.4 million settlement with the state of New York to rectify its alleged violations of state petroleum storage regulations and to establish a habitat restoration project, a top state conservation regulator announced Thursday.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has shot down an El Paso County prosecutor’s bid to launch an investigation of criminal allegations against bankrupt Asarco LLC, which is taking steps to restart operations at a defunct copper smelter in the city.
A coalition of environmental groups has filed suit against a West Virginia company that plans to build a coal-fired power plant in southwestern Pennsylvania. The firm’s construction permit has expired, and the company should be required to meet current legal standards for emissions, the groups claim.
A federal judge has denied the Tennessee Valley Authority’s motion for summary judgment in a suit with the state of North Carolina over air pollution from the utility’s power plants.
Russian mining company Norilsk Nickel was fined 4.35 billion rubles ($177.9 million) for allegedly polluting rivers in Siberia, the latest large fine levied by the country's zealous and relatively new environmental agency.
The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources has taken aim at President Bush's proposed budget for the departments of Energy and the Interior, with members saying they “strongly disagree” with several of Bush's proposals.
A group of California state agencies has lodged a protest over Pacific Lumber Co.’s joint disclosure statement, calling parts of the plan outlining the proposed transfer of various lands “inadequate.”