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Last Build Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:18:54 -0500


EPA: Trump team kept some transition members secret

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:18:54 -0500

The presidential transition team for U.S. EPA included members whose identities have not been officially disclosed, including one who said yesterday that candidate Donald Trump's call for abolishing the agency "struck a chord with me."

WHITE HOUSE: Trump rails against energy regs, vows to revive coal

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:18:56 -0500

President Trump promised today to free U.S. energy producers from burdensome regulations, while ridiculing his predecessor's administration for "giving up" on the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines now advancing under his watch.

REGULATIONS: Trump order sets up reform task forces in agencies

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:18:58 -0500

President Trump signed another executive order today taking aim at federal regulations.

Q&A: Trump energy prospect on CO2, Jack Russell terriers

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:19:01 -0500

Kathleen Hartnett White — rumored to be a contender for a key energy job in the Trump administration — says carbon dioxide has gotten a bad rap.

CLIMATE: FERC keeps Obama guidance alive in manual for gas projects

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:19:05 -0500

While President Trump has vowed to dismantle his predecessor's climate legacy, federal energy regulators rolled out a guidance this week calling for developers of natural gas pipelines to assess their project's impacts on global warming.

ADVOCACY: Energy interests fueled transition effort

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:19:07 -0500

Energy interests helped fuel President Trump's transition team, according to disclosure documents filed with the government.

DAKOTA ACCESS: Energy Transfer CEO says he 'underestimated' social media

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:19:08 -0500

The head of the company building the Dakota Access pipeline yesterday blamed the internet for the furor over his project.

EPA: Fla. lawmaker's assault on agency sparks fury back home

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:19:03 -0500

PACE, Fla. — About a year after Katherine Nelson-Born bought her home in Pensacola's affluent East Hill neighborhood, she learned pollutants from a now-shuttered fertilizer plant run by the former Agrico Chemical Co. had contaminated the groundwater.

SENATE: Will resolution to repeal BLM rule muster enough votes?

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:19:10 -0500

The Senate next week may tackle companion language to a House-passed resolution to kill a Bureau of Land Management rule, though it's not clear whether support for gutting the rule will ultimately fall along party lines, possibly endangering its passage.

COAL: Grijalva probes Interior stream rule job loss claim

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:19:12 -0500

House Natural Resources Committee ranking member Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) is asking the Interior Department for more information about its blog post this week on the now-defunct Stream Protection Rule.

OBITUARY: Eni Faleomavaega, former American Samoa lawmaker, dies

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:19:14 -0500

Eni Faleomavaega, American Samoa's longest-serving House delegate, died Wednesday in Provo, Utah, at the age of 73.

PUBLIC LANDS: Interior halts Obama royalty valuation rule

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:19:16 -0500

The Trump administration is temporarily suspending a recent Interior Department rule for determining the value of coal, oil and natural gas for royalty purposes that is strongly opposed by congressional Republicans and industry leaders.

NATIONAL MONUMENTS: Utah governor laments outdoor show's departure

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:19:18 -0500

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) today called the Outdoor Retailer show's decision to abandon its longtime home in Salt Lake City the result of a "misunderstanding" about the recently created Bears Ears National Monument but indicated he would not halt efforts to try to roll back the monument designation.

BORDER WALL: Landowners likely to sue over property rights

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:19:19 -0500

The Trump administration will likely face lawsuits from landowners whose property runs along the Texas-Mexico border.

PUBLIC LANDS: Man fined after spooking elk in refuge with drone

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:19:21 -0500

A Washington, D.C., man was fined this week after a drone he was flying spooked a herd of animals in the National Elk Refuge in Wyoming.

ARCTIC: 'Doomsday' vault gets new seeds

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:19:22 -0500

A "doomsday" seed vault in the Arctic recently received 50,000 new plant seed samples.

EPA: Okla. seeks delay in releasing more Pruitt records

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:19:24 -0500

Oklahoma's attorney general is seeking an emergency stay from the state Supreme Court to delay the release of more records from U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's time as the state's top lawyer.

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Company hit with $9.5M in penalties over deadly 2012 blast

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:19:25 -0500

The Justice Department imposed $9.5 million in penalties on an oil services company in connection with a 2012 blast that killed three rig workers in the Gulf of Mexico.

COAL: Court won't rehear Blankenship appeal

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:19:27 -0500

A federal appeals court today denied the request by former coal tycoon Don Blankenship to revisit a ruling that upheld his conviction for willfully violating mine safety laws.

OREGON STANDOFF: Video surfaces in trial, with talk of 'guerrilla warfare'

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:19:29 -0500

Jurors in the second Oregon standoff trial yesterday saw a video shot in the bunkhouse kitchen at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge after the fatal shooting of spokesman Robert "Lavoy" Finicum.

VW SCANDAL: Exec pleads not guilty in federal court

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:19:31 -0500

Oliver Schmidt, a major figure in Volkswagen AG's emissions scandal, pleaded not guilty in federal court in Detroit yesterday.

OFFSHORE WIND: Trump poses new challenge for growing industry

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:19:33 -0500

Offshore wind companies have a difficult job ahead of them as they seek to convince President Trump that wind farms are part of the nation's energy future.

AGRICULTURE: Conservation practices boost soil and human health — experts

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:19:34 -0500

First, no-till agriculture changed the way farmers worked the ground. Now, it's changing how scientists look at the soil itself.

AUTONOMOUS CARS: Google's Alphabet sues Uber over self-driving secrets

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:19:37 -0500

Alphabet Inc., Google's parent company, has sued Uber Technologies over accusations of stealing autonomous vehicle program secrets.

NUCLEAR POWER: Toshiba says it is unaware of Westinghouse bankruptcy plans

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:19:38 -0500

Toshiba Corp. said today that it was not aware that its U.S. nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric Co. LLC was considering filing for Chapter 11 protection from creditors.

USDA: Scalise promises rebuild of tornado-damaged building

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:19:40 -0500

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) said yesterday that the Agriculture Department and NASA have committed to repairing the National Finance Center in New Orleans after the facility was damaged by a major tornado this month.

SUPERFUND: Residents, EPA butt heads over Mont. smokestack

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:19:41 -0500

In Anaconda, Mont., there is a state park that visitors cannot step foot on because of pollution at the site.

OBITUARY: 'Queen of Carbon' dies at 86

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:19:44 -0500

Mildred Dresselhaus, known as the "Queen of Carbon," died this week in Cambridge, Mass., at the age of 86.

MARIJUANA: States vow to fight Trump admin crackdown

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:19:45 -0500

State law enforcement officials are gearing up for a potential battle with the Trump administration following revelations that the Department of Justice will pursue "greater enforcement" of drug laws in states that have legalized recreational marijuana use.

CALIFORNIA: Officials look for link between drought and San Jose flooding

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:19:47 -0500

Severe flooding in San Jose, Calif., last week has left officials wondering how they miscalculated water rise in Coyote Creek, which flooded much of the city and forced thousands to evacuate their homes.

OREGON: State treasurer supports forest sale, angers enviros

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:19:49 -0500

Environmentalists in Oregon are putting pressure on State Treasurer Tobias Read for supporting a $221 million plan to sell the Elliott State Forest.

FLORIDA: 'Beetle juice' could save avocados from fungus

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:19:51 -0500

University of Florida researchers have discovered an effective antidote to laurel wilt, a fungus carried by an invasive beetle that is devastating the state's massive avocado industry.