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Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Carbon Markets, EPA Budget, Efficiency Bill

The California Air Resources Board and the Australian Clean Energy Regulator signed a memorandum of understanding to develop complementary market-based programs. The agreement establishes a framework for a working relationship and establishes information-sharing between the two agencies. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization is urging developing countries to ban monocrotophos, a toxic pesticide linked to the deaths of … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Halliburton Pleads Guilty, Energy Firms Sued

Halliburton will plead guilty to destroying evidence related to the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the Department of Justice said yesterday, according to Reuters. The company will pay a maximum $200,000 statutory fine and has agreed to three years’ probation. It also voluntarily paid $55 million to the … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Keystone Study, Ethanol Decision, Chemical Threats

The heavy bitumen crude that the Keystone XL pipeline would carry is no more likely to cause pipeline leaks than other crude oils, according to a National Research Council report released yesterday, Reuters says. The finding is a major boost for the pipeline’s backers. In his widely anticipated climate speech … Read more »

Farmers Weigh Floating Islands As Pollution Solution

Farm groups worried about stricter federal regulations are considering using floating islands built from recycled bottles and seeded with native plants to combat pollution in the Mississippi River. Floating islands could mimic the role wetlands once played and process the nutrients from crop fertilizer before they reach the river, reported … Read more »

Transocean Pleads Guilty, Pays $400M for Gulf Spill

Rig operator Transocean pleaded guilty to a violation of the Clean Water Act and agreed to pay $400 million in criminal penalties for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, which killed 11 workers and caused the worse offshore oil spill in US history. A federal judge approved Transocean’s agreement with the … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: All-of-the-Above Energy, Calif. Safer Consumer Products Regs, Deepwater Horizon

At the University of Miami, President Obama gave his first remarks on rising gasoline prices, saying that the U.S. is producing more oil now than at any time during the last eight years. But Obama said a three-point plan – drill, drill, and keep drilling – would not lead to lower gas … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: CSAPR Signed & Adjusted, New Nukes, Keystone XL, Fracking Tax

The EPA has made a few adjustments to its cross-state air pollution rules (CSAPR), which were signed Tuesday. The adjustments increase budgets in 17 states and ease limits on market-based compliance options. These state-level adjustments vary, and the total budget increases by about 2 percent, Clean Air Watch said. CSAPR … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Canada Drops Kyoto Protocol, Keystone Pipeline, Gulf Lease Sale, MATS

Canada is evoking its legal right to withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol, indicating that penalties as high as $14 billion for its failure to meet emissions targets played a role, the Environment Ministry said. The country’s environment minister said that Canada would continue to work with nations on the effort … Read more »

Lee Disrupts Power, Raises Oil Prices

Hundreds of thousands are without power after former tropical storm Lee pushed through the deep south over the holiday weekend. As many as 200,000 lost power across Alabama, the AP reported, with most of the outages in the Birmingham area, although the number of outages fell to 187,000 by early … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Calif. Renewable Auctions, Oil Sands Protests, Canada Coal Rules

The California Public Utilities Commission has given unanimous approval to the Renewable Auction Mechanism (RAM), a program under which developers will bid on the lowest levelized cost of energy (LCOE) that they can afford, Greentech Media reports.. The program is designed to support small to mid-sized renewable energy development and … Read more »

GM Doubles Recycling of Gulf Oil Spill Booms

General Motors’ plans to turn oil-soaked booms from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill into air deflectors for its Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid has far exceeded expectations, the car company said yesterday. GM has recycled 212,500 pounds of booms, more than double the 100,000 originally projected, and more than enough … Read more »

BP Report Won’t Name Spill Figures; TNK-BP Announces Efficiency Projects

BP Report Won’t Name Spill Figures; TNK-BP Announces Efficiency Projects

BP, in its first corporate sustainability report since the Deepwater Horizon disaster, has refused to put a figure on the amount of oil leaked or CO2 emitted in the spill. Page one of the report lists figures for volume of oil spilled, CO2 emitted and methane released in 2010 (see … Read more »