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What Can Environmental Leaders Expect Out of the Incoming EPA?

What Can Environmental Leaders Expect Out of the Incoming EPA?

America’s major corporations may not have as many new regs to follow during the Trump years. But they will probably remain duty-bound to conform to the ones that have been on the books, given that those will be a lot harder to toss out.

offshore oil drilling

Arctic Drilling: Don’t Hold Your Breath For New Supplies. Businesses Don’t Need Them Right Now

In a parting gift to the environmental movement, President Obama has withdrawn his support for two leases in the Arctic Ocean off the coast of Alaska. The move stops production in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas.

White House, Google, Amazon, Launch Big Data Tool to Help Companies’ Climate Resilience Planning

White House, Google, Amazon, Launch Big Data Tool to Help Companies’ Climate Resilience Planning

A big data partnership — a collaboration between the White House, the World Resources Institute, Google, Amazon, Microsoft and other public and private entities — will provide a tool to help corporations make long-term infrastructure decisions by improving their climate resilience planning.

industrial plant emissions

Congress Looks to Slash EPA Funding, Block Environmental Regulations

US Senate Republicans are looking to slash EPA funding and block some of the agency’s climate rules and environmental regulations that would manufacturers and other industries.

gas flaring

Business Groups Attack Oil & Gas Flaring Rule

A new rule to reduce methane emissions by limiting venting and flaring from oil and gas operations on federal lands would “deprive manufacturers and other energy consumers of critical energy supplies, increase operating costs and threaten international competitiveness,” according to several business associations including the National Association of Manufacturers and … Read more »

EPA Chief: Methane Emissions ‘Substantially Higher Than We Thought’

EPA Chief: Methane Emissions ‘Substantially Higher Than We Thought’

Energy markets may now be awash in natural gas but the fuel has, well, fueled an economic boom in the United States. Not only has it changed the way electricity is generated but it has also given the manufacturing sector here a critical edge. Anything standing in its way? Excessive … Read more »

gas flaring

Methane Emissions Rule Targets Oil & Gas Flaring

A new rule to reduce methane emissions and wasted gas has been proposed by the US Interior Department today. The methane emissions proposal would limit venting, flaring and leaking from oil and gas operations on public and American Indian lands. It would also “provide a fair return on public resources … Read more »

coal

Will US Coal Lease Moratorium Increase Manufacturing Costs?

The coal lease moratorium on federal lands and overhaul of the program, announced Friday by the Obama administration, was attacked by the fossil fuel industry as further proof of the war on coal and cheered by environmentalists as paving the way for a clean energy future. Its affect on businesses, … Read more »

coal

Obama Freezes New Coal Mining Leases, Launches Environmental Review

The Obama administration today said it will stop issuing new coal mining leases on public lands as it conducts a review of the federal coal program. “Given serious concerns raised about the federal coal program, we’re taking the prudent step to hit pause on approving significant new leases so that … Read more »

Obama Cancels Arctic Oil Drilling Lease Sales

The Obama administration has cancelled 2016 and 2017 Arctic oil drilling lease sales. The US Department of the Interior on Friday said it will cancel two oil companies’ potential Arctic offshore lease sales scheduled under the current five-year offshore oil and gas leasing program for 2012-2017. It also denied Shell … Read more »