WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government’s move to suspend a trouble-plagued $1.65 billion carbon capture and storage (CCS) project this month may have bolstered legal challenges to proposed environmental regulations on power plant carbon emissions, several legal experts said.
The FutureGen project in Illinois would have been the first U.S. commercial-scale, near-zero emission coal plant to use technologies to capture carbon dioxide from major industrial plants and store it safely underground. This approach could sharply reduce carbon dioxide emissions and curb global warming.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. federal court has ruled for
the first time that manure from livestock facilities can be
regulated as solid waste, a decision hailed by environmentalists
as opening the door to potential legal challenges against
facilities across the country.
A large dairy in Washington state, Cow Palace Dairy,
polluted ground water by over applying manure to soil, ruled
Judge Thomas Rice of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern
District of Washington on Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two environmental groups have sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for what the groups said was failing to comply with a court order requiring the agency to strengthen regulations preventing pollution from storm water runoff.
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Environmental Defense Center (EDC) said in a statement that they filed the suit on Thursday in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.
WASHINGTON, Sept 18 (Reuters) – The controversial Keystone
XL pipeline has a major hurdle to cross in the Nebraska State
Supreme Court, which may rule as soon as Friday, and one aspect
of the case there has been somewhat overlooked.
A question of legal standing, or who has the right to bring
a court challenge, could turn out to be pivotal to the Nebraska
case and the overall future of the pipeline, which would connect
Canada’s oil sands to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a victory for oil and gas industry advocates, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the U.S. government most of next year would block the Obama administration from protecting several species of birds found in western states.The proposed compromise spending bill would prohibit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from listing the greater sage-grouse as endangered or threatened and stop the service from working to implement protections for the Gunnison sage-grouse, which the agency listed as threatened last month.
Republicans successfully negotiated a number of policy provisions into the measure, which aims to avoid a government shutdown at midnight on Thursday. It is expected to be put to a House of Representatives vote on Thursday, while Senate passage would follow by a day or two, congressional aides said.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Probable legal challenges to proposed cuts in the 2014 U.S. biofuel mandate could focus on a two-word phrase dropped from the U.S. law establishing the renewable fuel program back in 2005: distribution capacity.
Biofuel producers have argued for months that the Environmental Protection Agency’s justification for potential cuts to 2014 targets is incompatible with federal law and that the legislative history of the mandate will prove this.
WASHINGTON, Oct 29 (Reuters) – Expanded U.S. liquefied
natural gas exports would mean a modest price increase for
domestic consumers, but those higher costs would be outweighed
by a boost to the economy, the U.S. Energy Information
Administration said on Wednesday.
Residential natural gas prices would likely be 5 percent
higher than otherwise would be the case between 2015 and 2040 if
U.S. LNG exports rose to 20 billion cubic feet per day, said the
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States needs billions of dollars of new equipment including ice-breaking ships, better satellite service and fiber-optic networks as it prepares for climate change and melting ice in the Arctic, a top U.S. official said on Tuesday.
The total cost will not be clear until the U.S. government inventories its investment needs, former Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Robert Papp, who became the first U.S. special representative for the Arctic Region in July, told Reuters in an interview on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON, Oct 17 (Reuters) – A day before President Barack
Obama addressed the United Nations to declare the nation is
“stepping up to the plate” to tackle climate change, nearly
400,000 protesters jammed New York City streets in a climate
change march. Many held signs calling for an end to fracking.
Environmental activists see the U.S. natural gas and oil
production boom, spurred by fracking, as a major contributor to
global warming. Obama has lauded the country’s shale boom as an
economic boon and a geopolitical lever.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is trying to balance its support for renewable fuels with awareness of infrastructure constraints at gas stations as it finalizes targets for 2014 biofuel use, agency officials said on Tuesday.
But with only 11 weeks left in the year, the administration also needs to weigh oil refiners’ ability to comply with the long-delayed requirements, one official told the Reuters Global Climate Change Summit.