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Jun 9, 2015

U.S. court rejects early challenge to Obama power plant regulations

By Lawrence Hurley and Valerie Volcovici

(Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday rejected an
early challenge by industry groups and states to the Obama
administration’s proposal to curb carbon dioxide emissions from
existing power plants, saying the legal action was premature.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the
District of Columbia Circuit said the various lawsuits objecting
to the plan were filed too soon because the regulation has not
yet been finalized.

Jun 8, 2015

Can an Appalachian ‘Silicon Holler’ rise in coal’s shadow?

PIKEVILLE, KY, June 8 (Reuters) – Portraits of local heroes
are stenciled onto the walls of an old Coca-Cola bottling plant
in Pikeville, Kentucky: 10 images that seem to be watching over
apprentices hunched over keyboards in what has become the office
of businessman Charles “Rusty” Justice’s digital startup.

Those pathbreakers include John Goodlett, a NASA engineer
who worked on the Mars Viking landers and Catherine Langley, the
first Kentucky woman to serve in the U.S. Congress. All hailed
from the coal producing counties of eastern Kentucky, now
grappling with the industry’s decline.

Jun 4, 2015

U.S. EPA finds no ‘widespread risk’ to drinking water from fracking

WASHINGTON, June 4 (Reuters) – Fracking has not led to
widespread, systemic pollution of drinking water, the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday in a
long-awaited study, though it warned that certain drilling
activities could pose potential risks.

The study, five years in the making, found some drinking
water vulnerabilities to hydraulic fracturing, such as where
supplies were scarce and where fracturing took place directly
into underground drinking water sources, but overall saw little
impact from the drilling technique.

Jun 4, 2015

EPA finds fracking poses no ‘widespread risk’ to drinking water

By Valerie Volcovici and Timothy Gardner

(Reuters) – Fracking has not led to widespread, systemic
pollution of drinking water, the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency said on Thursday in a long-awaited study, though it
warned that certain drilling activities could pose potential
risks.

The study, five years in the making, found some drinking
water vulnerabilities to hydraulic fracturing, such as where
supplies were scarce and where fracturing took place directly
into underground drinking water sources, but overall saw little
impact from the drilling technique.

Jun 4, 2015

U.S. EPA finds no ‘widespread risk’ to drinking water

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fracking has not led to widespread, systemic pollution of drinking water, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday in a long-awaited study, though it warned that certain drilling activities could pose potential risks.

The study, five years in the making, found some drinking water vulnerabilities to hydraulic fracturing, such as where supplies were scarce and where fracturing took place directly into underground drinking water sources, but overall saw little impact from the drilling technique.

Jun 4, 2015

Fracking poses potential risks to some water supplies -EPA study

WASHINGTON, June 4 (Reuters) – Fracking has not led to
widespread, systematic pollution of drinking water, the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday in a
long-awaited study.

The study, five years in the making, found some drinking
water vulnerabilities to hydraulic fracturing, such as where
supplies were scarce, but overall saw little impact from the
drilling technique.

Jun 4, 2015

In Kentucky, talk of a ‘war on coal’ gives way to hope for new economy

HARLAN COUNTY, KY, June 4 (Reuters) – When Dan Mosley became
head of Kentucky’s Harlan County government this year, he
promised – like those elected before him – to defend the state’s
beleaguered coal industry. But Mosley also vowed to do something
else for his county: help build a new economy based on something
other than coal.

“The best business I’ve seen in town lately has been the
U-Haul business because people are moving out,” said Mosley, a
boyish-looking father of two, speaking after a community meeting
in the century-old coal town of Benham. “The time has come to
wipe away our tears,” he says. “We have no choice but to
diversify.”

Jun 2, 2015

U.S. may take first step to curb airline emissions this week -sources

WASHINGTON, June 2 (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency plans as soon as Friday to determine whether
carbon dioxide from aircraft endangers public health, a first
step to regulating emissions from the aviation sector, sources
familiar with the rulemaking process said.

The EPA has yet to issue its “endangerment finding,” despite
pressure from environmental groups who first sued the agency to
start the rulemaking process in 2010. A federal court in 2011
said the EPA must address aircraft emissions under the U.S.
Clean Air Act.

Jun 2, 2015

European oil companies rattle coal with call for fee on carbon emissions

WASHINGTON, June 2 (Reuters) – Europe’s oil and gas
companies took direct aim at the coal industry Monday, calling
upon governments to set a global price on carbon emissions that
could dramatically drive market share from coal to natural gas.

The joint declaration issued by six European oil and gas
majors was cautiously embraced by the United Nations, which will
host negotiations this December in Paris aimed at designing a
plan to cut the fossil fuel emissions that scientists blame for
rising temperatures.

May 27, 2015

Obama administration issues new water protection rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Wednesday issued new rules to protect streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act, a step it said would help keep drinking water safe, but farmers and industry groups argued the regulation will be costly.

The Waters of the United States rule, issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers, aims to give clarity about which bodies of water the EPA would have jurisdiction.