Author Archive: Jo Ann Lawrence

rss feed

Author's Website →

Coal fired power plants carbon pollution reduction plan targeted by GOP bill

Coal fired power plants carbon pollution reduction plan targeted by GOP bill

No national limits on carbon pollution from power plants WASHINGTON – Defying a White House veto threat, the Republican-controlled House approved a plan Wednesday to block a key element of President Barack Obama’s strategy for fighting climate change. Lawmakers voted 247-180 to support a bill allowing states to opt out of the Obama administration’s plan to limit […]

North Dakota reservation looks to regulate, monitor oil activity

North Dakota reservation looks to regulate, monitor oil activity

North Dakota Reservation accounts for one-third of state’s oil production Tribal leaders from an oil-prolific portion of North Dakota’s Fort Berthold Reservation say they can’t count on federal or state regulators, or their own tribal government, to monitor the boom, so they are moving to do it themselves. Industry officials question whether the tribe has […]

Staff at Refugio oil spill site unreachable, company unable to alert feds

Staff at Refugio oil spill site unreachable, company unable to alert feds

Staff at Refugio oil spill trying to build berm to slow oil’s spread As thousands of gallons of crude oil from a ruptured pipeline spread along the California coast, its operator was unable to contact workers near the break to get information required to alert federal emergency officials, records released Wednesday said. Personnel for Plains All […]

Exxon Mobil halts drilling off Santa Barbara after spill crippled pipeline

Exxon Mobil halts drilling off Santa Barbara after spill crippled pipeline

Drilling at three offshore Exxon Mobil platforms stopped The shutdown of a pipeline that spilled up to 101,000 gallons of crude on the Santa Barbara coast forced Exxon Mobil Corp. to halt operations at three offshore platforms because it couldn’t deliver oil to refineries, the company said Tuesday. The company temporarily ceased operations last week because […]

Doctors, public health experts: Get off coal ASAP

Doctors, public health experts: Get off coal ASAP

Substituting cleaner energy for coal will reduce air pollution significantly Some top international doctors and public health experts have issued an urgent prescription for a feverish planet Earth: Get off coal as soon as possible. Substituting cleaner energy worldwide for coal will reduce air pollution and give Earth a better chance at avoiding dangerous climate […]

Canadian oil train derailment highlights risks with old tank cars

Canadian oil train derailment highlights risks with old tank cars

Canadian oil train derailment caused by defect inside hopper car wheel DIEPPE, N.B. –  A train derailment last year that caused a spectacular fire in northern New Brunswick, forcing 150 people to flee their homes, serves as a reminder of the risks associated with keeping older, less safe tank cars on the rails, the Transportation Safety Board said […]

Enbridge to transfer pipeline business to affiliated fund in $30.4 B deal

Enbridge to transfer pipeline business to affiliated fund in $30.4 B deal

Transaction expected to close in August Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB) has agreed to transfer ownership of its Canadian liquids pipeline business to the affiliated Enbridge Income Fund in a transaction valued at $30.4 billion. Enbridge Income Fund Holdings Inc. (TSX:ENF) will assume about $11.7 billion of debt as part of the transaction, the pipeline company has said will […]

Tougher heavy trucks mileage standards to reduce carbon pollution

Tougher heavy trucks mileage standards to reduce carbon pollution

Heavy trucks mileage standards apply to semis, large pickups, vans, buses and work trucks The Obama administration on Friday proposed tougher mileage standards for medium and heavy-duty trucks, the latest move by President Barack Obama in his second-term drive to reduce pollution blamed for global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency issued new rules that would […]

Hijacked Malaysian oil tanker rescued, pirates flee on lifeboat

Hijacked Malaysian oil tanker rescued, pirates flee on lifeboat

Malaysian oil tanker found in waters off southern Vietnam KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Pirates who hijacked a Malaysian oil tanker last week have fled on the ship’s lifeboat after being pursued by a Malaysian navy ship, an official said Friday. Navy chief Abdul Aziz Jaafar said the eight pirates, believed to be Indonesians, abandoned the MT Orkim Harmony […]

Fracking opponents promoting a political agenda, not science

Fracking opponents promoting a political agenda, not science

EPA study found no link between fracking and widespread water contamination After years of study and research, the Environmental Protection Agency finally released its comprehensive report on hydraulic fracturing and drinking water. It found no evidence linking fracking with “widespread, systemic” water contamination. It’s likely that some of the regulators at the EPA hated to admit that […]