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In Latest Move On Climate, Obama Administration Halts Coal Leasing

A haul truck at Alpha Natural Resources' Eagle Butte coal mine. Alpha recently declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

The federal government has temporarily halted coal leasing on public lands while it reviews its coal program. Forty percent of the coal mined in the United States comes from publicly-owned minerals beneath federal land, mostly in Wyoming. The government review will address whether taxpayers are getting a fair return on that coal, as well as how to square the coal program with the country’s new climate goals. Continue Reading →

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Methane Leak Spurs Call For Greater Oversight Nationwide

Signs like these asking for the complete closure of the Aliso Canyon Gas Storage facility, which Southern California Gas considers an essential asset, are beginning to appear at rallies held by residents of Porter Ranch.

The massive methane leak in southern California is spurring calls for greater oversight of natural gas infrastructure nationwide. The Environmental Defense Fund says the federal government should look at a Colorado law that regulates inspection and maintenance. Continue Reading →

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