Today’s Top Story:
- State regulators would be responsible for on-the-ground changes to oversight programs if environmental groups are successful in an effort to compel U.S. EPA to update rules for oil and gas wastewater management. The Natural Resources Defense Council, Environmental Integrity Project, Earthworks and a coalition of other groups filed notice yesterday that they intend to sue EPA for failing to review disposal rules for produced water, fracking fluid and other waste that comes from oil and gas wells. (E&E News)
Climate change legislation approaches pivotal showdown with oil industry
The Guardian (Anita Chabria)
With only a few days left in the current session of the California legislature, an aggressive political and public relations fight between the oil industry and top lawmakers over climate change legislation is moving into a final round.
Obama Undermines His Climate Strategy With More Offshore Drilling
The Huffington Post (Miyoko Sakashita)
President Obama has made addressing climate change a higher priority than any previous president, recently unveiling new controls on power plant emissions. Yet over the past year, he’s also called for offshore oil drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans, endangering wildlife and undermining his own greenhouse gas reduction goals.
Big Oil Spent $6.2 Million Lobbying California Officials in Year’s First Six Months
TruthOut (Dan Bacher)
The oil industry spent $6.2 million to lobby legislators and other state officials in California in the first six months of 2015, according to a report just released by the California Secretary of State’s Office.
Enviro push for wastewater regs would spur state action ($)
E&E News (Ellen Gilmer)
State regulators would be responsible for on-the-ground changes to oversight programs if environmental groups are successful in an effort to compel U.S. EPA to update rules for oil and gas wastewater management.
Chemicals used for fracking may harm human development
UPI (Stephen Feller)
Researchers at the University of Missouri have called for new studies into the individual and total effects of the chemicals used in fracking on the endocrine system and human reproduction.
State says Ohio oil, natural gas production at historic high
Toledo News Now (AP)
The state Department of Natural Resources says historic amounts of oil and natural gas are being produced by Ohio shale wells. Statistics released by the department Thursday show more than 10 million barrels of oil and 405 billion cubic feet of natural gas were produced during the second quarter of the year.
Reduced offshore share in U.S. oil and natural gas production lowers risk from hurricanes
U.S. Energy Information Administration
Hurricane-related risk to total U.S. crude oil and natural gas production has decreased over recent years as the share of total U.S. production originating in the Gulf of Mexico has declined sharply. This decline in the Gulf of Mexico’s share of production has reduced the vulnerability of U.S. crude oil and natural gas supply to hurricanes.