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Gas prices in NH rise 2 cents over past week

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 08:54
The average price of a gallon of gas rose by 2.1 cents in the past week in New Hampshire, to $3.48 per gallon. That's according to the gasoline price website, which surveyed 875 gas stations ...

Ohio gas prices steady to start work week

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 08:52
After weeks of increases, Ohio gas prices have flattened out. The cost for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was averaging $3.58 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and ...

Germany's aggressive push for a clean-energy future

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 11:01
Freiburg is a prototype for a clean-energy future that Germany is aggressively pursuing. But Germany stands apart as a global leader in the industrialized world's push to limit fossil-fuel consumption. But it will not be easy to shift off the coal, oil, and natural gas that have powered global economic development for centuries. In Freiburg – where silicon has overtaken silver as the city's focus – the energy transition is getting a trial run.

Gas prices may jump from California emissions law

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 09:40

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's greenhouse gas reduction law already has shaken up the state's industrial sector, costing it more than $1.5 billion in pollution permit fees.

Chevron's U.S. win in Ecuador case looms over cases elsewhere

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 15:22

By Mica Rosenberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ecuadorean villagers who are trying to get billions of dollars from Chevron Corp for pollution in the Amazon jungle are ready to refocus their fight on pending suits in other countries after a setback in the United States. A scathing judgment issued by a U.S. judge this week against their lawyer will cast a long shadow over cases filed in Canada, Brazil and Argentina, where the plaintiffs are seeking Chevron assets as payment because the oil giant no longer has a presence in Ecuador. U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan handed down a 500-page decision that found American lawyer Stephen Donziger used "corrupt means" to help villagers from the Lago Agrio region win the historic $18 billion judgment against Chevron in Ecuador in 2011.

U.S. House advances bill curbing EPA power plant emission limits

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 14:11
By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bill to curb the ability of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to set limits on carbon emissions from power plants cleared a hurdle in the House of Representatives on Thursday but faces bleak prospects of becoming law. The Republican-controlled House passed the bill by a 229-183 vote but the Senate, in which Democrats hold a majority, has no timetable to consider the legislation. President Barack Obama already has threatened to veto the bill. The legislation was the latest in a series of strong messages sent by lawmakers from large coal producing states to Obama, as his administration aims to cement a legacy of combating climate change by cracking down on carbon emissions.

House backs bill to block EPA power plant rule

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 10:51

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House moved Thursday to block President Barack Obama's plan to limit carbon pollution from new power plants, an election-year strike at the White House aimed at portraying Obama as a job killer.

House GOP moves to block EPA rules on power plants

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 10:11

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a long-expected, election-year skirmish, House Republicans are moving to block President Barack Obama's plan to limit carbon pollution from new power plants.

Groups sue EPA to force it to move on pesticide disclosures

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 16:50
Three environmental and public health groups sued the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday, seeking to press it to move forward with rules that would require public disclosure of certain pesticide ingredients. The Center for Environmental Health, Beyond Pesticides, and Physicians for Social Responsibility, all non-profit advocacy groups, filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in San Francisco. The groups claimed there has been an "unreasonable delay" on the EPA's part in finalizing rules to require chemical manufacturers to disclose hazardous inert ingredients in their pesticide products.

Exxon to cut spending but sees production rising

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 15:11
Exxon Mobil Corp. says it will cut capital spending by 6 percent this year and overall production will be flat. The shares fell nearly 3 percent. The nation's biggest oil company said Wednesday that it ...

Exxon expects flat output in 2014, spending to drop 6 percent

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 12:38

Exxon Mobil Corp , the world's largest publicly traded energy company, on Wednesday said it expects oil and natural gas production to be flat this year as overall spending falls 6 percent to about $39.8 billion. In recent years, Exxon and other large oil companies have invested record amounts on exploration and production projects to boost oil and gas output. Last year, Exxon spent $42.5 billion, an amount the Irving, Texas company describes as a peak. Investors looking for production growth sent shares down 3 percent.

Britain far from primed for shale gas exploration, experts say

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 03:24
By Nina Chestney LONDON (Reuters) - Britain may be a prime location for shale gas exploration in Europe, but a lack of onshore drilling infrastructure and local opposition will impede development, experts and geologists said at a shale conference in London. Britain is in the early stages of exploring for unconventional gas to counter growing dependence on imports and to emulate the success the United States has had in lowering its energy prices due to a shale boom. The current crisis in Ukraine has renewed calls for countries in Europe, including Britain, to diversify away from Russian natural gas. In eastern Europe, Polish gas monopoly PGNiG said last month it had found a new gas deposit in south-eastern Poland, and Ukraine has signed agreements with Royal Dutch Shell and U.S. energy major Chevron for shale gas exploration.

Ecuador $9.5 billion ruling against Chevron was corrupt: U.S. judge

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 17:59

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - An American lawyer used "corrupt means" to secure a multi-billion-dollar pollution judgment against Chevron Corp in Ecuador, a U.S. judge ruled on Tuesday, a major setback for Ecuadorean villagers hoping to collect on the award. U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan in New York said he found "clear and convincing evidence" that attorney Steven Donziger's legal team used bribery, fraud and extortion in pursuit of an $18 billion judgment against the oil company issued in 2011. The villagers had said Texaco, later acquired by Chevron, contaminated an oil field in northeastern Ecuador between 1964 and 1992. Ecuador's high court cut the judgment to $9.5 billion last year.

NY judge rules for Chevron in Ecuador case

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 17:39

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday blocked U.S. courts from being used to collect a $9 billion Ecuadorean judgment against Chevron for rainforest damage, saying lawyers poisoned an honorable quest with their illegal and wrongful conduct.

NY judge rules for Chevron in Ecuador case

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 17:35

A federal judge on Tuesday blocked U.S. courts from being used to collect a $9 billion Ecuadorean judgment against Chevron for rainforest damage, saying lawyers poisoned an honorable quest with their illegal ...

Chevron wins US case against $9.5 bn Ecuador fine

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 17:30

A US judge Tuesday upheld Chevron's allegations that an Ecuadoran court decision ordering it to pay $9.5 billion for oil pollution in the Amazon jungle was fraudulently obtained. US District Judge Lewis Kaplan concluded that plaintiffs in the 2011 case and their lawyers committed a host of corrupt actions, including ghost-writing the original judgment, submitting fraudulent evidence and bribery. In barring enforcement of the original fine in US courts, the decision handed Chevron a big win in its long fight with Ecuador. But it was a setback to the indigenous people from Ecuador's oil-rich Lago Agrio in the eastern Ecuador region of Oriente, who have long sought compensation for pollution by US oil company Texaco between the 1970s and early 1990s.

Accused of fraud against Chevron, lawyer is defiant in defeat

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 17:21
By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - Steven Donziger, the Harvard-educated lawyer who has waged a two-decade battle against Chevron Corp over pollution in the Amazon jungle in Ecuador, is not one to accept defeat quietly. Hours after a federal judge in New York ruled on Tuesday that he had used bribery and fraud to secure a $9.5 billion judgment against the oil company in Ecuador in 2011, Donziger promised to appeal and said the judge had let his "implacable hostility toward me ... infect his view of the case." Critics, including Chevron, have painted Donziger as nothing short of a criminal, a lawyer who took advantage of a corruptible judicial system to buy a favorable judgment. U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan, who oversaw a trial last fall on racketeering allegations brought by Chevron against Donziger, made it clear he was in the former camp, writing that there was "clear and convincing evidence" that Donziger had paid a judge to ghostwrite the Ecuadorean opinion. The trial pitted the enormous resources of Chevron, represented by the powerful law firm Gibson Dunn, against Donziger's smaller team of lawyers, activists and volunteers, a contrast Donziger has noted several times.

Chevron CEO says ruling in Ecuador case a 'resounding victory'

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 12:34
Chevron Corp Chief Executive John Watson said his company won a "resounding victory" on Tuesday after a U.S. district judge quashed a judgment against the company that was handed down by an Ecuadorean court. Ecuador has tried to fine the company as much as $18 billion, claiming Texaco, which was later acquired by Chevron, contaminated an oil field in northeastern Ecuador between 1964 and 1992. "This ruling is a resounding victory for Chevron and its shareholders," CEO Watson told reporters attending the IHS CERAWeek conference in Houston. "Having a judgment like this from a reputable court in the United States will certainly be helpful in preventing enforcement actions elsewhere." Steven Donziger, a Harvard-educated U.S. lawyer who represented the Ecuadorean villagers in the case, characterized the ruling as "appalling" and said he would appeal the decision.

Facebook Looks to Drones for More Internet Access

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 12:30

Facebook is in talks to purchase drone manufacturer Titan Aerospace, TechCrunch reports, all part of the social networking company's plan to bring the Internet to the whole world. Facebook hopes to send about 11,000 of the company's drone models into the air to then beam down Internet access to the world's approximately five billion unconnected people. Titan Aerospace produces unmanned high-flying drones that function much like orbital satellites, but at a fraction of the price. Facebook is said to be specifically interested in Titan's solar panel-covered Solara 50 and 60 drones, which store solar energy during the day and can remain aloft for up to five years before needing to refuel or land: "Atmospheric parking," as the company calls it.

US judge backs Chevron fight against Ecuador judgment

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 11:15

A US federal judge Tuesday ruled in favor of Chevron in an Ecuador environmental case, saying fraud was used to obtain a judgment ordering the oil giant to pay $9.5 billion. US District Judge Lewis Kaplan said a six-week trial proved that the Ecuadoran court judgment in 2011 was procured through corrupt means in the long-running case. Kaplan concluded that plaintiffs in the Ecuadoran case committed a host of corrupt actions, including ghost-writing the Ecuadoran judgment, submitting fraudulent evidence and bribery. The plaintiffs had maintained that the New York trial was a sideshow by Chevron to avoid responsibility for pollution in the Amazon rainforest.