Watchdog finds agencies using outdated standards for gas export facilities

Keith Washington, the deputy assistant secretary for administration at the Department of Transportation, which oversees the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, said that the agency has established a timeline for reviewing standards in its LNG regulations every three to five years.

Lack of study and oversight raises concerns about tear gas

In the absence of federal oversight, states are now moving to establish some control over the use of tear gas. A new law in Colorado says that before tear gas or pepper spray can be used, police must ensure that an order to disperse is heard and that people have enough time to move and […]

Extreme droughts in central Europe likely to increase sevenfold

The study adds to an increasing body of research showing the impacts of global heating on Europe. Previous studies have suggested that southern and central Europe will experience more drought, with one study projecting that European cities will become much hotter, with London forecast to have a climate more like Barcelona by 2050 and southern […]

U.S. glass maker seeks to seize Venezuela-owned oil tanker to collect award, court papers show

NEW YORK/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – U.S. glass manufacturer O-I Glass Inc (OI.N) is seeking to seize an oil tanker owned by Venezuela to collect part of a $500 million arbitration award it won after the 2010 expropriation of two manufacturing plants, according to a summons filed with a Singapore court seen by Reuters.

California Agency Whistle Blower Claims She’s Being Ousted

Alice Stebbins, the executive director of the California Public Utilities Commission, said in a letter to the five commissioners who govern the agency that she was being retaliated against for trying to “clean up a broken CPUC,” the San Francisco Chronicle reported Wednesday.

Facts and fiction in the South China Sea issue

China has been exercising self-restraint and has never engaged in any oil and gas resource development in the waters around the Nansha Islands. Promoting the joint development of resources in contested waters as an initiative in line with international law and regional realities aims at establishing mutual trust and fostering a cooperative environment before a […]

Council of Common Interests ratifies renewable energy policy

Discussing recommendations of the Attorney General for Pakistan on Water Accord 1991, the CCI was informed that a committee comprising of technical experts of federal and provincial governments has been notified to look into the issue of fair distribution of water among provinces. The CCI directed the committee to complete its work in one month.

She was her mother’s ‘miracle’ child, but she died after being sent home from ED twice

In a report released publicly on Thursday, coroner Brigitte Windley said the “critical failure” in Hineihana’s care was “cemented” by the decision to send her home, rather than have her remain in ED for further monitoring, and the lack of clear advice given to her parents about what to look for and when to seek […]

How Tiny Microbes Took a Big Bite Out of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

“I often say that when you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you cannot measure it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meager and unsatisfactory kind; it may be the beginning of knowledge, but you have […]

3rd night of clashes as Lebanon puts off talks on new PM

Moody’s Investors Service said that without technical support from the IMF, World Bank and international donors, it was increasingly likely that Lebanon could see “a scenario of extreme macroeconomic instability in which a debt restructuring occurs with an abrupt destabilization of the currency peg resulting in very large losses for private investors.”