Monday, July 11, 2011
* Oil gushed from an Exxon Mobil pipeline into the Yellowstone River in Montana, and Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer withdrew from the EPA's oil spill command center, arguing that Exxon had held "secret meetings" and had failed to disclose certain documents (L.A. Times and Wall Street Journal). The EPA filed an administrative order for removal actions.
* The New York Times suggested that the political will to continue granting large tax credits for corn ethanol may be waning, as evidenced by recent compromises among senators and statements by Republican presidential candidates.
* The Department of the Interior announced the new Secretarial Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform.
* Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell announced that Vermont would not charge Entergy officials with perjury. Entergy staff have conceded that they made incorrect statements to Vermont officials about underground pipes that carry radioactive materials at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. In January 2010, a tritium leak occurred at the plant. (Brattleboro Reformer)
* The EPA finalized the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, as Professor Osofsky describes in her July 8 post.
* A U.S. Forest Service official indicated that the Service will not pursue a broad policy against hydraulic fracturing for natural gas on Forest Service lands despite its efforts to ban certain fracturing and horizontal drilling in George Washington National Forest. (Wall Street Journal)
* And finally, a late tidbit from June 30: France banned hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. (Scientific American)