Articles by Ayesha Rascoe

Environmental Groups Sue, Charge Oil Train Safety Rules Inadequate

Seven environmental groups filed a lawsuit on Thursday challenging safety rules issued earlier this month for trains carrying oil, arguing the regulations are too weak to protect the public. The groups, including the Sierra Club and Center for Biological Diversity, …

Obama Administration Releases Proposed Fracking Regulations

The Obama administration on Thursday unveiled a new proposal for regulating hydraulic fracturing on federal lands, rolling back some measures from its original, abandoned draft as it sought to ease concerns the rules would be too burdensome for producers. The …

Senate Panel to Investigate Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer said on Tuesday she plans to investigate the explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant earlier this month that killed 15 people and injured scores more. California’s Boxer, the head of the Senate Environment and Public Works …

President Obama Vows to Address Climate Change

President Barack Obama said he plans to work with Congress in his second term to curb human-aggravated climate change, but not at the expense of the U.S. economy. “I am a firm believer that climate change is real, that it …

U.S. Weather Forecast: Winter to Continue Hot Weather Trend

After a hot spring and a scorching summer, this winter is likely to continue a U.S. warming trend that could make 2012 the hottest year since modern record-keeping began, U.S. weather experts said Thursday. Drought that ravaged much of the …

Scientists Urge New Approach to Offshore Drilling Safety

U.S. offshore oil and gas drillers need to take a more systematic approach to safety in all aspects of their operations to prevent another catastrophe like last year’s massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a scientific panel said on Wednesday. …

U.S. Sanctions BP, Contractors for Gulf Oil Spill

The U.S. offshore drilling regulator Wednesday formally issued sanctions against BP and the major contractors involved in the 2010 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig that killed 11 workers and spewed more than 4 million barrels of oil into the …

U.S. Report Pins Most Blame for Gulf Oil Spill on BP

The United States heaped the lion’s share of blame for the country’s biggest ever offshore oil spill on BP Wednesday as the government issued its final assessment of last year’s Gulf disaster. In a report that may be pivotal in …

U.S. Report on BP Oil Spill Imminent

A U.S. government team investigating last year’s massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill will blame BP and its contractors for mistakes that led to the disaster in a report expected out as early as Wednesday, according to the Wall Street …

Final U.S. Report on BP Gulf Oil Disaster Delayed

A U.S. team probing the causes of last year’s massive BP oil spill has delayed the release of its final report in order to more fully weigh the evidence, investigators said on Friday. The government’s findings on the spill that …