Articles by Timothy Gardner and Humeyra Pamuk

Investors, Insurers Warned of Risk of U.S. Sanctions for Russian Pipeline Ties

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday warned investors in two Russian natural gas pipeline projects that they could face sanctions as the Trump administration seeks to curb the Kremlin’s economic leverage over Europe and Turkey. Pompeo told a …

Senators Seek to Expand U.S. Sanctions to Insurance for Russia-Europe Pipeline

U.S. senators will announce a bill this week expanding sanctions on Russia’s Gazprom-led Nord Stream 2 project, Senate aides said, targeting a pipeline Washington says will make Europe too reliant on Russian gas. The Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Clarification Act …

U.S. Issues Maritime Advisory on Sanctions for Ship Owners, Insurers

WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) – The Trump administration on Thursday issued guidelines to help ship owners and insurers avoid the risks of sanctions penalties, standards that maritime players and senior State Department official said they were modified following months of discussions with …

Environmental Group Warns ‘Forever Chemicals’ Widespread in U.S. Drinking Water

The contamination of U.S. drinking water with man-made “forever chemicals” is far worse than previously estimated with some of the highest levels found in Miami, Philadelphia and New Orleans, said a report on Wednesday by an environmental watchdog group. The …

Citing Safety Concerns, 16 States Oppose Trump Plan to Ship Natural Gas by Rail

Attorneys general from 16 U.S. states have opposed a Trump administration proposal to ship liquefied natural gas (LNG) by rail, arguing that any leaks increase safety risks to residents and emergency responders. The top legal officers of Maryland, New York, …

U.S. Scientist Files Whistleblower Complaint Over Order to Stop Climate Work

A climate scientist for the Trump administration’s health protection agency who was ordered by his agency to drop work on climate issues will file a whistleblower complaint this week with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, his lawyers said on …

Court Says Trump Administration Must Implement Chemical Safety Rule

A federal appeals court on Friday ordered the Trump administration to immediately implement an Obama-era chemical safety rule introduced in response to a 2013 explosion at a fertilizer plant in Texas that killed 15 people. The D.C. Circuit Court ruling …

Arctic Winter Ice Covers 2nd Smallest Area on Record, Opening Region to Shipping

Winter sea ice on the Arctic Ocean covered the second smallest area on record this year, part of a thaw that is opening the region to shipping and oil exploration and may be disrupting weather far to the south, scientists …

U.S. Says Russia Behind Years of ‘Multi-Stage’ Cyber Attacks on Energy Grid

The Trump administration on Thursday blamed the Russian government for a campaign of cyber attacks stretching back at least two years that targeted the U.S. power grid, marking the first time the United States has publicly accused Moscow of hacking …

Ex-Coal CEO Blankenship Urges Trump to Probe 2010 Mine Blast in West Virginia

A former coal executive who last week finished a yearlong prison sentence for conspiring to violate safety standards at a mine where a deadly blast occurred, has urged U.S. President Donald Trump to “get to the truth” about the incident. …