1. OFFSHORE DRILLING
Court allows Shell to start Alaska projects
A federal court today refused to stop oil and gas exploratory drilling in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas off Alaska that is scheduled to begin this summer. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied requests from a coalition of environmental and Alaska native groups that wanted the drilling halted.
Kerry says EPA rule signals 'last call' for energy bill
The authors of the Senate climate bill said that U.S. EPA's final permitting rule for greenhouse gas emissions underscores the need for Congress to act quickly on energy legislation. EPA rolled out its final "tailoring" rule today, detailing which stationary sources will be subject to permitting requirements once the agency begins to formally regulate greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks next January.