During the 899 days he has waited for the Senate to vote on his nomination to a top job at the Environmental Protection Agency, Ken Kopocis has amassed compliments from Senate Republicans and a predecessor.
Local campaigners against a plan by Anglo American Plc to mine copper and gold on the coast of Bristol Bay, Alaska, are supported by some of the world’s leading jewelers, including Tiffany & Co., Mappin & Webb Holdings Ltd., Watches of Switzerland Ltd. and Fraser Hart Ltd., the London-based Times reported.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said large-scale salmon habitats may be harmed by mining near Bristol Bay, Alaska, where Anglo American Plc is working with a partner to study developing a new copper mine.
Four weeks ago, oil company executives were celebrating an Obama administration decision to expand drilling off the U.S. East Coast. Now, after a rig exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico, they face a grilling in Congress and tougher rules on how they do business. Representative Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, on Thursday told chief executives from five companies that they will be called to appear before his committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. The companies include BP Plc, which leased the rig to drill the well that is now leaking 5,000 barrels a day into the waters off the coast of Louisiana.
The U.S. Interior Department said it will postpone public meetings on a plan to allow oil and natural-gas drilling off of Virginia’s coast as it reviews “safety issues” related to the Gulf of Mexico rig explosion.
The U.S. Interior Department halted offshore drilling permits until at least the end of May and delayed public meetings on expanding drilling as an oil slick began to come ashore in Louisiana from a damaged BP Plc well.
President Barack Obama should have consulted with more advisers on science and the environment before backing expanded offshore oil drilling, the heads of a panel investigating BP Plc ’s Gulf of Mexico spill said.