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 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.