North Carolina County Considers Fracking Moratorium

The Lee County, North Carolina Board of Commissioners is set to consider a two year moratorium on fracking while the city makes changes to its land use plan and unified development ordinance. The Fayetteville Observer reports “Amy Dalrymple, chairwoman of the county Board of Commissioners, said a moratorium similar to the one adopted last month… More »

Energy & Power Subcommittee Approves Lifting Crude Oil Export Ban

Report by HBW Resources Legislative Aide, Zack Burnham House Energy and Power Subcommittee Hearing Summary H.R. 702 Markup – “To adapt to changing crude oil market conditions” PURPOSE: to lift the restrictions against exporting domestically produced crude oil. RESOLUTION: Bill favorably forwarded onto full House Energy and Commerce Committee. Arguments Raised for Lifting the Export… More »

NOAA Re-Extends Period on Proposed ESA Green Sea Turtle Listing Revisions

The National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have announced that the agencies are again extending the public comment period on their proposal to replace the current range-wide “threatened” Endangered Species Act designation for the green sea turtle (currently listed as endangered for the Florida and Mexican Pacific coast breeding populations) with… More »

Coast Guard Re-Opens Comment Period on Proposed Changes to Commercial Diving Regulations

The U.S. Coast Guard has announced that it is reopening the comment period on its proposal to amend regulations for commercial diving conducted in connection with Outer Continental Shelf activities, from vessels required to have a Coast Guard inspection certificate, or from deepwater ports/port safety zones.  Comments are now due by Friday, October 23.