For four hours Tuesday night, investigators from the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) laid out their working theory about what happened April 5, just before a West Virginia coal mine exploded and 29 miners were killed.And they went through the explosion scenario step-by-step in a
The federal oil spill commission's final report contains many recommendations for the nation's offshore oil and gas industry. Some recommendations call on the industry to change its ways; others call on the government to press beyond its current reforms.
A new study concludes that the vast quantity of methane gas that spewed from the BP oil well in the Gulf of Mexico was gobbled up rapidly by bacteria.About a third of the material that gushed into the ocean from the BP blowout was in gas form, not oil, and the new study is the latest attempt to figu
The "godmother" of Appalachia's mountaintop removal movement has died of cancer at age 58.Julia "Judy" Bonds is credited with helping to turn into a national issue the widespread strip mining of West Virginia mountains.
The Environmental Protection Agency this week starts regulating greenhouse gases from power plants and other big polluters for the first time.The rules only apply to new construction and major expansions, but they've become hugely controversial.
Predicting that gasoline will hit $5 a gallon by some time in 2012 has put former Shell Oil president John Hofmeister on the news media's radar today.Why's he think the price will go there?"The issues that gave rise to high priced gasoline in 2007 and 2008 are repeating themselves, except the world
Scientists have been diving in the Gulf of Mexico on a miniature submarine to see how the ecosystems there are coping with the BP oil spill. The expedition gradually edged toward ground zero -- the BP wellhead.Looking for robust sea life in the Gulf isn't as odd as it may seem.