June 17, 2006
Re "EPA Rule Loosened After Oil Chief's Letter to Rove," June 13 The Environmental Protection Agency correctly interpreted the intent of Congress in the recent finalization of the rule to keep storm-water runoff clean near oil drilling sites and construction zones. Since 1987, it has been the law that uncontaminated storm-water discharges from natural gas and oil development activities, including sediment, do not require a specific wastewater permit from the EPA. However, the EPA continued to misinterpret the law, forcing Congress to act in last year's energy bill.
October 29, 1999 |
Sen. Bob Smith of New Hampshire abandoned his independent campaign for the presidency Thursday, paving the way for his return to the Republican Party and a likely claim to succeed the late Sen. John H. Chafee (R-R.I.) as chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
August 31, 2007 |
A military cargo plane carrying four members of Congress took evasive action and dispatched flares to avoid ground fire Thursday night after taking off from Baghdad. The lawmakers said three rocket-propelled grenades were fired at their plane, a C-130, over the course of several minutes as they left for Jordan. "It was a scary moment," said Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.), who reported seeing a bright flash outside the window just after he took off his body armor. "Our pilots were terrific. . . .
July 23, 2005 |
Three leaders in the congressional campaign to discourage Chinese oil company CNOOC Ltd.'s acquisition of Unocal Corp. accepted campaign contributions from rival suitor Chevron Corp. in recent weeks, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. Rep. Richard W. Pombo (R-Tracy), Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) and Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) have been among the most vocal on Capitol Hill in criticizing CNOOC's proposed deal as anti-competitive and a threat to national security.
November 9, 1988
George Bush easily won Oklahoma's eight electoral votes, the sixth straight time Republicans have won the state's presidential race despite a Democratic voter registration edge of 2-to-1. Bush piled up huge margins in the heavily Republican areas of Tulsa and Oklahoma City even though the state's oil-based economy had suffered in recent years. With 71% of the precincts reporting, Bush had 478,161 votes, or 59%, to 338,606 votes, or 41%, for Democrat Michael S. Dukakis.
August 20, 2004
Re: "Risk to State Dire in Climate Study," Aug. 17. The article was clear and frightening. On the one hand, we have the National Academy of Sciences, a MacArthur fellow and experts from Stanford, UC Berkeley, Scripps, the U.S. government forestry lab in Corvallis, Ore., (noticeably far from Washington, D.C.) and other well-regarded research institutes. On the other, we have congressmen and senators, i.e., Tom DeLay and James M. Inhofe, who regularly deny the existence of human-induced warming.