The Obama Administration has approved drilling in Arctic waters, breaking a longtime stalemate between environmentalists who say its unsafe and petroleum companies that want access to new reserves.
Denton, Texas, becomes the first city in the state to ban fracking, setting the stage for a fight over mineral rights and residents’ rights that could play out in courtrooms and the legislature. Frack Free Denton was jubilant over its resounding victory to keep hydraulic fracturing at bay. But the gas industry promised a fight, claiming the Texas Railroad Commission has the power to say who can drill and where.
Texas leads the nation in installed wind capacity. But will the state build on that lead? Energy experts say that depends on whether coal power is retired or continued as a major source of power on the grid. ERCOT’s Warren Lasher explains different scenarios that could evolve over the next 15 years.
Oklahoma’s earthquake “swarms” are getting worse, not better. Experts say the fallout is likely caused by fracking injection wells. But where there’s fracking, there have to be disposal wells.
Dozens of national and regional groups have been fighting the Keystone XL pipeline, saying it could contaminate groundwater and will ratchet up carbon emissions, hastening climate change. But the general public may not feel the same. A recent poll showed most still believe the pipeline will create “significant” jobs and help provide oil to the US.
Business investment group CERES sounded the alarm Wednesday, issuing a major report about the billions of gallons of fresh water being lost to natural gas fracking operations across the United States and in Canada. CERES researchers evaluated oil and gas water use in eight regions, concluding that gas companies need to improve their water conservation and investors should take heed of the risks involved with fracking in arid and water-stressed regions.
Congress’ on-and-off romance with wind energy is back off. Tax credits for wind expired – again – with the close of 2013. This isn’t the first time the industry has broken up with its Congress. Every year or every other year for the past decade lawmakers have acted like a reluctant fiancee, extending a hand but always holding back on a full-fledged support for the wind industry.
Living near oil refineries has never been good for your lungs. It may not be good for your blood either. Men living closest to the tar sands mining region of Canada are suffering from higher rates of leukemia and Hodgkins disease, according a new study.
The Global Frackdown is upon us, with events scheduled in many US states and around the world. Activists will rally and strategize about ways to slow or stop the fracking frenzy they see as polluting land and water.
The US EPA today released its proposal to restrict carbon emissions from new power plants, a major step toward curbing the greenhouse gases forcing climate change.
It’s widely held that China has been beating U.S. solar panel prices by handing out lavish subsidies to producers and keeping labor costs very cheap. But it may not be so. And that could be good news for the U.S. solar market.
This oil spill was less than 1 percent the size of the Deepwater Horizon/BP spill that dumped 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, yet it is still being cleaned up three years later at an enormous cost. Why so much damage?
President Obama’s making good on a promise this week to restore solar panels to the White House roof. The installation of an unknown number of “American made” solar panels began this week
Tired of dead zones, calving ice sheets, warming permafrost and coal pollution? Here’s some good news, rescued from the pileup of disasters and calamities we know as the news stream.
One of the talking points that has convinced Americans to look politely away from the muck and dirty water while the oil and gas industry fracks tens of thousands of gas wells in Texas, Pennsylania, New York, Ohio, North Dakota , Wyoming, Colorado and beyond is that the U.S. is “The Saudia Arabia of Natural Gas.”
Shale oil production dependent upon ‘drilling intensity’ that will be hard to sustain, Harvard study says
U.S. shale oil (and gas) production depends upon a frenzied level of drilling never before seen, according to a new paper out from Harvard. That’s because the wells accessed by new fracking techniques typically decline dramatically not long after being put into production.
Germany is taking a big leap toward clean energy and away from the pollution created by fossil fuels. More than the U.S., or any nation, the country has committed to wind and solar power.
Julia Trigg Crawford is standing firm, even as TransCanada arrived this week to dig the tunnel for its Keystone XL pipeline. The controversial pipeline will carry diluted tar sands oil, or dilbit, from Alberta to Houston-area refineries. Crawford has challenged the oil concern in court, saying it doesn’t have proper standing to operate in Texas.
Keystone XL pipeline protesters locked themselves to earth-moving equipment in Spaulding, OK, today, in one of a series of actions against the intercontinental project that would carry diluted bitumen oil from Canada to Texas refineries and ports. Opponents say the pipeline will unleash massive carbon dioxide pollution, accelerating climate change.
The Keystone pipeline opposition has galvanized, with activists angered not just over the pipeline’s heavy carbon footprint, but the lack of transparency and political influence-peddling around the DC review and permitting for the project. This week, Friends of the Earth filed an FOIA request to bring information to light about what it sees as a corrupted process.
When President Obama nominated MIT’s Ernest Moniz to be energy secretary earlier this month, he hailed the nuclear physicist as a “brilliant scientist.” But beyond his job in academia, Moniz has also spent the last decade serving on a range of boards and advisory councils for energy industry heavyweights like BP and an uranium enrichment company.
The Obama Administration released its revised environmental assessment of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline on Friday, portraying the project as a relatively safe way to transport oil from fields in Canada and North Dakota to the US heartland and ports at Houston. The review has riled environmentalists and pleased oil interests.
The U.S. shale boom being touted as able to deliver 100 years of domestic energy supply is nothing more than the latest investment bubble, asserts a report released this week by a veteran geoscientist.
Outraged that the EPA dropped a case against a gas company that apparently contaminated private wells near Fort Worth, environmentalists from more than 80 groups in 12 states have called for an internal EPA investigation of the case.
The EPA apparently caved to gas industry pressure by dropping a case involving a gas-tainted water well in Weatherford, Texas, according to an AP investigation published today.
The report stems from an EPA finding in 2010 that gas driller Range Resources