Category: Environment

U.K. lawmakers urge fracking moratorium

Hydraulic fracturing in shale for oil and gas should be put on hold in the U.K. because of risks to public health and the environment, a panel of lawmakers said.  More »

Obama to seek wilderness designation for Alaska refuge

President Barack Obama is boosting protection of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and will ask Congress to designate more than 12 million acres as a wilderness area, including its potentially oil-rich Coastal Plain.  More »

Commentary: Should we allow further drilling on public land?

When done properly, extraction of natural resources from federal land has helped develop the economy while at the same time providing valuable income to defray the costs of running the federal government. Leases are certainly not new and, according to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), there are currently over 46,000 active leases on federal […]  More »

Barriers set up, water tested at site of North Dakota spill

The berms were built to prevent potentially contaminated water from flowing into a bigger body of water that eventually leads into the Missouri River.  More »

Iowa ethanol lobby starts 2016 campaign to regain influence

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, backed by state corn-grower and renewable-fuels associations and the Washington-based biofuels lobby Growth Energy, on Thursday formed America’s Renewable Future, to make the Renewable Fuels Standard an issue in the 2016 race.  More »

Pipeline breach located beneath Yellowstone River

Up to 50,000 gallons of crude were released in the spill.  More »

What to watch for in the State of the Union

As President Barack Obama delivers his penultimate State of the Union address Tuesday night, will he be the president who took aim at the oil industry’s tax breaks in 2009 or the one who celebrated natural gas just three years later?  More »

Kansas official links earthquakes to disposal of waste water

The state recorded more than 120 earthquakes last year, up from zero in 2012.  More »

Pipeline breach spills oil into Yellowstone River

Bridger Pipeline Co. said in the statement that it shut down the 12-inch-wide pipeline shortly before 11 a.m. Saturday.  More »

Methane regs could boost oilfield equipment makers

Some 76 companies with more than 500 locations spread across 46 states sell services and equipment that could be tapped by oil and gas companies seeking to comply with the planned regulations.  More »

U.S. aims to cut methane emissions by nearly half

A preliminary plan — expected to be unveiled this week — aims to cut emissions 40-45 percent by 2025.  More »

Jindal appeals ‘Big Oil’ suit to high court

A fight over whether oil companies may be sued over damage to Louisiana’s coastal marshes has been appealed to the state’s high court.  More »

NY fracking ban seen as having little impact on supply

Scientists say New York’s available reserves of natural gas in the sprawling Marcellus Shale are minuscule compared to what can be extracted in other states such as Pennsylvania and West Virginia.  More »

Obama administration sued over Gulf of Mexico fracking info

The lawsuit says the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has refused to comply with the group’s federal public records request.  More »

Suit seeks EPA decision on oil field chemical disclosure

Nine environmental groups sued to force the EPA to make a decision on a petition asking the agency to require oil and gas producers to disclose toxic chemical emissions.  More »
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