Category: Environment

Duke says moving coal ash would cost up to $10 billion

Duke’s electricity customers likely would foot nearly all the bill.  More »

Oil companies fight plan to slow N. Dakota production

Oil companies are fighting the idea of slowing production, and want regulators to consider self-imposed steps to curb natural gas flaring.  More »

Study: Fuels from corn waste worse for climate than gasoline

Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration’s conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change.  More »

Gas boom may spell doom for Texas village

While there’s been a litany of boom town narratives in the story of the modern U.S. energy renaissance, Quintana may be the only community that could shrink — or even vanish, some holdout homeowners fear — in response to the country’s surge in energy production.  More »

Divestment campaigns struggle against stock market, profits

The divestment campaigns have had limited success, but it’s a movement that administrators are noticing.  More »

U.S. LNG Exports Could Ensure European Energy Security

The ongoing crisis in Ukraine is a flashpoint for European and American leaders to reinforce energy security in Europe and redouble efforts to decrease Europe’s dependence on Russian natural gas.  Russia provides nearly one-third of Europe’s annual natural gas demand which totaled 18.7 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) in 2013. Ukraine is also the major conduit […]  More »

Illegal dumping of radioactive waste surges with oil boom

Oil fields are spinning off thousands of tons of low-level radioactive trash as the U.S. drilling boom leads to a surge in illegal dumping and states debate how much landfills can safely take.  More »

Sustainability key to US energy future, expert says

As global energy demand rises, the United States must do a better job making its oil boom sustainable in places like the Bakken Shale, where fractured wells recover just 4 percent of the underground resource, a Rice University official said Wednesday.  More »

BP says oil spill cleanup on the Gulf shoreline is complete

BP says it has completed operations to cleanse Gulf of Mexico shorelines of oil that spilled after Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2013.  More »

Keystone foes make drastic last-ditch effort

“We’re trying to create as much pressure as we can on President Obama,” one environmentalist said. “We want to personalize this. This isn’t just the faceless masses.”  More »

Renewables, nuclear must triple to save climate, UN says

The world needs to triple the energy it gets from renewables, nuclear reactors and power plants that use emissions-capture technology to avoid dangerous levels of global warming, United Nations scientists said.  More »

Polar politics threaten Norway’s deepest drive in Arctic

The Norwegian government, seeking to sustain oil revenues that have fueled the country’s prosperity, has floated plans to let drillers push closer than ever to the ice cap — only to run into the strongest opposition yet.  More »
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