Category: Environment

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 »

Cars become biggest driver of greenhouse-gas increases

Emissions from transportation may rise at the fastest rate of all major sources through 2050, surging 71 percent from 2010 levels, mainly from emerging economies, according to a leaked draft a UN study on climate change.  More »

State sides with Duke in appeal of coal ash ruling

Environmentalists say the decision to file an appeal directly conflicts with public statements from Gov. Pat McCrory suggesting his administration is getting tough with his former employer.  More »

Water recycling companies getting a foothold in the Eagle Ford

Water — and how it’s sourced — has been an increasingly hot topic in the oil patch. Drilling a well in the Eagle Ford Shale and other so-called “tight” formations requires several million gallons of water.  More »

Energy industry targeting carbon to clean up business

Buoyed by gas, the fossil-fuel industry is trying to bask in a newfound green image.  More »

Galveston Bay oil spill could have lasting effect

Some ecological experts fear the 168,000 gallons of oil spilled a week ago in Galveston Bay and now drifting south in the Gulf of Mexico could have lasting effects on the undersea ecosystem.  More »

Feds list lesser prairie chicken as threatened

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Thursday it is placing a grassland grouse known as the lesser prairie chicken on a list of threatened species, a move that could affect oil and gas drilling, wind farms and other activities in five central and southwestern states. The decision by the Fish and Wildlife Service is a […]  More »