Category: Environment

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 »

Republicans: Obama administration stonewalling on bird deaths

House Republicans complain the Obama administration is refusing to turn over documents related to enforcing environmental laws at wind farms where dozens of eagles and other protected birds have been killed.  More »

How the Galveston Bay oil spill affected gasoline prices

Nationally, unleaded gasoline sold for an average of just over $3.53 per gallon Tuesday, according to AAA, up less than a penny from the day before the spill.  More »

A dash of saltwater could make fracturing more palatable

In a part of Texas where freshwater is especially precious, some oil and gas producers are learning to do without it in their hydraulic fracturing.  More »

Scientists: Gulf oil spill hurt fish hearts (photos)

Oil spilled during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster causes severe defects in the developing hearts of tuna, according to a new study by government and academic scientists that hints at long-term damage from the accident.  More »

Prosecutors ask $197M fine for CITGO in 2006 spill

LAKE CHARLES, La. — The Justice Department wants a federal judge to fine Citgo Petroleum Corp. at least $197 million in a Clean Water Act enforcement lawsuit filed in a 2006 oil spill at the company’s Lake Charles refinery. The Advocate reports the Justice Department argued in court filings this month that the legal maximum […]  More »

Guest commentary: World Water Day puts focus on new sustainability challenge

Water is essential to all of our lives. But Snehal Desai, global business director for Dow Water & Process Solutions, explains that we don’t have to choose between clean water and energy resources.  More »

25 years later, Exxon Valdez spill effects linger (photos)

Twenty five years after the Exxon Valdez spill, most of the species have recovered. But some wildlife, as well as the people who live in the region, are still struggling.  More »