Category: Environment

Calif. county considers fracturing ban

For the past several months, Santa Barbara County Water Guardians have worked to collect enough signatures to propose a ban on hydraulic fracturing.  More »

EPA proposes changes to refinery emission rules

The EPA has proposed tougher rules for toxic emissions from refineries.  More »

Government acknowledges gaps in oil well inspections

The Interior Department’s BLM is counting on Congress to approve a budget request that would allow it to use $10 million raised from fees charged to oil and gas companies to pay for high-priority inspections.  More »

Proposed Nebraska power line draws opposition

One of Nebraska’s biggest utilities wants to build a 220-mile power transmission line across the Sandhills, but the project is drawing strong opposition from some environmental groups.  More »

Fed government failed to inspect higher risk oil wells

The government has failed to inspect thousands of oil and gas wells it considers potentially high risks for water contamination and other environmental damage, congressional investigators say.  More »

Old kids on the block at OTC

There is still a place for decades-old products at the Offshore Technology Conference.  More »

Energy companies warned about water availability

As water becomes increasingly scarce, oil and gas companies must start looking at it as an asset, expert says.  More »

Planned gas pipeline to Mexico stirs controversy

The proposed pipeline is criticized as opening a new route for smugglers and immigrants illegally entering the country.  More »

Police break Greenpeace blockade on Russian tanker

Dutch police stormed a Greenpeace ship Thursday and ended environmentalists’ attempts to block a Russian tanker carrying oil from the Arctic Ocean from mooring at Rotterdam Port.  More »

High court upholds emissions rule Texas and others challenged

The Supreme Court upheld an EPA rule requiring aging power plants to reduce emissions that cross state lines. Texas was among states challenging the rule.  More »

Greenpeace ship to confront Russian Arctic oil tanker

Greenpeace International is sending out a ship to protest a tanker bringing the first oil produced at a new Russian offshore platform in the Arctic Circle to Rotterdam.  More »

Energy Dept. welcomes fracking chemical disclosure

The U.S. Department of Energy said Friday that it welcomes the decision by oil and gas industry supplier Baker Hughes to disclose all chemicals in hydraulic fracturing fluid. But Halliburton, a major competitor in the field, isn’t committing to such disclosure.  More »

Texas regulator says no controversy in cutting air quality funding

Bryan Shaw, the head of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, said this week in San Antonio that there’s no controversy over the agency’s decision to cut funding for air quality work in the region. The Alamo Area Council of Governments lost out on funding after  its natural resource director publicly disclosed details of a draft air […]  More »

North Dakota finds more radioactive oil waste

Health officials have said that radioactive filter socks increasingly are being found along roadsides, in abandoned buildings or in commercial trash bins — sometimes those of competing oil companies.  More »

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

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