Category: Environment

EPA rule gives new boost to gas

Natural gas is poised to be one of the biggest winners of the Obama administration’s new plan to slash carbon dioxide emissions, accelerating the electric sector’s move away from coal toward the cleaner-burning power source. But natural gas industry executives weren’t eager to crow about their victory Monday.  More »

EPA rule would reduce power plant carbon emissions by 30%

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed rules to reduce power plant greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent.  More »

EPA to seek to cut power plant carbon by one-third

The Obama administration on Monday will unveil a plan to cut earth-warming pollution from power plants by 30 percent by 2020, setting in motion one of the most significant actions to address global warming in U.S. history.  More »

Corn to be planted in anti-pipeline message

About four acres of Ponka red corn will be planted this weekend in a field near Neligh, Nebraska, to fill out an anti-pipeline message carved into the ground earlier this spring.  More »

Top coal-power operator expects plant closures on Obama plan

American Electric Power Co. expects to be challenged and shut some of its largest units if the Obama administration proposes a 25 percent greenhouse-emission cut.  More »

Repsol wins approval for $10B project off Spain

Repsol SA won government approval to start a $10 billion oil drilling project off Spain’s Canary Islands, signaling success in its 12-year campaign to start exploration near the Atlantic archipelago.  More »

Shell may boost internal carbon price as emission rules tighten

Royal Dutch Shell Plc may boost the internal carbon emissions price it uses for planning new projects if governments tighten climate rules, according to an executive in its emissions unit.  More »

Analysis: Celebrities’ Keystone activism outweighs pipeline’s climate impact

Actress Daryl Hannah hasn’t chained herself to the White House fence in support of tougher power plant emissions. Maybe she should.  More »

Chamber study predicts Obama climate rule will kill jobs

The nation’s biggest business lobby says President Barack Obama’s plan to tackle climate change could cost the U.S. economy $50 billion a year. Supporters predict it will create jobs and lower power bills.  More »

Statoil rig kept idle in Arctic by Greenpeace activists (photos)

Greenpeace activists occupied a Statoil ASA rig in Norway’s Arctic Barents Sea for a second day, preventing it from reaching the nation’s northernmost oil exploration well the protesters say may harm the environment.  More »

Texas regulators: Can’t tie water contamination to drilling

A geologist for Texas regulators wrote that the agency has determined that there is insufficient evidence tying drilling to methane contamination beneath a Texas neighborhood and the agency will not investigate further.  More »

EPA Proposes new “residual risk” rule for refineries

Cross Posted from Center for Progressive Reform Blog: On May 14, 2014, the EPA proposed new rules to control “residual risk” from hazardous air emissions (such as from benzene) at the nation’s petroleum refineries.     The Clean Air Act requires the EPA to calculate whether or not residual risk to human health exists after […]  More »

Exxon CEO: Oil will be top energy source for years

About 15 people protested outside the meeting hall of Exxon Mobil’s annual shareholder meeting, charging that the company was not doing enough to reduce climate change and develop alternative sources of energy to burning oil and natural gas.  More »

Anadarko’s $5 billion pollution settlement wins approval

Anadarko Petroleum Corp.’s agreement to pay $5.15 billion for pollution cleanup across the U.S. was approved over objections from people who said their illnesses won’t be properly compensated.  More »

Damage award in Texas fracking case raises stakes in air quality debate

A Texas family has won what appears to be the first successful U.S. lawsuit alleging that toxic air emissions from oil and gas production sickened people living nearby. But there are no assurances the verdict against Aruba Petroleum will survive an appeal or lead to regulatory changes in Texas.  More »