Category: Environment

Port Arthur carbon capture project hits milestone

The U.S. Department of Energy today said a carbon-capture project in Port Arthur has reached a key milestone: a million metric tons of carbon dioxide blocked from being released into the air.  More »

Building Beyond a Bill

This week, the House of Representatives approved a bipartisan bill aimed at improving the construction of critical infrastructure across national borders. The bill, H.R. 3301, rejects the current requirements for a Presidential permit to authorize construction of cross-border pipelines, as well as easing overly harsh environmental impact assessments. Why is this important? The North American […]  More »

California wind farm won’t have eagle death penalties

The Shiloh IV Wind Project will receive a special permit allowing up to five golden eagles to be accidentally killed, harmed or disturbed over five years.  More »

Statoil strikes out in well at center of Greenpeace standoff

Statoil ASA failed to find oil in the northernmost site ever drilled off Norway’s Arctic tip.  More »

Supreme Court limits existing EPA climate rules on power plants

The Supreme Court on Monday placed limits on the sole Obama administration program already in place to deal with power plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.  More »

EPA claims victory in Supreme Court decision on pollution rules

The Supreme Court upholds the EPA’s efforts to limit greenhouse gases from power plants, refineries and factories — a key affirmation of the Obama administration’s climate agenda.  More »

Oil, gas project OK’d on Nevada sage grouse land

Federal land managers have approved an oil and gas project involving hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in a portion of northeast Nevada identified by state wildlife officials as essential habitat for the imperiled greater sage grouse.  More »

Oil drilling threatens solitude of national park

Oil development is strictly forbidden within Theodore Roosevelt National Park itself, but park officials worry that the flares, lights and noise from drilling just beyond the protected area are sullying the natural spaces cherished by Roosevelt as a bespectacled young man in his mid-20s.  More »

Nigerian fishermen reject Shell’s $50 million

Shell already accepts responsibility for paying compensation and cleaning up spills caused by its own failures.  More »

Oil companies sued for MTBE pollution in Pennsylvania

The companies’ conduct was “wanton, malicious, oppressive and fraudulent,” the lawsuit said, and they “fraudulently, deceptively and unfairly” marketed MTBE as safe for the environment.  More »

Poll: Majority supports Obama’s climate change rules on power plants

More than two-thirds of U.S. adults support the Obama administration’s proposed restrictions on power plant emissions, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey released Wednesday.  More »

Environmental regulator: Renewable energy is ‘unreliable and parasitic’

Oil, gas and coal production have boosted living conditions around the globe, and policies to effectively replace the fossil fuels “with inferior energy sources” could undermine those improvements, former Texas environmental regulator Kathleen Hartnett White argues.  More »

Threatened bird leads feds to block some drilling

The federal government is declaring more than 400,000 acres in Colorado and Utah off-limits to energy exploration to protect a little-known bird.  More »

Hillary Clinton weighs in on Keystone XL pipeline

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline shouldn’t be seen as a proxy for the relationship between Canada and the United States.  More »

Republican governors slam Obama energy policy at Houston event

A group of Republican governors from oil-and-gas rich states will gather in Houston to discuss energy policy and slam the newest regulations passed by the EPA and backed by President Barack Obama.  More »