Category: Environment

Carbon capture could raise wholesale energy price 80 percent

Requiring the use of carbon capture and sequestration technologies at coal-fired power plants could increase the wholesale price of electricity between 70 percent and 80 percent, an Energy Department official said.  More »

Con Edison to calculate benefits of preparing utility for climate change

Electric utility Con Edison will conduct an economic analysis to quantify the benefits of preparing its infrastructure for the impacts of climate change, a company official said Feb. 10.  More »

Report: Ethanol’s role could diminish as biofuels grow

Biofuels consumption will increase by more than 57 percent over the next decade, but the proportion that comes from ethanol is likely to decline, according to new projections from market research firm Navigant Research.  More »

Texas lawmakers fail on environmental scorecard

House Republicans’ environmental credentials are at rock-bottom lows, according to new ratings released Tuesday.  More »

Keystone consultant disclosed ‘conflict of interest’ to feds

The consulting firm that wrote a largely favorable environmental review of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline disclosed to the State Department work it did that led to allegations of a conflict of interest after it won the contract, according to newly released documents.  More »

Q&A: Oil field leftovers don’t go to waste

Blake Scott, the founder and president of Scott Environmental Services, has developed a way to turn solid drilling waste into a material that can be used to pave oil field roads and rig pads.  More »

Keystone XL pipeline records sought in Sierra Club suit

Keystone XL pipeline records are being sought by the Sierra Club in a lawsuit claiming the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has to make public documents related to its review of TransCanada Corp. (TRP)’s project.  More »

Police cite 29 protesters in Keystone demonstration

Authorities in San Francisco have cited more than two-dozen demonstrators for blocking entrances to the Federal Building in protest of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline.  More »

Keystone XL protesters hold vigil in downtown Houston

Dozens of environmental activists demonstrated at the Federal Building in downtown Houston Monday evening, calling on President Barack Obama to reject the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.  More »

State oil regulator warns warns operators about gas flares

Texas Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick said the agency is sending letters to operators Wednesday reminding them of the state’s natural gas flaring rules and warning that the state will enforce them.  More »

Report: Fracking colliding with other water uses during drought

Hydraulic fracturing is competing for water in some of the driest regions of the U.S., including the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas, according to a research paper released today by the nonprofit Ceres.  More »

EPA shifts greenhouse gas permitting to Texas

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency gave Texas authority over greenhouse gas permitting on Tuesday, ending a long, often bitter battle between the federal agency and the state.  More »

Keystone report said likely to disappoint pipeline foes

The U.S. State Department is preparing to issue a report as soon as today that will probably disappoint environmental groups and opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline, according to people briefed on agency discussions.  More »

Nebraskans resist Keystone, spurning TransCanada’s checks (video)

While Calgary-based TransCanada Corp. has signed agreements with property owners in Montana and South Dakota along the Keystone XL pipeline’s proposed 1,179-mile route from Alberta, some families along the path through eastern Nebraska are holding out.  More »

Keystone opponents use rail constraints to urge pipeline’s rejection

Environmentalists are making an unusual argument in their attempt to stop the Keystone XL pipeline: that trains can’t move all the oil out of Canada.  More »