Category: Environment

Seven things to know about ethanol

Billed as a green replacement for billions of gallons of gasoline, ethanol has enjoyed widespread political support. But the results of America’s ethanol policy have not been as green as advertised.  More »

More oil and gas drillers turn to water recycling

Drillers have found a way to get by with much less water: They recycle it using systems that not long ago they may have eyed with suspicion.  More »

North Dakota panel deciding oil field protection sites

A divided North Dakota Industrial Commission soon will decide whether to designate special places subject to development restrictions that would protect them from oil drilling or other development.  More »

Koch has 400-barrel oil spill from Hill Country pipeline

The Texas Railroad Commission and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are overseeing the cleanup.  More »

Shale energy moves toward balance of industry, community concerns

As shale drilling matures, an emerging middle ground is balancing industry needs and community concerns.  More »

Nevada mine pollution deal brings residents $19.5 million

Atlantic Richfield Co. and its parent, BP America, acknowledged no wrongdoing under the agreement  More »

Ecuador judge says Chevron ruling was his own work

Chevron claims in a racketeering case that the plaintiffs in the environmental case won the ruling through bribery and fraud.  More »

Southern Union must pay for RI environmental projects

U.S. District Judge Williams Smith was forced to resentence Southern Union Co. after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down his original penalty of $18 million.  More »

Experts say nuclear power needed to slow warming

Some of the world’s top climate scientists say wind and solar energy won’t be enough to head off extreme global warming, and they’re asking environmentalists to support the development of safer nuclear power as one way to cut fossil fuel pollution.  More »

Lightning may have caused North Dakota oil spill

A farmer discovered the spill in a wheat field the northwest corner of the state in late September.  More »

Montana, feds to seek damages from Exxon Mobil spill

The Silvertip pipeline broke near during flooding in July 2011, releasing 63,000 gallons of oil that washed up along an 85-mile stretch of a scenic river.  More »

West Coast states, British Columbia to link emissions policies

In an agreement announced Monday, the governors of California, Oregon, Washington and the environment minister of British Columbia, Mary Polak, will place a price on greenhouse gas pollution and mandate the use of cleaner-burning fuels.  More »