Category: Environment

Rep. Joe Barton points to biblical flood as evidence climate change may not be man-made

Rep. Joe Barton called upon an event of biblical proportions to support his beliefs climate change isn’t entirely caused by humankind. Barton acknowledged his skepticism on the cause of climate change during an Energy and Power subcommittee hearing on legislation that would give authority to Congress to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, first reported by Buzzfeed. “I would point out […]  More »

Family sues over Texas man’s Dow plant death

The mother and son of a Friendswood man who died after being burned in an explosion at a Dow Chemical Co. plant in Deer Park last year has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the chemical manufacturer, a subsidiary and two employees.  More »

Exxon Mobil must pay $236M in pollution case

A New Hampshire jury has found ExxonMobil liable in a long-running lawsuit over groundwater contamination by the gasoline additive MTBE. The oil giant could pay hundreds of millions of dollars to clean it up.  More »

NRG paying $244M for Corpus Christi power plant

Power provider NRG Energy is paying roughly $244 million to buy a Corpus Christi cogeneration power plant that will expand the company’s electricity capacity in a part of the state where it is seeking to grow its customer base.  More »

Eco-marathon tests life in the slow — but eco-friendly — lane

The Shell Eco-marathon, three days of futuristic car craziness, has attracted teams from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Guatemala to compete on design and energy efficiency. The event starts Friday at Discovery Green in downtown Houston.  More »

Nev. wind farm could face fine over eagle death

Pattern Energy, owner of an eastern Nevada wind farm, could face a fine of up to $200,000 over the death of a golden eagle.  More »

Homes evacuated after Arkansas pipeline ruptures

ExxonMobil says it’s investigating the breach of a pipeline that originates in Illinois and carries crude oil to the Texas Gulf Coast.  More »

Salazar’s legacy: Win some, lose some

During his time heading the Interior Department, outgoing Secretary Ken Salazar has more often come down on the side of conservation — winning applause from outdoor enthusiasts and some environmentalists but drawing jeers from the oil and gas industry.  More »

Obama rule would slash gasoline emissions, raise prices

The Obama administration on Friday formally unveiled a plan to throttle the amount of sulfur emissions allowed from gasoline, raising concerns about rising gas prices.  More »

High benzene levels found by Colorado spill

Samples taken from monitoring wells near an oil-like leak close to a Williams Midstream natural gas plant in Colorado show high benzene levels near Parachute Creek, state officials said Thursday.  More »

Testimony ends in marathon gasoline additive trial

Testimony has ended in a marathon trial over whether Exxon Mobil Corp. should pay the state of New Hampshire hundreds of millions of dollars to monitor and treat private wells and public drinking supplies contaminated by the gasoline additive MTBE.  More »

Activists want tough tar sands pipeline standards

Several environmental groups in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are asking federal regulators for a moratorium on new tar sands oil pipelines until new standards are created.  More »