Category: Environment

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 »

$1.7 million penalty proposed in river spill

The July 2011 rupture fouled 70 miles of the scenic Yellowstone’s banks.  More »

‘Best restoration project in the entire world’ (video)

See the results of an environmental restoration effort on Gulf Coast, where once barren land is now covered with grass and wildlife. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar visited the area Wednesday, saying he hopes it will become the “best restoration project in the entire world.”  More »

Interior Dept. allows BP to bid on Gulf leases, with conditions

The Interior Department will allow BP to bid in next week’s Gulf of Mexico lease sale, despite its suspension from obtaining new federal contracts.  More »

Highlighting Global Trends In Carbon Emissions

It is rather easy to get swept up in the ‘holier than thou’ mindset when it comes to lower carbon emissions in the US. Granted, the US is making progress on this front: 2012 levels were about 13% below those seen in 2005. But it would be remiss to ignore the impact of the crippling recession […]  More »

Commentary: Battle lines forming on carbon tax

For a political non-starter, a carbon tax is generating an awful lot of activity on Capitol Hill. Texas Reps. Joe Barton and Jeb Hensarling will headline a press conference Wednesday slamming the idea.  More »

Opinion: Californians want oil’s tax revenue without the oil

The only thing California’s environmentally friendly Democratic legislators prefer to regulating private industry is spending public dollars. So it’s fascinating to watch them struggle with an unfolding dilemma.  More »

Transition to low-carbon future will unfold slowly, execs say

The U.S. is on the cusp of an energy transformation driven by policy and environmental goals, but it will take a long time for that transition to unfold, business leaders and analysts said Friday at the IHS CERAWeek energy conference.  More »