Category: Environment

Report: Flaws in EPA drilling pollution data

Limited data and unreliable estimates on air pollution from oil and natural gas production is hindering the Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to police the drilling boom, the agency’s internal watchdog said in a report.  More »

Assumption Parish residents seek sinkhole buyouts

Scientists say the sinkhole formed after the failure of an underground salt cavern operated by Houston-based Texas Brine Co.  More »

EPA Region 8 chief resigns, GOP cites email probe

A regional administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency who oversaw investigations that involved hydraulic fracturing in Wyoming and asbestos contamination in Montana is resigning.  More »

Canadian crude rolling into Gulf Coast refineries

A competitor pipeline to Keystone XL already is funneling oil sands crude to Texas refineries at a rate of 100,000 barrels per day, despite environmentalists’ attempts to block the southward flow of the Canadian oil.  More »

Texas fracker accused of bully tactics against foes

When a Texas landowner took his fear that a gas driller had poisoned his well to federal regulators, the company, Range Resources Corp., turned around and sued him for conspiring “to harm Range.”  More »

County asks vice president, first lady to help stop drilling

Houston-based SG Interests wants more time to develop natural gas wells in Colorado’s Thompson Divide.  More »

Citgo to pay New Hampshire to settle MTBE suit

Citgo has 10 days to deliver the $16 million.  More »

New York town wages gas pipeline fight

NYC police officer Nick Russo and others in the town of Minisink, N.Y. are fighting the $43 million Minisink Compressor Project on the Millennium Pipeline, designed to help ease the power crunch in New York City, an hour’s drive to the south. They say the project is a health threat.  More »

California oil fields don’t all meet state carbon standard

Several California oil fields produce just as much carbon dioxide per barrel of oil as Canada’s carbon-intensive tar sands, raising debate over the state’s “low carbon fuel standard.”  More »

Houston company sued over oil discharged in Gulf

The Justice Department on Monday sued Houston-based ATP Oil & Gas Corp. accusing the bankrupt oil producer of illegally discharging oil from a platform in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »

Industry works to avoid listing of prairie grouse

Oil, gas and wind energy producers are working to persuade federal wildlife officials not to enact protections for the lesser prairie chicken, a move that could force them to halt or significantly alter their operations to protect the species’ dwindling grassland habitat.  More »

Ad war rages in New York over fracking

New Yorkers Against Fracking launched a TV spot this week on the heels of a new campaign by the New York State Petroleum Council. Watch the dueling ads over the state’s hydraulic fracturing ban.  More »