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Charges allege man dumped gas drilling waste

Federal prosecutors have charged a man with illegally dumping gas drilling waste into a tributary of the Chagrin River in northeast Ohio.
Exxon Mobil has about 86 percent of its oil and gas production in what rating agencies consider less risky OECD countries, according to the analysis.(Carlos Javier Sanchez/ Special to the Chronicle)

Environmental groups fighting Exxon expansion at Baytown

Exxon Mobil regional spokesman Russ Roberts said the TCEQ’s decision to issue a draft permit shows that the proposal meets the commission’s various standards.

Supreme Court takes limited review of consolidated greenhouse gas cases

Well today I was surprised that the Supreme Court granted certiorari to one of the questions from the consolidated, complex, greenhouse gas cases decided by the DC Circuit Court of Appeals.  In that case, the DC Circuit upheld the EPA’s endangerment finding for greenhouse gases, held that plaintiffs didn’t have standing to challenge another part […]
The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. (Photo: dbking/Flickr)

Supreme Court will hear challenge to EPA’s greenhouse gas rules

The U.S. Supreme Court will review whether the EPA can limit carbon emissions from refineries and other fixed industrial facilities.
The University of Houston hosts a public debate on the pros and cons of hydraulic fracturing. From left to right: Paul Krishna, health and safety manager for XTO Energy; Margaret Hill, moderator and head of Blank Rome’s environmental litigation practice; and Scott Anderson, senior policy advisor for the Environmental Defense Fund. (Emily Pickrell/Houston Chronicle)

UH presents a polite debate on a fractious topic

Considering the sparring partners — representatives of an oil company and an environmental group — the bout over hydraulic fracturing was pretty friendly.
NRG Energy has a carbon capture project at its W.A. Parish Power Plant in Fort Bend County. (For the Chronicle/Gary Fountain)

Carbon capture and storage gaining ground worldwide

Twenty large-scale projects worldwide capture carbon dioxide and store it underground — often for use in enhancing oil production.
(Kimberly White/Bloomberg News)

New website tracks tar sands shipments to West Coast

Activists fighting Canadian oil sands launched a website that tracks tanker ships carrying the diluted bitumen from the oil sands and even alerts you when a “tar sands tanker” sails into your area.

New Hampshire appeals order on Exxon Mobil money

Exxon Mobil appealed the verdict and award to the state Supreme Court
Categories: Environment
In this image provided by Greenpeace, Russian Coast Guards seize the Greenpeace ship the Arctic Sunrise, following a protest by Greenpeace activists at a Russian oil platform in the Pechora Sea, off the coast of Russia. The image was taken by a mobile phone camera from video footage on a computer screen. (AP Photo/Greenpeace)

Greenpeace activists charged with piracy for Arctic protest

Greenpeace said Wednesday that 14 of its activists who were detained after protesting at a Russian oil platform have been charged with piracy, a crime punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
(Photo courtesy of Shell Oil Co.)

Alaska hunts oil amid Arctic damage from climate change

Oil producers already braving the extremes of a region where sunlight disappears for 60 days a year are experiencing a new phenomenon: daily life navigating the risks and opportunities of climate change.