U.S. gasoline exports shouldn’t be an excuse for scuttling the Keystone pipeline More »
Shale drilling has, in some ways, become a victim of its own success. With natural gas now selling for less than $3 per million British thermal units, shale drillers have been looking for foreign investments and other tactics to keep drilling programs going. But at these prices, the more gas they produce only feeds the [...] More »
Last week the newly appointed head of the Sierra Club, Michael Brune, penned a scathing opinion piece that claimed the Keystone XL pipeline would “cost the American people far more than we can afford.” To paraphrase an old saw, the author is entitled to his opinion, but he is not entitled to his own facts. Indeed, [...] More »
Air fares may be going up again, and this time it’s so you can pay for airlines to continue belching carbon across Europe. As of Monday, the European Union began implementing new carbon emission rules for airlines taking off or landing within the 27-nation zone. The trading scheme works much the same way that one [...] More »
A northeast Ohio well used to dispose of wastewater from oil and gas drilling almost certainly caused a series of 11 minor quakes in the Youngstown area since last spring, a seismologist investigating the quakes said. More »
A federal report possibly linking groundwater pollution to hydraulic fracturing in central Wyoming is not discouraging hopes for the Niobrara oil play in the southeast part of the state. More »
Luminant Generation Co. will continue operating two coal-fired electricity units it had previously planned to close now that a federal court temporarily halted a pollution regulation from being implemented, the company said Friday.
A U.S. District Court judge has dismissed the federal government’s argument that a BP subsidiary violated its probation after an oil spill because of another spill on Alaska’s North Slope. Judge Ralph Beistline also lifted BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc.’s probation altogether in a written order issued Tuesday.
New environmental regulations, coming amid warnings that Texas might not meet its electricity needs next summer, could set up a legal dilemma for regulators, grid operators and generators. More »
Last weekend, I went to Louisiana to interview Chad Murray, who was the chief electrician aboard the Deepwater Horizon when it exploded on April 20, 2010. Murray had contacted me a few months ago, after reading my book on the disaster. He said he wanted to tell his story in hopes that it would draw [...] More »
The EPA unveiled the first-ever national standards for toxic emissions from power plants, in rules that undoubtedly will affect the electric power picture in Texas. More »
The Environmental Protection Agency is expected Wednesday to announce its first-ever standards for mercury and other toxic emissions from power plants, capping months of debate over a rule that Republicans and utilities have decried and environmental and health groups have hailed. More »