Category: Environment

Professor offers salt solution to fracturing problem

Since hydraulic fracturing involves mixing salt with water, an academic asks, wouldn’t it work to start with saltwater and conserve fresh water?  More »

Land commmissioner: time for protestors to leave the treehouse

Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson says the Keystone XL Pipeline protestors are “eco-anarchists.”  More »

EPA approves more flexible rules for plant expansions

The EPA has approved permitting rules that will let large industrial facilities expand if the changes don’t increase air pollution.  More »

Nigerian farmers sue Shell in Dutch court

The case marks the first time a Dutch company has been sued for alleged environmental mismanagement caused by a foreign subsidiary.  More »

Gas producers join methane leak study

Nine gas producers are teaming up with an environmental group and the University of Texas to conduct a study into one of the biggest climate change questions facing their work.  More »

EPA asks court to reconsider rejected pollution rule.

The EPA wants a Washington appeals court to take another look at a rule governing power plant emissions that cross state lines, which the court threw out in August.  More »

Chesapeake testing ‘green’ fracking fluids in U.S. shale wells

Chesapeake Energy Corp., the second- largest U.S. natural gas producer, is testing hydraulic- fracturing fluids composed solely of environmentally-benign components in wells.  More »

Chevron seeking emails from Google, Microsoft and Yahoo in Ecuador case

The subpoenas, served this month, are Chevron’s latest effort to prove that a $19 billion judgment against the oil company in Ecuador was the result of fraud. An Ecuadoran judge last year ruled that Chevron should pay to clean up a portion of the Amazon rain forest where Texaco, bought by Chevron in 2001, used to drill for crude.  More »

Four Texas counties rank among nation’s top ten for gasoline consumption

Four Texas counties are among the nation’s top ten users of gasoline, according to a new study released today by the Sierra Club, League of Conservation Voters and the Natural Resources Defense Council.  More »

Return of the tree people: Keystone protest hits Texas

They may think they’re taking to the trees to protest a pipeline, but they’re indirectly championing cheap and affordable fossil fuel.  More »

Discussing the `War on Coal’ on Fox Business

Yesterday, I was on Melissa Francis’ show on Fox Business discussing the “war on the coal,” which dovetailed with a column I wrote in May looking at how coal plant operators were trying to blame the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for their …  More »

Tax credit has little impact on electric vehicle buys, CBO says

The Congressional Budget Office said the electric vehicle tax credit will cost nearly $2 billion, but doesn’t make electric vehicles cost competitive.  More »

Activists climb trees in Keystone XL’s Texas path

A group of environmentalists standing on tree platforms and branches attempted to head off work in northeast Texas for the southern portion of the Keystone XL oil pipeline on Monday.  More »

Rice University plans a bridge to the energy future

Rice University has announced a campus-wide Energy and Environment Initiative, intended to pull together the university’s $40 million energy research portfolio and lead the nation into the future.  More »

Ex-EPA official says Texas court wins won’t last

A former Environmental Protection Agency administrator who resigned after using the word “crucify” to describe his approach to violators says recent court decisions striking down federal pollution rules are delaying the inevitable.  More »