Category: Environment

Texas spends Gulf oil spill cash on conservation

Texas is the first state to confirm a deal to spend settlement money from the Gulf oil spill for long-term coastal conservation, working with a private nonprofit to cut through red tape and buy 80 acres of prime habitat for endangered whooping cranes.  More »

Natural gas, renewables big factor in presidential pick, poll finds

A solid majority of Americans are more likely to vote for a presidential candidate who supports developing more natural gas, boosting federal support for renewable-energy use and research, and approving construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, a new poll found.  More »

Americans back range of energy policies, with partisan splits

A majority of Americans support a range of energy and environmental policies from more oil drilling to federal funding for renewables to regulations that curb pollution, albeit with significant partisan differences, according to a new Gallup poll. The partisan gap was at least 20 points on each of the policies polled, according to the poll released Monday, underscoring the level of polarization that continues on matters of energy and environment.  More »

Americans back range of energy policies, with partisan splits

A majority of Americans support a range of energy and environmental policies from more oil drilling to federal funding for renewables to regulations that curb pollution, albeit with significant partisan differences, according to a new Gallup poll.  More »

Environmentalists attack API on drilling pollution

More than a dozen environmental groups lobbied the White House today to impose robust new rules limiting air pollution from hydraulically fractured wells and reject what they said was an oil and gas industry “misinformation” campaign against the proposed mandates.  More »

Gas flaring permits surge in Texas

The number of permits issued to burn off natural gas quadrupled between 2009 and 2011, according to data from the Texas Railroad Commission.  More »

EPA says water OK at 20 wells in town

Featured in the documentary “Gasland,” the village of Dimock has been at the center of a fierce debate over drilling, in particular the process of hydraulic fracturing.  More »

Activists sue EPA to finish coal ash regulation

Health, environmental and community activists have sued the Environmental Protection Agency to force it to finish long-awaited regulations restricting how power companies can dispose of the toxic chemical-containing leftovers from burning coal ash.  More »

EPA pushes off air rules for oil and natural gas

The Environmental Protection Agency will delay promulgating its long-awaited air standards for the oil and natural gas for two weeks, citing the need for more time to review public comments, an agency spokeswoman said Monday.  More »

Agency stops seismic tests; worries about dolphins

With sick and dead dolphins turning up along Louisiana’s coast, federal regulators are curbing an oil and natural gas exploration company from doing seismic tests known to disturb marine mammals.  More »

EPA pulls order forcing driller to provide water

The Texas Railroad Commission, which oversees oil and gas drilling, and Range Resources have long insisted drilling did not cause the water contamination.  More »

Murkowski invites Obamas to talk ANWR drilling over milkshakes

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski has invited President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama for a milkshake to discuss producing oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge — all while drilling for it from outside the area.  More »