In this July 13, 2015 photo, protesters gather outside the U.S. Oil Sands commercial tar sands operation, in the Book Cliffs, in eastern Utah. On a remote Utah ridge covered in sagebrush, pines and wild grasses, a Canadian company is about to embark on something never before done commercially in the United States: digging sticky, black, tar-soaked sand from the ground and extracting the petroleum. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

1st U.S. tar sands mine set to open for business in Utah

The impending opening of the nation’s first tar sands mine has become another front in the battle across the West between preservationists and the energy industry.
An oil tanker navigates the Houston Ship Channel in Houston, Texas. (Carter Smith/ Bloomberg News file photo)

Oil exports could mean more production — and pollution

The report from the liberal Center for American Progress is the first to broadly examine the environmental consequences of a big shift in U.S. oil trade policy, coming as Congress nears a vote on whether to lift the 1970s-era ban.
In April 2010, businessman and philanthropist George Mitchell attends an event in The Woodlands. Mitchell died in 2013. (AP Photo/Conroe Courier, Eric S. Swist)

EPA’s methane crackdown wins endorsement from oil icon’s Texas foundation

The charitable foundation that is a legacy of George Mitchell, the “father of fracking,” has endorsed the proposed methane rules.
(Jerry Lara/San Antonio Express-News)

Obama’s methane limits seen wiping out the marginal driller

The inefficient producers that were slow to prepare for stricter regulation, even as environmental concerns over hydraulic fracturing mounted, will probably fold, researchers said.
A well is drilled at an Apache Energy site in the Permian Basin in Midland, Texas, Feb. 14, 2012. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

EPA pushes rules slashing methane, hinting oil industry hasn’t gone far enough

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed the new regulations Tuesday, making a significant step toward fulfilling the White House’s March pledge to pare oil and gas methane emissions by 40 to 45 percent by 2025.
(Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg)

Muslim clerics call for a phaseout of fossil fuels

The clerics and scholars appealed to “well-off nations and oil-producing states” to recognize their “moral obligation to reduce consumption so that the poor may benefit from what is left of the Earth’s non-renewable resources,” according to the declaration e-mailed Tuesday from Istanbul.

Fortress Environmental expands in the Eagle Ford while oil prices are low

Fortress just opened its first “one-stop shop,” $12 million facility for saltwater disposal from hydraulic fracturing off of Interstate 10 between Houston and San Antonio.
Foundation jackets and a deck are seen on a barge near a construction crane before their installation on Deepwater Wind, the nation's first offshore wind farm, Monday, July 27, 2015, on the waters of the Atlantic Ocean Off Block Island, R.I. Deepwater Wind will consist of five turbines producing a total of 30 megawatts of electricity. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

U.S. lags Europe on offshore wind efforts

Rhode Island-based Deepwater Wind reached its first “steel in the water” milestone in the early construction phase of its Block Island Wind Farm at the end of July, and the company has some other projects planned offshore of the Atlantic coast.
A map of Texas showing the state s transmission lines is a focal point in the control room of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which operates most of the state's power grid. (Ryan Holeywell/Houston Chronicle)

Grid operator issues power use alert

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas is asking electric consumers to limit their electricity usage today during the peak hours between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. The string of 100-degree-plus days led to record-setting power demand on three different days this month, most recently on Monday, according to ERCOT. Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday asked residents to conserve.
This June 15, 2015 file photo shows kayakers trying to block the departure of the Shell Oil Polar Pioneer rig platform as it moved from Elliott Bay in Seattle, Washington.  (Tim Exton/AFP/Getty Images)

Green groups: Arctic drilling ‘inconsistent’ with Obama’s climate change crusade

Arctic drilling is “inconsistent” with efforts to stay within a global carbon budget, environmentalists warn in a new report.