Category: Environment

Industry looks to develop better methane monitors

A partnership between the energy industry and an environmental group is developing technology that could help reduce the prevalence of harmful methane emissions.  More »

Officials say oil spill sheen dissipating in Ohio River

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is coordinating the response to the spill, which occurred at a Duke Energy power plant near Cincinnati.  More »

Brine firm sues over biblical fracturing billboard

The complaint by the company contends the wells are safe, legal and meet all state safety standards.  More »

Fuel oil spills into Ohio River

Duke Energy said the spill occurred during a fuel transfer and lasted 10 to 15 minutes before it was stopped.  More »

State regulator unveils proposed rules on disposal wells

Facing mounting concerns about ties between earthquakes and oil and gas activity, Texas regulators are proposing new rules for wastewater storage wells.  More »

Study: Keystone carbon pollution more than figured

The much-debated Keystone XL pipeline could produce four times more global warming pollution than the State Department calculated earlier this year, a new study concludes.  More »

Nigeria, Shell not cleaning oil pollution, report charges

Nigeria, a member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, is Africa’s largest oil producer and most populous nation.  More »

Chevron gets approval for $1 Billion Calif. refinery project

Chevron must meet several conditions imposed by the Richmond planning commission while installing a new hydrogen plant at its complex, including limits on sulfur processing and emissions.  More »

Michigan officials want more supports beneath oil pipes

Enbridge Energy Partners LP was put on notice following the company’s acknowledgement it was partly out of compliance with an agreement dating to 1953, when the pipelines were laid in the Straits of Mackinac.  More »

EPA says Duke done dredging coal ash from N.C. river

Environmental watchdog groups pointed out Thursday that Duke recovered less than 10 percent of the coal ash it spilled.  More »

California hearing addresses oil refinery rules

The residents of Los Angeles’ Wilmington area were among about a dozen speakers to address an EPA panel hearing.  More »

Google-gas: mapping cars search for pipeline leaks

Environmentalists have teamed up with Google to shine a spotlight on natural gas leaking from pipes buried under city streets in Boston, Indianapolis and Staten Island.  More »

Denton residents to vote on fracking ban in November

The Denton City Council voted down a petition 5-2 to ban new hydraulic fracturing after eight hours of testimony, sending the proposal to a public ballot in November  More »

NRG begins work on coal plant carbon capture project

A coal-fired generating unit at a power plant near Houston will begin capturing some of its carbon dioxide emissions in 2016.  More »

Denton’s proposed fracking ban likely to go to voters

As Denton considers permanently banning hydraulic fracturing within city limits, the state’s oil and gas regulator has weighed into the fray, arguing the move would undercut one of the key pillars of the Texas economy.’  More »