Category: Environment

Seminary drops fossil-fuel investments to atone for ‘sin’

The esteemed, historic institution is the first seminary in the country to make such a move, according to its President Serene Jones.  More »

This may whet your appetite for a new dryer

Your old dryer may be hampering your home energy efficiency.  More »

Gas utilities take action against methane as US mulls standards

Utilities have issued a plan to speed replacement of aging pipes and take other steps to cut climate-worsening leaks of methane, acting before the government can issue new rules.  More »

Poll: Americans would pay more for energy to curb climate change

By an almost two-to-one margin, 62 percent to 33 percent, Americans say they would pay more for energy if it would mean a reduction in pollution from carbon emissions, according to the Bloomberg National Poll.  More »

Norway’s oil lobby told age of no state interference is over

Producers in western Europe’s biggest oil and gas exporter must brace themselves for a new legislative age that will disrupt the status quo, according to Norway’s Green Party.  More »

Two states sign deal with Duke for river cleanup

The agreement requires Duke to pay any “reasonable” cost associated with the Feb. 2 spill , which coated 70 miles of the river in gray sludge.  More »

Pipeline firm behind $2.1B project led Pennsylvania list of fines paid

Subsidiaries of a pipeline giant that wants to build a $2.1 billion natural gas pipeline project through central Pennsylvania paid the most money last year in fines imposed by the state’s environmental regulators, a newspaper reported Sunday.  More »

Poll: Pennsylvanians support drilling, with one caveat

Pennsylvanians support drilling for natural gas by a nearly 2-to-1 margin, but a majority is opposed in one condition, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Friday.  More »

Commentary: Court cases suggest Texas is heading to a subsurface lease market

With a subsurface trespass case pending before the Texas Supreme Court and a recent $3 million nuisance verdict what has been called the nation’s “first fracking trial,” the industry may be wondering whether Texas is headed toward a subsurface lease market.  More »

Texas cash-from-carbon program lures climate skeptics

Technologies to package and reuse carbon dioxide, instead of releasing emissions into the atmosphere, are emerging as President Barack Obama steps up his fight against global warming.  More »

Jindal signs bill to scuttle levee board oil suit

The suit says drilling and dredging by oil, gas and pipeline companies are partially to blame for the degradation of coastal wetlands that serve as a natural hurricane buffer for New Orleans.  More »

Kentucky plant emblematic of nationwide move from coal to gas

Across the U.S., utilities are making changes to try to meet stiffer carbon emissions rules the Obama administration announced this week.  More »

Obama officials seek Democratic support for EPA coal rule

Top advisers to President Barack Obama are trying to sell fellow Democrats in theU.S. Senate on the administration’s plan to cut greenhouse-gas emissions from power plants.  More »

Agency says no long-term health risk from spill

Michigan’s health agency says there’s no long-term risk from swimming and fishing in the Kalamazoo River, the site of a 2010 oil spill.  More »

Minnesota oil spill of 1979 still aids in research

Today, the site attracts scientists from around the world who are collecting data from sensors that sample soil, water and air.  More »