Category: Environment

Wind giant Texas stands tall as rule change looms

Depending on how the Environmental Protection Agency writes the new rules on power plant emissions, states such as Texas and California that have embraced renewable power or boosted their gas use may not have far to go to meet the mandates.  More »

Obama divides power players with pollution rule utilities accept

The Obama administration’s upcoming greenhouse gas rules are gaining acceptance from an unlikely quarter — power companies — and splitting the energy industry’s normally unified opposition to new limits.  More »

EPA reaches deal with Duke to clean river coal ash

Duke will reimburse the federal government for its oversight costs.  More »

Lawmakers target oil companies in Capitol Hill climate rally

Dozens of Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday exhorted their colleagues to address climate change, with some blaming oil companies and big money for blocking substantive action to rein in greenhouse gas emissions and set a price on carbon.  More »

UK urged to fast-track carbon-capture plans

U.K. ministers should accelerate funding for carbon-capture and storage projects by Drax Group Plc and SSE Plc to kick-start a technology that’s vital for climate protection, a panel of lawmakers said.  More »

In the oil & gas industry, there should be no such thing as an “accident”

The “safety first” message extends – at least in theory – out to the field, where every new engineer and roughneck is constantly told “there’s no such thing as a small incident”, or “if you can’t do it safely, it’s not worth doing”.  More »

Hess shows off upgraded Tioga gas plant

Oil conglomerate Hess Corp. on Monday showed off its upgraded gas plant in Tioga to North Dakota officials.  More »

EPA mulls ethanol change as industry profits soar

EPA officials say fewer gallons of ethanol are necessary because the fuel efficiency of cars improved more quickly than expected, helping lower fuel demand.  More »

Calif. county considers fracturing ban

For the past several months, Santa Barbara County Water Guardians have worked to collect enough signatures to propose a ban on hydraulic fracturing.  More »

EPA proposes changes to refinery emission rules

The EPA has proposed tougher rules for toxic emissions from refineries.  More »

Government acknowledges gaps in oil well inspections

The Interior Department’s BLM is counting on Congress to approve a budget request that would allow it to use $10 million raised from fees charged to oil and gas companies to pay for high-priority inspections.  More »

Proposed Nebraska power line draws opposition

One of Nebraska’s biggest utilities wants to build a 220-mile power transmission line across the Sandhills, but the project is drawing strong opposition from some environmental groups.  More »