Category: Environment

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 »

NRG affiliate buys country’s largest wind farm

A company affiliated with NRG Energy Inc. will spend $870 million to buy the country’s largest wind farm, it announced Wednesday.  More »

Kansas pushes back on lesser prairie chicken

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback announced Tuesday that he is pushing the federal government to assume some costs for protecting the lesser prairie chicken by expanding incentives for farmers to enroll their land in a longstanding conservation program.  More »

Let the complaints begin…

A day after the roll out of the EPA’s proposed greenhouse gas control rule for existing power plants under the CAA, section 111(d), we have the usual complaints from the usual quarters that meeting the requirements will cause wide economic disruption, and that the proposal is not legally consistent with the 111(d) provisions of the […]  More »