Category: Environment

Influence game: Shaping railroad safety rules

Billions of dollars are riding on how oil train safety rules are written, and lobbyists from the railroads, tank car manufacturers and the oil, ethanol and chemical industries have met 13 times since March with officials at the White House and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.  More »

Near spill, reservation wrestles with oil’s impact

For many Native Americans on Fort Berthold Indian Reservation — a land that accounts for 300,000 of the 1 million barrels of oil produced by North Dakota daily — there is a difficult balance between the potential prosperity that oil and gas development can bring and the preservation of a land considered by cultural and religious tradition to be sacred.  More »

EPA trying to confirm N. Dakota spill didn’t reach lake

EPA said most of the spill was pooled on the ground, soaked into the soil and held behind beaver dams.  More »

KiOR hires investment bank to explore sale

KiOR, based in Pasadena, announced it had hired Guggenheim Partners  More »

Bakken Shale oil explorers told to cut flaring or face punishment

Energy companies that don’t curb so-called gas flaring will face limits on the amount of oil they can pump from the Bakken shale formation, the North Dakota Industrial Commission said in a statement today.  More »

Renewables to get most of $7.7 trillion power investments

Renewable energy may reap as much as two-thirds of the $7.7 trillion in investment forecast for building new power plants by 2030 as declining costs make it more competitive with fossil fuels.  More »

Georgia’s coal-to-solar pivot shows the way on climate regs

Fears that the Obama administration’s latest climate regulations will drive up local electric bills is doing wonders for the state’s solar-panel installation business.  More »

Fracking study finds new gas wells leak more

Newer and unconventional wells leak far more often than older and traditional ones, according to a study of state inspection reports for 41,000 wells.  More »

Port Arthur carbon capture project hits milestone

The U.S. Department of Energy today said a carbon-capture project in Port Arthur has reached a key milestone: a million metric tons of carbon dioxide blocked from being released into the air.  More »

Building Beyond a Bill

This week, the House of Representatives approved a bipartisan bill aimed at improving the construction of critical infrastructure across national borders. The bill, H.R. 3301, rejects the current requirements for a Presidential permit to authorize construction of cross-border pipelines, as well as easing overly harsh environmental impact assessments. Why is this important? The North American […]  More »

California wind farm won’t have eagle death penalties

The Shiloh IV Wind Project will receive a special permit allowing up to five golden eagles to be accidentally killed, harmed or disturbed over five years.  More »

Statoil strikes out in well at center of Greenpeace standoff

Statoil ASA failed to find oil in the northernmost site ever drilled off Norway’s Arctic tip.  More »

Supreme Court limits existing EPA climate rules on power plants

The Supreme Court on Monday placed limits on the sole Obama administration program already in place to deal with power plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.  More »

EPA claims victory in Supreme Court decision on pollution rules

The Supreme Court upholds the EPA’s efforts to limit greenhouse gases from power plants, refineries and factories — a key affirmation of the Obama administration’s climate agenda.  More »

Oil, gas project OK’d on Nevada sage grouse land

Federal land managers have approved an oil and gas project involving hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in a portion of northeast Nevada identified by state wildlife officials as essential habitat for the imperiled greater sage grouse.  More »