Category: Environment

Gas drillers draw less water, but concerns linger

The gas drilling industry in Pennsylvania is recycling more and more water and one river basin commission now reports drillers there are drawing less freshwater than in the past.  More »

EPA: Cut your carbon footprint with a corn dog

On the eve of the opening of the state’s annual weeks-long celebration of fried food, football and one very tall cowboy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is urging fairgoers to cut carbon emissions in part by eating more, thus slashing pollution emissions from food waste.  More »

Wyoming wind farm plan hinges on huge Utah caverns

The caverns in central Utah would serve as a kind of massive battery on a scale never before seen, helping to overcome the fact that – even in Wyoming – wind doesn’t blow all the time.  More »

Coal mogul Murray says more bankruptcies possible

The CEO of Murray Energy Corp. targeted environmental regulation for the coal industry’s woes in his stump speech at an industry conference in Pittsburgh on Monday.  More »

Environmental groups crank up heat on methane mandates

Environmental groups on Thursday pressured the Obama administration to clamp down on methane leaking from the oil and gas sector by imposing new regulations targeting wells, valves and other infrastructure.  More »

Range Resources to pay $4 million drilling waste fine

The fine was imposed for leaks at open pits Range operates to store the so-called flowback waste from natural gas wells.  More »

Mark Ruffalo touts Houston electricity plan

Actor-turned-activist Mark Ruffalo cheers Houston’s decision to buy renewable energy — part of a trend of cities and corporations seeking out alternative power.  More »

Researchers trace water contamination to faulty gas wells

The contamination “stems from well-integrity problems such as poor casing and cementing,” Thomas H. Darrah, an earth science expert at Ohio State who led the study, said in a prepared statement.  More »

UTSA, Southwest Research find a new way to clean frack water

The University of Texas at San Antonio and the Southwest Research Institute say they have found an inexpensive way to treat the water that flows back to the surface after hydraulic fracturing. A team of researchers used a plant matter called biochar to remove impurities from the flowback water.  More »

Statoil, partners expand effort to put flared natural gas to use

Statoil, GE and Ferus Natural Gas are expanding use of technology designed to fuel oil field equipment with natural gas that otherwise would be flared off into the atmosphere.  More »

Northeast carbon auctions reach $1.8 billion

The nine Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative use the revenue to fund energy efficiency, renewable energy, consumer utility bill assistance, and other consumer programs  More »

Water resources a problem for energy extraction worldwide, report finds

According to the analysis by the World Resources Institute, 38 percent of the earth’s shale gas and tight oil resources are in areas that are either arid or under high levels of water stress already _ a scenario that does not mesh with the high water demands of today’s extraction techniques.  More »

Researchers at work on using liquid nitrogen instead of water in fracturing

Petroleum engineers in Colorado are working on a process called cryogenic fracturing, which replaces water with searing cold liquid nitrogen or liquid carbon dioxide.  More »

Study finds more arsenic in north Texas water wells near drilling

In the study, University of Texas at Arlington biochemists measured 100 wells across the Barnett Shale, believed to hold one of the largest natural gas reserves in the U.S., and compared the results to a similar study undertaken before hydraulic fracturing technology and higher natural gas prices opened the area to drilling.  More »

Commentary: How natural gas is changing China’s energy landscape

China is in a pickle. It is a pickle it is well aware of – and trying to fix – but a pickle nonetheless, as it tries to wean itself off coal and ramp up its natural gas consumption. So here are some of the trials and tribulations faced by the world’s largest energy consumer […]  More »