Category: Environment

Wind farm eagle deaths overestimated, company says

The developers of what could become the nation’s largest wind energy project say the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has overestimated how many eagles could be killed by wind turbines at the site.  More »

Doctors seek to block oil refinery expansion

A group of doctors concerned about air pollution is asking Utah regulators to put a hold on a major oil refinery expansion.  More »

Hydraulic fracturing reduces threat of Texas drought, researchers say

The water saved by shifting a power plant from coal to natural gas is 25 to 50 times as great as the amount of water required to extract the natural gas through hydraulic fracturing, according to a University of Texas study released Thursday.  More »

Japanese government to pay more for Fukushima cleanup

Japan’s government announced Friday that it will increase the amount of money it is providing to the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to step up cleanup and decommissioning efforts.  More »

20 people you didn’t know oppose the Keystone XL pipeline

Several business executives and entrepreneurs were among the more than 150 celebrities who signed a letter to President Barack Obama this week urging him to reject the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.  More »

Chesapeake Energy agrees to settle W.Va. case

A Chesapeake Energy subsidiary has agreed to nearly $10 million in fines and restoration work to settle federal allegations over unauthorized discharges of fill material at more than two dozen natural gas extraction sites in West Virginia.  More »

Study finds strong link between BP spill and sick dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins in a Louisiana bay fouled by the 2010 BP oil spill are suffering from lung damage and other injuries that are consistent with exposure to petroleum hydrocarbons, according to a federal study released Wednesday.  More »

Feds discuss eagle kill by massive wind farm

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has begun seeking ideas from the public as it considers ways to minimize and offset the number of eagles killed by what could become the largest wind farm in the country.  More »

Former energy secretary joins carbon capture company

A Nobel Prize-winning physicist, Steven Chu now teaches physics at Stanford University.  More »

EPA says Chevron violated law at California refinery

The blaze sent thousands of people to hospitals seeking medical attention.  More »

Judge holds Anadarko’s Kerr-McGee liable

The company may have to pay as much as $14 billion related to environmental cleanup and health claims.  More »

Cars, trucks hit record gas mileage last year

The EPA is estimating that the average mileage of 2013 cars will rise another 0.4 mpg to 24.  More »