Category: Environment

Oil drilling threatens solitude of national park

Oil development is strictly forbidden within Theodore Roosevelt National Park itself, but park officials worry that the flares, lights and noise from drilling just beyond the protected area are sullying the natural spaces cherished by Roosevelt as a bespectacled young man in his mid-20s.  More »

Nigerian fishermen reject Shell’s $50 million

Shell already accepts responsibility for paying compensation and cleaning up spills caused by its own failures.  More »

Oil companies sued for MTBE pollution in Pennsylvania

The companies’ conduct was “wanton, malicious, oppressive and fraudulent,” the lawsuit said, and they “fraudulently, deceptively and unfairly” marketed MTBE as safe for the environment.  More »

Poll: Majority supports Obama’s climate change rules on power plants

More than two-thirds of U.S. adults support the Obama administration’s proposed restrictions on power plant emissions, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey released Wednesday.  More »

Environmental regulator: Renewable energy is ‘unreliable and parasitic’

Oil, gas and coal production have boosted living conditions around the globe, and policies to effectively replace the fossil fuels “with inferior energy sources” could undermine those improvements, former Texas environmental regulator Kathleen Hartnett White argues.  More »

Threatened bird leads feds to block some drilling

The federal government is declaring more than 400,000 acres in Colorado and Utah off-limits to energy exploration to protect a little-known bird.  More »

Hillary Clinton weighs in on Keystone XL pipeline

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline shouldn’t be seen as a proxy for the relationship between Canada and the United States.  More »

Republican governors slam Obama energy policy at Houston event

A group of Republican governors from oil-and-gas rich states will gather in Houston to discuss energy policy and slam the newest regulations passed by the EPA and backed by President Barack Obama.  More »

Four in 10 higher risk wells aren’t inspected by feds

Four in 10 new oil and gas wells near national forests and fragile watersheds or otherwise identified as higher pollution risks escape federal inspection, unchecked by an agency struggling to keep pace with America’s drilling boom.  More »

Seminary drops fossil-fuel investments to atone for ‘sin’

The esteemed, historic institution is the first seminary in the country to make such a move, according to its President Serene Jones.  More »

This may whet your appetite for a new dryer

Your old dryer may be hampering your home energy efficiency.  More »

Gas utilities take action against methane as US mulls standards

Utilities have issued a plan to speed replacement of aging pipes and take other steps to cut climate-worsening leaks of methane, acting before the government can issue new rules.  More »

Poll: Americans would pay more for energy to curb climate change

By an almost two-to-one margin, 62 percent to 33 percent, Americans say they would pay more for energy if it would mean a reduction in pollution from carbon emissions, according to the Bloomberg National Poll.  More »

Norway’s oil lobby told age of no state interference is over

Producers in western Europe’s biggest oil and gas exporter must brace themselves for a new legislative age that will disrupt the status quo, according to Norway’s Green Party.  More »

Two states sign deal with Duke for river cleanup

The agreement requires Duke to pay any “reasonable” cost associated with the Feb. 2 spill , which coated 70 miles of the river in gray sludge.  More »