Category: Environment

Texas town targets oil industry over rash of quakes (video)

Authorities are trying to determine what’s been causing the earthquakes in an area about 20 miles northwest of Fort Worth. Many residents believe the tremors are related to injection wells used in the hydraulic fracturing or fracking process.  More »

Keystone XL foes want focus on spill clean up

Dilbit is made up of bitumen, a thick, sticky hydrocarbon harvested in Canada that is too hard at room temperature to flow through pipelines on its own. To ready it for pipeline transport, companies dilute the bitumen with natural gas liquids or other substances.  More »

Biofuel scientists making headway on cheaper algae-based crude (photos)

Government engineers say they have developed a cheaper way to turn wet algae into crude oil, but it may take a few years to impact the market.  More »

Russia dropping criminal charges against 30 Greenpeace protesters

Russia’s Investigative Committee is dropping criminal charges against all 30 Greenpeace activists arrested in September for a protest against Arctic oil drilling by state-run OAO Gazprom, the group said.  More »

EPA probe demands more water testing in Texas

An investigation has found the U.S. environmental agency was right in 2010 to immediately halt the use of water from North Texas residential wells contaminated by methane and is asking for further testing.  More »

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 »