March 4, 2015

A Hard Look at the Risks of Transporting Oil on Rail Tanker Cars

Recent accidents in Canada and U.S. show that the cars aren’t built for carrying so much oil and tracks are deteriorating
By National Public Radio, February 25, 2015

DAVE DAVIES, HOST:

This is FRESH AIR. I’m Dave Davies in for Terry Gross, who’s off this week. Earlier this month, a … Continue reading

Pipeline Company Gives Up On Cleaning Its Oil Spill

Anywhere it gets cold, this could happen
By Scott Bosse, American Rivers, January 23, 2015

Three weeks after the Poplar Pipeline spewed 40,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River in eastern Montana, cleanup efforts have been called off due to dangerous ice conditions. The spill, which occurred on January

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Pipeline Leaks Oil Into the Yellowstone River

The Yellowstone River didn’t have enough oil in it, apparently
By Heather Smith, Grist, January 20, 2015

Across the U.S., people celebrated the long weekend brought on by the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in different ways. Bridger Pipeline LLC spent the weekend spilling Bakken crude into the … Continue reading

New Tracers Can Identify Fracking Fluids in the Environment

New geochemical tracers can identify hydraulic fracturing flowback fluids that have been spilled or released into the environment
By Duke Environment, October 20, 2014

Scientists have developed new geochemical tracers that can identify hydraulic fracturing flowback fluids that have been spilled or released into the environment.

The tracers, which were … Continue reading

FERC Approves NY Methane Storage Project

Independent analysis concludes, over 25 years, “the likelihood of a disaster of extremely serious consequences is more than 35%”
By Peter Mantius, DC Bureau, October 3, 2014

Download the Independent Risk Analysis as a pdf

Brushing aside warnings of dangerous geological risk, federal regulators say construction can start immediately on … Continue reading

2 Derailments in 2 States by 1 Company in 1 Day

Less Than 24 Hours After Virginia Oil Train Spill, Same Company Derails Again in Maryland
By Katie Valentine, ThinkProgress, May 1, 2014

DerailmentLess than 24 hours after an oil train operated by CSX derailed and caught fire in Lynchburg, Virginia on Wednesday, another CSX train carrying 8,000 tons of coal … Continue reading

Explosion Shuts Natural Gas Processing Plant

Large Natural Gas Processing Plant in Wyoming is Closed by Explosion
By Dan Whitcomb, Reuters, April 23, 2014

The “nearby town” is a very small town about a mile away – there are similar natural gas facilities in western PA that are much nearer to large population centers.

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Dents, holes, flaws in Keystone XL with startup weeks away

Steve Horn on desmogblog.org posts on structural problems found in the Keystone XL pipeline only a few weeks before it is scheduled to start pumping bitumen — with its load of toxins — as reported by a Public Citizen report.

Public Citizen Report Reveals Dents, Holes in Keystone XL Southern

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Who Pays the Cost of Fracking?

The report posted below should be of interest to the general public, which will bear the cost of the failures on the part of companies engaged in horizontal hydrofracking (fracking) to properly insure their projects against the possibility–ever present given the high-pressure environment and toxic chemicals, radioactive drill cuttings and … Continue reading

Coal Displacing Nat Gas…Already

By Deborah Lawrence Rogers

Posted on the Energy Policy Forum: 30 Oct 2013 10:28 AM PDT

In January, 2012, the price of nat gas plunged to below $2/mcf due to overproduction by shale operators. Such low prices did, indeed, prompt utilities to switch from coal fired generation to natural … Continue reading