March 5, 2015

Fracking Beyond the Law

Despite Industry Denials, Investigation Reveals Continued Use of Diesel in Hydraulic Fracturing
Environmental Integrity Project (EIP), August 13, 2014

EIP Report: At least 33 companies drilled 351 wells in 12 states using prohibited diesel fuels without required permits in violation of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.

The illegal injection … Continue reading

Groups Condemn Federal Ruling on Cove Point LNG Export Facility

FERC approves massive $3.8 billion source of pollution without a full Environmental Impact Statement
By Kelly Trout, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, September 29, 2014

News Release: FERC Authorizes Construction of Cove Point LNG Export Project

Environmental and community groups are bitterly denouncing today’s decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission … 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

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

It’s Boom and Bust for Federal Well Inspections

Regulators fail to inspect more than 60 percent of high-priority wells
The Olympian, June 14, 2014

Over the past decade, a U.S. energy boom has cut oil and natural gas imports, revitalized manufacturing and enriched rural communities. But will the massive increase in oil and natural gas production mar the … Continue reading

Federal Court Rules FERC Violated Federal Law When Issued Approvals for NEUP Pipeline Project

Joint Press Release: Delaware Riverkeeper Network, New Jersey Highlands Coalition and New Jersey Sierra Club

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In a decision issued June 6, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, ruled that the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, the NJ Sierra … Continue reading

Alliance for Green Heat submits comments on EPA heating rules

The Alliance for Green Heat recently submitted comments on the EPA’s Proposed Standards of Performance for New Residential Wood Heaters, New Residential Hydronic Heaters and Forced-Air Furnaces, and New Residential Masonry Heaters.

You can read their comments here, and also sign up on this page for their email newsletter, … Continue reading

What the EPA Hoped You’d Miss This Holiday Season

From the Community Environmental Defense Council

Wondering if you missed anything while busy with the holidays? Well, the EPA was sure hoping you would! You may recall that the EPA has engaged in a number of flip-flops in its attempts to respond to allegations that gas well drilling may lead … Continue reading

Chesapeake to Pay $3.2M in Water Pollution Fines

Pleads guilty to 3 criminal charges for violations of the Clean Water Act’s “dredge-and-fill” permit requirements
By Ken Ward Jr., The Charleston Gazette, December 19, 2013

Chesapeake Energy will pay $3.2 million in fines and spend $6.5 million on restoration work in a settlement over allegations the company buried streams … Continue reading

In Texas Water Contamination Case, the Fire Still Burns

Steve Lipsky can light his water on fire
By Mike Soraghan, E & E Publishing, November 25, 2013

Steve Lipsky Lights His Water

Steve Lipsky Lights His Water

Steve Lipsky can light his water on fire.

It’s been said more than once, by people who should know, that he can’t do this. But, earlier this … Continue reading

US Forest Service Set to Decide on Fracking in GW National Forest

A fracking ban is backed by the Army Corps of Engineers
By Darryl Fears, The Washington Post, September 7, 2013

Here is the latest on this story from Environment Virginia

George Washington National Forest is more than just one of the largest expanses of pristine land in the East. It’s … Continue reading