December 13, 2017

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April 7, 2015

Sandra Steingraber – Feminism and Fracking: Activist speaks at Pitt
Even after twice spending more than two weeks in jail, Sandra Steingraber emits passion — but not anger — when she talks about her opposition to fracking.  Steingraber, a biologist, author of four books and grassroots activist, spoke to more than 100 people about the roles she and other women play in the anti-fracking movement on Monday at 7 p.m. in the William Pitt Union. In her lecture, “Fracking Is a Feminist Issue: Women Confronting Fossil Fuels and Petrochemicals in an Age of Climate Uncertainty,” Steingraber spoke about the 15 days in 2013 she spent in a Chemung County, N.Y., jail for trespassing after she blocked trucks from entering a natural gas facility in upstate New York.  Crestwood Midstream, then Inergy, wanted to use this facility to store fracked natural gas in old salt mines under the banks of Seneca Lake , she said. Storing natural gas under Seneca Lake could potentially contaminate this vital source of clean drinking water, according to Steingraber.
http://www.pittnews.com/news/article_4cf1511c-dcd2-11e4-a59f-e347907c486b.html

PA: Wolf administration expands public input on drilling rules
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania state environmental regulators are broadening an effort to collect public response to their proposal to toughen regulations over the Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling industry. The Department of Environmental Protection said Monday it will allow a 45-day public comment period, rather than 30 days, and schedule three public hearings. The public comment period ends May 19, and two of the yet-to-be-scheduled public hearings will happen in northern Pennsylvania and one in southwestern Pennsylvania . The department hopes its plan will become regulation in 2016.Agency officials want more stringent reviews of proposed drilling sites that are within 100 feet of streams or wetlands, tougher requirements over noise and waste storage and more analysis of how each new well could affect drinking water sources, schools and playgrounds.
http://www.mysanantonio.com/business/energy/article/Wolf-administration-expands-public-input-on-6181859.php

Are Marcellus Drillers Cheating the State? Pennsylvania Agencies Take a Look
People who leased their land for Marcellus Shale drilling have been complaining for several years that some companies are cheating them out of gas royalty money. It turns out the commonwealth of Pennsylvania is having the same problem. But the issue is so complex and convoluted, the state doesn’t even know how much money it’s owed.
http://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/2015/04/06/are-marcellus-drillers-cheating-the-state-agencies-take-a-closer-look/

EPA analysis details water usage in fracking
Drillers in Pennsylvania used about 11 billion gallons of water to tap shale formations in the Appalachian Basin between 2011 and 2013, according to an analysis by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  The EPA examined more than 39,000 disclosures submitted across the country between January 2011 and February 2013 to the website FracFocus, an industry-backed registry of the components used to frack shale formations, including the Marcellus and Utica shales that span Pennsylvania , West Virginia and Ohio . For Pennsylvania , the EPA examined 2,483 disclosures by natural gas drillers.  Pennsylvania is among the states that require oil and gas producers to use FracFocus to inform the public of the amount of water and chemical additives they use. However, the rules vary from state to state, and some do not require disclosure. Last month, the Obama administration also mandated that drillers start using the registry to operate on federal lands.  Nationally, nearly 92 billion gallons of water were used for fracking between January 2011 and February 2013. That includes 36 billion gallons in 2011; 52 billion gallons in 2012; and 3.8 billion gallons in the first two months of 2013 in the U.S. , according to the EPA’s analysis.
http://powersource.post-gazette.com/powersource/companies-powersource/2015/04/07/EPA-analysis-details-water-usage-in-fracking/stories/201504070016

Illinois Poll Shows Strong Opposition to Fracking
Nearly half of Illinois voters oppose fracking, according to a new poll by the Simon Institute. The statewide poll reveals 48.6 percent oppose fracking while only 31.8 percent believe it should be encouraged, even if there are economic benefits. Opponents outnumber supporters in all regions of the state, including downstate where fracking is promoted as a jobs plan. The numbers reinforce that fracking is one of the issues which cost Governor Pat Quinn support among Democrats and independents in his losing re-election campaign. Illinois Democratic voters overwhelmingly oppose fracking with 61.9 percent against and 19.7 percent in favor. Independents oppose it as well, with 48.3 percent against and 30.6 percent in support.

Any Illinois candidate looking for support from young voters should stand against fracking. A whopping 74 percent of 18-24 year-olds don’t want it.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/will-reynolds/illinois-poll-shows-strong-opposition-to-fracking_b_6972744.html

CA: Fracking Oil company drops lawsuit attempting to overturn San Benito County ban
One month after mounting a legal challenge to San Benito County’s ban on the controversial oil exploration practice of fracking, a Southern California oil company has withdrawn its lawsuit. The decision now means that none of the local bans on fracking in California is under legal challenge, environmentalists said Monday, even as several more counties — including Santa Clara , Monterey and Butte — may see similar bans on next year’s ballots. “So much for the oil industry’s empty threats against communities that fight fracking pollution,” said Hollin Kretzmann, an attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity, an environmental group. “With frivolous lawsuits off the table, more California communities will use their authority to ban fracking and protect their water, air and health.”
http://www.mercurynews.com/drought/ci_27861090/fracking-oil-company-drops-lawsuit-attempting-overturn-san

Oregon debates fracking moratorium
Should Oregon temporarily ban fracking? A legislative committee will hear testimony Tuesday on a bill that would put a 10-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas exploration and production in the state. In the United States , more than a million wells have been “fracked,” a process that usually involves injecting water, sand and chemicals into rock under high pressure to fracture it and release trapped hydrocarbons.
http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/tech/science/environment/2015/04/06/oregon-debates-fracking-moratorium/25388581/

NC: Bill would prohibit compulsory pooling
SANFORD — A bill filed in the N.C. House of Representatives Thursday would prohibit compulsory or forced pooling, a practice that gives the state the right to compel non-consenting landowners to allow hydraulic fracturing companies to extract oil and gas from beneath their properties.

House Bill 586, sponsored by Rep. Bryan Holloway (R-Rockingham, Stokes), would not only prohibit forced pooling, but it would also require drilling companies to obtain surface owners’ consent in cases where the owner of the surface property does not own the oil and gas rights to the property.

“I was ecstatic to see it filed,” Rep. Robert Reives II (D-Lee, Chatham ) said of the bill. “My hope is that bills like this will start a discussion, and I think they already have at the House level. We can’t do much as far as making the Senate do anything, but I’m just hoping that it starts the discussion.”

Rep. Brad Salmon (D-Lee, Harnett) said forced pooling was one of the biggest problems in the state’s fracking rules.
http://niobrarachalk.com/news/id/111737/bill-would-prohibit-compulsory-pooling/

Ohio: Kinder Morgan planning two natural gas liquids pipelines across northern Ohio
Texas-based Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP says it intends to add a second 12-inch pipeline to its previously announced plan to ship petroleum-based liquids through northern Ohio. The additional line would transport natural gasoline. The lines, dubbed Utica to Ontario Pipeline Access (UTOPIA) West and UTOPIA East, would run side by side along a 240-mile route from Harrison County through southern Stark and Wayne counties to Fulton County in northwest Ohio . Officials said the pipelines would be built at the same time.
http://marcellus.com/news/id/121719/kinder-morgan-planning-two-natural-gas-liquids-pipelines-across-northern-ohio/

North Dakota oil producers complying with new treatment rules
North Dakota’s oil producers are complying with new safety standards that went into effect on Wednesday to remove as many volatile gases from crude as possible, state officials told Reuters.

The new rules require the more than 1.2 million barrels of oil extracted each day from the state’s Bakken shale formation be run through machines that remove ethane, propane and other volatile gases linked to recent crude-by-rail disasters in Quebec, Illinois and West Virginia.

Producers are now required to operate field equipment at oil wells at specific temperatures and pressures to remove those gases. Well sites are shut down if they are not compliant, according to the standards approved in December.
http://bakken.com/news/id/236344/north-dakota-oil-producers-complying-with-new-treatment-rules/

A Week of Earthquakes in Texas , Oklahoma
It was a week of earthquakes in Texas and Oklahoma. In the Dallas-Irving area, three minor earthquake were detected on Thursday. The U.S. Geological Survey reported a 3.3 magnitude quake happened at 5:36 p.m. CDT Thursday. The quake was centered in the Las Colinas section of northeastern Irving near Texas 114. http://www.fwbusinesspress.com/news/article_51bd6754-db50-11e4-8f73-9769c112565f.html

Texas Editorial: Local interests come first
State laws to prevent local governments from passing ordinances have no place in Texas .

Hang around the Capitol for a while these days, and you’re likely to get the impression that the state’s Republican lawmakers – or at least the monied special interests they represent – are scared of the people who sent them to Austin. Why else would they be scurrying to pass laws crafted to prevent local governments, whether city or county, from passing ordinances? Local control suddenly seems anathema to these folks, members of a party that’s made local control a party mantra at least since the civil rights era. Texas is being “California-ized,” Gov. Greg Abbott complained last month, mentioning cities trying to limit the use of plastic bags or outlawing fracking within city limits. (This is the same elected official who, as attorney general, sued the federal government dozens of times for interfering in Texas affairs.)
http://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Local-interests-6178168.php

Senators Try To Stop The Coming Oil Train Wreck
Spearheaded by the Senators from  Washington   State , legislation just introduced in the United States Senate will finally address the rash of crude oil train wrecks and explosions that have skyrocketed over the last two years in parallel with the steep rise in the amount of crude oil transported by rail (Tri-City Herald). Oil production is at an all-time high in America , great for our economy and energy independence, but bad for the people and places that lie along the shipping routes. Just since February, there have been four fiery derailments of crude oil trains in North America (dot111) and many more simple spills.More shale crude oil is being shipped by rail than ever before – every minute, shipments of more than two million gallons of crude are traveling distances of over a thousand miles in unit trains of more than a hundred tank cars.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/2015/04/06/senators-try-to-stop-the-coming-oil-train-wreck/

Survey Reveals: West Virginia , North Dakota and Wyoming Least Concerned About Climate Change
A startling research reveals that climate change perception of people depends upon the region they live in. The survey printed in Nature Climate Change shows that Washington D.C is more concerned about global warming than other states. In 2013, researchers from Yale University worked together with experts of Utah State University for an extensive study. In the study, experts asked American numerous questions regarding the global warming issue.  People from 435 Congressional districts participated in the survey. Afterwards, the entire data was arranged in the form of map. The close analysis of the data found that 52 percent of residents of Washington D.C are worried about global warming. In contrasts, 38 percent inhabitants of Pickett County say they are a bit concerned about the issues. However, people of New England, New Hemisphere and Tennessee were least fearful about man-made climate changes.
http://apexbeats.com/recent/1089-04/survey-reveals-west-virginia-north-dakota-wyoming-least-concerned-climate-change/

Fracking criticism spreads, even in Alberta and Texas
Canadian, U.S. studies raise concerns that chemicals used in process make people sick “It was beautiful up until fracking started,” said Nielle Hawkwood.Nielle and Howard Hawkwood say their ranch outside Cochrane, Alta., northwest of Calgary , hasn’t been the same since 2009, when fracking began. Water started tasting strange and cows began to die off in large numbers. Instead of an average of two to three cows per year, they were losing closer to 20. By the spring of 2011, Nielle Hawkwood noticed her hair falling out in clumps every spring. They had their soil tested and found a three-fold increase in the amount of chlorine, nitrogen and phosphorus. The testing also showed a large increase in the concentration of strontium and uranium. The Hawkwoods blame fracking.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/fracking-criticism-spreads-even-in-alberta-and-texas-1.3002287

Oil prices to stay lower for longer, says Goldman Sachs   
LONDON (MarketWatch) — Thrilled about the recent bounce-back in oil prices? Well, it’s too early to get excited about the seven-week high reached on Monday, according to Goldman Sachs analysts, who predict we still have months of low oil prices ahead of us.  While noting that a decline in U.S. rig count has been faster than expected, that reduction is still not enough to change the course of the oil market, they said in a report dated Monday.

“It remains insufficient in our view to balance the U.S. market in 2016,” they said. “Prices need to stay low for longer to achieve a sufficient and sustainable slowdown in U.S. production growth.” Goldman Sachs has forecast that crude oil will trade around $40 a barrel over the next three months, although it has noted there is “modest upside” to that prediction — that is, there’s a risk prices could be higher.
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/oil-prices-to-stay-lower-for-longer-says-goldman-sachs-2015-04-07

Northeastern B.C. residents launch independent anti-pollution program
Oil and gas industry effects on air quality prompt action by protesters, but study is needed into accuracy of monitors. Residents in northeast B.C. worried about air pollution from the oil and gas industry, and not satisfied with government monitoring, have launched a monitoring program of their own. Under the direction of the Peace Environmental and Safety Trustees Society, residents are installing small, relatively inexpensive monitors at their homes and farms.The project started last year and there are now 11 air monitoring units, manufactured by U.S.-based PerkinElmer, providing real-time readings that can be viewed online. The group hopes to create an even larger network. The B.C. government and industry have more expensive monitors, but the northeast residents say the government network monitors a limited number of pollutants and not always in the locations that they want tested.http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/Northeastern+residents+launch+independent+anti+pollution+program/10947745/story.html

Citizens need a role in oversight, rule-making
Under the Wolf administration, an effort is underway to remedy this problem by introducing transparency and greater public participation to the business of overseeing natural-gas drilling in…

Fracking study on water contamination under ethics review.
Chesapeake Energy paid undisclosed fees to the lead author, whose study was based on water samples provided by the company. InsideClimate News. 7 April 2015.

New Jersey Natural Gas files plan for pipeline
Representatives of New Jersey natural gas (NJNG) have filed a petition with the state Board of Public Utilities proposing the construction of a 28-mile-long, 30-inch-diameter high pressure…

Resolution opposing pipeline proposed
… latest Carbon County municipality to take an official stance on the proposed 114-mile PennEast natural gas pipeline. Supervisors on Monday night passed a motion requesting solicitor Thomas…

Top 5 Owners of Pipelines With Flawed Steel
Federal regulators have known for decades that vintage pipe carried extra risks. After a spate of new spills, however, they recently took the first step toward mandating more rigorous testing on pre-1970 pipe, including the kind that was a factor in causing ExxonMobil’s oil spill in Mayflower, Ark. The failed section of ExxonMobil’s Pegasus line was manufactured in the 1940s using low-frequency electric resistance welding (LF-ERW), a process that was widely used from the 1930s into the 1960s. The technique was phased out by 1970 because it left flaws in the steel that could cause pipelines to split open along the lengthwise seams. Nationwide, there are about 48,400 miles of that kind of pipe in use, equal to 25 percent of the total miles of pipelines carrying oil, gasoline and other hazardous liquids. The inferior pipe is woven into the natural gas pipeline network as well, but the amount is not known because gas pipeline companies aren’t required to quantify their LF-ERW pipe.

“Ultrahazardous and abnormally dangerous”: Maryla…
Maryland legislators are in the middle of a fierce debate over just just how hard they want to make it for frackers to operate within the state — and may just end up keeping them out altogether.

Bill to pause fracking gains ground in Md. Genera…
ANNAPOLIS — A bill establishing deadlines for the adoption and implementation of fracking regulations is making its way through the General…

Md. county wants more info on fracking’s economic…
FRIENDSVILLE — The Garrett County Commissioners say they want an objective study of the potential economic impact of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in western Maryland. The Cumberland…

Fracking: Baseline Tests Still Rare Precaution
In Texas, where fracking is booming, InsideClimate News and the Center for Public Integrity found that air emissions from oil-and-gas development are among the least regulated, least monitored and least understood components in the extraction-and-production cycle. In instances across the county where people have complained about volatile organic compounds in groundwater and in the air near a fracking site, the industry has argued that the chemicals were there before oil and gas development began.  Baseline studies would avert a heated “he-said-she-said” argument over whether the well is the source of contaminants, Yan and Chillrud say. A recent InsideClimate News report found that the Environmental Protection Agency’s five-year fracking water study won’t have baseline comparisons of water chemistry before and after fracking due to opposition from industry.

State government should not overstep cities’ righ…
Politicians lie to us. Throughout the last election cycle many candidates, like our new Governor Greg Abbott, talked about local control and states’ rights. “Local control” is a term meaning city…

California Earthquake Authority responds to quest…
They could include, among other things, extracting oil by the process called hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), drilling or making use of geothermal wells, drilling or blasting tunnels or mine…

Is Fracking To Blame For Oklahoma’s Earthquakes?
The ground shook in Oklahoma Monday as seven earthquakes struck the state. The frequency of seismic activity in the state has been so high that it now outranks California for earthquakes of…

Filmmaker begins to wrap up work on sinkhole docu…
The sinkhole opened up in August 2012 and was roughly 1/24 of the size it is now. The sinkhole formed when an underground salt cavern breached. In the past, seismic activity is reported, then the sinkhole burps up debris and then a slough-in happens. Burps occur when air and gas from deep in the sinkhole bubbles up. It can cause debris and an oily substance to float to the top. A slough-in is when the sinkhole swallows trees and land that is on the edge of the sinkhole. Berms were placed around the sinkhole shortly after it opened up to keep the oily, debris filled water contained to the sinkhole area so it would not contaminate the area bayous. All of the oil and debris was removed in 2013. It has more than two years since hundreds living near the giant sinkhole were forced from their homes.

Fewer oil trains ply America’s rails.
The growth in oil-train shipments fueled by the U.S. energy boom has stalled in recent months, dampened by safety problems and low crude prices. Wall Street Journal. 7 April 2015. [Subscription Required]

US sand mines expected to ship a lot less to oil …
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Shipments by U.S. sand mines to oil drillers are expected to decline significantly this year as the once booming frack sand industry decelerates. Industry leaders say low oil…

The oil bust is starting to take a toll on Americ…
It’s becoming clearer just how bad things are getting in the oil industry. In the latest release from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics on workforce turnover, the American mining and logging…

Oil posts best close of 2015 ahead of supply repo…
NEW YORK (MarketWatch)–The U.S. oil benchmark soared for a second straight session Tuesday to close at its highest level of 2015 a day ahead of weekly data that is expected to show a decline in…

U.S. leads global oil and gas production for thir…
For the third year running, the U.S. produced more crude oil and natural gas than any other country in the world in 2014. More oil than Saudi Arabia. More gas than Russia. And it’s happening at time when the U.S. is trying to take a leadership role in slashing greenhouse gas emissions to avert the worst consequences of climate change.

These are the 10 largest oil and gas fields in th…
The level of proven oil reserves in the United States has actually increased since the last time the EIA published the report in 2009. With enormous advancements in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal…

Fracking ban call rejected by Isle of Wight counc…
EFFORTS to rule out fracking on the Isle of Wight have failed to win the support of the Isle of Wight Council. A motion put forward at Wednesday’s full council meeting by Cllr Geoff Lumley, to…

Where Australia’s LNG producers went wrong
As it becomes clear that liquefied natural gas projects will struggle to generate a return on investment for many years, Australian oil and gas producers are left wondering where it all went…

Frustrated tar sands industry looks for Arctic export route.
Alberta’s tar sands industry is facing growing pressure to find ways to get its oil to market. One option under consideration would be to ship the oil via an increasingly ice-free Arctic Ocean. Yale Environment 360. 7 April 2015.

‘Fight Club’ Actor Speaks Out Against Fracking
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — In films, he’s played poker with Matt Damon and fought with Brad Pitt. Now actor Edward Norton is lending his voice to the anti-fracking campaign in Maryland. A radio ad…

Jeb Bush talks military, energy in visit to Color…
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a potential Republican presidential candidate, pushed for a stronger military and addressed energy issues during a visit Tuesday to Colorado, a key battleground..

The good and bad of Rand Paul
On paper, Rand Paul offers a lot to appeal to me. My thinking is broadly libertarian; the greatest influence on my understanding of public policy has been Milton Friedman, whom I discovered at a young…

Where they stand: Rand Paul on issues of 2016 cam…
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul opened his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination Tuesday with a pledge to fight for greater liberties and smaller government. A look at where he stands on…

Rand Paul Says EPA Wants to Police Your Hotel Shower
Rand Paul and other GOP White House hopefuls will spend time on the stump attacking the big EPA rules to cut carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants. But at the outset of his formal campaign launched Tuesday, Paul is also bashing a smaller EPA-backed initiative—much, much smaller. A fundraising email accompanying Tuesday’s campaign rollout includes this line: “EPA is announcing it wants to use our tax dollars to track how long hotel guests spend in the shower so they can start working to ‘modify their behavior'”!

Here’s how Tom Steyer will attack GOP 2016 hopefuls on ‘climate denial’ and Koch ties.
Despite lackluster results in the 2014 midterm elections, the environmental mega-donor is prepared to spend big in 2016. National Journal. 7 April 2015.

Tom Steyer launches effort to defeat 2016 climate denier candidates.
Tom Steyer’s climate-focused political group is already gearing up for the 2016 presidential race, announcing on Monday a new effort that will focus on putting Republican candidates on the defense when it comes to global warming.Huffington Post. 7 April 2015.

Will climate ‘denial’ head to the courtroom?
The American Legislative Exchange Council, the right-leaning partnership of state lawmakers and corporations, is threatening defamation lawsuits against activists who say or suggest the group denies global warming. National Journal. 7 April 2015.

Climate change beliefs, parsed on a local level, paint a valuable portrait.
A new study creates thin slices of data on people’s attitudes toward climate and could be a boon for policymakers. InsideClimate News. 7 April 2015.

Schumer Votes Pro-Climate, but Rarely Leads
Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, the probable next Senate Democratic leader, has been vocal about the need for climate action and has compiled a solid pro-environment voting record, but he’s never been a leader on the issue, environmentalists and political experts said.

Utility giant cuts ties with Willie Soon.
The Southern Company which supplied nearly $470,000 for research by the climate contrarian affiliated with Harvard-Smithsonian, is now conducting an ethics investigation. InsideClimate News. 7 April 2015.

Liberals, law profs rain fury on ‘sellout’ Laurence Tribe.
One of the country’s best-known constitutional scholars and Harvard law professor has made headlines for his two-fisted attack on President Obama’s proposed greenhouse gas standards for power plants. Greenwire. 7 April 2015.

New report identifies possible next steps in US e…
The U.S. energy portfolio changes over time. Scientific and technologic advances related to hydraulic fracturing have dramatically increased the supply of U.S. oil and gas; because of this, a methane…

Shifts in electricity generation spur net job gro…
In the four years following the 2008 recession, the coal industry lost more than 49,000 jobs, while the natural gas, solar and wind industries together created nearly four times that amount, according…

Smart window changes color with weather.
Weather could power the next generation of smart windows. Researchers have created glass that tints by harvesting energy from wind and precipitation. The approach offers an alternative to other smart windows powered by batteries, solar panels, and even standard power outlets. Science. 7 April 2015.

Look what’s cooking in the world of renewable energy.
The solar and wind innovations that got us where we are today — and those waiting in the wings — point to a hopeful future. Ensia. 7 April 2015.

Hawaii utility commits to highest-in-nation level for rooftop solar on circuits, but can grid handle it?
A pitched battle that stopped a solar boom in Hawaii is over, at least temporarily. Rooftop installations are increasing again for the first time in two years. ClimateWire. 7 April 2015.

“Shared Solar” Gets 2nd Look; Utilities Opposed
Shared solar, a concept that could make solar power available to the 80 percent of homes in Connecticut that are otherwise unsuited for it, appears headed for another rocky run through the state…

Solar Plus Batteries Equals Tough Future For Util…
Rising competition from solar panels and battery storage could cut in half the amount of power that traditional utilities in the Northeast sell by 2030, according to a report released Tuesday by the…

Regulators Seek Comment on Rule to Aid Solar Deve…
Mississippi’s utility regulators are proposing rules that would be relatively favorable for residential users to deploy solar panels, but they’re leaving wiggle room for changes.

$160 million in funding available for clean energ…
The state is offering $160 million in aid for large-scale clean energy projects as part of efforts to increase the amount of electricity generated from Renewable Energy sources. The $160 million in…

Aluminium battery can charge phone in one minute, scientists say.
US scientists hail breakthrough in technology they say could provide safer, more convenient, greener alternative for laptops and mobiles. Press Association. 7 April 2015.

Stanford Researchers Created A Smartphone Battery…
Last year, eMarketer reported that the global smartphone audience passed 1.75 billion people. As smartphones become ubiquitous, the demand for longer-lasting batteries will continue to increase…

Australia rules Chinese solar panel dumping not h…
In a decision that differs from the analysis of Canadian regulators, the Australian government has ruled that the dumping of solar panels by Chinese manufacturers is not significantly harming the…

Forest fires threaten new fallout from Chernobyl.
According to a new computer analysis, wildfires near the nuclear plant have cumulatively redistributed an estimated 8 percent of the original amount of cesium-137 released in the disaster. New York Times. 7 April 2015. [Registration Required]

Anesthetics may be knocking out Earth’s climate i…
Some of the most commonly-used anesthetics may be doing more than putting patients to sleep. A new study shows they are accumulating in the planet’s atmosphere, warming the climate by a small but growing amount. The study, published online in March in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, found that while the contributions of most manmade airborne anesthetics are relatively small when compared to the warming effect of carbon dioxide and methane, which are two of the biggest manmade players in causing global warming, they are increasing the amount of heat trapped in the atmosphere.

Obama says climate change is harming Americans’ h…
WASHINGTON — Global warming isn’t just affecting the weather, it’s harming Americans’ health, President Barack Obama said Tuesday as he announced steps government and businesses will take to better…

Promise of medical advances can be lost with clim…
Addressing a crowd of more than 350 people gathered in Trenton, Nobel laureate Dr. Eric Chivian asked a question: How many people have had Lyme disease or know someone who had it? Almost every hand..

Urban sprawl, cars hamper cities’ best efforts on CO2.
A study published Monday shows that a major push to build dense housing, better transit systems and more bike lanes in urban cores doesn’t lead to lower per-capita CO2 emissions if suburbs continue to sprawl and residents there still drive to work. Climate Central. 7 April 2015

Tokyo turns focus to delivering sustainable 2020 …
Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have promised the most innovative, impeccably run and “sustainable” games ever. With just a little more than five years to go, doubts are growing whether they..

Climate group launches initiative for a carbon tax in Washington.
If you’re at the Seattle Mariners season opener Monday you might run into some folks with clipboards, gathering signatures for a newly-announced initiative for 2016 that would tax carbon emissions. Oregon Public Broadcasting, Oregon. 7 April 2015.

Study forecasts 70 percent loss of West Canada’s glaciers.
The glaciers of the Canadian West could shrink by 70 percent by 2100, according to new research that has implications for predicting glacier loss around the world. New York Times. 7 April 2015. [Registration Required]

How Western Canada glaciers will melt away.
Wonder what your favourite glacier to ski or hike will look like in 20 or 40 years? A new study makes detailed predictions about how the glaciers in B.C. and Alberta will melt and shrink between now and 2100. CBC Canada. 7 April 2015.

Drought-parched California expecting welcome dose of spring rain.
A spring storm was expected to bring several inches of rain to some areas of drought-parched California and up to two feet of snow to mountains beginning late on Monday, just days after Governor Jerry Brown ordered sweeping cuts in water use. Reuters. 7 April 2015.

Nestlé’s despicable water-crisis profiteering: Ho…
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Strategies identified that allow marine sponge to…
Yolk is the energetic reserve of embryos and larvae in all animals, including marine invertebrates. In most cases, yolk platelets are heterogeneous containing both proteins and lipids, in different…

Global warming hiatus explained and it’s not good…
… years or so. The latest major report (pdf) from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on climate change said the rate of warming between 1998 and 2012 had been about 0.05°C per…

April 2, 2015

Noted environmentalist and author Bill McKibben speaks on climate change at SUNY Canton
He is founder of grassroots climate change initiative 350.org, which led the charge in the campaign against the Keystone XL oil pipeline, culminating in a protest in front of the White House, called one of the largest U.S. acts of civil disobedience in thirty years. Mr. McKibben also reported that the effects of climate change happen first to those who are least responsible for them and most vulnerable to them, such as the people of the western Pacific islands of Micronesia , who have been forced to evacuate due to sea level rise. He said they have experienced the third super typhoon of the season earlier than ever in their history, destroying 80 to 90 percent of housing.
http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news05/noted-environmentalist-and-author-bill-mckibben-speaks-on-climate-change-at-suny-canton-20150402

MU research team uncovers link between fracking, endocrine-disrupting chemicals
The team published results suggesting chemicals from fracking spills find their way through the local water system. As friction and controversy continue to surround the industry of natural gas hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, an MU research team is investigating the link between fracking activity and hormone disruption. Susan Nagel, associate professor of women’s health, is leading the team of MU graduate students and professors to study how natural gas drilling may impact local water supplies. The team recently published evidence of endocrine-disrupting chemicals, which affect hormone function, making their way into local water supplies following drilling-related incidents.
http://www.themaneater.com/stories/2015/4/1/mu-research-team-uncovers-link-between-fracking-en/

A geoscientist’s take on new U.S. fracking rules
New federal rules aimed at making a controversial oil and gas drilling technique safer and more transparent reflect numerous suggestions from technical experts, says a geoscientist involved in the process. Late last month, the U.S. Department of the Interior released new regulations governing the use of hydraulic fracturing techniques, better known as fracking, by oil and gas companies drilling on federal and tribal lands. The rules—updated for the first time in 30 years—apply to 283 million hectares of public land and 23 million hectares of American Indian land. About 90% of new or planned wells on federal land use fracking, officials estimate. Overall, wells on federal and tribal lands produce less than 25% of the country’s oil and gas. The rules go beyond many, but not all, state regulations by requiring drillers to provide regulators with details about a well’s geological setting and to disclose the substances they inject into the well in order to fracture deep layers of rock (although companies can still request that trade secrets remain private). In a bid to protect ground water and surface waters, the rules also ask companies to explain how they will drill, case and seal the wells properly to prevent leaks (a process known as cementing), and handle wastewater that is pumped back to the surface.
http://news.sciencemag.org/earth/2015/04/geoscientist-s-take-new-u-s-fracking-rules

PA: Earthquakes shake up fracking debate
HARRISBURG — A Republican state lawmaker who fears injection wells used to dispose natural-gas drilling waste may trigger earthquakes and imperil Pennsylvania’s water supply wants to halt the practice until additional studies are conducted. The move by freshman Rep. Cris Dush, of Indiana , comes on the heels of a U.S. Geological Survey report linking injection wells to earthquakes in five states, including Ohio — where much of Pennsylvania ’s fracking waste is mechanically thrust thousands of feet underground. Critics worry that the waste might leak from the well shafts on the way down. And there is increasing evidence that the pressure from pumping waste into the rock is contributing to a spike in earthquake activity across the country.

Dush’s idea also comes as Pennsylvania ’s use of injection wells slowly picks up speed as natural-gas drilling companies seek ways to eliminate the millions of gallons of wastewater remaining after wells are fracked. Pennsylvania drillers in 2014 got rid of 147 million gallons of briny, polluted water by injecting it into disposal wells — mostly in Ohio disposal wells. State Department of Environmental Protection records show that wastewater from fracked wells in 25 Pennsylvania counties went to 45 injection disposal wells in 2014. Only three of those wells were in Pennsylvania — in Warren, Clearfield and Somerset counties.
http://www.dailyitem.com/news/earthquakes-shake-up-fracking-debate/article_211fed36-d8f0-11e4-85eb-4f839e962ebb.html

Conventional gas, oil drillers seek rules differing from shale industry in Pennsylvania
A cookie cutter won’t work when it comes to writing safety and environmental rules for shallow, conventional oil and gas drilling and the newer deep, horizontal fracking in Pennsylvania shale, said Bruce Grindle, president of Oil & Gas Management Inc. Applying the same rules to both is like having a zoning officer hold a backyard tool shed to the same standards as a 300-bed convalescent home, said Grindle, co-founder of the 25-year-old oil producer in Mt. Pleasant, Westmoreland County. “We had the unconventional shale boom that has been good for our economy; it’s been good for the citizens in Pennsylvania ,” said Grindle. “But on the other hand, the conventional operator — I call us the indigenous group that’s been here for over 150 years — got swept up in that tidal wave.”
http://marcellus.com/news/id/121581/conventional-gas-oil-drillers-seek-rules-differing-from-shale-industry-in-pennsylvania/

PA: Pipeline application is submitted
Williams’ subsidiary Transco has submitted a formal application with federal regulators for an approximately 200 mile long pipeline.

The Atlantic Sunrise project, an interstate natural gas pipeline, will carry Marcellus Shale gas from northeastern Pennsylvania to markets on the east coast, including the Cove Point export terminal located in Chesapeake Bay .  The pre-filing process for the project began over a year ago.  Since then, Williams has made considerable changes to the route of the pipeline due to public response. The Atlantic Sunrise is one of several major pipeline projects that will bring natural gas through Pennsylvania .  Thanks to the glut of shale gas straining the capacity of already existing infrastructure, more pipelines are needed.  If the filing is approved, the pipeline will travel through ten counties: Columbia, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Northumberland, Schuylkill, Susquehanna, Wyoming, Clinton and Lycoming.
http://marcellus.com/news/id/121461/pipeline-application-is-submitted/

VA Editorial: King George officials take careful approach with fracking
The King George County Board of Supervisors has taken a leadership role on fracking with its effort to carefully craft local regulation of drilling for gas and oil.The board is to be commended for its in-depth study of the issue and its response, so far. King George is first county in the Taylorsville basin — the Tidewater area south and east of Fredericksburg — to move to adopt regulations on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. It’s the process of injecting water and chemicals deep into the ground to release trapped natural gas or oil. The King George board’s example is one that should be emulated by the four other counties—Caroline, Essex, King and Queen and Westmoreland—in the basin where oil industry speculators have leased 84,000 acres for possible drilling.
http://www.fredericksburg.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-king-george-officials-take-careful-approach-with-fracking/article_2173222c-c15e-5d22-a1e5-a97530ac88e3.html

Nearly 437,000 barrels of volatile Bakken Shale crude oil per day may pass through Ohio on trains
Ohioans have known for some time that numerous trains carrying highly volatile Bakken Shale crude oil pass through their neighborhoods each day en route to East Coast refineries. What they didn’t know, until Tuesday, was a number: as many as 437,000 barrels per day. That volume figure surfaced Tuesday when the federal government for the first time released monthly data on crude oil shipments by rail. Such shipments have raised safety concerns following fatal accidents and derailments. In January, the region that includes the Midwest and North Dakota’s Bakken Shale was by far the largest shipper of crude by rail, averaging 732,000 42-gallon barrels per day. The East Coast region was the largest recipient, taking in 437,000 barrels a day by rail from the Midwest in January. That’s enough Bakken crude to fill 612 rail tank cars every day.
http://marcellus.com/news/id/121533/nearly-437000-barrels-of-volatile-bakken-shale-crude-oil-per-day-may-pass-through-ohio-on-trains/

ND: Engineer of oil tanker train sues BNSF for Casselton crash
FARGO , N.D. — The engineer of an oil tanker train involved in a fiery derailment near Casselton in 2013 is suing BNSF Railway.

The complaint filed Tuesday by Bryan Thompson, of Fargo , accuses the railroad of negligence. He says BNSF failed to properly inspect and maintain its equipment and failed to warn him of the dangers of hauling explosive oil tank railcars. The suit in state court says Thompson suffered “severe and permanent injuries.” He’s seeking unspecified damages. Thompson’s lawyer, Thomas Flaskamp, and BNSF officials did not immediately return phone messages seeking comment. The accident happened when a train carrying soybeans derailed in front of a BNSF oil train, causing that train to also derail and set off a fire. Authorities reported no injuries.
http://bakken.com/news/id/236188/engineer-of-oil-tanker-train-sues-bnsf-for-casselton-crash-3/

Pipelines vs. rail tank cars
President Obama’s veto of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline has major ramifications for North America ’s energy future. But it also has intensified the debate about whether it is safer to transport crude oil via pipelines or railroad tank cars. Though statistics show pipelines are safer, more efficient at moving product, and, thus, release fewer climate-altering greenhouse gases than an equivalent amount of crude shipped along a more energy-intensive rail system, pros and cons of each mode of transportation are being amplified by lobbyists — especially in the wake of several recent, catastrophic oil-train derailments. In 2013, America moved 8.3 billion barrels (348.6 billion gallons) of crude oil via pipeline — nearly 29 times the 291 million barrels (12.2 billion gallons) moved by rail, according to figures from the Association of Oil Pipelines and the Association of American Railroads.
http://eaglefordtexas.com/news/id/149492/pipelines-vs-rail-tank-cars/

Obama Administration Approves Arctic Oil Drilling
The Obama administration reaffirmed a 2008 government auction of Arctic drilling rights on Tuesday, delivering a major victory to Shell Oil Co. as it aims to resume exploratory drilling in the Chukchi Sea this summer.  In validating the seven-year-old auction, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell stressed that the Arctic “is an important component of the administration’s national energy strategy.”  “We remain committed to taking a thoughtful and balanced approach to oil and gas leasing and exploration offshore Alaska ,” Jewell said in a statement. “This unique, sensitive and often challenging environment requires effective oversight to ensure all activities are conducted safely and responsibly.”  The move illustrated anew the balancing act the Obama administration has taken toward oil and gas development amid steep environmental opposition, coming the same day the White House formally pledged greenhouse gas emission cuts ahead of international climate talks. It also marked the second time the Obama administration has affirmed the Chukchi Sea lease sale in response to a court order and a long-running legal challenge that began even before the auction took place in February 2008. http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/312-16/29386-breaking-obama-administration-approves-arctic-oil-drilling

Exxon Mobil Starts Production at Its New Deepwater Project in the Gulf
Exxon Mobil Corp. said Monday it had begun producing from its Hadrian South Gulf of Mexico project.

Total production of the project is expected to reach about 300 million cubic feet of gas and 3,000 barrels of liquids per day from two wells. The well is located about 230 miles offshore and in about 7,650 feet of water.
http://fuelfix.com/blog/2015/03/31/exxon-mobil-starts-production-at-its-new-deepwater-project-in-the-gulf-of-mexico/

German Cabinet Approves Anti-Fracking Draft Law
Draft legislation effectively bans shale gas fracking for at least five years

BERLIN—Germany’s cabinet approved draft legislation on Wednesday effectively banning shale gas fracking for at least five years despite growing concern along business and western allies that the country is too reliant on gas imports from Russia. “As long as risks are unaccountable or currently can’t be conclusively assessed, fracking will remain forbidden,” Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks said.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/german-cabinet-approves-anti-fracking-draft-law-1427896555

Europe: Health professionals demand fracking ban
http://www.endseurope.com/40281/health-professionals-demand-fracking-ban

Smart grids could be Europe’s shale gas, Commission says
Smart grids balancing intermittent solar and wind energy with flexible power demand could do for Europe what shale gas has done for the United States , a senior European Union official said on Wednesday (1 April). European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič said smart grids are crucial for EU single energy market plans as they could integrate more renewables into electricity networks, boost security of supply and help lower prices for consumers. “Smart grids should become Europe’s shale gas,” he told a conference of Brussels-based European grid organisations ENTSO-E and EDSO.

Earlier, EU climate and energy commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete said smart grids were central to the Commission’s vision of making the EU the world’s number one in renewable energy and reforming European power markets. “Smart grids work. They can reduce infrastructure capacity needed to meet demand by up to 30%,” he told the conference. Cañete said some 25% of Europe’s electricity already comes from renewables and that could increase to almost half of EU power supply in 2030, but this would require more flexibility from grids. He said the distribution system operators, which run the low- and medium voltage networks, will have to use power storage and demand management to encourage users to adapt their demand to the price and availability of power. Coupled with metering systems, smart grids could help consumers adapt power use to different prices throughout the day and save money by consuming more energy when prices are low.
http://www.euractiv.com/sections/energy/smart-grids-could-be-europes-shale-gas-commission-says-313464

Labor group says agreement reached on gas pipeline
… says it has signed an agreement with the company that plans a $5 billion underground natural gas pipeline through southern New England. The Massachusetts Building Trade Council…

Pipeline developer sues more than 100 W.Va. prope…
BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — More than 100 property owners in West Virginia are being sued by the developer of a proposed natural gas pipeline. Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC’s lawsuit seeks access to the…

Senate panel votes for two-year delay in Western Maryland gas drilling. Senate panel voted Wednesday to impose a two-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in Western Maryland, a pause to allow lawmakers to review any limits the Hogan administration might put on the controversial drilling practice. Baltimore Sun, Maryland. 2 April 2015.

State rejects emergency appeal to halt fracking
California’s Department of Justice has rejected an emergency petition to ban hydraulic fracturing and other controversial oil well stimulation techniques commonly used in Kern County. Calling the petition “factually inaccurate (and) legally flawed,” Deputy Attorney General Andrew M. Vogel wrote in a letter dated Monday that 2013’s state Senate Bill 4 put in place some of the nation’s most stringent regulations on the process known as fracking. The bill also ordered scientific studies and an environmental review of the practice, he noted.

Kansas links quakes to oil and gas, sharply limits waste disposal.
Regulators in Kansas have imposed sharp restrictions on oil and gas activity in two southern counties in response to increased earthquakes in the area. EnergyWire. 2 April 2015.

Judge denies motion to dismiss racketeering suit …
A federal judge has denied Chesapeake Energy Corp.’s motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit that alleges the company conspired with subsidiaries it formed to overcharge leaseholders by artificially inflating the cost to gather natural gas extracted from Marcellus Shale drilling.

It’s Almost Impossible To Find Data On Oil And Ga…
WASHINGTON — A new report from the environmental group Natural Resources Defense Council has analyzed the data on spills and other violations at oil and gas wells across the country. But perhaps the most interesting aspect of the report is how little data the group was able to turn up.

Fracking companies keep 10 percent of chemicals secret, EPA says.
The agency’s assessment of fracking fluid disclosure is part of its broader study on fracking and water—and spotlights the project’s limitations. InsideClimate News. 2 April 2015.

Top 10 Oil & Gas Companies for Spills & Legal Vio…
Only three out the 36 states with active oil and gas operations make information about companies’ spills and legal violations easily available to the public, according to a report by the Natural Resources Defense Council and FracTracker Alliance…The data that is available in each of these three states reveals significant violations—in number and severity.

North Dakota crude oil trains get new rules
North Dakota crude oil trains get new rules Published: Thursday, April 2, 2015, 12:01 a.m. BISMARCK, N.D. � Following a spate of explosive accidents involving North Dakota crude, the state began…

BNSF announces new safety precautions for oil tra…
The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co. (BNSF) is kicking off spring with new safety measures for oil trains. Many of the crude oil trains come from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota. In…

Here’s where all of the oil trains are going
The aging pipeline system in the US wasn’t built for the fracking boom. Shale oil production has soared in some areas that are not well integrated into the pipeline network. Primary among them: North…

Shale crews being watched from above as emissions levels tested.
Through April, the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration will be flying above the basins from North Dakota to Texas collecting air samples to document if drilling is adding to ground-level ozone, said Joost de Gouw, a research scientist at NOAA’s Earth Systems Research Lab in Boulder, Colorado.

Offshore drilling: All risk, no reward
Responding to a caller on WBAL News Radio’s C4 Show on Tuesday, Gov. Larry Hogan made clear he wasn’t happy with Attorney General Brian Frosh taking legal positions such as the amicus brief in support…

4 killed in explosion and fire on Pemex Mexican oil platform.
Huge fireballs illuminated the early dawn skies of the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday as an explosion and fire killed four people and injured as many as 16 others on a large oil platform in the southeastern Bay of Campeche, Mexican officials said. New York Times. 2 April 2015. [Registration Required]   As sea stars die, new worries about urchins. Some urchins waste away, others come out of hiding as the fallout from sea star disease ripples along the California coast. National Geographic News. 2 April 2015.

How much will BP have to pay to restore Gulf Coast after 2010 oil spill?
A new annual report shows the continued aftermath of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the biggest spill in US history. Christian Science Monitor. 2 April 2015.

Consol Energy using engines to cut fracking pump …
Energy has begun using new, cleaner-burning engines to run its hydraulic fracturing pumps at natural gas well sites on Pittsburgh International Airport property. The company says the diesel…

How To Reenergize The Hard-Hit Oil And Gas Indust…
Here’s a piece of legislation the Republican Congress should pass pronto: end the decades old, misbegotten ban on the export of crude oil, as well as the stifling bureaucratic restrictions on the…

Orders for oil equipment plunge in February
Orders for equipment used in oil and gas fields plunged in February, a further sign of how businesses are preparing for a difficult future now that energy prices have collapsed. New orders for mining, oil field and gas field machinery fell 16.6% in February, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. That’s the biggest monthly drop since October, and it marks the third month in succession where orders for those kinds of machines have declined.

Dear Texas, Welcome To The Recession
Earlier today, when looking at the latest Factory Order data we saw that based on historical patterns if only in US manufacturing (if not in the recent seasonally-adjusted “hiring” of waiters and…

US oil and natural gas rig count drops by 20 to 1…
HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 20 this week to 1,028 amid slumping oil…

5 Charts Which Show That The Next Economic Crash …
There are only two times in history when the price of oil has fallen by more than 50 dollars in a six month time period.  One was just before the financial crisis in 2008, and the other has just happened…

TransCanada scraps Quebec oil port, delays Energy…
… “evaluating other options” for the terminal. “This decision is the result of the recommended change in status of the Beluga whales to endangered and ongoing discussions we have had with…

Ineos: Greenpeace survey backs fracking claims
Ineos has welcomed the findings from a survey sponsored by Greenpeace which found that the public is warming to the idea of fracking. Research consultancy ComRes interviewed 2,035 UK adults online…

Greenpeace tries to bury inconvenient truth over fracking.
More people support fracking than oppose it, according to a survey commissioned by Greenpeace. The group, which is campaigning against fracking, tried to bury the inconvenient result in a footnote of a press release announcing the results of the survey.Times of London, United Kingdom. 2 April 2015. [Subscription Required]

Nottinghamshire County Council opts not to declar…
Campaigners against drilling for shale gas sent two petitions with more than 1,800 signatures to the authority claiming the process was “dangerous” and calling on it to reject all applications for…

Russian Oil Production Hit Post-Soviet High in Ma…
… from 224 million tons in 2014. Oil and gas condensate production at Gazprom, the world’s top natural gas producer, jumped by 14 percent in March from February. Rosneft, the world’s largest…

Vladimir Putin hybrid war in Baltics: Lithuania c…
Russia is waging a “hybrid war” to destabilise the Baltic States, Lithuania’s foreign minister said, warning President Vladimir Putin will only grow more brazen if the West falters before his…

Can Argentina Capitalize On Its Vast Shale Reserv…
… will shield producers in the short term. Oil prices are set at $77.50 per barrel and natural gas as $7.5 per million British thermal units (MMBtu). Of course, this provides no such…

Catholics prep for Pope Francis to tackle climate in upcoming encyclical.
Pope Francis’ upcoming encyclical on climate change is designed to find acceptance in a huge and diverse religious flock. And many have faith that this particular pope has the leadership skills to deliver. Daily Climate. 2 April 2015.

Tom Steyer’s group shutters climate policy arm as political efforts ramp up.
The nonprofit launched by environmentalist Tom Steyer is shutting down its climate and energy program, in a likely signal that the billionaire is shifting resources to his organization’s political arm ahead of the presidential elections. Politico. 2 April 2015.

The Right’s Made-Up God: How Bigots Invented a White Supremacist Jesus
We need to reclaim the narrative of Jesus’ life and death from the evangelical right. Any time right-wing conservatives declare that they are trying to restore or reclaim something, we should all be very afraid. Usually, this means the country or, in this case, the state of Indiana is about to be treated to another round of backward time travel, to the supposedly idyllic environs of the 1950s, wherein women, and gays, and blacks knew their respective places and stayed in them. While the unspoken religious subtext of this law is rooted in conservative anxieties over the legalization of same-sex marriage in Indiana, Black people and women, and all the intersections thereof (for instance Black lesbians) should be very afraid of what this new law portends.

More Americans Trust Fox News Than Obama On Clima…
More U.S. adults believe Fox News is a reliable source of information about climate change than believe President Barack Obama is, according to a new poll from St. Leo University. The March poll of…

Tussle on GOP rule change slowing action on Senat…
Republican leaders want a rule change to require a supermajority of 60 percent to pass any floor amendment. That means passage would require votes of at least 30 of the 49 senators.

I’m Business Insider’s math reporter, and these 1…
Math, statistics, empirical analysis, and data visualization are all incredibly powerful tools for understanding the world. Unfortunately, there are many ways in which these tools are misused and…

Obama’s mentor hates your lungs.
Why Harvard’s Laurence Tribe is teaming up with Mitch McConnell to stop the administration’s “War on Coal”. Daily Beast. 2 April 2015.

Study: Coal industry lost nearly 50,000 jobs in just five years.
Coal has struggled amid mounting concerns about its contributions to greenhouse gas pollution and increased regulatory initiatives by the Obama administration. Washington Post. 2 April 2015. [Registration Required]

Global investment in renewable energy skyrockets
Share This article After two years of declines, total global energy investment in renewables shot up again in 2014 — driven in part by rising demand for solar power in Asia, as well as new wind…

California’s shift toward renewables makes energy…
California’s electrical grid has a problem – a nice problem, but a problem nonetheless: The state often has too much power. Nearly 23 percent of California’s energy now comes from renewable sources…

Weighing the Advantages of Distributed and Centralized Energy Storage
As the amount of electricity generated by solar and other distributed energy resources increases to substantial levels, there becomes a greater need for technologies such as energy storage that can help grid operators enhance the operational functionality of their assets as well as provide customers with a platform to better manage their energy use. When many energy professionals hear the term “distributed storage,” they envision a large battery-based centralized system, connected either in “front” or “behind” the utility side of the meter, and more than likely including a solar array as the power generation source. But there’s another distributed storage option, one that offers the scalability, flexibility, and control advantages of a true distributed energy storage system architecture…

Mohawk Installs New Solar Array At Summerville Fa…
In collaboration with Constellation, United Renewable Energy and Georgia Power, Mohawk Industries announces the installation of a new solar array at its Summerville, Ga. manufacturing facility…

NextEra’s Hawaii deal faces big concerns from sol…
REUTERS: NextEra Energy Inc’s US$4.3 billion plan to buy Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc has made solar companies uneasy, worried that the deal would reverse the island state’s push to decentralise…

Group plans utility cable under Lake Champlain
With Vermont Gas having pulled the plug on its Phase II natural gas pipeline plan, attention is now shifting to another project designed to funnel energy through Lake Champlain — although the proposal in question has not drawn the same controversy that the Vermont Gas application generated.

Dynamic Tidal Power Technology Advances
… facility off the east coast of China that would produce the equivalent of six large coal or gas power stations and provide energy for more than 10 million homes. The Dynamic Tidal Power…

Is Now A Good Time To Invest in Tesla? (TSLA)
Tesla Motors, Inc. (TSLA) has caught the imagination of investors who have bid up the electric car manufacturer’s share price from a scant initial public offering price of $17 in 2010 to more than…

No matter how cheap gas gets, GM isn’t giving up …
… including Europe and China, mandate lower average tailpipe emissions of carbon dioxide, a climate-change gas—which has the same effect. Verbrugge said there are three ways to reach these…

COLUMN: Electric cars not best option for transpo…
… public transportation and infrastructure that encourages physical activity would address climate change and health while making the best use of our tax dollars. Natalie Buglioni of…

World Bank Supports Kenya to Scale-Up Electricity…
… $250 million, an IDA guarantee of $200 million and a $7.5 million grant from the Strategic Climate Fund-Scaling up Renewable Energy Program. The IDA guarantee will enhance KPLC’s credit…

Can fossil fuels ever be ‘guilt-free’?
… of CO2 from fuel combustion or industrial processes, the transport of CO2 via ships or pipelines, and its storage underground, in depleted oil and gas fields and deep saline…

Rural landowners generating windfall revenues fro…
From a renewable electricity perspective, New Zealand’s wind resource is globally admired and has proven cost-effective. Wind comprises 5% of New Zealand’s energy portfolio – enough to power around…

Plowing prairies for grains: Biofuel crops replac…
… recent boom in demand for common biofuel crops has led to the carbon-emitting conversion of natural areas. It also reveals loopholes in U.S. policies that may contribute to these unintended…

How America’s most famous farmer can appeal to left, right and center.
Alternative farmer Joel Salatin runs Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia, where his methods and philosophy have won him followers from the left, center and right. Washington Post. 2 April 2015. [Registration Required]

Vertical farming: A hot new area for investors
… has potentially massive long-arc potential for growth. Global demographic and environmental change is reshaping our world, and we, as inhabitants of this world, must in turn change as well….

Farming-changing-climate
Climate change is not just about the sudden storms or erratic weather we have been experiencing in Egypt recently. A main challenge facing the world, and the Middle East region in particular, is the..

Replace beef with chicken to save the climate – n…
… recently presented his doctoral thesis on land use, food related greenhouse gas emissions, and climate change. He noted that increased consumption of beef runs counter to the goal of limiting…

Climate change: Kiwis will need to uproot
The Insurance Council chief executive Tim Grafton last month sounded a warning on climate change.  There will be a need to uproot communities and retreat from some areas in…

Lobster growth rates declining.
The growth and molting rates of juvenile lobsters are likely to decrease significantly as the oceans become increasingly acidic from climate change, making the animals more vulnerable to predation and leading to fewer adult lobsters being available for harvest. Providence WPRI TV, Rhode Island. 2 April 2015.

Erratic weather threatens India’s poorest silk producers.
Increasingly erratic weather, linked to climate change, has farmers struggling to earn hoped-for profits.Reuters. 2 April 2015.

Fighting–sustainable-world
FRENCH journalist Hervé Kempf has been keeping track of climate change for a quarter of a century. The author of Comment les riches détruisent la planète, or How the Rich are Destroying the Planet…

Living in the wild: how an academic’s exercise in…
In 2006, Dylan Evans, an academic and author, started the Utopia Experiment: an exercise in self-sufficiency and sustainability, born from the idea that civilisation was on the verge of collapse. The plan was to build a community of volunteers in the Scottish wilds, trying to live for 18 months in a way which would be consistent with the life survivors might be forced to lead following an apocalypse. What, as they say, could possibly go wrong?out there these days: peak oil, climate change, complete financial collapse; take your pick (although no one seems here to worry…

Mr. President, Move Washington’s weather observat…
… should come back to Washington. Many avid weather watchers (professional and amateur) and climate change critics feel the site is too close to jet exhaust, runways and the urban heat island..

US Climate Commitment Should Spur Other Countries…
As the world’s second largest emitter, the United States can use its comprehensive proposal to help inspire greater climate action internationally. The U.S. commitment sends an important signal to the…

China to unveil measures to fight water pollution.
China is to launch an action plan to protect the quality of its scarce water resources after years of rapid economic growth that have left much of its water supply too polluted for human consumption or for growing food. Reuters. 2 April 2015.

China to conduct probe of faked air pollution data.
China’s environmental protection watchdog will launch a two-year probe to root out falsified air quality data, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. Bloomberg Business. 2 April 2015.

Air pollution may be damaging children’s brains – before they are even born.
Exposure to air pollutants during pregnancy may contribute to childhood abnormalities in the brain, a new study suggests. The Conversation UK, United Kingdom. 2 April 2015.

Engineering undergraduates characterize sulfur em…
… particles.” Breaking through the vog Vog, a type of pollution formed from acidic gases and particles, is released by active volcanoes. These gases are primarily composed of sulfur…

Africa’s biggest lake is on the verge of dying.
Lake Victoria covers more than 68,800 square km and is the lifeblood for the people of Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda who rely on its waters to service its huge fishing industry. But pollution, over fishing and ecological destruction have many worried about an environmental catastrophe. News.com.au, Australia. 2 April 2015.

As lakes become deserts, drought is Iran’s new problem.
Iran’s reservoirs are only 40 percent full according to official figures, and nine cities including the capital Tehran are threatened with water restrictions after dry winters. Agence France-Presse. 2 April 2015.

Epic California drought is preview of future glob…
California’s mountain snowpack has vanish. Typically, the snowpack provides up to 30% of the state’s annual freshwater resources and is at a seasonal peak depth in early April. But in the face of mild Pacific storms that brought rain instead of snow, as well as drier-than-average conditions and a record-warm winter, the snow cover stood at just 5% of average on April 1, by far the lowest level ever recorded.

Brown orders California’s first mandatory water restrictions.
Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday announced the first mandatory water restrictions in California history. “It’s a different world,” he said. “We have to act differently.” Los Angeles Times. 2 April 2015. [Registration Required]

Seas will rise along NC coast, under any scenario
A report from a science advisory panel says seas will rise along the North Carolina coast over the next 30 years. The only question is by how much. The report by the science panel for the state…

Team uses XSEDE/TACC resources to study flood zon…
David Hill, a researcher at Oregon State University, is focused on the hydrology and hydrodynamics in coastal areas, which represent the boundary between terrestrial and marine environments. His…

Miami Beach ‘rising’ to challenge of encroaching seas.
In Miami Beach, Florida, flooding is not unusual. To cope with the sea-level-rise-related flooding, the city is changing its coastline. ClimateWire. 2 April 2015.

Antarctica hit by heatwave as temperatures reach …
Antarctic temperatures reach all time high: Earth’s coldest continent experiences two-day heatwave hitting 17.5°C Temperatures at Esperanza Base on Antarctic Peninsula reached 17.5°C Area was hit by..

March 25, 2015

Scientists Launch Study of Emissions over Fracking Sites
Researchers are taking to the air to measure trace emissions over oil and gas production sites in the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota , the Niobrara shale formation of northern Colorado and Wyoming , and the Four Corners . Scientists from the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration plan 15 research flights out of Colorado and Texas between now and May, the Daily Camera, a Boulder, Colorado, newspaper, reported Monday.
http://fuelfix.com/blog/2015/03/23/scientists-launch-study-of-emissions-over-fracking-sites/

A $600-Million Fracking Company Just Sued This Tiny Ohio Town For Its Water
A tiny town in eastern Ohio is being sued by an Oklahoma-based oil and gas company that bought more than 180 million gallons of water from the town last year. That water use, combined with a dry fall, prompted the village to temporarily shut off water to Gulfport Energy. Now, a second company has a water agreement, and there might not be enough water to go around. Gulfport Energy alleges in the lawsuit that the village of Barnesville , population 4,100, violated its agreement to provide water from its reservoir by entering into a contract with oil and gas company Antero Resources. Gulfport says the village’s contract with Antero allows for withdrawals beyond what Gulfport is allowed to take.  http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/03/24/3637048/fracking-all-the-water-away

Reroute oil trains? History suggests it’s a long shot
Last week, U.S. Sen. Al Franken asked the Federal Railroad Administration to consider rerouting trains carrying volatile Bakken crude oil from North Dakota so they do not pass through Minnesota ’s biggest cities. For Franken, the possibility of rerouting is an integral part of a comprehensive response to a recent rash of fiery oil train derailments that also includes stabilizing Bakken crude before it is loaded into stronger tanker cars. For the nation’s powerful railroad lobby, however, rerouting is an unwarranted intrusion into a rail safety system that the industry says works. Government-ordered rerouting of private rail traffic is not exactly a snowball in hell. It is more like a blizzard in Bahrain — possible, but unprecedented. http://bakken.com/news/id/235359/reroute-oil-trains-history-suggests-its-a-long-shot/

Train cars hauling methanol derail in central Texas
VALLEY MILLS, Texas — Texas authorities say a dozen train cars have derailed near Valley Mills, including five tanker cars carrying methanol.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Trooper D.L. Wilson says no injuries or fires have been reported from the Saturday evening accident. He says one or two of the methanol-hauling tanks have small leaks. Wilson says about 10 nearby homes were evacuated as a precaution. Residents were allowed to return around 9 p.m.
http://permianshale.com/news/id/118340/train-cars-hauling-methanol-derail-in-central-texas/

Crews working to clean up Colorado coal train derailment
HUDSON , Colo. — Crews are working to clean up a stretch of railroad where a coal train jumped the tracks in eastern Colorado , spilling tons of coal. The 120-car Burlington Northern Santa Fe train derailed Sunday near the town of Hudson . At least 27 freight cars derailed and lost their cargo as the train was traveling from Gillette , Wyoming to La Junta, Colorado . Railroad spokesman Joe Sloan said it hopes to have the line connecting Denver to Brush back open later Monday so no trains have been re-routed.
http://niobrarachalk.com/news/id/110964/crews-working-to-clean-up-colorado-coal-train-derailment/

Why the Texas City refinery disaster still matters 10 years later
Ten years ago today, tragedy struck Texas City in a way few people could have anticipated. The Texas City refinery, then owned and operated by BP Plc, experienced a malfunction in one of its units, causing a geyser of hydrocarbons to rise from one of the refinery’s stacks, coating the outside of the stack and creating a vaporous cloud. While workers rushed to control the situation, an idled vehicle just 30 feet away went seemingly unnoticed, until the vapor reached the engine of the vehicle. In a matter of seconds, the entire cloud exploded. Fifteen people were killed by blunt force trauma from flying debris, and another 180 in the area were injured. Investigations by both BP and the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board revealed numerous flaws, both technical and organizational, in the refinery’s operation and management. Within the next five years, four more incidents would occur under BP’s supervision, leaving one dead and others injured. In 2011, in an effort to downsize expenditures in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, BP initiated the sale of the complex for $2.5 billion.
http://haynesville.com/news/id/103218/why-the-texas-city-refinery-disaster-still-matters-10-years-later/

New Documentary Trailer Shows How Denton , Texas , Upstaged the Oil and Gas Industry
Garrett Graham and his partner, Truthout’s Assistant Editor and Reporter Candice Bernd, are producing the forthcoming documentary film, Don’t Frack With Denton, which chronicles how their hometown became the first city in Texas to ban fracking after a landslide election victory last November. The film will premiere this coming May. The short documentary showcases how their tenacious Texas town managed to upstage the oil and gas industry with the power of music and community organizing. The film will show how fracking was allowed next door to homes, hospitals, playgrounds and schools in Denton , leaving the town with some of the worst air quality in the country.
http://truth-out.org/news/item/29836-new-documentary-trailer-shows-how-denton-texas-upstaged-the-oil-and-gas-industry

Final federal fracking rules causing chaos in the industry
On Friday the Obama Administration released what the U.S. Department of Interior deemed the “Final Rule to Support Safe, Responsible Hydraulic Fracturing Activities on Public and Tribal Lands.” The new regulations primarily address well integrity, water protection and the long-awaited detailing of chemical disclosure. While many environmental organizations claim the new standards are merely paper tigers, numerous voices, including congressional representatives and the American Petroleum Institute (API), claim the standards are redundant, costly and burdensome to the oil and gas industry. http://eaglefordtexas.com/news/id/148809/final-federal-fracking-rules-causing-chaos-in-the-industry/

Statoil, W.Va. agree on deal for drilling under Ohio River
WHEELING, W.Va. — West Virginia and Statoil have agreed on a deal for natural gas and oil drilling under the Ohio River.

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register reports that Norway-based Statoil plans to drill on about 474 acres of state-owned land under the river in Marshall and Wetzel counties. Statoil has agreed to pay an average price of $8,732 per acre. The state also will receive 20 percent production royalties. Department of Commerce spokeswoman Chelsea Ruby tells the newspaper that the state is still finalizing drilling agreements with Gastar Exploration and Noble Energy.
http://marcellus.com/news/id/120932/statoil-w-va-agree-on-deal-for-drilling-under-ohio-river/

U.S. refiners turn to tanker trucks to avoid ‘dumbbell’ crudes
HOUSTON – In a pressing quest to secure the best possible crude, U.S. refiners are increasingly going straight to the source.

Firms such as Marathon Petroleum Corp and Delek U.S. Holdings are buying up tanker trucks and extending local pipeline networks in order to get more oil directly from the wellhead, seeking to cut back on blended crude cocktails they say can leave a foul aftertaste. While the business of hauling crude from individual oil wells to bulk storage depots or pipeline hubs has become a lucrative niche in recent years thanks to the shale oil revolution, refiners are getting into the “first mile” game for a different reason: taking control of their supply chains to secure a more predictable, consistent stream of crude. Phillips 66, the nation’s fourth-largest refiner, has added trucks and offloading equipment at several of its refineries to help reduce its reliance on oil coming from Cushing , Oklahoma , the nation’s biggest crude oil crossroads and storage hub. Here, a growing volume of Canadian oil sands is often mixed with lighter domestic shale crude, resulting in blends that can be less profitable than similar oil fresh from the field. http://haynesville.com/news/id/103158/u-s-refiners-turn-to-tanker-trucks-to-avoid-dumbbell-crudes/

Texas Landmen Left Out of Work as Oil Patch Boom Times Go Bust
Thousands of Texans who prowled county courthouses, poring over dusty deeds and maps to cash in on the biggest oil boom in decades, are seeing their work go bust. Land managers, or landmen as they’re known, are part of a once dying oil patch profession resurrected when production soared.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-03-23/texas-landmen-left-out-of-work-as-oil-patch-boom-times-go-bust

Texas: War of words escalates on proposed drilling bill
AUSTIN – A bill designed to tighten the state’s control over oil and gas drilling became a war of words Monday with industry leaders praising the legislation for helping to reign in rogue city ordinances while community leaders attacked it for going too far, claiming it would dismantle existing ordinances in at least 300 cities. House Bill 40 would not allow local governments to ban or limit an oil or gas operation such as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” and would require any local regulation be limited to “commercially reasonable” surface activity such as traffic control, noise abatement and limiting hours of operation. An overflow crowd squeezed into the House Natural Resources Committee’s hearing on the bill, with more than 100 people registering to testify, forcing the meeting to continue late into the night. If the bill passes out of committee, goes to the House floor and gets supported by a two-thirds vote, it would take effect immediately.
http://eaglefordtexas.com/news/id/148911/war-of-words-escalates-on-proposed-drilling-bill/

Texas: Council tightens gas well restrictions
After a final public hearing, the Mansfield City Council on Monday night unanimously approved tighter restrictions on gas well drilling but did not widen the city’s 600-foot minimum separation between gas and oil wells and the public. The 6-0 vote, with Councilman Stephen Lindsey absent, culminates more than a year of public debate over how to protect against nuisance and potential health risks without stifling oil and gas development — and inviting litigation. The mix of 25 speakers was almost evenly divided on the issue, as were the 19 resident non-speakers who put their opinions on cards. Mansfield Gas Well Awareness, an advocacy group founded by a northwest Mansfield neighborhood, led the push for wider buffer zones of up to 1,500 feet. The 600-foot minimum separation was unchanged in the amendments.
http://permianshale.com/news/id/118384/council-tightens-gas-well-restrictions/

U.S. Coal Crash ‘Serves as a Warning’ to Fossil Fuel Investors
The US coal market is crashing in what analysts warn is a sign of things to come for other fossil fuel markets. At least 26 coal producers have gone bankrupt in the last three years, the Carbon Tracker Initiative think-tank found.
http://www.rtcc.org/2015/03/24/us-coal-crash-serves-as-a-warning-to-fossil-fuel-investors/

ND: Oil, saltwater contained following spill in Williams County
RAY , N.D. — North Dakota oil regulators say hundreds of gallons of oil and saltwater have been contained following a spill at a disposal well in the northwestern part of the state. Landtech Enterprises, LLC, reported Friday that about 630 gallons of oil were released at contained at Foss SWD 1 near Ray. The company said all but 210 gallons of oil had been recovered. The Minot Daily News reports nearly 29,500 gallons of saltwater were released, contained and recovered on site.
http://bakken.com/news/id/235478/oil-saltwater-contained-following-spill-in-williams-county/

Dozens of miles of pipe for proposed line stored in SD
ABERDEEN , S.D. — A proposed oil pipeline that would stretch from the Bakken formation to Illinois wouldn’t cut through Brown County in South Dakota , but a site just west of Aberdeen is serving as a temporary home to dozens of miles of pipe. Farmer Todd Ochsner has rented out a tract of land near his grain elevator to house the pipe for the Dakota Access Pipeline, a yet-to-be-approved project that would cut through 272 miles in South Dakota , including parts of McPherson, Edmunds and Faulk counties. Dozens of miles of pipe have been arriving by rail to Ochsner’s land for several weeks, and the process will continue until up to 300 miles of pipe are stacked up at the property located about 6 miles west of Aberdeen and just north of U.S. Highway 12.
http://bakken.com/news/id/235416/dozens-of-miles-of-pipe-for-proposed-line-stored-in-sd/

Pipeline would carry natural gas liquids through 18 Kentucky counties under controversial plan
LEBANON — A company’s proposal to change the product flowing through an existing natural gas pipeline, and to reverse the flow through that interstate line, is drawing increasing concern and comment from Kentuckians. Of particular concern to people in Lebanon and Marion County is the possibility of an explosion in the underground line or a leak and resulting contamination of the Rolling Fork River, a drinking water supply for Marion and parts of Taylor and LaRue counties, said John G. Mattingly, a former Marion County judge-executive. “A breach of that line anywhere in that pathway could really jeopardize — who knows for how long? — the long-term water supply of this community,” Mattingly told about 90 people at a public meeting Thursday night in Lebanon .
http://marcellus.com/news/id/120904/pipeline-would-carry-natural-gas-liquids-through-18-kentucky-counties-under-controversial-plan/

Fossil Fuel Industry Is Quietly Building Pipeline Network That ‘Dwarfs Keystone’ XL
Despite public opposition that has so far blocked the building of the Keystone XL pipeline, the fossil fuels industry has successfully—and quietly—expanded the nation’s domestic oil network by installing thousands of miles of pipeline across the country, according to new reporting by the Associated Press. “Overall, the network has increased by almost a quarter in the last decade,” the AP reports. “And the work dwarfs Keystone. About 3.3 million barrels per day of capacity have been added since 2012 alone—five times more oil than the Canada-to-Texas Keystone line could carry if it’s ever built.” While the Keystone project is still in limbo, the petroleum industry has “pushed relentlessly everywhere else to get oil to market more efficiently, and its adversaries have been unable to stop other major pipelines,” writes AP journalist Henry Jackson. http://ecowatch.com/2015/03/23/pipeline-network-dwarfs-keystone-xl

Berlin fracking bill criticised ahead of UN climate talks
For months, the German government has been working on a bill that would legalise fracking. But environment and health advocates warn that it sends the wrong message ahead of the UN Climate Conference in Paris . Not only do the proposed draft regulations neglect the protection of human beings, nature and water, warned environmental organisations such as BUND, NABU and the Allianz der öffentlichen Wasserwirtschaft (AÖW) at a meeting in Berlin. On top of that, they said, the intention to boost a conventional method of energy production contradicts Germany ’s pledge to focus on expansion of renewable energy sources.
http://www.euractiv.com/sections/energy/berlin-fracking-bill-criticised-ahead-un-climate-talks-313183

East Village Explosion: Injuries, Building Collapse Reported On 2nd Avenue In Manhattan
An explosion rocked four East Village buildings in Manhattan Thursday, causing two building collapses and sending plumes of smoke down Second Avenue. Injuries were reported at the building where the explosion occurred, in the basement at 121 Second Ave. near St. Mark’s Place. An FDNY spokesperson told The Huffington Post that three people were in critical condition at area hospitals, and a total of 12 were injured. At a press conference, fire officials said two of the critically injured victims suffered burns to their airways. Medics were treating at least six people at the scene as about 250 firefighters battled the 7-alarm inferno.

Augusta County seeks extension of pipeline’s comm…
VERONA, Va. (AP) — Augusta County wants federal regulators to give the public more time to comment on a proposed natural gas pipeline. The comment period for the scoping notice regarding the Atlantic…

What if a natural gas pipeline leaks – or explode…
EUGENE, Ore. — Dozens of agencies gathered today for emergency response training. Police and fire crews learned about locations of natural gas pipelines, what is being done to prepare for problems…

State may challenge federal fracking rules.
North Dakota’s attorney general will be looking at the possibility of challenging new rules concerning fracking that were issued last week by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management.

Administration’s regulation-generating machine is…
The administration on Friday ended a busy week of edict-issuing by rolling out new comprehensive rules for hydraulic fracturing on federal lands. The good news is that not much federal land has been.

Democratic, Republican lawmakers unhappy with new…
Democratic, Republican lawmakers unhappy with new fracking rules WASHINGTON (AP) – Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the House have found something in common. Many have issues with the Obama…

Portman, McConnell planning to introduce EPA amen…
As the Supreme Court weighs whether the EPA should have to consider the cost of proposed regulations, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman wants to take his own stand against power plant restrictions.  Portman says he and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are planning to introduce a budget amendment that would allow states to opt out of the Clean Power Plan.

What a waste
Across the nation there are many places to drill for oil and gas, but there is only one center for the ancient Ancestral Puebloan culture. That is Chaco Culture National Historical Park in…

Water use for fracking has skyrocketed, USGS data show.
Wells drilled for gas drink far more chemical-laced fluids than those drilled for oil.

Dominion plans $1B gas-fired plant in Greensville…
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Dominion Virginia Power has chosen Greensville County as the site of a proposed 1,600-megawatt natural gas-fired power station. Dominion said Thursday that the plant would cost..

Ameren seeks ruling on PSC from appellate court
Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois is continuing its court battle in an attempt to prove the Missouri Public Service Commission has no jurisdiction over it or the company’s proposed Mark Twain…

Coastal communities weigh offshore drilling effects – WITN
It is a controversial issue, with 20 communities in the Carolina’s taking a stand against offshore drilling. So far, there have been two hearings in Eastern Carolina to get your input, and a third has just been scheduled for Morehead City. Environmentalists argue that offshore drilling could make beaches less attractive and harm local fishermen. The government says it’s a way for us to rely less on foreign oil.  Communities along the ocean are on the fence.

The Agenda: Chs. council opposes offshore drilling; Haley labled hypocritical … – Charleston City Paper
Charleston City Council is the latest city government along the South Carolina coast to formally take a position against offshore drilling as laid out in federal proposals that open up mid-Atlantic waters to oil rigs. Hilton Head took the same position last week and Myrtle Beach is set to consider the idea soon. Source: Live 5, P&C, Myrtle Beach Sun News

Public meeting held in Savannah to discuss offshore drilling – WTOC
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) – Members of the coastal advocacy groups, 100 Miles and Savannah Riverkeepers along with concerned members of the public are weighing in on the proposed offshore drilling during a public meeting on Tuesday.  The Federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is hosting the meeting Tuesday afternoon to address the government’s proposal to open sections of the East Coast to oil and gas drilling.

Don’t Bet on Obama’s Plan to Drill in the Atlantic
… areas of the Atlantic coast from Virginia to Georgia to new opportunities for offshore oil and natural gas leasing sometime between 2017 and 2022 maybe. That same area had previously been…

Alaska village pulls out of lawsuit that stalled Chukchi Sea oil drilling – Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Native Village of Point Hope, a tribal government that has for years been a staunch opponent of Arctic offshore oil development, is withdrawing from a lawsuit that sought to block or overturn a 2008 lease sale. The village was the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit that claimed the U.S. Mineral Management Service had conducted a flawed environmental analysis before the sale in the Chukchi Sea, the Alaska Dispatch News (http://bit.ly/1N8BjsU ) reported. The decision was made after the federal government released new safeguards specific to the Arctic that are “allowing for safer OCS exploration as a result of this lawsuit,” the council said.

Hobbs sees growth, but exodus from New Mexico con…
Created: 03/26/2015 8:17 AM By: The Associated Press (AP) – A portion of southeastern New Mexico’s oil patch is among the top 10 fastest growing areas in the nation. New data released from the U.S….

Areas in western North Dakota among nation’s fast…
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Cities and counties in the western North Dakota oil patch continue to be among the fastest-growing areas in the country. The U.S. Census Bureau says that between 2013 and 2014,…

Want To Strike It Rich? Now You Can Crowdfund Oil Wells In Texas
Would be wildcatters and investors hoping to strike it rich in oil can now turn to crowdsourcing, a way to raise money more synonymous with aspiring filmmakers than roustabouts in West Texas. Equity crowdfunding, or raising capital directly from a large group of investors, is widely used for projects from technology to fashion. Now, at least two small Texas firms are testing the concept in the oil and gas industry.

The Most Challenging Oil And Gas Projects In The World
Oil exploration companies are hitting the pause button in 2015 due to the bust in prices and the supply glut, and may not take on massive new projects. But over the long-term, in order to boost flagging production, the oil majors’ directive is pretty clear. A lot of the “giant” oil fields are mature and declining while fewer and fewer are being discovered each year to replace depleting output. As easy oil runs out, drillers are forced to look in difficult places for new sources of oil.

US shale oil output to slowdown – BP
Booming US shale output, which helped spark slumping oil prices, will continue over the next 20 years but start to slow, increasing demand for OPEC crude, BP forecast Tuesday. The British energy…

Are bottom-fishing oil investors complacent?
… hard, points to lower prices. We advise steering clear of commodities, particularly oil and natural gas,” he later added. Shah forecast oil prices could go back down to around $40 and…

Anadarko Petroleum: Oil Price Scenarios That Could Significantly Impact Its … – Forbes

Anadarko Petroleum is a large independent exploration and production company based out of Texas, Unites States. Its asset portfolio includes positions in onshore resource plays in the Rocky Mountain region, the southern United States, and the Appalachian basin. The company is also an independent producer in the Deepwater Gulf of Mexico, and has production and exploration activities globally, including positions in high potential basins located in East and West Africa, Algeria, Alaska, and New Zealand. At the end of 2014, Anadarko had proven reserves of almost 2.86 billion barrels of oil equivalent. In this article, we take a look at how the two extreme scenarios for long-term crude oil prices could impact the company’s valuation.

Republic lays off 200 at Lorain mill
LORAIN — About 200 Republic Steel workers are being laid off. Paula Dudukovich, Republic human resources director, said in an email Wednesday that the layoffs…

The Shale Debt Redux
The shale revolution has always been funded by massive debt. Operators who were drilling for gas back in 2009-2011 used debt extensively. And just like now, they overproduced. By 2011, supply exceeded demand by four times. Then prices tanked. It is curious that so few asked the questions: why did they produce so heavily and glut the market; and why did they continue to produce into a glutted market? The answer is really quite simple. Many couldn’t afford to pull back production to help stabilize prices. Had they done so, they would not have been able to meet their debt payments. So they kept pumping…and pumping…and pumping.

Goldilocks Is Dead
Five years ago I wrote an article for Reuters titled “Goldilocks and the Three Fuels.” In it, I discussed what I call the Goldilocks price zone for oil, natural gas, and coal, a zone in which prices are “just right”—high enough to reward producers but low enough to entice consumers. Ever since the start of the fossil fuel era, such a zone has existed. Sometimes price boundaries were transgressed on the upside, sometimes the downside, but it was always possible to revert to the zone.  But now, for oil, the Goldilocks zone has ceased to exist. This will have staggering consequences throughout the economy for the foreseeable future.

Canada’s New Brunswick province bans fracking, pl…
PORTLAND — Lawmakers in New Brunswick voted on Thursday to prohibit fracking in the eastern Canadian province, committing to study the controversial method of extracting oil and gas for one year before reconsidering the ban in 2016.

Canada gov’t asks pipeline regulator for safety g…
OTTAWA – Canada’s Conservative government has given the energy regulator about a year to deliver up-to-date guidelines for pipeline companies to improve safety and protect the environment. Natural…

Cyprus: no sufficient gas quantities at 2nd drill…
NICOSIA, Cyprus — Cyprus’ Energy Ministry says an Italian-South Korean consortium has failed to find natural gas at a second offshore site where it has carried out exploratory drilling. The ministry…

Anthony W. Orlando: The Grand Republican Strategy: We Win, You Pay!
…poor people have to spend a higher percentage of their income on oil and gas than rich people, so the burden of a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade program would fall the hardest on them. Many people think that’s unfair since (a) they’re already strapped for cash and (b) they’re not the ones profiting from all the carbon emissions. So progressive proposals usually include a rebate of some sort to ease their cost. Our friend the oil-and-gas investor would rather give that money to — surprise, surprise — corporate America.

Anti-fracking effort is truly local
As a co-founder of Our Broomfield, the Broomfield-based grassroots organization that brought the successful five-year fracking moratorium to our ballot, I can confirm we were formed by a small group of Broomfield citizens. Our mission was Colorado-born of the ambition of local citizens to protect our property values, health, and environment. Our Broomfield is a proud member and leader of Coloradans Against Fracking, a coalition made up of almost 30 diverse groups. Food & Water Watch is only one of these 30 groups. The oil and gas industry is suing multiple Colorado communities to overturn democratic votes. We will gladly collaborate with the other citizens in Colorado to defend our votes and overcome these senseless attacks on our communities.

Origin of allies irrelevant in fracking fight
… There is nowhere to put it, so they put back in old wells. While this is not technically “fracking” it is a horrible byproduct. I understand the wells are lined with concrete, but in…

Bonnie Raitt and Indigo Girls fight fracking with…
Musicians including Bonnie Raitt and Indigo Girls have contributed to a new compilation album which aims to fight fracking. The blues hitmaker and the folk rock duo are among the artists featured on…

The Concert for Social Justice — An Event Not to…
Hollywood on April 8, 2015 at the Fonda Theater…The show will highlight the power of music as a tool for social justice and will feature a collection of artists performing songs that have helped generate change over the past five decades. The artists who have agreed to participate thus far are Jackson Browne, David Crosby & Graham Nash, Melissa Etheridge, La Santa Cecilia and Tom Morello, There will also be special performances from actors Dennis Haysbert, Martin Sheen, and Alfre Woodard.

This Dance Project Is Out To Prove Climate Change…
I know scientists are frustrated,” Karole Armitage, the famed dancer and choreographer, explained over the phone. “They’ve been giving the facts for more than 25 years and it hasn’t changed behavior.”  Armitage is talking about climate change, and for good reason. She’s currently staging a site-specific dance performance at New York’s sprawling American Museum of Natural History, a work that is not-so-subtly aimed at raising awareness of our planet’s shifting reality. Titled “On the Nature of Things,” the work was created in collaboration with Stanford University biologist and MacArthur Genius Paul Ehrlich, perhaps better known to mainstream audiences as the man who wrote The Population Bomb.

Powered by the people: the biggest summer festiva…
It’s not just the litterbugs causing problems. A festival is essentially a small, incredibly wasteful temporary city. Generators burp into the atmosphere, while cables and wires gobble electricity….

Divestment From Fossil Fuel Companies
One way to battle against the destruction of civilization by greenhouse gases is to encourage people and institutions to divest from fossil-fuel companies, basing this encouragement on a moral…

TPP Leak Reveals Extraordinary New Powers for Tho…
WASHINGTON – The Trans-Pacific Partnership’s (TPP) Investment Chapter, leaked today, reveals how the pact would make it easier for U.S. firms to offshore American jobs to low-wage countries while…

Plenty of Cash to Sponsors of Bill from Industry Alleged to Have Written It
A bill that would change chemical regulations may or may not have been written by a leading trade organization affected by the rules — but no matter the original source of the bill’s text, it’s a fact that the sponsors of the legislation have received plenty of campaign contributions from the group and its member companies to make their views known.

Big Industries Gave to Democrats Who Strayed on EPA Bills
The word “science” is having an existential crisis in Washington. Two bills passed by the House last week that would redefine how the EPA considers science, and what science it can consider, have attracted huge interest from big EPA-regulated industries that have shown a preference for contributing to GOP campaigns — and to the handful of Democrats who voted with the Republicans.

The JCN Story: Building a Secretive GOP Judicial Machine
The Judicial Confirmation Network (JCN), set up as a 501(c)(4) “social welfare” group that doesn’t disclose its donors, would prove to be a crucial player in drumming up support for Bush Supreme Court nominees John Roberts Jr. and Samuel Alito Jr. — eventual allies for Scalia on the Court’s right flank.

‘Merchants of Doubt’ shows ease of manipulating p…
… of Doubt,” a documentary by Robert Kenner, takes up where the 2006 global warming tutorial “An Inconvenient Truth” left off, probing the dubious annals of climate-change denial and the…

Congressman twisted the facts
Dear Editor: In his March 21 column, “Fairness and transparency,” Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer’s attack on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would have more credibility if he would stick to…

Ted Cruz Fast Facts
… — Here’s a look at the life of Ted Cruz, Republican Senator of Texas and 2016 presidential candidate. Personal: Birth date: December 22, 1970 Birth place: Calgary, Alberta, Canada Birth.

Ted Cruz’s claim that there has been ‘zero’ globa…
… of the alarmists on global warming, they’ve got a problem because the science doesn’t back them up. In particular, satellite data demonstrate for the last 17 years, there’s been zero…

An open letter from Galileo to Ted Cruz
A telescope from the collection of Marvin Bolt, the science and technology curator at New York’s Corning Museum of Glass. (Steve Pitkin/Adler Planetarium/Associated Press) Late last night, Galileo’s…

Head Of The Episcopal Church Says It’s ‘Sinful’ T…
The presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church had strong words this week for people who deny climate change based on “political interests” or “willful blindness.” “The Judeo-Christian tradition has…

Presidential Politics And Climate Change: How Wil…
If Senator Ted Cruz doesn’t take climate change seriously, should the American electorate give his 2016 bid any credence? Whereas the history among those who doubt the science had, generally, been…

Military experts tie climate change to security t…
Forget the bipartisan grandstanding and that it’s been an environmental cause. What two retired military experts wanted people to know about climate change is that it’s a legitimate threat to national…

The Hunt For Fukushima’s Missing Reactor Fuel
In the same week as Japan unveils its Pacific-Rim-esque anti-tsunami wall public works project, and Japanese government auditors say the operator of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant has wasted more than a third of the 190 billion yen ($1.6 billion) in taxpayer money allocated for cleaning up the plant after it was destroyed by a March 2011 earthquake and tsunami; Science Journal reports, Fukushima won’t be truly safe until engineers can remove the reactors’ nuclear fuel. But first, they have to find it… And so, in February of this year two muon detectors were installed outside the Fukushima Daiichi unit-1 ruins at reactor vessel height for the purpose of finding that ‘missing’ reactor fuel.

2014 biggest year ever for solar, but oil price threat looms
In 2014, record low prices for solar panels fueled a solar boom. The U.S. alone installed 30% more solar photovoltaic capacity than in 2013, making last year the biggest ever for solar PV, according to the 2014 Year-in-Review Solar Market Insight report from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association.

GRID Alternatives and Grand Valley Power Announce…
… have seen a tremendous groundswell of hard-working families wanting solar and the benefits it brings,” says Chuck Watkins, Executive Director of GRID Alternatives Colorado. “Community solar can…

Rethink the Grid: Personal Power Stations
Rethinking the grid is quickly emerging as one of the hottest topics. The concept of our own personal power stations can be seductive…and just might save us a whole lot of money too.

Mayor calls for 100 percent renewable energy for …
Now, Maui Electric Co. “provides electricity made with 30 to 35 percent Renewable Energy depending on weather conditions. That’s good. But we’re still 70 percent away from our goal,” Arakawa said in…

Solar panel usage on the rise in Raleigh
Using Solar energy to power our lives has been growing nationwide with lowering costs, public concern over global warming and the desire for energy independence. A new report out Thursday ranked 70…

Baltimore ranks 34th in nation for installation o…
Baltimore ranks 34th in the nation for the installation of solar panels, according to a report released Thursday by a locally based research and policy group. Solar energy use has been rising in…

TransPower Announces New Heavy-Duty Electric Vehi…
Transportation Power Inc. (the “Company” or “TransPower”), a leading provider of clean vehicle and stationary energy storage technologies and products, announced today that it has achieved several significant new milestones in its development of battery-electric, hybrid, and fuel cell propulsion technologies for heavy-duty vehicles including trucks, tractors, and buses.

Biomass Electricity + Carbon Capture = Carbon-Neg…
A new UC Berkeley study shows that if biomass electricity production is combined with carbon capture and sequestration in the western United States, power generators could actually store more carbon…

Wearable Electronics’ Newest Wrinkle: Power-Producing Cloth
Good-bye charging cords and batteries. Wearable electronics such as the Apple Watch might soon power themselves with a clean, portable energy source: human motion.

Mary Ellen Harte: Climate Change This Week: Warming Accelerating, US Utilities Going Green, and More!
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.

The Mediterranean diet is not only healthier, it …
The health benefits of the Mediterranean diet are well-known. As well as being healthier, a recent article concludes that the menu traditionally eaten in Spain leaves less of a carbon footprint than…

Watch Six-Year-Old’s Gripping Video on Climate Change
Montana boy travels to the White House with his video on how climate change is affecting his family and community. From partly bare hillsides once covered in snow to intensifying forest fires, Montana first grader Noah Gue says he’s seen climate change “with my own eyes.”

Do you have what it takes to be a Climate Organis…
If you’re up for being a Climate Organiser, we’ll help you to organise your community for local climate change action. This could include Friends of the Earth campaigns on fracking and solar power, or…

Deadly Japan quake and tsunami spurred global war…
Buildings destroyed by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake released thousands of tons of climate-warming and ozone-depleting chemicals into the atmosphere, according to a new study. New research suggests that.

High Water
The city’s 3.3 miles of floodwalls and five miles of levees held in the 2011 near record rise of the Mississippi River at Memphis. But in the four years since, the walls have continued to settle by…

Dover NH, Rochester NH, Portsmouth NH, Sanford ME
A state-by-state look at examples of rare and endangered plants, highlighted by the New England Wild Flower Society in a report being released on Thursday: CONNECTICUT Researchers say Connecticut is…

Antarctic ice shelves rapidly thinning
Data from nearly two decades of satellite missions have shown that the ice volume decline is accelerating, according to a study published on March 26, 2015, in the journal Science and supported by…

March 22, 2015

Phila. again ponders allure of liquefied natural …
Despite Philadelphia City Council’s “unqualified” rejection nine years ago of a terminal for liquefied natural gas, the city is once again flirting with the money-making allure of LNG….There is no shortage of complications that could trip up a revived plan to build an export terminal, which would attract substantial activist opposition this time because exports would boost demand for hydraulically fractured shale gas.

Two bills to curb hydraulic fracturing advancing …
Two bills that would restrict drilling for natural gas in Maryland advanced in both chambers of the General Assembly Friday, setting the stage for another round of debate on how far the state should…

Study group: NC landman registry misleading
North Carolina was the first state in the country to require “landmen” to register before they can try to woo property owners to lease their land for shale gas exploration. The state’s landman…

Hazmat team dealing with methanol leak after Texas train derailment 
About a dozen cars, several of which had been carrying methanol, have overturned in a train derailment north of Valley Mills, TX. People in the surrounding area have been evacuated by a hazmat team which is dealing with the chemical leak at the scene. Five of the derailed cars were carrying methanol, Department of Public Safety spokesman Trooper D.L. Wilson said, reported AP. Two of the methanol-hauling tanks have started leaking. No injuries were reported as a result of the incident but as a precaution, Wilson confirmed, ten homes in the area were evacuated.

Report finds undisclosed BNSF oil spills
A train carrying a class 3 flammable liquid (the category that crude oil falls into) passes a rail crossing on Lander Street in Sodo. Credit: Bill Lucia The Washington state Utilities and…

Upper Arlington House Leveled By Explosion, Other…
At least seven homes were destroyed or damaged Saturday when a house exploded in Upper Arlington. The explosion was reported around 2:45 p.m. at a home on Sunningdale Way in Upper…

Ohio house explodes, damages at least 7 other bui…
A home near Columbus, Ohio, exploded Saturday afternoon, leveling the house and damaging seven to nine nearby buildings, The Associated Press reports. natural gas likely caused the Upper Arlington…

Hotel Guests Evacuate After Gas Leak In Lakewood
LAKEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4) – A gas leak at the Home2 Suites hotel in west Lakewood forced dozens of people to evacuate Saturday morning. West Metro Fire responded to the leak, and quickly assisted guests.

Commission orders limits on oil industry practice…
Opponents of an oil drilling process linked to earthquakes in southcentral Kansas are celebrating this week after the Kansas Corporation Commission ordered companies to limit the practice. In the…

Political tremors: Kansas officials link earthqua…
Kansas officials for the first time have said a sharp increase in earthquakes may be tied to a process connected to fracking — stoking debate in the state over the controversial drilling…

Small earthquakes recorded near Perry in northern…
PERRY, Okla. (AP) – The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded three small earthquakes near Perry in northern Oklahoma – including one measured at magnitude 4.0. The Noble County Sheriff’s Office says…

Early Morning Earthquake Near Perry
An earthquake shook up residents near Perry, Okla., in Noble County, early Sunday morning. The 3.4 magnitude earthquake struck at approximately 6:12 a.m. Its epicenter was located six miles…

Blast From The Past: 1988 Earthquake
The north country has had earthquakes through the years including a 5.8 one in Massena in 1944 that, to this day, is the largest ever recorded in New York state. This week on “Blast from the Past,”…

Tokyo’s epic engineering defences against disaster
During a tour of the city on the fourth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, the Herald looked at Tokyo’s defenses against disasters, from the depths of its reservoir to the peaks of its.

Moderate quake shakes buildings in Mexico City
MEXICO CITY – A moderate earthquake has shaken Mexico City and set off the country’s earthquake alarm system. There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries. According to the U.S. Geological…

Oil regulator: Feds public lands rule provides ‘c…
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – North Dakota’s top oil regulator says the recently issued federal rule on hydraulic fracturing is bringing “some certainty” to the oil industry. Department of Mineral Resources…

ANSA committed to cleaner environment
Jim Burrell, assistant vice president at the American Honda Motor Company, has described ANSA Automotive’s decision to introduce compressed natural gas cars to its fleet as a clear indication of its…

Oil patch divided into haves and have-nots
The oil-patch downturn has divided producers into two camps: those with financial wherewithal and management credibility to raise money and buy assets; and those forced to hunker down. Companies from…

How The Fed Fostered The Oil Glut And Price Drop …
Let’s start with The Wall Street Journal article, “Banks Struggle to Unload Oil Loans,” which reveals the Fed’s role in encouraging excess oil production that led to the inevitable price drop…

Land Rigs down to 800 by Summer?
Several research firms have advised that rig counts will be in the 800’s or 900’s during summer, with Bloomberg Intelligence reporting they may not stabilize until the third quarter. Instead of estimating or forecasting what the rig count might be, we think there’s as much value in looking at operator details by basin.

Guardian: ‘Oil reserves will soon be worth NOTHIN…
…let us now consider the value of fossil fuel company reserves (and resources, if we want to get technical, the difference being that reserves are “proven” and resources are not – proven that we can make a profit extracting them with current technology at current prices). The book value of reserves and resources which may be exploited in the future we can calculate – just as with the damages from climate change – by applying a discount rate to them. And of course we do apply a discount rate to them: we apply the market interest rate to them. The net present value of a share is the net present value of all future income (ie, dividends) from that share and of course we are discounting that at market interest rates.

Cash-strapped oil companies have two options: hig…
New York (AFP) – The oil price crash is taking a growing financial toll on companies throughout the industry, forcing some into bankruptcy and others to issue expensive junk bonds to stay afloat. On…

Alberta warns job seekers about fake oil careers
EDMONTON – The province of Alberta is warning job seekers about a string of fraudulent online websites claiming to offer careers in the oil patch that don’t exist. On Friday, Service Alberta revealed..

Saudi Arabia’s OPEC governor: It will be hard for…
RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s OPEC governor Mohammed al-Madi said on Sunday that he believed it would be difficult for oil to reach a price range of $100-120 per barrel again. “$100-120 — I think…

NATO Launches “Wide-Scale” War Games Near Russian…
Washington looks to be throwing more than the full faith and credit of the US government behind Ukraine. On the heels of news that the US is set to guarantee a Ukrainian international bond issue…

Calls for fresh wave of objections to Shropshire …
Frack Free Dudleston has asked supporters to submit objections to the planning inspectorate as soon as possible over plans that could see energy firm Dart Energy operate an exploratory borehole in…

Rex Tillerson talks energy abundance
ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson spoke at the Economic Club of Washington, D.C., last week to discuss the industry innovations that have launched the era of energy abundance that has been one of the U.S. economy’s few bright spots in recent years.

How Big Oil and Big Tobacco get respected scientists to lie for them
By the 1950s, Big Tobacco knew smoking caused cancer. The same story has played out with other major scientific issues of our time…

Can religion and science bury the hatchet?
A new project bringing together science and religion is unlikely to end the long and sometimes bitter debate over the relationship between the two. The project – backed by the Church of England – is to receive…

Climate Change Is Not A Religion.
My trust in a greater entity is steeped in what I’ve learned through my religious practices, particularly the Sunday sermon. I’ve learned where to find God in my life, and I’m comforted in my beliefs. But when it comes to climate change, I’m not a believer. Climate change is not a religion to be followed or believed in, but a scientific body of evidence studied and confirmed by every national and international science organization worldwide.

Critics concerned as government invites climate ‘…
Govt invites controversial researcher to address diplomats and aid staff – raising ire of activists. One of the world’s most prominent climate contrarians will address Australian diplomats and aid..

Fact-checking Rick Scott on the environment and sea-level rise.
Gov. Rick Scott’s record on the environment has faced renewed scrutiny after a news report stated that administrators in his Department of Environmental Protection were banned from using the terms “global warming” or “climate change.”

Scott official avoids ‘climate change’ in Senate hearing.
Speaking before a Senate panel Thursday, Florida Division of Emergency Management director Bryan Koon was asked about federal requirements for states to have a plan to combat climate change to receive grant money. He avoided using the term…

U.S. Companies Hoard Record Amount of Cash
NEW YORK — Corporate America has so much cash sitting in the bank that it could purchase the Dallas Cowboys 437 times without borrowing a dime. Or if these titans of business really love House of…

The global extraction industry has become hallmar…
Index on Censorship could not have awarded one of its Freedom of Expression prizes more estimably than to Angolan reporter Rafael Marques de Morais. In doing so, Index prises open Marques’s principal…

When legally liable, companies don’t dispute global warming
U.S. coal companies that are publicly skeptical of man-made climate change acknowledge in mandatory financial disclosures the widely accepted scientific link between fossil fuel emissions and a warming planet, a Greenwire analysis has found.

GOP’s new moral monstrosity: Trickle-down lies en…
… The House would privatize Medicare, though it doesn’t say how far it will go. Republicans don’t like the word “voucher” because older people know what it means. The Orwellian newspeak they insist on..

Mitch McConnell’s dangerous new climate extremism: “A travesty of responsible leadership.”
Mitch McConnell is going all in on his promise “do everything [he] can to try to stop” the EPA. The Kentucky senator, who said last year that he feels a “deep responsibility” to thwarts the implementation of the agency’s Clean Power Plan, is now reaching “far beyond….[his] official reach and authority” to do so, directly appealing to state governors to refuse to comply with them.

Scott Walker: The gutless wonder of 2016
Sometimes the most inside-baseball political stories tell you something essential about a presidential candidate. That’s what happened this week to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who apparently wants to win the Iowa caucuses so badly that he’s willing to torch his staff and his reputation to do it.

Wisconsin Gov. Walker wants $250,000 to duplicate wind energy study because he didn’t like the findings.
There’s a proposed item in Gov. Scott Walker’s budget that would waste $250,000 to have the Public Service Commission study the health effects of wind turbines.

Brown: Cruz is ‘absolutely unfit’ for office
Sen. Ted Cruz has “rendered himself absolutely unfit to be running for office” — let alone president — by insisting that humans aren’t to blame for global warming, California Gov. Jerry Brown…

U.S. Catholics Lead in Concern about Climate Chan…
VATICAN (Reuters)—Pope Francis might be preaching to the choir on climate change when he releases his environmental- and sustainability-focused encyclical later this year. A study released by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication has found that more Catholics in the United States are worried about global warming than other Christian groups and they are more supportive of policy action to reduce the effects of climate change.

Fukushima reactor test offers detailed look inside
Confirmation this week that all the fuel inside one of Fukushima’s broken reactors has long-since melted leaves the site’s Japanese operator with the tricky task of…

Do you live close to a nuclear waste route?
State maps of the most likely highway or rail routes for high-level radioactive waste to the Yucca Mountain repository in Nevada.

Cold fusion reactor verified by third-party researchers, seems to have 1 million times the energy density of gasoline
Andrea Rossi’s E-Cat — the device that purports to use cold fusion to generate massive amounts of cheap, green energy — has been verified by third-party researchers, according to a new 54-page report. The researchers observed a small E-Cat over 32 days, where it produced net energy of 1.5 megawatt-hours, or “far more than can be obtained from any known chemical sources in the small reactor volume.” The researchers were also allowed to analyze the fuel before and after the 32-day run, noting that the isotopes in the spent fuel could only have been obtained by “nuclear reactions” — a conclusion that boggles the researchers: “… It is of course very hard to comprehend how these fusion processes can take place in the fuel compound at low energies.” This new report [PDF] on the E-Cat was carried out by six (reputable) researchers from Italy and Sweden. While the new E-Cat looks very different from previous iterations, the researchers say that it uses the same “hydrogen-loaded nickel” and additives (most notably lithium) as a fuel.

Edison’s Bright Idea – Edison’s Bright Idea The i…
… put my money on the sun and solar energy,” he told Ford and Harvey Firestone, another enterprising inventor. “What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out..

European power grids keep lights on through solar eclipse
FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Electrical grids in Europe succeeded in managing the unprecedented disruption to solar power from Friday’s 2-1/2-hour…

Texas has huge solar potential
… leave us without power). Even so Texas is already an energy capital of the world in terms of natural gas and oil. The state might consider itself bullish on solar potential as well. Matthew…

What Is The Current Cost Of Solar Panels?
If you’re considering solar, and you’re like most people, one of the first questions you may ask is: How much do solar panels cost? Solar is a great idea for many people, not only to cut their utility bills but also to reduce their dependence on their utility, while also cutting their own personal footprint. The cost of solar is one major element in the decision to go solar, however…

New electric cars
There was a lot of media coverage last year in the run up to the first electric car, but initially there were only a few models being talked about, with Nissan’s Leaf getting most of the attention.

Maui County becoming an electric vehicle paradise
With more than 600 EVs, the island of Maui has the highest concentration in the nation. More EV charging stations are being installed all the time. The County Council Economic Development, Energy,…

Mouse roars at Tesla rebate
… proposed a bill that would grant rebates for used electric vehicles. “If we’re going to make climate change relevant to the working poor, you have to make it affordable.” Senate President Pro…

Wind farms perform best when the sun is out
When set up in groups, wind turbines in the front rows cast a wind shadow on those behind them, lowering their performance. These effects dissipate fastest under convective conditions, according to Swiss researchers from EPFL, in a recent journal…Using a mathematical model, researchers from EPFL’s Laboratory for Wind and Renewable Energy have shown the impact of vertical movements of the air on the productivity of wind farms. They found that increased turbulence caused by convective movements, common on hot, sunny days, increased the output of wind farms by shortening the lifespan of the turbulent wake downstream of the individual turbines. They published their results in the journal Physics of Fluids early this month

Germany Joins Offshore Wind Energy Race
The first of Germany’s planned offshore wind farms is now in operation, the first of several planned in their effort to generate 20-25,000 megawatts by 2030. The wind farm, located just off the German coast in the Baltic sea, contains 21 of Siemens 2.3 megawatt turbines and covers around 2.5 square miles with the entire farm capable of supplying clean energy to at least 50,000 homes.

Sea power could eclipse sun in drive for green en…
On Friday morning, Europe went dark. As the moon swept across its face, the sun was hidden for about three hours in an eclipse that allowed only 20 percent of its usual light to reach the Earth. It’s..

Algal Species with Potential use as Biofuel Feedstock Discovered
Two new bloom-forming algal species were discovered recently off the west coast of India. These two species have excellent carbon capture properties — ability to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and reduce global warming — and are also promising candidates for use as bio fuels.

The bizarre way that we justify actions that waste energy and are bad for the environment.
Maybe you are familiar with this breed of logic: You’ve just had a really good workout. You ran four miles on the treadmill. So you go home and think to yourself, “I can eat a little more at dinner tonight.” And you do. Heck, you even have dessert.

Power dries up: California first to feel crunch o…
SAN FRANCISCO — Flying over the Sierra Nevada as California entered its fourth year of drought, the state’s energy chief looked down and saw stark bare granite cloaked in dirty brown haze — not the…

EPA haze plan seen as knotty by utilities
The Environmental Protection Agency has released a proposal to address haze concerns in national parks in Arkansas and Missouri that would require retrofitting six power plants in Arkansas with…

Find the Polluters in Your ZIP Area
Database of annual pollution releases into the environment as filed by the companies. From ScoreCard….

Ohio EPA lifts “Do Not Eat” bans for the Mahoning River.
Good news for Valley fishermen who enjoy eating their catch. After a quarter century, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has lifted all “Do Not Eat” bans for the Mahoning River…

Reducetarian – the middle ground between vego and…
The middle ground: Eating more plants and fewer animals. Photo: Getty Images Just in time for Meat Free Week come two new studies to remind us why it’s smart to upsize portions of plant food and ease…

Companies tap into Vermont’s large maple potential
ISLAND POND, Vt. (AP) — Already, Vermont is maple syrup capital of the U.S., with production traditionally being a side business for farmers. Could a large-scale operation, tapping into thousands of…

Beyond the headlines.
In this week’s trip beyond the headlines, Peter Dykstra tells host Steve Curwood about a global flatline in carbon emissions for 2014, increases in climate coverage by the media, and how beavers have flourished since the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone. Living On Earth.

Sinus problems complicated by allergies
… Biodiversity, said he could make an educated guess that there may be a connection between climate change and allergies. He said climate change could alter when and how long a flower blooms,…

Philippines to go dark on March 28 for Earth Hour
EARTH HOUR. People light candles during Earth Hour in Cali, Colombia, 29 March 2014. Earth Hour takes place worldwide at 8.30 p.m. local time and is a global call to turn off lights for 60 minutes to…

SEPTA fights a changing climate’s threats to sink…
Already, agency officials are fighting back against climate change, elevating equipment, adding subway pumps, buttressing hillsides, and adding backup power and control systems. “We have to be…

Climate change ‘big threat to China’
China’s vast manufacturing sector has fuelled its demand for energy Climate change could have a “huge impact” on China, reducing crop yields and harming the environment, the…

Scientists explore 2,000 miles of the ocean floor…
Now you can explore the ocean floor without leaving your desk. The U.S. Geological Survey this week posted thousands of photos and videos of the U.S. coastline and adjacent seafloor, allowing users…

Feds document seabird loss in North Pacific waters
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The number of seabirds, including gulls, puffins and auklets, has dropped significantly in the Gulf of…

Extreme gardening on the 92nd floor of the Eureka…
… by sucking up water deposited as occurrences of heavy rain become more common due to climate change. It is estimated there are about 50 green rooftops in Melbourne, and Melbourne City…

To treat the earth with disrespect is blasphemy
We are living in a time of crisis, fracturing the environment in countless ways, such as global climate change. We see it in the nature that surrounds, but also we see it in men and women….

From Basic Income To Social Dividends: Sharing Re…
… other international priorities such as providing disaster relief, ending hunger or mitigating climate change. Furthermore, this international model of economic sharing could also distribute a..

Flat CO2 Emissions Not Enough to Curb Climate Change, Experts Say
Global emissions of carbon dioxide — one of the leading causes of global warming — stalled in 2014, marking the first time in 40 years…

World Water Day 2015: Facts, figures and ‘Water a…
… 40% shortfall in water in just 15 years unless countries dramatically change their use. As climate change takes its toll on Earth, rainfall patterns are predicted to become more erratic,…

Boston may not believe it, but it has been the warmest winter ever.
Winter temperatures across global land and ocean surfaces have been the highest on record since 1880. The eastern US was cold, but much of the rest of the world was warm.

Eruptions, quakes, cyclones: Vanuatu man survives…
EFATE, Vanuatu (AP) – Volcanic eruptions, landslides, earthquakes and cyclones: 76-year-old Lik Simelum from Vanuatu has survived them all. He lives in a country that’s ranked by the United Nations…

Fewer but more intense cyclones tipped
… the energy source for storms. “It’s very simple physics,” Professor Matt England, a climate scientist at the University of NSW, says. “A warmer ocean leads to a more intense…

U.N. report: Earth will only have 60 percent of the water it needs by 2030.
A new U.N. report claims that without substantial change, Earth could face a massive water shortage as soon as 2030.

A view from the West Coast
… ocean temperatures from 2010 to 2014 were higher than ever recorded. Other effects of climate change on the West Coast are dramatically different from those we’re experiencing in…

Drought alters the face of Tahoe tourism
… are not completely snow-dependent,” Feldman said.Tubing and trampolines As Tahoe adjusts to climate change, Congress has helped. A 4-year-old federal law gives ski resorts on national forests…

Drought is behind conflict in Syria, say research…
… the National Academy of Sciences, the extreme drought between 2006 and 2009 stemmed from climate change. They have also suggested the same drought was one of the main reasons behind the…

What could Sydney look like in 2043?
Professor Brendan Gleeson has imagined a future Sydney full of vertical gardens and scoops hanging on the Harbour Bridge to capture rainwater. It is the year 2043. Sydney’s skyline is a sea of green…

Great Barrier Reef: Australian PM Tony Abbott mak…
The reef has lost about 50 per cent of its coral in the past 30 years, due partly to ocean acidification caused by greenhouse gas emissions; the dumping of spoil from the dredging of sea channels; and…

Thirty years of above-average temperatures mean we’re entering a new era of global warming.
On Wednesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that Earth’s global temperature for February was among the hottest ever measured.

What the Arctic’s melting ice looks like over time
One of the comments that has stuck out most to me over time came from Maj. Gen. Francis G. Mahon of the U.S. Northern Command in 2012. “[Our] area of responsibility is evolving and changing,” he said…

Monstrous melt: Distant Antarctica glaciers have scientists worried.
The great ice sheet of West Antarctica has begun sliding into what scientists believe is an irreversible collapse. It will take a century, but once glaciers that took tens of thousands of years to form are gone, the absence will result in a sea level rise in the Northern Hemisphere of at least 10 feet.

The New West Antarctica Is East Antarctica.
The western glaciers are melting quickly. New evidence reveals a similar process in the east

Interstellar? Scientist Warns Earth Is Now Halfwa…
… still can’t believe that almost every person believes thatn either: humans are causing global warming or there is no global warming. Well here is the real answer, its both. Eighty per cent of the…

March 15, 2015

Local anti-fracking effort born in New York?
Colorado’s anti-energy activists have rebooted and refreshed their campaign against shale development under the new moniker of Coloradans Against fracking. But a look behind the curtain shows these…

Ban oil shipments on Pennsylvania rails until saf…
Two days after a train carrying highly volatile crude oil derailed, shooting fireballs into the sky and sending an oil-filled car into the Kanawha River, flames remained burning in West Virginia. And…

Feds, DEP deny request to block work on Forks com…
The federal regulatory agency deciding whether a Forks Township pipeline compressor expansion should be approved, has given the gas company a partial green light to begin…

Fracking next to a cemetery? 10 unlikely sites targeted for drilling.
Companies eager to capitalize on the boom have nominated tracts beneath or adjacent to farms, historic sites, art installations, and even whole towns. A new report finds fault with attempts to lease public land for energy development.

Atlantic City to host meeting on offshore drilling proposal – Press of Atlantic City
Critics of a controversial proposal that could open waters off the East Coast to oil drilling will have their say at a public meeting next week in Atlantic City. The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is holding the public meeting billed as an open-house, one-on-one format with staff. It is scheduled for Wednesday, March 18 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Sheraton Atlantic City at 2 Convention Boulevard.

W.Va. Senate clears forced pooling bill for oil, …
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The West Virginia Senate has passed a bill allowing some natural gas drilling even when mineral rights owners can’t be found or won’t agree to leases. The Senate approved the…

West virginia rolls back tough rules on above-ground storage tanks.
West Virginia lawmakers approved a measure on Saturday to roll back strict water-protection rules enacted last year after a chemical spill contaminated drinking water for 300,000 people in West Virginia’s capital. Wall Street Journal. 15 March 2015. [Subscription Required]

Ohio River again tops list for industrial pollution.
The Ohio River once again leads the nation for industrial pollution. That’s even as the eight-state commission that sets the river’s water quality standards recommends relaxing rules on mercury and certain other toxic chemicals. Louisville Courier-Journal, Kentucky. 15 March 2015.

South Carolinians unite against seismic blasting, offshore drilling – Charleston Post Courier
South Carolinians are working together to protect our precious coast from the dangers of offshore drilling and seismic blasting. This week hundreds of concerned citizens gathered in Mount Pleasant to attend the Federal Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management’s (BOEM) public scoping meeting to protest offshore drilling and learn more about the draft five-year plan for oil and gas leasing off our coast.  Opposition to offshore drilling and seismic blasting has come from coastal residents, business owners, the Gullah Geechee Nation, conservationists and some of our local elected officials.

Earthquake Rattles Farmers Branch
North Texas is rattled by yet another earthquake. This time an earthquake was reported in Farmers Branch. According to the U.S. Geological Survey’s website, the 2.6…

USGS: Small Earthquake Hits Medford
An earthquake shook up residents near Medford, Okla., in Grant County, Saturday morning. The 3.1 magnitude quake struck at approximately 8:57 a.m. Its epicenter was located eight miles southeast of…

Earthquake could exceed nuclear power plant design
Study: Earthquake could exceed nuclear power plant design LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shaking from a powerful earthquake could exceed the design of the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, its owners have…

Tyler County landowner receives $4.9 million in damages for lost royalties
A Tyler County landowner was awarded a $4.9 million verdict in Federal Court in Wheeling on Thursday.
The verdict, likely the first of its kind in the Marcellus and Utica Shale region, is the result of what experts say is an oil and gas company not following through with its lease agreements. The dispute arose after Cunningham Energy, LLC, filed suit against the Tyler County landowner, who leased his oil and gas rights to Cunningham in 2011. Cunningham claimed the two oil and gas leases on the 191 acre property remained valid.

Colorado Man Accused Of Having Pipe Bomb In North…
WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) — The criminal case against a Colorado man accused having pipe bombs and guns in North Dakota’s oil patch has been moved from state to federal court. KXMB-TV reports that.

Community commemorates lives lost in the 1937 New…
It has been 78 years since disaster shook a small East Texas community. Saturday, hundreds connected to the tragedy gathered to remember all of the lives taken in the 1937 natural gas explosion that killed 249 people at the New London school.

Fight over Keystone XL project doesn’t stall pipe…
WASHINGTON (AP) – America is in a crude oil pipeline boom, with about 3.3 million barrels per day of capacity coming online since 2012. New pipelines are being built from western North Dakota,…

USW, Shell reach tentative deal to end strike at US refineries
Royal Dutch Shell PLC and the United Steelworkers union (USW) have reached a tentative bargaining agreement over pay, benefits, and health and safety standards for union workers that could settle a more than 6-week unfair labor practice (ULP) strike in effect at 15 US refineries and associated installations (OGJ Online, Feb. 2, 2015). USW lead negotiators and the National Oil Bargaining Policy Committee approved the contract, which will serve as a pattern agreement for the rest of the industry, on Mar. 12, Shell and USW said in separate statements. The preliminary agreement follows 8 weeks of on-again, off-again negotiations between USW and Shell—lead company for National Oil Bargaining (NOB) negotiations—which only resumed in earnest on Mar. 9 (OGJ Online, Mar. 5, 2015).

Emera awaits approval from US to export gas at Po…
Beach. Canadian-based Emera CNG is waiting approval from the U.S. government to ship compressed natural gas from a facility at the port to Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, where it will then be…

Natural gas export facilities wants to open up at…
A natural gas liquefacation and transfer facility may soon open at the Port of Brownsville. Earlier this week, Texas lNG and Annova lNG submitted a request with the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory…

BP labours to cast doubt on Gulf spill study it dislikes.
Global oil giant BP has apologized again and again for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. But lately, the company has been sounding less remorseful. Bloomberg News. 13 March 2015.

BP CEO on oil: ‘It’s going to be very painful’
The dramatic drop in oil prices is going to be very painful for the oil and gas industry, BP CEO Bob Dudley told CNBC Saturday.

Energy agency sees more oil declines
Friday, oilfield services company Baker Hughes said that the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell by another 67 this week to 1,125. More than half the rigs taken off…

North America Crude Oil Production Remains Strong
North America Crude Oil Production Remains Strong There are signs that crude oil production in the US remains strong, despite the strong correction in prices recently. The American Association of…

Investors Should Beware The
“Fracklog” is the latest term running around the oil world, a new game that oil producers are playing to try and outlast temporarily depressed oil prices. The Catch-22 is that the more doggedly shale players hold on to production, the longer prices stay depressed and the more difficult it will be to carry on. Recently, one of the techniques that US oil producers have been using to…

How we got to a $1.6 billion shortfall: Revenue f…
… versus those changes, because they occurred nearly simultaneously. Changes in oil and gas prices also have hit Louisiana in the wallet. When energy prices drop, drilling tends to slow,…

Big Oil’s Broken Business Model
Many reasons have been provided for the dramatic plunge in the price of oil to about $60 per barrel (nearly half of what it was a year ago): slowing demand due to global economic stagnation; overproduction at shale fields in the United States; the decision of the Saudis and other Middle Eastern OPEC producers to maintain output at current levels (presumably to punish higher-cost producers in the U.S. and elsewhere); and the increased value of the dollar relative to other currencies. There is, however, one reason that’s not being discussed, and yet it could be the most important of all: the complete collapse of Big Oil’s production-maximizing business model.

The collapse of Big Oil: How the industry priced …
How things have changed in a matter of mere months. With demand stagnant and excess production the story of the moment, the very strategy that had generated record-breaking profits has suddenly become…

With oil prices dropping, ND could lose thousands of jobs and billions in revenue
The real-life cost of dropping oil prices isn’t limited to lower profits for oil companies. In North Dakota, jobs are being cut and the state has to rethink its budget plans, as oil producers scale back in the face of those sagging numbers. Here’s what’s happening, and what impact it could have.

And So it Begins: North Dakota Oil Output Slides 3.3% as Oil Plunge Takes a Toll
The plunge in oil prices is forcing North Dakota producers to cut investments, leading to a slide in the state’s oil production.

Houston We Have a Problem: Key Closure Exposes Big Risks to the Fragile Oil Industry
Without waterway access, companies including ExxonMobil and Enterprise Products Partners L.P. are being forced to shut down key facilities.

From Bubble-Blower To Energy Expert, Alan Greensp…
Having recently explained why the stock market is extremely overvalued (in his own words by Fed-driven multiple expansion alone), Alan Greenspan – seemingly brimming over with the need to remedy his…

Big oil must make big changes if it wants to surv…
Many reasons have been provided for the dramatic plunge in the price of oil to about $60 per barrel (nearly half of what it was a year ago): slowing demand due to global economic stagnation;..

Montney shale gas producers in B.C. and Alberta s…
The Montney shale gas formation in B.C. and Alberta is seen as the crucial anchor of a future West Coast liquefied natural gas industry, but some companies are making money drilling there now, even as…

Oil Crash Is Crushing Russia
The impact of oil prices on the Russian economy is well known. After crude fell 50 percent last fall, the Ministry of Economic Development forecast a 3 percent GDP contraction this year, along with 12…

The leader of the frack takes a leap in the dark
The Swiss-based chemicals group, controlled by the billionaire Jim Ratcliffe, plans to spend £168m in the next few years drilling for shale gas in north-west England after striking a deal with its…

Protestors claim Bolton has been earmarked for fr…
ANTI fracking campaigners were in town to warn against the use of the controversial underground drilling process in Bolton. Demonstrators gathered in Oxford Street, near the Fred Dibnah statue, to…

You shall not pass: The shire that’s closing the …
A country Victorian council has sent a strong message to the coal seam gas industry, adopting a formal policy that it is “totally opposed” to the…

This man is the Aussie hero you’ve never heard of…
THERE’S a movie currently taking Australian cinemas by storm, and you’ve probably never even heard of it. That’s because it’s not playing at a giant megaplex near you, but at art house cinemas here…

Revealed: energy giants plans to lovebomb Scotlan…
The announcement is expected to include more details on an existing promise to pay hundreds of millions of pounds to landowners and communities around fracking sites. There will also be a meeting of…

Peaceful protests against shale gas in Algeria
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Thousands of Algerians demonstrated Saturday against plans to drill for shale gas in the south of the country. Organizers say more than 1,000 demonstrators protested in…

Egypt Signs U.S.$12 Billion Deal With British Ene…
Cairo — Egypt’s Petroleum Minister Sherif Ismail signed an energy deal worth $12 billion (91.5 billion Egyptian pounds) with energy firm British Petroleum (BP) on Saturday. Ismail was cited by…

China leader vows smog crackdown; sidesteps ‘Unde…
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang vowed on Sunday to hold polluting factories liable for excessive emissions, but he sidestepped a question about the government’s censorship of a viral documentary video about the nation’s smog crisis.

The film that reveals how American ‘experts’ disc…
In one sense, news of the Florida directive could not have come at a better time – a hard-hitting documentary adaptation of Oreskes’s 2010 book Merchants of Doubt is just hitting US cinemas. In…

Registered Lobbyists Gave $1.1 Million in Contributions Post Election
While campaign workers (and increasingly television viewers) breathe a sigh of relief the morning after an election, for lobbyists it’s time to get back to work to bolster relationships with incumbents or begin them with new members. That’s often done in the form of contributions (surprise!). According to an OpenSecrets.org analysis, 948 lobbyists wrote more than $1.1 million in checks last November and December.

Christie’s calibrated turn to the right
… the left of other Republican rivals. In 2011, Christie acknowledged that humans had a role in climate change — a position that is not likely to go over well with hard-liners who profess to…

Understanding science of climate change and recog…
Inhofe and he is exhibiting the snowball on the floor of the U.S. Senate as “evidence” that global climate change is not occurring. The Republican senator from Oklahoma is infamous for denying…

Nitwits a more apt label for GOP senators than tr…
Nitwits a more apt label for GOP senators than traitors So now we learn the truth about the Tehran 47’s open letter to the Iranian mullahs. It wasn’t about TRAITORS, as the New York Daily News…

Sen. McConnell Miscalculates: Boycotting Clean Po…
Those of us following the politics of coal country understand the popular political sentiment there – that coal is the lifeblood of the area and that President Obama is poisoning the well. So it’s no surprise that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY is now urging not only his state but others to buck the Clean Power Plan, proposed last June by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and backed by the White House.

Clean coal trial hoped to lower carbon emissions
Clean coal trial hoped to help lower power station carbon emissions Carbon emissions from coal-fired power stations are a major contributor to global warming, but the mining industry says so-called…

New nuclear construction projects in the US face many issues
It is one thing to talk about the need for nuclear power in the United States — it is another thing altogether to understand the strategies required to ensure that nuclear maintains its current status quo. The nuclear industry faces serious challenges which must be overcome if it is to maintain its current share of the market.  According to the nuclear industry, to maintain its current share of electrical generation in the United States, 50 new 1,000 MW reactors need to be built by 2030. This goal is highly unlikely to be reached, and the much acclaimed “Nuclear Renaissance” has peaked and is already on the decline.

Divestiture is a win for New Hampshire.
It took nearly two decades, but the upcoming sale of the 12 power plants owned by Public Service of New Hampshire and its successor, Eversource Energy, was inevitable.

Snyder wants 30-40 percent power from renewables,…
WARREN (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder is calling on lawmakers to update Michigan’s energy law to increase energy-efficiency efforts and the use of power sources such as wind and natural gas. The Republican…

Doing Better: NC solar economy at crossroads
… energy themselves. As their costs decline, driven in large part by a drop in the price of natural gas, the fees they pay smaller energy providers, including solar companies, are dropping as…

Webinar – Keeping turbines and workers safe: Lightning diverters and electric meters
Live webinar is March 26 at 11 AM EST.  High current is a hazard to the turbine and technicians alike. For the turbine, lightning strikes can damage blades and short out electric equipment when it’s not sufficiently grounded. There are ways to handle the high current in lightning. Inside the nacelle, technicians have to diagnose issues to get troubled turbines back into production as soon as possible. Several new smart electrical meters can assist that work. Register for this webinar here.

Japan space scientists make wireless energy breakthrough
Japanese scientists have succeeded in transmitting energy wirelessly, in a key step that could one day make solar power generation in space a possible…

Top 10 energy storage countries.
The state-record $25 million fine levied against Duke Energy last week over leaking coal-ash holding ponds might make some critics of the nation’s largest power company feel better. But the fine does nothing to ensure leaks are immediately stopped and the ponds are cleaned up, along with any collateral contamination, including polluted groundwater.

Kissing Ring Of King Corn or Why Ethanol Ain’t Go…
As regular readers know, I am not opposed to green, renewable energy. Yes, I like oil and natural gas but I also find the technological innovation in solar, wind and other energy forms exciting. If…

Debating renewables
There could well be more than enough rooftops in Malta to produce energy from the sun using photovoltaic (PV) panels. Does this mean we can get by without a solar farm taking up even more precious…

Punjab to launch solar power scheme for farmers -…
Punjab to launch solar power scheme for farmers Agrarian state Punjab’s hard-working farmers could look forward to the end of some of their power-cut woes with the state government planning to launch…

Inhabitat’s Week in Green: solar-powered planes, …
Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week’s most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us — it’s the Week in Green. When Tim Cook officially announced Apple’s first foray…

Climate change: UN backs fossil fuel divestment c…
The move is likely to be controversial as the economies of many nations at the negotiating table heavily rely on coal, oil and gas. In 2013, coal-reliant Poland hosted the UNFCCC summit and was..

Mysterious booms continue to shake houses in west…
PORT ANGELES — A new round of booming noises has disturbed residents of west Port Angeles and Joyce, who say the…

A climate change gold rush
How should Vermont respond to climate change? Few Vermonters would say, Make money from it. However, this was the theme of a recent conference organized by the Vermont Council on Rural Development,…

Winter ice in the Arctic nears all-time record low
A Polar bear cub in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Photo: AP As folks across much of the central and eastern US shivered and shoveled through a cold, snowy winter, the unusual chill didn’t…

Premature End of Rainy Season Blamed On Climate C…
Environmentalists have attributed the premature end of the official rainy season in most provinces as well as other extreme events like flooding in the country to the effects of climate change…

Lake Tahoe: Drought, climate change threatening w…
TAHOE CITY — There’s something disconcerting about life at Lake Tahoe these days. It’s still winter, but visitors are renting bikes instead of snowshoes and kayaks instead of skis. Come summer –.

As wet by any other name
At times of particularly high tides in Miami, seawater gurgles from storm drains onto city streets. The purpose of the drains, of course, is to carry freshwater in the other direction. The Florida…

Catastrophic damage feared in tiny Vanuatu after …
It is not easy for a lumbering, powerful tropical cyclone to score a direct hit on a tiny island…

Pacific nation devastated by historic Cyclone Pam
VANUATU (USA TODAY)-Communities were in a shambles, communications remained near zero and access to clean water was a severe challenge Sunday on the Vanuatu archipelago almost two days after Cyclone..

Tackling Disasters Vital to End Poverty – World B…
Sendai — In the past 30 years, the world has lost more than 2.5 million people and almost $4 trillion because of natural disasters, the president of the World Bank said on Friday as governments..

Extreme weather the new normal in Australia’s dis…
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a disaster risk reduction conference in Japan on Saturday that climate change is making extreme weather events the new normal. “Over the last two decades, more..

Revamped environmental law raises hope for cleanu…
… emitter of carbon dioxide, also a linchpin in the global effort to avoid catastrophic climate change. During China’s annual legislative sessions, which end Sunday, China’s new…

Beyond the headlines.
In his weekly trip beyond the headlines, Peter Dykstra tells host Steve Curwood about a Florida governor’s unwritten gag order on “global warming” terms, gives an update on China’s air pollution film that went viral, and explains how distributors are acting since legislation proposed to cut prophylactic antibiotic use in livestock continues to face Congressional resistance. Living On Earth. Opinion, 15 March 2015.

NPR’s Scott Simon interviews Guardian editor on intensive climate change focus.
NPR’s Scott Simon talks with Alan Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian, about his recent column detailing his personal motivation for intensifying the paper’s focus on climate change coverage.

NC science panel agrees on sea-level forecast
Three years after their first forecast was loudly repudiated by coastal developers and Republican legislators, members of the state’s coastal science panel met quietly Friday to agree on final…

Carbon emissions from energy sector remain unchan…
… was no time for complacency. A recent study had shown that the planet is seeing a period of climate change that was faster than in the last 1,000 years and if trends continue, by 2020 the rate…

Global warming rates are about to hit the gas, re…
Just when it looked like things might be quiet on the climate change research front, there was this: “We find that trends in greenhouse-gas and aerosol emissions are now moving the Earth system into a…

Hotter, harder times forecast for the farm as cli…
Australia’s agricultural sector faces profound challenges from climate change over coming decades forcing the migration of some crops and the new varieties of others, a new report by the University of…

Governor declares emergency drought in parts of W…
Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday declared a drought emergency for three regions in Washington state, clearing the way for state officials to provide money and other relief to those experiencing drought…

February Was Very Warm, Continues Upward Global W…
The NASA GISS data for surface temperatures of the planet Earth are in for February, and February was warm. The anomaly value was 79, which means 0.79 degrees C above a the baseline NASA uses…

Weakening of summer storm intensifies heat extrem…
Weakening of summer storm intensifies heat extremes A new study has revealed that summer storm weakening leads to more persistent heat extremes. Researchers from the Potsdam Institute for Climate…

Working with the Earth
This winter the eastern United States and Canada have had below-normal temperatures and above-normal snow cover. These go together: Snow reflects sunlight and can lock in cold temperatures. In the…

The future is grim, says Fali Nariman
He was speaking at a global meet on environment issues With environmental degradation and climate change being the foremost challenges confronting the society, Union Environment and Forests Minister

Environment degradation pose threat to human civi…
Environment degradation pose threat to human civilization: VP Vice President of India M. Hamid Ansari has said that environmental degradation and climate change are amongst the foremost challenges…

When humans go extinct: How life will evolve afte…
I was influenced by a paper that Anthonky Varnofsky from the University of California at Berkeley wrote, about his idea that we are entering a mass extinction event. People who study life on Earth…

March 13, 2015

Special issue delves into the long term consequen…
Marcellus shale extraction and its potential negative effects on the environment is the subject of a recently published special issue in the Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A. This.

Wolf supports drilling moratorium in Delaware Riv…
Gov. Tom Wolf supports a moratorium on gas drilling in the Delaware River Basin, his spokesman confirmed a day after the issue came up in a legislative committee hearing. “This is a regional decision…

Cabot makes impression in Hazleton
A natural gas producer won’t drill in the Hazleton area, where it recently joined the chamber of commerce, but will tell businesspeople and students about opportunities created through gas production…

Bakken becomes research lab for Pennsylvania stud…
MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Graduate students from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia are doing firsthand research in North Dakota’s Bakken oil patch to see how an economic boom impacts

PennEast natural gas pipeline may run past Bethle…
The idyllic Carbon County acreage where Bethlehem gets its drinking water — called one of the last great places on Earth by one conservancy group — might get a natural gas pipeline. On a 114-mile…

Public needs answers about destination of gas in …
When asked recently in The Hunterdon County Democrat if the PennEast pipeline would be used for liquefied natural gas export, Tony Cox, PennEast project manager, said there is “no evidence whatsoever…

Geologist sees a path to easing fracking concerns
The natural gas boom that transformed the energy picture in the United States in the last decade is still in its infancy, says John Shaw, chair of Harvard’s Earth and Planetary Sciences…

Deep in the heart of the Texas oil boom
Working on the towering, steel-blue rig under a late winter sun, the drill crew on contract with Calgary-based Encana Corp. is replacing a downhole drill motor before sending a 25-kilogram bit boring…

Workplace accident claims Kelowna man’s life
The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a male who died following an industrial accident at the Progress Gas Plant north of Fort St. John on March 11. He was Jack Shawn Eyles, 28, of…

Falling oil prices could idle hundreds of drillin…
Falling oil and natural gas prices will result in a rough 2015 in the oil patch, and could put tens of thousands out of work. In a statement released Thursday, the Canadian Association of Oilwell…

The oil rig count crash is following an eerily si…
… from a high of over 1600 at the beginning of the year — in exactly the same way that the natural gas rig count fell off at the end of the shale gas boom a couple of years ago. The current…

Tanker truck explodes, closing I-94 near Detroit
A tanker truck exploded on Interstate 94 near Detroit Wednesday afternoon, sending huge plumes of smoke into the air and closing the highway in both directions. Dearborn firefighters reported on…

More bids sought for plugging Wyoming coal-bed me…
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) – The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is about to solicit another round of bids to plug and clean up abandoned coal-bed methane wells. Gas developers have abandoned…

Leaders join broad coalition on oil trains
Several Clark County leaders have joined a growing coalition of elected officials across the Northwest who say they want to raise awareness about the risks of transporting coal and oil by rail. The…

Canada to Propose Tougher Oil Tank Car Standards
The Canadian government has proposed tough new standards for rail tank cars used to transport crude oil in response to a string of fiery crashes. The proposal,…

North Sea looks slick as 90% plan to expand
The 101 oil and gas firms surveyed expect to create 8,000 jobs over the next two years. Firms also expect a big increase in mergers and acquisitions, much more international expansion and moves into…

The leader of the frack takes a leap in the dark
… own facilities. “We can see some opportunity in Germany – there are signs that maybe the climate in [traditionally anti-fracking] Germany is changing a little – and the US. We’ve got a very…

AGL mum over toxic CSG chemicals discharged into …
Hunter Water has declined to disclose details disclosed by Transpacific about toxic chemicals contained in wastewater from AGL’s coal seam gas operations near Gloucester. Peter Hannam reports. Toxic…

Scott Walker Is the Worst Candidate for the Envir…
A journalistic collaboration on climate change. Scott Walker is killing it with Republicans. The Wisconsin governor is one of his party’s rising stars—thanks to his ongoing and largely successful war…

Governor no scientist, just a crafty linguist
News item: Florida Gov. Rick Scott has unofficially banned the terms “climate change” and “global warming,” with state employees and agencies told not to use the phrases in documents and emails,…

Ronald Reagan would have fought climate change
… surface geography makes it easier for large segments of its ice sheet to slide into a warming ocean. Altogether, we can observe that sea levels are now rising about 3 millimeters per…

Presidential hopeful George Pataki stops in Naple…
Republicans Friday night, outlining his hopes for becoming the next president and making sweeping changes to halt terrorism threats and give Americans their freedom back. It’s the third time the…

Al Gore calls on SXSW to turn its focus on climat…
Al Gore calls on SXSW to turn its focus on climate change More than 70,000 expected in Austin, Texas as annual showcase starts with tech festival Al Gore addresses the SXSW Interactive Festival in…

Scientists to Senator Ted Cruz: NASA needs to stu…
… don’t know it — and that’s understanding our environment,” Bolden said, in a clear reference to global warming-related sea level rise. “It is absolutely critical that we understand Earth’s…

Prodding Republicans, Gov. Brown says California …
… from using the phrase. Brown, meanwhile, has doubled down on his commitment to Renewable Energy with the goal of deriving half of California’s electricity from renewable sources…

Ellie Kinnaird: TPP is NAFTA on steroids
Could a Vietnamese company sue the United States over environmental regulations because they interfered with their business practice, thus reducing their profits? Or Malaysia sue over adhering to U.S….

Solar-powered sign is Batavia elementary school’s…
Digital signs are nothing new for area schools — but Robert Morris Elementary, at 80 Union St. in Batavia, is the first school in the Genesee Valley to have a solar-powered digital sign, which was.

Vestas plans 400-employee expansion in Windsor
… for wind turbines are expected to pick up dramatically in the United States as demand for Renewable Energy increases and electrical production improves. Information from: The Daily…

Kodiak Island’s energy independence should serve …
In more rural areas, that number is multiplied many times. When we in Alaska talk about using Renewable Energy to provide our power, it’s generally in terms of offsetting our costs — taking the…

Missouri asks for documents on energy project bef…
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Public Service Commission has asked Grain Belt Express for more information about a proposed high-voltage transmission line that would run through part of southern…

State awards $8 million to help harness biogas at…
Work at Lakeview will involve installing a covered manure lagoon “digester” that converts methane biogas into electricity, according to the commission. The job involves preparing a 1-megawatt..

Green solution for bio-waste
A biogas plant treating the city’s waste is supplying 600 kg. of CNG a day to hotels. Away from the public gaze, South India’s first plant producing Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) from hotel and…

Governor declares emergency drought in parts of W…
Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday declared a drought emergency for three regions in Washington state, clearing the way for state officials to provide money and other relief to those experiencing drought…

CO2 emissions stall without impacting global econ…
CO2 emissions stall without impacting global economy for first time in 40 years The global economy witnessed a growth in 2014 as the global carbon emissions were stable for the first time in 40…

In Historic Turn, CO2 Emissions Flatline in 2014,…
A key stumbling block in the effort to combat global warming has been the intimate link between greenhouse gas emissions and economic growth. When times are good and industries are thriving, global…

Scientists have a new explanation for those myste…
… not too big a surprise. She said rocks may have been ejected upward when methane-containing natural gas – stored in the permafrost but kept under pressure by the weight of the pingo…

Want to fight climate change? Organize over the I…
… starred in the Academy Award-winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” about the effects of global warming. He’s also the founder and chairman of the Climate Reality Project, an environmental..

Doctors group seeks climate change action
… key message of an alliance of doctors and medical students, who want the government to know climate change is a public health emergency. It’s not just extreme weather events like cyclones and..

Community Discussion: Can nature documentaries ch…
Documentaries have been fighting climate change and environmental despoliation for decades, in a way that fiction films haven’t quite managed. One of the earliest, a 1970 PBS series called Our…