Officials To NYS: Take A Second Look At Pipelines
Now that New York state’s Department of Environmental Conservation has officially banned hydrofracking, officials in Schoharie County would like the state to take a closer look at natural gas pipelines and compressor stations. Although there won’t be any fracking in New York , products of the process will move from Pennsylvania across the Empire State via pipelines which run through compressor stations. Natural gas, when transported through a pipeline, must be constantly pressurized at intervals of 40 to 100 miles. Pipeline plans call for the Wright Compressor Station in Schoharie County to be joined by two others, being built in the town of Schoharie . Richmondville Town Supervisor Richard Lape: “The new ones are for the most part, carry the hydrofracking gas that’s coming through our communities.” The two stations each will uniquely service two pipelines awaiting federal approval, the Constitution and one to be built by the Northeast Energy Direct Project. “We already have two, maybe more than two in our county. One of course at the Westfall Road site in the town of Wright, and a large compression station at Route 20 in the town of Calisle .” Lape, who chairs the Schoharie County Board of Supervisors, dashed a letter off to Governor Andrew Cuomo in early June, asking that an “immediate freeze” be placed on new air and water quality permits for natural gas infrastructure projects, and that all research concerning the health effects of pipelines and compressor stations be reviewed. “If you read, if you note the letter, I think the concerns are due to possible emissions into the atmosphere.”
Greens plan week of protests against oil trains
Environmental and safety groups are planning a week of protests against transporting crude oil by train, marking the second anniversary of a major oil train disaster in Canada . The activists are asking regulators to crack down further on crude by rail and pushing local governments to ban such trains within their jurisdiction. “There is no safe way to transport extreme tar sands and Bakken crude,” environmental group ForestEthics said on a website promoting the protests across the United States and Canada . “Two years after Lac-Mégantic, oil trains keep exploding and carbon pollution keeps rising,” the group said, referring to the Lac-Mégantic, Quebec , derailment and explosion that killed 47 people. “Oil trains are a disaster for our health, our safety, and our climate.” ForestEthics and its allies said they are planning more than 100 events between July 6 and July 12 to call attention to oil train problems, following up on last year’s 63 events. This year, the groups are paying special attention to environmental justice concerns, arguing that, since train tracks carrying crude oil are overwhelmingly in minority neighborhoods, those communities are most at risk.
Two years later, Lac-Mégantic struggles to rebuild
Two years on, there’s still a pile of toxic dirt where the centre of Lac-Mégantic used to be. Guarded 24 hours a day by security and surrounded with fences, it’s a daily reminder of what happened July 6, 2013, when an unmanned train with 72 tankers carrying 8 million litres of crude oil careened into town, exploding in its core.
PA: Airborne lab seeks fracking leaks
MONTOURSVILLE, Pa. — The inside of the Twin Otter airplane was turned into a flying laboratory, crammed with racks of computer equipment and an array of suitcase-sized plastic containers. Its mission: to fly over the busy natural-gas drilling operations of northeastern Pennsylvania so a pair of scientists could measure how much of the stuff was leaking into the atmosphere. In particular, the researchers were interested in the prime component of natural gas, an odorless substance called methane that gets much of the blame for global warming. “This is what we’re going to fly today,” said atmospheric scientist Anna Karion, indicating a zigzag pattern on her iPad map, covering an area that measured 50 miles by 80 miles. The red line crisscrossed the heart of the Marcellus Shale region, hotbed of the practice called hydraulic fracturing. Methane leakage is the rare element of the “fracking” debate on which industry and environmental groups can find some agreement.
PA: Fracking ordinance in the works for three towns
A joint ordinance that would regulate fracking in Newtown Township , Upper Makefield and Wrightstown will be voted on soon by the supervisors in all three townships, according to an attorney who helped draft the ordinance. Matt McHugh, of Grim, Biehn and Thatcher in Perkasie, said the ordinance will likely be voted on by all three governing bodies in the next month or two.
Opponents of landfill expansion plan raise concerns over fracking sand
THROOP — Some opponents of Keystone Sanitary Landfill’s expansion plan are uneasy the facility can accept sand that is a byproduct of hydraulic fracturing, even as the landfill has not accepted any of it and some industry experts say the byproduct is not dangerous. Drillers pump water, additives and sand into the Marcellus Shale to extract natural gas. The sand holds underground voids open, but some of it escapes with the water and must be disposed. Keystone is the only landfill in the state Department of Environmental Protection’s Northeast Region approved to accept flowback sand from fracking operations but has never actually taken the byproduct to date, agency spokeswoman Colleen Connolly said. As of May 2013, Keystone was approved to take 19 sets of 4,000 tons of the material for a one-time total of 76,000 tons. Currently, 19 other landfills in the Pittsburgh area also have approval to take the flowback sand. Keystone initially obtained the necessary forms to accept the material at the request of a gas company but has no interest in taking the sand now, landfill consultant Albert Magnotta said. The Friends of Lackawanna was unaware of the approvals before they came up in DEP’s recent public meeting and is “very concerned” about the idea the operation could someday accept the material, said Michele Dempsey, a leader in the Friends group opposed to Keystone’s proposed nearly half-century expansion. Researchers know too little about the long-term health affects of fracking waste, she said.
Pittsburg: July 22 ‘scoping session’ for WesPac oil terminal environmental report
PITTSBURG — A public comment period has begun for a new environmental report for a plan to renovate and modernize the long-unused former PG&E tank farm along the Sacramento River waterfront. WesPac Midstream Oil’s Pittsburg Terminal Project would store the oil in the tanks for processing by refineries in Martinez , Benicia , Rodeo and Richmond . The key change in a second draft impact report is the removal of five 104-car trains a week delivering domestic oil, mostly Bakken crude from North Dakota and Montana . A July 22 “scoping session” review has been scheduled, where the public can comment on the second draft of the impact report. Comments may be about revising the second environmental report, but comments on whether the overall project should be approved or denied will not be accepted. The written comment period ends July 31. The WesPac project was heavily criticized both for its original proposal in 2011 and earlier this year, when the Irvine-based company revived the dormant project with the rail deliveries removed. Critics cited the threat of explosions and the pollution from petroleum vapors and related dust and sediments.
Reforesting After Fracking: Working To Restore Pennsylvania ‘s Drilled Land
While most of the attention on the impacts of fracking has focused on things like drinking water, air pollution and earthquakes, state regulators in Pennsylvania are working on another less-discussed, but no less serious, side effect of oil and gas development: forest fragmentation. That’s what happens when things like well pads, roads, and pipelines crisscross the landscape carving up large swaths of forest into smaller pieces. As Marie Cusick of WITF in Harrisburg reports, foresters are trying to help gas companies figure out the best ways to clean up after themselves.
Fracking poses multiple threats: Opposing view
Closer examination of EPA report tells a different story. Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency released a draft study on the drinking water impacts of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking — a controversial method of extracting oil and gas accompanied by potential threats to our health and environment that has concerned communities across the country. It’s no surprise that the oil and gas industry is cherry-picking the findings from this report to defend its hollow claims that fracking is safe. Industry points to the statement that fracking has not “led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources in the United States .” But closer examination of the report tells a different story. Rather than justifying that fracking is safe, this study underscores the need to move away from dirty fossil fuels that pose unnecessary risks to our valuable natural resources, such as clean water and air. By improving energy efficiency, upgrading our crumbling electrical grid, and investing in clean renewable energies such as wind and solar, we can build an energy future that creates good jobs without the threats to our water, our climate and our health posed by fracking.
Public Comment Sought About Fracking in Kentucky
BEREA , Ky. – Bracing for a boom in deep-well fracking, state lawmakers revised Kentucky’s regulations on oil and gas production in March. Environmentalists and landowners will now get to express their views about the regulatory revisions in a trio of public meetings across the commonwealth, beginning tonight in Madisonville . Many Kentuckians are concerned that requiring before-and-after water sampling on high-volume, hydraulic fracking is simply not enough. Madison County resident Tim Hensley lives near Berea , where energy companies have been seeking leases to mineral rights for development of the Rogersville Shale, a deep shale formation prevalent beneath much of eastern Kentucky . Hensley says he wants deep-well fracking banned. “My experience with the regulatory system is it is significantly lacking,” he says. “Given what I have learned about fracking in the last year, I am amazed it’s legal anywhere on the planet at the moment.” In addition to this evening’s meeting in Madisonville, the Energy and Environment Cabinet will hold public meetings on oil and gas development in Somerset on July 23, and Hazard on July 30.http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2015-07-07/energy-policy/public-comment-sought-about-fracking-in-kentucky/a47007-1
NH: Natural gas company considering whether to sell gas from proposed pipeline in Keene
The state’s largest natural gas distributor is weighing a plan to divert gas from a controversial proposed pipeline to serve customers in Keene . Liberty Utilities is negotiating a deal with state regulators to buy space on the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline and sell natural gas to its customers statewide. It’s also considering building a lateral, or a pipeline of smaller diameter that would branch off the main 36-inch pipeline, to connect with Keene, Liberty spokesman John Shore said. The Salem-based water, natural gas and electricity provider sells a propane-air mixture to customers in Keene , but not natural gas. The company sells to about 87,000 customers along a corridor stretching from Nashua to Laconia and the pipeline would supplement that, Shore said.
Changing landscape: A look at life in the Bakken as the boom slows
Life in the Bakken isn’t for the faint of heart. Since 2006, the North Dakota oil boom has changed the landscape of life and work in the area. Even with substantially less growth in 2015, the Bakken boom has left the state with a billion-dollar surplus and a per capita gross domestic product 29% above the national average. But life isn’t about numbers for the men and women on the ground keeping the machine moving forward. It is long days, unexpected challenges, brutal winters and a lightning fast pace.
U.S. Regulators to Banks: Be Wary of Loans to Oil, Gas Producers
Some bank loans issued to oil-and-gas producers are substandard, warn U.S. regulators.
New regulations on Colorado oilfield spills keep operators honest
While more attention has been paid to oil spills in Colorado in the past year, increased regulation and sensitivity has resulted in more incidents — but much less spillage. While the number of spills hit a 16-year high in 2014, spills of oil last year were less in volume than they have been for more than a decade, and water spills fared similarly, according to Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission records. Last year, 2,431 barrels — 102,102 gallons — of oil had been spilled, a 38 percent decrease in volume from the previous year. Spills of produced water — what is left over from the drilling process — hit more than half a million gallons, a three-year high, but less than half of the annual spillage from 2004-11. Altogether, the state recorded 769 spills of water and oil, a 25 percent increase in the number of incidents from 2013 and almost triple what it was in 1999, the first year of analysis reporting. “We had a big increase from 2013 to 2014,” said Dave Kulmann, deputy director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. “Going from 617 to 769, that’s pretty significant.”
CO: Oil, gas spill reports for July 6
The following spills were reported to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in the past two weeks. Kerr McGee Oil and Gas Onshore LP reported on July 2 that during abandonment activities, impacted groundwater was encountered beneath a water tank, outside of Fort Lupton . It is unknown the volume of produced water that released. A sample of groundwater was tested and revealed that benzene and xylene concentrations were above COGCC standards. Kerr McGee Oil and Gas Onshore LP reported on July 2 that during abandonment activities, impacted groundwater was discovered, while removing a produced water sump, outside of Fort Lupton . The volume of the release is unknown. A sample of groundwater revealed that levels of benzene and total xylenes exceeded COGCC standards. Kerr McGee Oil and Gas Onshore LP reported on July 2 that the recycle water transfer line was crushed, when a sand hauler drove off the drive over ramp, outside of Fort Lupton . It is approximated that less than 100 barrels of produced water spilled. A vacuum truck was dispatched to recover the released fluids. The fluids that were recovered were disposed of at a licensed facility. The line was shut in.
How 5 Gulf Coast states will divide BP oil spill settlement
NEW ORLEANS — Most of the $18.7 billion proposed settlement that BP reached over its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill would go to five Gulf Coast states, if the deal is approved by a judge. A portion of the settlement is not assigned to any particular state. Here’s how the state-specific money breaks down, with payments to states being made over nearly two decades:
ALABAMA Alabama would receive $2.3 billion. Gov. Robert Bentley said the settlement would steer $1.3 billion for coastal environmental restoration. He said some of the $1.3 billion has already been paid to the state. Another $1 billion for will go to the state’s general fund as compensation from economic damages from the spill. Bentley said that money, which equates to $55.5 million a year, will help the cash-strapped budget, but will not solve the state’s current fiscal crisis, with lawmakers facing a $200 million deficit next year.
FLORIDA Florida would receive $3.25 billion, with about $2 billion for economic loss and the rest distributed throughout the state to environmental projects such as beaches and piers.
Attorney General Pam Bondi said Florida would receive more than $400 million for economic losses in early 2016. Three-quarters of that money would go to Triumph Gulf Coast, a trust fund set up by the Legislature, to help the eight counties in the Florida Panhandle that were most affected by the spill. The final 25 percent of the money would be distributed throughout Florida by the Legislature. The remaining money would be distributed over the next 17 years.
LOUISIANA Louisiana would receive at least $6.8 billion, Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said.
Caldwell said the $6.8 billion includes $5 billion for natural resources damages, at least $787 million for civil penalties under the federal Clean Water Act and $1 billion for economic damages caused by the oil spill. Both the natural resources damages and Clean Water Act penalty dollars are expected to be largely used for coastal restoration projects, wetlands and wildlife habitat repair, and environmental rehabilitation. State lawmakers last year agreed to use the economic damages money to refill Louisiana ’s “rainy day” fund and an elderly trust fund that had been drained to plug budget gaps.
In addition to the $6.8 billion, Louisiana also would receive a share of $600 million BP has agreed to set aside to pay for assessing environmental damage and other state expenses. Caldwell said that would include reimbursement for attorneys’ fees and other state litigation expenses.
MISSISSIPPI Mississippi would receive about $2.2 billion, Gov. Phil Bryant and Attorney General Jim Hood said. That includes $1.5 billion announced Thursday and $659 announced previously.
Most of the $1.5 billion would go toward environmental restoration, with a portion to economic development. The Legislature would decide how to spend $750 million over 17 years.
The $659 million announced earlier includes payments to cover environmental damage and other projects. The state Department of Environmental Quality says money will cover several projects, including restoration of marshes and artificial reef habitats, preservation of streams. The department says about $10.4 million will be spent at Infinity Space Center, a tourist attraction run by NASA at Stennis Space Center in Hancock County.
TEXAS Texas would receive more than $788 million, Gov. Greg Abbott said. More than $638 million would be used for restoration projects, Attorney General Ken Paxton said. The remaining $150 million would compensate the state for economic damages.
In its lawsuit against BP, Texas had argued the oil spill cost the state a variety of tax revenues, including sales taxes, hotel occupancy taxes and mixed beverage taxes. The suit also claimed the spill reduced revenues at three state parks and injured, destroyed or contaminated coastal habitats and a variety of wildlife. Officials with two centers in Texas that are conducting research on the Gulf Coast region in the wake of the oil spill said the settlement money would help with their work.
MS Editorial: Transparency questions surround BP deal
One word that was strangely absent in the settlement announcement Thursday was “transparency.” That’s strange because we were personally promised a transparent process when it comes to spending the windfall. But that was a promise made by Trudy Fisher, who is no longer director of the Department of Environmental Quality. Now we find the well-worn shroud of secrecy has already begun to fall. The court filings, reported the Associated Press, have a confidentiality order that bars any of the parties from going into specifics. So, it appears the details will be worked out in secret. Eventually, the state will decide exactly how much of the settlement will go to environmental restoration and how much to economic development. That vagueness is troubling given the state’s reputation for misspending by previous regimes at the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Going forward, we’d like to see an easy-to-use website that lists all projects, the contractors involved in them, the amounts being paid and their progress. It should have all the requests for bids or proposals, too. Put it all under the heading “where the money is going.” http://haynesville.com/news/id/107942/editorial-transparency-questions-surround-bp-deal/
Three earthquakes strike central Oklahoma
Fireworks weren’t the only commotion rattling central Oklahoma this Fourth of July weekend. Three separate earthquakes occurred in the area since Friday, adhering to the area’s propensity for the quakes…two smaller incidents occurred early Friday morning: the larger, a 3.8 magnitude quake occurred shortly after midnight near Perry and the second, a 3.1 magnitude quake shook the area surrounding Medford around 5:45 a.m. A third, smaller quake erupted near Jones in Oklahoma County , reaching a magnitude of 2.8, NewsChannel10 reports. Each of the quakes reached a magnitude the U.S. Geological Survey considers the smallest human can feel, though quakes with a magnitude under 4.0 don’t typically cause significant damage or injuries. No injuries or damage from this weekend’s quakes were reported, but mounting concern over Oklahoma ’s frequent quakes has prompted action from environmentalists. Geologists in the state cite oil and gas operations for the increase in quake, slating that it is “very likely that the majority of earthquakes” are triggered by injecting wastewater into the ground.
Shell to Commence Arctic Drilling This Month
Royal Dutch Shell officials said the company plans to start drilling in the Arctic as early as this month. The company is aiming to get as many as four wells drilled by the end of 2016.
Ottawa not ready for Arctic, deep water oil spills: internal review
An internal report warns the federal government isn’t fully prepared to respond in the event of an oil spill in the Arctic or in deep water offshore. The document “An Emergency Response Biomonitoring Plan for Accidental Spills” dated May 23, 2014, was prepared for Fisheries and Oceans Canada. It was written by the consulting firm SL Ross Environmental Research Ltd. of Ottawa , and released under Access to Information laws. “To date, there have not been any major spills related to offshore oil exploration in Canada ’s Arctic , but should they occur they could pose some challenges for monitoring,” it says. The report also raises concerns about the oil industry’s increasing tendency to drill in 1,000 metres of water or more. Major spills at such depths create unpredictable plumes that can take days to surface. “From a monitoring perspective, subsea dispersant injection into these deep, subsea blowouts poses a significant challenge as evidenced by the Gulf of Mexico spill in 2010,” it says. “The behaviour of these subsea plumes is still poorly understood and will require extensive monitoring.” The Deepwater Horizon explosion April 20, 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 rig workers. An estimated 3.19 million barrels of oil spewed into the water before engineers could cap the blown-out well 87 days later. Farrah Khan, Arctic campaigner for Greenpeace Canada , said “Not a single oil company or government in the world has the expertise to drill in the Arctic safely,” from Toronto . “We just have no proven track record that it can be done, and we have every indication that drilling in the Arctic is extremely risky, it’s extremely dangerous, not least because of the unpredictability of ice floes but also because you’re dealing with months of perpetual darkness in the winter.”
Smoke from Canadian fires blows as far south as Tennessee
MINOT , N.D. — After almost of a week, smoke from Canadian wildfires continued to blanket parts of North Dakota on Saturday and some residents said they’re growing tired of the hazy skies. Smoke from wildfires in northern Saskatchewan has been blowing as far south as Tennessee, with a thick haze extending through much of North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, eastern Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois and Missouri.. “I think it is really harmful for people with conditions like asthma and lung conditions,” Amos Glem, a Minot resident, told the Minot Daily News. “You don’t want to deal with any of that and even for people with no conditions, it is really annoying.”An air quality map produced by the federal Environmental Protection Agency showed Saturday morning that western North Dakota and the region surrounding Fargo had some of most unhealthy air in the country. By Saturday afternoon, the air quality in western North Dakota and around Fargo had been upgraded to being unhealthy mostly for sensitive groups, such as older people and people with respiratory problems. The smoke is from dozens of fires burning in Saskatchewan , fed by drought and high temperatures. Because of the size of the fires, large amounts of smoke travel high into the atmosphere, where the upper layers have strong winds that can carry the smoke great distances. http://bakken.com/news/id/240798/smoke-from-canadian-fires-blows-as-far-south-as-tennessee/
Following New York’s ban on hydraulic fracturing, the technique deemed too risky north of the Pennsylvania border will proceed as usual in the commonwealth. The American oil and gas industry is regulated mostly by state agencies applying a patchwork of federal and state laws. Though New York and Pennsylvania have different environmental laws, legal experts say their separate stances on shale gas is more the result of differing politics and attitudes.
SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (AP) – The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has announced a series of public meetings to let the public weigh in on the second interstate natural gas pipeline proposed to carry gas from Pennsylvania to markets in the Northeast and Canada…The 14 public meetings between July 14 and Aug. 12 include Castleton-on-Hudson on July 14 and 15, and concurrent meetings in Schoharie and Oneonta on July 16.
Spectra Energy said Monday that it plans this week to restart its main natural gas transmission line running under the Arkansas River between Little Rock and North Little Rock, more than a month after…
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… door of the Shirley residence. Monserrate Shirley’s home erupted in a fire ball, fueled by natural gas, and prosecutors claim Mark Leonard’s plan was to cash in the insurance policy and…
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The expansion of an oil refinery 200 miles away can lead to a catastrophe in San Jose. That’s the message a group of South Bay residents will be trying to convey at a rally next week in which they’ll…
BENICIA, Calif. (AP) – Transportation officials say four Bay Area protesters have been arrested after they tried to hang a banner protesting oil trains on the Benicia-Martinez railroad bridge. The…
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… earthquakes, some of which have been linked to disposal wells used for wastewater from oil and natural gas activity. Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may…
Researchers from the University of Houston found that some natural gas wells, compressor stations and processing plants in the Barnett Shale leak far more methane (CH4) than previously estimated,…
Using Multi-Scale Measurements to Improve Methane Emission Estimates from Oil and Gas Operations in the Barnett Shale Region, Texas
Toxic East Tennessee train derailment may have affected water, fish. Officials on Sunday issued an advisory against activity in Culton Creek after biologists found dead fish in the wake of Thursday’s CSX train derailment. Associated Press. 7 July 2015.
Researchers from the University of Houston found that some natural gas wells, compressor stations and processing plants in the Barnett Shale leak far more methane (CH4) than previously estimated,..
Statoil says the world’s first subsea wet gas compressor station is in place on the seafloor near the Gullfaks C platform in the Norwegian North Sea. In early May the heavy-lift vessel Oleg Strashnov installed the compressor station and its protective structure, while the Seven Viking installed the compressor and cooling modules late last month.
Oil crews across the world have been schooled on its simple principles for generations: Identify aging, low-output wells and hit them with a blast of sand and water to bolster the flow of crude. Early evidence of…
Billions in gas projects stranded by climate change action, says thinktank. More than $280bn (£180bn) of liquefied natural gas projects being planned over the next decade risk becoming “stranded” if global action is taken to limit climate change to 2C, according to a report by the thinktank Carbon Tracker. The Guardian. 7 July 2015.
“Crude oil prices hit a two month low amid mounting concerns over economic stability in Europe and Asia. On the supply side, an increase in…
The worst may be over for crude oil: Strategist
Oil plunged thanks to developments in Greece, China’s stock market woes and the potential for more supply from Iran, but the worst may be over, according to an industry expert.
Oil plunged thanks to developments in Greece, China’s stock market woes and the potential for more supply from Iran, but the worst may be over, according to an industry expert.
On July 7, the API will publish the weekly crude oil, gasoline, and distillates inventory estimates. Last week, US commercial crude oil inventories rose by 1.9 MMbbls.
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Deutsche Bank met recently with more than 20 oil service companies in Houston and came away with data and opinions that investors can benefit from going forward.
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(Reuters) – Exxon Mobil Corp reported planned start-up activities resulting in emissions from a flexicoker at its Baytown, Texas facility, according to a filing with the state pollution regulator over the weekend.
ATHENS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio University officials say the campus nestled in the state’s coal-mining country will transition from coal to natural gas fuel by the end of the year. The Columbus Dispatch…
…other incidents include malware targeting Middle Eastern petrochemical companies and a Chinese hacker accessing systems that regulate the flow of natural gas in the United States. Just last month, a government report stated that major cyberattacks on our national power grids are increasing. Hackers are trying to compromise our grid, resulting in a regional or nationwide power outage, and the National Security Agency has seen intrusions into our water systems.
… from B.C. sources. Or why companies using huge amounts of water for hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” to extract oil and natural gas also pay just $2.25 a million litres. And with Nestle.
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Looking to bargain hunt the recent plunge in Chinese stocks would be like “catching a falling knife,” former Morgan Stanley Asia Chairman Stephen Roach tells CNBC.
Iran talks aren’t a ‘game changer’ for oil
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Following the move by the Buhari administration to investigate the $182 million Halliburton bribery scandal, it has been discovered that the $26.5 million (about N5.2 billion) plea bargain money received from the multinational oil servicing company was not paid into any of the Federal Government accounts.
… out of oil, gas, and coal are wrong. By 2017, the United States will be a net exporter of natural gas. On the oil side, today’s net imports of 25 percent — significantly down from the peak…
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Mark Kirk for a recent vote to block an Obama administration effort to curb global warming. The Natural Resources Defense Council’s ad campaign, which it said will run through July 17 on Chicago.
The Republican Party tried to take precautions to keep the crazy out of their 2016 primary, but instead they got themselves a crazy racist who has a big pile of money.
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… Genesis 1:27 In June, Pope Francis released a powerful encyclical on human ecology and climate change. The text has been praised by most observers, and rightly so. It contains an urgent…
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Some other Occupy-related lawsuits also continue, including cases involving police use of pepper spray.
After 44 years, halting progress on workplace disease. OSHA has made limited headway against substances that sicken and kill America’s workers; the agency’s stormy history helps explain why. Center for Public Integrity. 7 July 2015.
Appeals court upholds EPA’s Chesapeake ‘pollution diet.’ A federal appeals court upheld Monday the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to order pollution reductions by Maryland and all the other states that drain into the Chesapeake Bay. Baltimore Sun, Maryland. 7 July 2015.
Report shows no progress on Lake Champlain cleanup. The recently released 2015 State of the Lake and Ecosystem Indicators Report shows Lake Champlain’s water quality continues to be a “cause for concern.” VTDigger, Vermont. 7 July 2015.
… lower demand for U.S. coal, primarily used to generate electric power, driven by competitive natural gas prices, increasing use of renewable generation, flat electricity demand and…
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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government has been pushing to bring some of the country’s reactors back online, arguing they are key to economic growth, but opinion polls show a consistent majority oppose restarts, even though power bills have risen as utilities use expensive liquefied natural gas to generate power.
You’re already familiar with solar power, wind power, and even water power. But when it comes to the future of energy, those renewable power sources soon could be old news. Scientists and engineers are now building mashup versions of the renewable sources we’re us..
Army researchers at the Redstone Arsenal have announced a significant breakthrough in solar energy production. They’ve created a photovoltaic solar panel that is smaller, more robust and less expensive …
Tesla, meanwhile, says that owners can drive a Model S sedan for a mere 270 miles on a single charge. The battle lines are drawn, because at…
Wind power technology is becoming much more viable, and has huge potential around the world. Here’s what you need to know about the state of things.
In the largest sale it has made to date, Invenergy is divesting seven wind farms in the U.S. and Canada for $2 billion. The Chicago-based power developer, majority-owned by longtime energy…
Texas A&M and other institutions to further validate our findings.” “Algae is an effective and natural way to improve soil permeability and productivity as compared to conventional fertilizers,”…
French architect firm designs a sustainable vertical city to be installed in the Sahara desert. The arid expanses of the Sahara desert could be transformed within a decade, according to French architecture company OXO. Reuters. 7 July 2015.
Cannabis construction: Entrepreneurs use hemp in home building. Though it lacks the structural stability its name might suggest, “hempcrete” provides natural insulation that is airtight yet breathable and flexible. It is free from toxins, impervious to mold and pests and virtually fireproof. New York Times. 6 July 2015.
Nearly 2,000 climate scientists gathered in Paris Tuesday, just five months before the deadline for a historic carbon-curbing pact, to remind politicians it is not too late to limit dangerous planet warming. “The world is at a critical crossroads,” UN Secretary-General.
NOAA: Bleaching likely to return to Hawaii. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Monday said abnormally warm waters that threaten the spread of major heat stress to Hawaiian reefs are likely to return. Kauai Garden Island, Hawaii. 7 July 2015.
Greenland’s ice is melting faster this summer under a dome of high pressure. The same weather pattern that has brought furnace-like heat to France, Hungary, Germany, Switzerland and other countries has also been kicking the Greenland ice sheet melt season into high gear after a slightly delayed start. Mashable. 7 July 2015.
Thousands of birds abandon eggs, nests on Florida island. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Vic Doig said what was once the largest bird colony on the state’s Gulf Coast is now a “dead zone.” Scientists have found no indication that disease, contaminants or predators are to blame. Associated Press. 7 July 2015.
Carbon emission cuts at a local level could avoid dangerous global warming. A New Climate Economy report says local action is among the measures that could make up a shortfall in emissions cuts from pledges ahead of Paris summit. The Guardian. 7 July 2015.
ABC News’ Neal Karlinsky and Ginger Zee track the latest weather news from across the country.
Hundreds of acres burned, homes destroyed and evacuations under way as plumes of smoke are visible for as far as 100 miles.
Smoke-filled air envelopes southern B.C., as provincial wildfires turn deadly. Dozens of wildfires prompted by scorching temperatures in British Columbia have forced residents from their homes, prompted extraordinary health advisories and lead to the death of one man. Canadian Press. 7 July 2015.
You wouldn’t know it by Tuesday’s rain and clouds, but smoke from prairie wildfires has been drifting over Grey-Bruce, blanketing us in a soft haze and casting the sun and moon in pink hues. Fires…
Twin Cities air ‘unhealthy for everyone’ as smoke drifts in from Canadian wildfires. Heavy smoke from Canadian and Alaskan wildfires descended on much of Minnesota, causing some of the highest pollution levels in almost a decade in some parts of the state, and making the air unhealthy for everyone. Minneapolis Star Tribune, Minnesota. 7 July 2015
ABC News’ Rob Marciano tracks the latest weather across the U.S.
Hit by drought and seawater, Bangkok tap water may run out in a month. Bangkok’s tap water supply may run out in a month, as the country waits for long overdue rains to replenish sources depleted by drought and threatened by seawater creep, the chief of the capital’s water authority said. Reuters. 7 July 2015.
By Coral Davenport, New York Times FOLSOM — Drew Lessard stood on top of Folsom Dam and gazed at the Sierra Nevada, which in late spring usually gushes enough melting snow into the reservoir to…
In Rafah, a southern Gaza city that is a furnace in the summer months, a shopkeeper produces a bottle of water, but warns: “Be careful… it is Gaza water.” Salty and impure, it is like much of the…
… its hottest July day on record last week, scientists said it is “virtually certain” that climate change is increasing the likelihood of such heat waves in Europe. (Reuters) Find more…
One of the largest ever studies of how climate change is remaking the face of the Arctic has found that shrubs are gradually taking over the tundra. Canadian Press. 7 July 2015.
… snow cover on the ground and reduces the sunlight reflected They say this could cause climate change to occur faster in these regions Shrubs growing in the Arctic may cause global..