BP dropped green energy projects worth billions to focus on fossil fuels
Oil firm invested billions of pounds in clean and low-carbon energy in the 80s and 90s but later abandoned meaningful efforts to move away from fossil fuels and locked away the research
BP pumped billions of pounds into low-carbon technology and green energy over a number of decades but gradually retired the programme to focus almost exclusively on its fossil fuel business, the Guardian has established.
At one stage the company, whose annual general...
Halliburton swings to 1Q loss on “unprecedented” drop in drilling
Company says industry will remain “challenged” and can’t say how long the downturn will last.
Halliburton Inc. HAL swung to a steep loss in the first quarter of the year as the U.S. oil industry cut back drilling in response to lower prices.
The oilfield services company said that “North America experienced an unprecedented decline in drilling activity during the first quarter, which drove pricing pressure and margin compression across all...
Man-made earthquakes increasing in central and eastern U.S., study finds
For the first time, the U.S. Geological Survey has unveiled a map of earthquakes thought to be triggered by human activity in the eastern and central United States.
Oklahoma is by far the worst-hit state recently, according to the USGS study released Thursday. The state last year had more earthquakes magnitude 3 or higher than California, part of a huge increase recorded in recent years.
Seismic activity in Texas near the Dallas-Fort Worth area has also...
Oklahoma Geology Group Links Earthquakes to Oil Waste Wells
The Oklahoma Geological Survey said Tuesday it is “very likely” that most of the state’s recent earthquakes were triggered by the subsurface injection of wastewater from oil and natural gas drilling operations.
Geologists have been studying the cause of hundreds of earthquakes that have shaken the homes and the nerves of residents in central and north-central Oklahoma, where the pace of oil and gas drilling has accelerated in recent...
Spill at injection well threatened water supply near Warren
Residents in Vienna Township relied on bottled water for a week
Local officials are seeking answers after a chemical spill at an injection well facility threated a northeast Ohio township’s water supply.
Inspectors earlier this month traced a chemical spill in Vienna Township to a Kleese Development Associates facility, which operates five saltwater injection wells.
Residents in the township near Warren relied on bottled water for a week as...
Athens County Fracking Action Network appeals K&H#3 Injection Well Permit
Athens County Fracking Action Network has appealed the recent permitting of the K&H#3 injection well, the third to be drilled on the Torch, Ohio, site owned by Jeff Harper of West Virginia. The latest Athens County radioactive frack waste injection well was permitted last month by Ohio Department of Natural Resources, under Governor John Kasich, in spite of hundreds of appeals from Athens County residents as well as local elected officials and state...
It’s A Silent Rooftop Turbine Which Could Produce Half Of Your Home’s Energy Needs
Small wind turbines scaled to the right size for residential and urban areas have so far lived in the shadows of their larger wind-farm-sized counterparts. The power output has been too low for a reasonable return on investment through energy savings and the noise they produce is louder than most homeowners can deal with.
A Dutch renewable energy start-up called The Archimedes is working to solve both of those problems in a new class of small-scale wind...
The arrival of man-made earthquakes.
In the fall of 2011, students in Katie Keranen’s seismology course at the University of Oklahoma buried portable seismograph stations around the campus, in anticipation of a football game between the Sooners and the Texas A. & M. Aggies. The plan was to see if the students could, by reading the instruments, detect the rumble of eighty-two thousand fans cheering for a touchdown. “To see if they can figure out if a signal is a passing train or a...
Solar energy gets cloudy in Ohio
Ohio installers say they’re forced to pursue business out of state because of new energy law
On one side are thousands of acres of Vermont forest. On the other, the rippling waters of the Connecticut River.
And there, in the middle, is a team of Ohio solar-power developers, a long way from home.
Hull & Associates of Dublin, the project manager behind a Brattleboro, Vt., solar array, has been looking far afield for work following a steep drop in...
Ohio drops in solar jobs ranking
COLUMBUS – The sun is not shining as brightly on solar power in Ohio as it once did.
A new report ranks the Buckeye State 10th in the nation for the number of people employed in the solar industry, a drop from eighth place in 2013. According to The Solar Foundation, 500 solar jobs were added last year, bringing the total to 4,300 in Ohio.
Andrea Luecke, president and executive director of The Solar Foundation, says these are homegrown jobs in...