High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing – FINDINGS STATEMENT – New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Regulatory Program for Horizontal Drilling and High-Volume
Hydraulic Fracturing to Develop the Marcellus Shale and
Other Low-Permeability Gas Reservoirs
LINK to the statement:
Here is the environmental section of the statement:
POTENTIAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS
High-volume hydraulic fracturing is a well stimulation technique which consists of pumping
large volumes of...
Ecological Society of America Responds to Pope Francis’ Encyclical, LAUDATO SI: ON CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME
The following statement is attributable to the Ecological Society of America (ESA), President-elect Monica G. Turner, PhD, President David W. Inouye, PhD and Immediate Past-president Jill S. Baron, PhD. ESA represents nearly 10,000 professional ecologists in the US.
WASHINGTON, DC — “The Ecological Society of America commends Pope Francis for his insightful encyclical on the environment. Addressed to everyone on this planet, the letter issued on 18...
The Supreme Court Just Delivered A Victory To Coal Plants That Want To Emit Unlimited Mercury
Power plants may continue to be able to emit unlimited mercury, arsenic, and other pollutants thanks to the Supreme Court, which on Monday took steps toward invalidating the first-ever U.S. regulations to limit toxic heavy metal pollution from coal and oil-fired plants.
In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court found fault with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxic Standards, commonly referred to as MATS.
The EPA had been trying to...
Oil Patch Dakota — as expected, housing, sex trafficking, saltwater spills…
Oil patch housing a tricky issue
June 19, 2015 2:00 am
Watford City officials recently notified conditional-use permit holders that their permits for temporary housing or in effect, campers, would be reviewed this year and then phased out.
Mayor Brent Sanford believes the timing is about right, with approximately 1,500 apartment and duplex units on line or under construction in town and rental rates dropping. One-bedroom units, once $2,000 to $2,400...
Oil Giant Predicts Carbon Will Harm Economic Growth, Calls For Renewables
Climate change will hinder global economic growth within the next 25 years, according to the Norwegian oil giant Statoil, unless societies achieve the 2-degree limit on warming that many climate scientists already consider unrealistic.
The world can achieve the strongest economic growth, Statoil Chief Economist Erik Wærness reiterated this morning in Washington D.C., by embracing renewable energy and limiting carbon emissions.
“The consequences of...
FirstEnergy investors infuriated over company’s pro-coal stances
AKRON, Ohio — FirstEnergy’s board of directors will face a phalanx of angry pension fund and environmental investor groups at its annual shareholder meeting Tuesday.
And outside of the early-morning, closed-door shareholder meeting at the downtown John S. Knight Center, a broad coalition of ministers, labor, consumer and environmental groups will stage a protest.
At issue on the sidewalk — and in the shareholder meeting — are the...
The U.S.’s Biggest Coal Company Can’t Pay To Clean Up Its Own Mines
A new investigation has found that the world’s largest private-sector coal company does not have adequate funds or insurance to clean up its own mining operations, increasing the risk that taxpayers will have to pay billions of dollars to clean up toxic coal mine sites across the country.
Reuters reported last week that St. Louis-based Peabody Energy is “under scrutiny” from the federal government over concerns that the company is violating federal...
Oklahoma drilling regulator calls spike in quakes a ‘game changer’
(Reuters) – A spike in earthquakes across Oklahoma is forcing the state’s energy regulator to urgently consider tougher restrictions on drilling activity, a spokesman said on Wednesday, calling it a “game changer.”
From June 17 to 24, there have been 35 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater in the state, according to the Oklahoma Geological Survey. Particularly worrying for regulators, some of the recent quakes occurred in the...
This Oil Extraction Process Is Causing Earthquakes In Oklahoma
Earthquakes are becoming much more common in parts of the United States. Just within the past few years, Oklahoma has been hit worst, going from roughly one moderate earthquake per decade from 1882 through 2009 (on average) to 24 earthquakes in the year 2014 alone. While all of these are relatively small seismic events so far, they still do damage. Understanding what is causing them and possibly preventing them is a good goal.
Two studies, published today...
Power to the People – Why the rise of green energy makes utility companies nervous.
Mark and Sara Borkowski live with their two young daughters in a century-old, fifteen-hundred-square-foot house in Rutland, Vermont. Mark drives a school bus, and Sara works as a special-ed teacher; the cost of heating and cooling their house through the year consumes a large fraction of their combined income. Last summer, however, persuaded by Green Mountain Power, the main electric utility in Vermont, the Borkowskis decided to give their home an energy...