Study Finds Keystone XL Would Have Much Larger Impact Than State Department Suggests
WASHINGTON — The State Department’s final environmental impact analysis for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline downplays the significance the pipeline would have for development of the Canadian tar sands, according to a new analysis from a United Kingdom-based group. The analysis also argues that the State Department underestimated the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that would come with that development.
The Carbon Tracker Initiative, a...
News: How One Ohio County Responded to Shale Development
Other communities can learn from Jefferson County’s experience, researcher says
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Local communities experiencing the shale oil and gas boom often realize early that they have little control in regulating that development. That authority lies at the state level. And there’s bound to be conflict among neighbors — winners, losers and concerned citizens — as shale development increases.
But communities shouldn’t simply...
Report: New England needs to add 2 billion cubic feet of natural gas pipeline and transition to renewables
New England needs 2 billion cubic feet of new natural gas pipeline capacity to eliminate cost spikes and make New England competitive with the rest of the nation, according to a new consultant’s study.
The Industrial Energy Consumer Group, which represents some of the region’s largest industrial facilities, commissioned a study, “Assessing Natural Gas Supply Options for New England and their Impacts on Natural Gas and Electricity...
Cleveland State University analysis of the economic activity indicators tied to Utica and Marcellus drilling show a move toward the southeastern part of Ohio
The Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University recently released the latest supplement to its Ohio Utica Shale Monitor, which analyzed aggregate indicators of economic activity related to Utica and Marcellus shale development during 2013. The study’s findings are based on reviews of sales receipts as a leading indicator of economic activity, total employment based upon where people live rather than work, well...
EPA Data: Natural Gas Fracking Not Causing Methane Spike
Natural gas fracking is not causing a spike in U.S. methane emissions, the latest U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data show. The data debunk assertions by global warming alarmists that recent declines in U.S. carbon dioxide emissions—caused largely by the increasing use of low-carbon natural gas power—are being offset by rising methane emissions from natural gas fracking.
Asserted Methane Leaks Dan Lashof, director of the Natural Resources...
Ohio cities stand in solidarity on drilling issue
MANSFIELD — Law Director John Spon expects to give a careful reading to a state court ruling later this year that will decide whether cities may exert some control over where a company drills for oil or gas.
“This will be an important landmark decision,” Spon said.
The city of Mansfield joined Broadview Heights, Euclid, North Royalton and Amesville last fall, filing a “friend of the court” brief in a case brought by the city of Munroe Falls...
Would Keystone pipeline unload ‘carbon bomb’ or job boom?
Keystone pipeline: Bomb or boom?
Environmental opponents don’t mince words on the Keystone XL pipeline. Some call it the “fuse to the biggest carbon bomb on the planet” because of the carbon emissions from the oil it will carry.
If the pipeline is approved and the fuse lit, climate scientist James Hansen says, it’s: “Game over for climate.”
Backers say the Canada-to-U.S. pipeline could lower U.S. dependence on unstable foreign...
Etna officials seek to protect area wells from fracking
ETNA — Etna Township officials have launched an effort to protect the area’s water-well fields from the mining process known as fracking.
Former Etna zoning administrator Chris Harkness, now in his role as a planner for the Licking County Planning Department, has given some recommendations to Etna officials to protect the area’s well fields.
The township wants to ban certain risky businesses or regulate them in the proposed Wellfield Protection...
4 states confirm water pollution from drilling
Associated Press review of complaints casts doubt on industry view that it rarely happens.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — In at least four states that have nurtured the nation’s energy boom, hundreds of complaints have been made about well-water contamination from oil or gas drilling, and pollution was confirmed in a number of them, according to a review that casts doubt on industry suggestions that such problems rarely happen.
The Associated Press requested...
This Chart Proves Just How Miserably America Is Failing On Climate Change
America is passing the buck when it comes to climate change.
The United States is the second-worst polluter in the world, after China, and its only “flagship” climate change law is more than 50 years old, according to the Globe Climate Legislation Study released Thursday. Meanwhile, 60 of the 66 other top-polluting nations have passed flagship climate change laws since 2000.
The study, coauthored by Globe International and the London School of...