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High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing – FINDINGS ...

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: http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/materials_minerals_pdf/findingstatehvhf62015.pdf   Here is the environmental section of the statement: POTENTIAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS High-volume hydraulic fracturing is a well stimulation technique which consists of...

Ecological Society of America Responds to Pope Fra...

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...

Which oil and gas companies are leaking the most m...

Over the years, ConocoPhillips — an energy company so rich that it earns as much in a year as Croatia — has positioned itself as a good guy among its peers when it comes to greenhouse gas pollution. It is a member of a U.N.-led initiative to reduce emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that is the primary component of natural gas. In the United States, it is a longtime participator in U.S. EPA’s...

The Supreme Court Just Delivered A Victory To Coal...

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...

Oil Patch Dakota — as expected, housing, sex...

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...

Oil Giant Predicts Carbon Will Harm Economic Growt...

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...

FirstEnergy investors infuriated over company̵...

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...

The U.S.’s Biggest Coal Company Can’t Pay To Clean...

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...