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Panel: Methane leak capture could add millions to ...

Ohio oil and gas drillers could use existing technology to find and fix most methane leaks at little or no cost to their bottom lines, according to experts on a recent panel at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Better still: leak detection could create new jobs and revenue, boosting the state’s economy and helping to curb a potent greenhouse gas responsible for about a quarter of manmade global warming...

Report: Cheap Natural Gas and Renewables Could Clo...

Under the most favorable market dynamics for coal, “we project at least 71 [gigawatts] of retirements by 2030, roughly 65% more than currently planned,” the firm wrote. That’s a higher rate of retirement than the 65 gigawatts by 2030 projected by the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s reference case. And it would require natural-gas prices rising to $4 per 1 million British Thermal Units (mmbtu), along with more rapid...

IEEFA op-ed: A U.S. coal bailout wouldn’t stop ele...

A blatant misuse of the law and a phony national-defense argument It seems a waste of time and resources to call on a nearly 70-year-old defense law to rescue certain failing and outdated sectors of the energy industry. Yet that is precisely what has been proposed. The Trump administration is floating a plan to use the Defense Production Act of 1950, enacted as a drastic national-security measure to be deployed in time of...

Solar Just Hit a Record Low Price In the U.S.

Even Donald Trump’s solar tariffs and desire to prop up the coal industry can’t stop renewable energy. A solar auction in Nevada just yielded the cheapest solar project in the country. It broke a record that was set [checks calendar] last week. Not only that, the price the plant will operate at is cheaper than new natural gas and coal plants. While the sunny weather in Nevada and federal tax credits certainly play a role,...

United States energy independence – good or ...

U.S. energy independence relates to the goal of reducing the United States imports of petroleum and other foreign sources of energy. Energy independence is espoused by those who want to leave the U.S. unaffected by global energy supply disruptions, and to restrict reliance upon politically unstable states for its energy security. Energy independence is highly concerned with oil, the source of the country’s principal...

Q&A: Retired Air Force general on the need to...

A retired Air Force general talks with Midwest Energy News about his solar-powered Wisconsin home and the case for developing alternative liquid fuels. Energy was always on General Donald J. Hoffman’s mind, as a kid growing up in a big family in central Wisconsin, and in the Air Force where he was a pilot and managed Air Force weapon systems from bases around the world. As Hoffman explains it, energy has always been at the...

Pennsylvania ‘rule of capture’ ruling stuns Marcel...

Last week, the Pennsylvania Superior Court handed down a decision that could greatly restrict, even stop, Marcellus drilling in the Keystone State. The court decision disallows using the age-old “rule of capture.” Underground oil and gas deposits are in pools that may exist beneath multiple properties. Whoever gets there and sucks the oil or gas out first wins. That’s the rule of capture. Conventional...

Methane whiplash: Enviros prep appeal as court ice...

On-again, off-again Obama-era standards for methane emissions on public lands are off, again. A federal court in Wyoming yesterday halted core parts of the Bureau of Land Management’s methane venting and flaring rule, which had been fully revived by a different court six weeks ago. “Obviously we are disappointed, and we think the ruling just simply disregards fundamental legal principles,” Earthjustice...

Methane explosions trigger questions about greenho...

Natural gas burns cleaner, but two recent explosions in Ohio show how accidental and “fugitive” emissions compromise some climate benefits. An explosion at a well pad in eastern Ohio last month forced nearby residents to evacuate for three weeks while crews worked to cap a gas leak. Just two weeks earlier, a gas pipeline in an adjacent county ruptured and caused several fires. The incidents illustrated a risk related to...

XTO Well in Powhatan Point Capped After 20 Days

POWHATAN POINT — After weeks of work through inclement weather and the evacuation of 30 households following a well pad explosion Feb. 15, XTO Energy announced Wednesday that the well was successfully capped. In order to make the site safe for workers to plug the leak, XTO “flared,” or burned off excess gas, at the site. The mostly methane gas was directed to an excavated containment area and ignited. The gas burned through...

Editorial: No Ohio future seen for coal

There’s not much future in coal, even in Ohio. Even though coal still plays a prominent role in the imagination and politics of southeastern Ohio, it’s an ever-shrinking part of our economy. Some politicians profit by selling the false narrative of a “war on coal,” promising a comeback in mining jobs by relaxing or rolling back environmental laws. The hard truth, however, is that coal has been on the decline for decades. And...

XTO Methane Leak from Deep Shale Well in Powhatan,...

XTO Energy spokeswoman Karen Matusic said officials are still unsure what caused the Schnegg well near Captina Creek to explode nearly one week ago. With several residents still displaced, unknown quantities of methane gas continue to leak into the air. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency states that methane “absorbs much more energy than (carbon dioxide).” Nevertheless, Matusic said officials are working as quickly as...

Protest Challenges New Fracking Leases Threatening...

For Immediate Release, February 21, 2018 Contacts: David Miller, Ohio Environmental Council, (614) 487-7506, DMiller@theOEC.org Becca Pollard, Keep Wayne Wild, (503) 756-2598, keepwaynewild@gmail.com Heather Cantino, Athens County Fracking Action Network, (740) 591-6632, heather.cantino@gmail.com Tabitha Tripp, Heartwood, (812) 307-4326, info@heartwood.org Roxanne Groff, Buckeye Environmental Network,...

Hundreds of mayors stand up to Scott Pruitt over c...

EPA chief Scott Pruitt received an unusual letter Tuesday morning. Two hundred and thirty-six mayors from 47 U.S. states and territories had sent him a clear message: Stop dismantling the Clean Power Plan. Last October, Pruitt announced his intentions to repeal and replace the Obama-era plan, the nation’s first attempt at regulating harmful greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. So far, Pruitt has done a bang-up job of...

Oil and gas association, environmental group team ...

Ohio has more than 700 oil and gas wells that have never been plugged or were improperly plugged years ago, resulting in safety risks to children and environmental risks to groundwater and area streams. Nearly a third of them are in northwest Ohio, with most of the other problem areas near Cleveland and southeast Ohio. This Aug. 13, 2013, file photo shows a gas drilling rig at the Detweiler well in Salesville, Ohio....