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Rover Pipeline faces more environmental scrutiny &...

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it found diesel fuel in the drilling mud Rover Pipeline builders spilled in a local wetland in April. With the discovery, the state EPA raised the proposed penalty against Rover to $914,000 and ordered the pipeline company to monitor groundwater around the spill area and near a quarry where workers have been disposing drilling mud in pits. The quarry is near a well owned...

Another Fracking Time Bomb Lurks Beneath U.S.

You’ve heard about the earthquakes, the controversial claims of flammable tap water, the potential contamination of streams, lakes and drinking water aquifers, but the system that’s supposed to pay for these calamities may itself be a pending disaster. Most states protect taxpayers from cleanup costs by requiring oil and gas producers to buy a surety bond that will pay in the event of a disaster. But those bond...

Climate change: $4 trillion carbon tax is needed t...

World Bank-backed report says revenue could be used in a number of ways, such as paying out household rebates, alleviating poverty and fostering low-carbon infrastructure Cottam coal-fired power station in Nottinghamshire AFP/Getty A global carbon tax that would raise trillions of dollars if applied across the world should be introduced if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change, 13 leading economists have said in a...

Exxon shareholders vote to force company to disclo...

In a first, the oil and gas giant will be forced to consider risks to its assets as the world moves to a low-carbon future. <img class=”progressiveMedia-noscript js-progressiveMedia-inner” src=”https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/800/1*H_M04ZYuoCCkA0Gl–KKBQ.jpeg”> CREDIT: AP Photo/Mark Humphrey In a surprise victory for climate advocates, 62...

Taxpayers Charged $7 Billion a Year to Subsidize F...

The federal government is providing extensive support for fossil fuel production on public lands and waters offshore, through a combination of direct subsidies, enforcement loopholes, lax royalty collection, stagnant lease rates and other advantages to the industry, a report released Wednesday found. The government is contributing at least $7 billion per year in subsidies to support fossil fuel production on federally held...

Mill Creek MetroParks wants exemption from state b...

YOUNGSTOWN Mill Creek MetroParks has joined with other park districts across the state in opposing a provision in the proposed state budget that pertains to oil and gas drilling. House Bill 49, which passed the Ohio House of Representatives and is now going through Senate committees, allows public entities such as park districts to be placed in an oil and gas “unit,” which joins together a combination of land tracts for the...

Financial Times declares a winner in the war for e...

Wind turbines in California. CREDIT: AP/Noah Berger, File Financial Times declares a winner in the war for energy’s future, and Big Oil won’t be happy ‘Fossil fuels have lost. The rest of the world just doesn’t know it yet.’ ThinkProgress | Traditional energy companies and mainstream financial publications are finally waking up to the new reality: The shift to renewable energy, electric cars, and a low-carbon economy is now...

How Renewables Are to Coal What Email Was to the P...

The Conversation: Posing the question whether wind and solar are killing baseload generators, including coal plants, reveals an antiquated mindset about power markets that hasn’t been relevant in many places for at least a decade. It would be similar to asking in the late 1990s whether email was killing fax machines and snail mail. The answer would have been an unequivocal “yes” followed by cheers of “hallelujah” and “it’s...

Oil industry power is slithering away

With oil prices remaining low, hopes of combating climate change through emissions reduction are improving as the oil industry shrinks. LONDON, 13 May, 2017 – Big oil is getting smaller. Many of the oil services companies that are employed when new fields are being developed have been laying off workers, and oil companies have been writing down their assets. The problem is the persistent low price of oil. Despite the best...

Feds Halt New Drilling on Rover Pipeline After Mas...

The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) halted new drilling Wednesday on the Rover Pipeline until it addresses its 2 million gallon spill of drilling fluids into Ohio wetlands. The decision was made just days after the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) slapped parent company Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) with a $431,000 fine over numerous water and air pollution violations along the route of the $4.2...

A state ravaged by oil: 745 oil spills reported in...

A state ravaged by oil: 745 oil spills reported in North Dakota in just one year On average a spill occurred every 11 hours and 45 minutes Charlie May Salon | Sunday, May 7, 2017 05:09 PM EDT  North Dakota, a state that was the forefront of national protests for months over environmental concerns stemming from the construction of a major pipeline, reported 745 oil spills since last May, according to the state’s Department of...

Saudis take 100% control of America’s larges...

     Saudis take 100% control of America’s largest oil refinery  by  Matt Egan    @mattmegan5  May 1, 2017: 1:53 PM ET CNNMoney | 2017-05-01 01:53:53 Saudi Aramco, the kingdom’s state-owned oil behemoth, took 100% control of the sprawling Port Arthur refinery in Texas on Monday, completing a deal that was first announced last year. Port Arthur is considered the crown jewel of the US refinery system. The Gulf...

Rover Pipeline work dumps 50,000 gallons of drilli...

Buy NowTim Busbey, Asst. EditorConstruction crews work to build the Rover Pipeline in western Ashland County Thursday morning. A spill involving construction of the pipeline took place in eastern Richland County last week. Rover Pipeline work dumps 50,000 gallons of drilling fluid in Mifflin Twp. wetlands Tim Busbey, Asst. Editor Richland Source| Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:45:00 -0400 MIFFLIN TOWNSHIP (UPDATED at 1 p.m. with...

Ohio lawmakers add budget provision that could ope...

Ohio legislators took a step toward allowing fracking in state parks, adding a provision in a pending budget that would strip the governor of the ability to control the issuing of licenses for the oil and gas drilling practice that has raised environmental concerns. The provision, added on Tuesday by the Republican-controlled House, would allow the state legislature instead of the governor to control appointments to the Oil...

U.S. Rejects Exxon Play for a Waiver to Do a Deal ...

Wall Street Journal: The announcement Friday comes as the White House pushes to firm up the president’s foreign-policy and domestic agenda as he nears his 100th day in office next week. Mr. Trump’s decision to block Exxon Mobil, until the end of last year headed by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, also shows how efforts to build bridges with Russian President Vladimir Putin are proving difficult, senior U.S. officials said....