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Stronger fuel standards make sense, even when gas ...

It’s official: The Trump administration is reversing steps its predecessor had taken to curb gasoline and diesel consumption through stricter car pollution and fuel economy standards. Rather than heed growing concerns about climate change, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has formally moved to nix the Obama administration’s carefully written rules. In 2012, the EPA set standards that aimed to halve the global warming pollution...

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...

EXCLUSIVE: Newly uncovered video shows Mobil CEO a...

As oil companies face numerous climate lawsuits, archival footage contains “significant” statement, experts say. Exclusive new footage of an internal Mobil Oil meeting with employees, obtained by ThinkProgress, shows then chief executive, Lucio Noto, discussing the impact of Mobil’s product on climate change a full two decades ago. This admission occurred as the company worked externally to marginalize climate...

Large Swath of Texas Oil Patch Rapidly Sinking and...

West Texas is already home to two giant sinkholes near the town of Wink caused by intensive oil and gas operations. Now, according to an unprecedented study, the “Wink Sinks” might not remain the last in the region. Geophysicists at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas have found rapid rates of ground movement at various locations across a 4,000-square-mile swath around the two sinkholes. This area is...

The Battery Will Kill Fossil Fuels—It’s Only...

Three weeks ago, a U.S. agency sent the clearest signal yet that fossil fuels’ days are numbered. True enough, the carbon-burning economy has been declared to be on its death bed umpteenth times before. But this came with a time frame related to the ultimate killer: the battery. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ruled that so-called energy-storage companies such as Tesla Inc. and AES Corp. can compete against...

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...

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...

Radioactive Wastewater, Treated by a Private Compa...

What if I told you there’s a company who says it can remove all those toxic parts of fracking wastewater and turn it into clean water to give it back to the river? Sounds good, right? The fracking wastewater that comes back to the surface after hydraulic fracturing, a.k.a. “flowback” or “produced water” or “brine,” contains a host of toxic compounds, some naturally occurring and some man-made. But, it also has uranium, which...

We Are Drowning In Plastic, and Fracking Companies...

We are choking the planet in plastic. Everything from wasteful water bottles to grocery shopping bags are polluting our waterways, and endangering marine life and the natural environment. It’s fair to say that even the most casual news consumer has probably encountered a Facebook post, TV report or radio segment about the garbage patches in the Pacific Ocean. But what’s less well-known is what is fueling this...

Public Lands Under Siege: Trump Administration Mov...

The Interior Department is moving to expedite the leasing process for allowing oil and gas drilling on public land, according to an agency memo made public Thursday. The memo released by the Bureau of Land Management states that it seeks to “simplify and streamline the leasing process to alleviate unnecessary impediments and burdens … to ensure quarterly oil and gas lease sales are consistently held.” The...

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....

In 2018, expect ‘clean energy’ to be cheap energy...

The central fact that will drive the energy industry worldwide in 2018, profoundly affecting businesses, consumers and policymakers, is that “clean energy” is now “cheap energy.” Fossil fuel extraction is expensive. It is giving way to cheaper, more flexible technologies, primarily renewables like wind and solar, and electric vehicles. These shifts will change investment decisions, business models, household usage,...

Pipeline explosion in Noble County

According to a press release from the Noble County EMA, at approximately 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, many area residents reported an explosion and fire to the 911 Center. Summerfield Volunteer Fire Department, Belle Valley Volunteer Fire Department, Caldwell Volunteer Fire Company, United Ambulance and the Noble County Sheriff’s Office were all sent to the scene as the Noble County EMA was notified. There are multiple pipelines in...

A Toxic Tour Through Underground Ohio

A booming injection well industry is pumping toxic waste deep into the earth in Ohio’s rural towns. We begin with a glass of wine on the wraparound porch of Michele Garman, who lives with her husband Tom and teenage son Dominic in the rural Ohio community of Vienna. Just 200 feet from the family’s house is a narrow shaft that the oil and gas industry uses to pump waste riddled with toxic chemicals deep into the earth, one of...