In July, a hydrologist dropped a plastic sampling pipe 300 feet down a water well in rural Sublette County, Wyo., and pulled up a load of brown oily water with a foul smell. Tests showed it contained benzene, a chemical believed to cause aplastic anemia and leukemia, in a concentration 1,500 times the level safe for people.
The results sent shockwaves through the energy industry and state and fe ... read more >>
Promoters of modern drilling and fracking celebrate the industry’s newfound ability to extract oil and natural gas from shale and other tight rock formations, calling it an energy “revolution,” a “paradigm-shifter,” a “rebirth” and a “game changer.” One recent report claims that North America might soon become “the new Middle East,” a net exporter of oil and natural gas. In April 2012, ConocoPhil ... read more >>
Texas can save water by switching from coal as a power generation fuel to natural gas.
That’s the conclusion of a new report published by the Webber Group, lead by University of Texas professor Michael Webber. ... read more >>
In the coming generation or two, "drinking water will be more valuable than oil or natural gas," Shumlin said. "Human beings survived for thousands and thousands of years without oil and natural gas," he said. "We have never known humanity or life on this planet to survive without clean water."
It's a simple statement, but entirely correct, not critically simplistic and actually quite profound, ... read more >>
n August, the U.S. Energy Information Agency made a surprising announcement. U.S. carbon emissions had fallen to their lowest level since 1992. In the first five months of this year, it said, they dropped 14% compared to the same period in 2007.
There were several reasons, said experts. Small ones: increasing use of renewables, energy efficiency, and a slow economy. And one big one: a switch awa ... read more >>
Some frustrated residents and anti-fracking activists are finding new names to call the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) -- "Don't Expect Protection," "Department of Energy Production" -- according to Dana Dolney of ShaleTest, a nonprofit that provides free air and water quality testing for low-income residents near natural gas wells.
The department is taking heat for pr ... read more >>
Britain is involved in a secret high-stakes dash for oil in Somalia, with the government offering humanitarian aid and security assistance in the hope of a stake in the beleaguered country’s future energy industry.
…David Cameron last week hosted an international conference on Somalia, pledging more aid, financial help and measures to tackle terrorism. The summit followed a surprise visit by the ... read more >>
It’s looking increasingly likely that this will be the year the United Nations introduces an Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) – a group similar to the IPCC, but designed to deal with biodiversity rather than climate change.
Its promoters want IPBES to provide an interface between the scientific community and policy makers. The hope is that it will stren ... read more >>
The US Government is planning to lease part of the US North-East Coast for wind farm development. ... read more >>
The article shows the uncertainty in dealing with the Fukushima disaster; new released taped communications between higher management and plant operators showed the complete uncertainty in dealing with such a disaster. ... read more >>