The Environmental Defense Fund has joined with seven oil and gas companies on a project to develop better monitors for methane emissions, and will test four or five technologies at the Southwest Research Institute, FuelFix reports.
Three quarters of those who spoke out at a hearing on fracking before North Carolina’s Mining and Energy Commission Wednesday were against the practice, WNCT reports, noting that three more sessions are scheduled and the commission will make recommendations on modifying any regulations to the General Assembly in January.
The federal government has sold more than 400,000 acres in the Gulf of Mexico off the Texas coast for oil and gas exploration and development, an official with the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said Wednesday.
The acreage represents a fraction of the 21.6 million acres the agency had offered as part of the Obama administration's five-year program to aggressively develop resources on the Outer Continental Shelf. Offerings since 2012 in the western Gulf attracted buyers for about 60 million offshore acres, adding about $2.3 billion to the U.S. Treasury.
Wednesday's sales, if approved, will bring in about $110 million, the agency's western Gulf of Mexico Deputy Director Michael Celata said.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against "poisoned waters" on billboards opposing wells for disposal of gas-drilling wastewater is fighting a legal threat from the Texas well owner on free-speech grounds.
Austin, Texas-based Buckeye Brine alleges in a July lawsuit that the billboards paid for by Michael Boals, of Coshocton in eastern Ohio, contain false and defamatory attacks against its two wells, which dispose of contaminated wastewater from oil and gas drilling.
The complaint by the company and Rodney Adams, who owns the land and operates the well site, contends the wells are safe, legal and meet all state safety standards. The parties object to statements on two billboards along U.S. Route 36, including one that "DEATH may come."
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is opening sealed bids Wednesday from 14 companies looking to pick up oil and gas leases in the western Gulf of Mexico, mostly concentrating on 81 tracts, FuelFix reports.
MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin says President Vladimir Putin will meet with his Ukrainian counterpart at an Aug. 26 meeting in Minsk, Belarus.
In a statement published on its website Tuesday, the Kremlin said Putin would meet with the Ukrainian president, as well as officials from the European Commission and the Eurasian Customs Union, which is comprised of Russia, Kazakhstan, and Belarus.
Andrew I. Farmer allegedly took control of Chimera Energy in secret and went about hawking $4.58 million in shares in 2012 by lying that the company was using waterless fracking technology, according to charges filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission, FuelFix reports.
Institutional investors handling $24 trillion in assets – more than 340 of them – say leaders attending the U.N. climate summit next week should encourage cleaner energy through carbon taxes or cap-and-trade policies, Reuters reports, and the groups leading the call have elaborated in a report.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development has a $1 billion pot to be split among communities that come up with the best ideas to handle damage from extreme weather in the National Disaster Resilience Competition, E&E reports.
From its present estimate of $5.4 billion, the cost of building the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline could end up at $10 billion, CEO Russ Girling told The Wall Street Journal in an interview, six years after the company first submitted its permit application for the project.
If Republicans win control of the Senate in November elections, Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who’d be in line to become Majority Leader, has promised “the Keystone pipeline will be voted on the floor,” The Hill reports.
Oxfam America has filed suit to force the Securities and Exchange Commission to finish a long-delayed rule that would force mining companies and energy companies to disclose their payments to foreign governments, National Journal reports.
Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu’s opponent in the tight Louisiana Senate race, Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy, says Landrieu’s support for Rhea Suh to become head of fish, wildlife and parks in the Interior Department – who is now leaving the government to take over the Natural Resources Defense Council – is part of “the mosaic” that suggests the incumbent “carries water for the president but not for us,” E&E reports.
With a push from the strong dollar – trading at a six-year high against the Japanese yen – alongside increasing supplies, oil tumbled Thursday. West Texas Intermediate crude for October delivery dropped $1.35, or 1.4 percent, to $93.07 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London November Brent lost 1.3 percent, or $1.27 to settle at $97.70, Bloomberg reports.
Two studies released this week found that fracking was not responsible for contaminating water in Pennsylvania and Texas, but the jury is still out on a case near Pavillion, Wyo., experts told the Casper Star-Tribune.
With the oil boom in North Dakota straining roads, schools, housing and emergency services, Republicans in the state have come up with a plan to spend $800 million to try and address some of the problems, The Associated Press reports.
Strategies used by manufacturers in the past to defend putting poisonous lead in products are being used by the fossil fuel industry now to derail the fight against climate change, Professors David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz said at an event put on by the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change, National Journal reports.