Boston airport plan aims at sustainability

The New York Times

Installing flood doors and relocating generators are some of the actions outlined in a plan to make Boston’s Logan Airport more sustainable in the face of climate change, The New York Times reports.

Cleanup of Superfund town would leave some asbestos behind

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A long-delayed cleanup proposal for a Montana community where thousands have been sickened by asbestos exposure would leave the dangerous material inside some houses rather than remove it, as government officials seek to wind down an effort that has lasted more than 15 years and cost $540 million.

Details on the final cleanup plan for Libby, Montana, and the neighboring town of Troy were to be released Tuesday by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Study: Trace amount of drilling fluid found in water well

Toxic fluids used in drilling and hydraulic fracturing likely escaped an unlined borehole and migrated thousands of feet into a residential drinking-water supply in Pennsylvania, according to a study published Monday.

At least three water wells in Bradford County, located in the heart of the Marcellus Shale drilling boom, were found to be contaminated with dangerous levels of methane and other substances in 2010. The incident was one of several involving Chesapeake Energy that prompted state environmental regulators to levy a record $1 million fine against the driller in May 2011.


5th Circuit: 3 Mexican states cannot sue BP over 2010 spill

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court's dismissal of a lawsuit against BP and other companies by three Mexican states over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal upheld a 2013 district court ruling.

USGS Graphic.

Newsmaker: Geologist says unpredictability, data complicate study of fracking-linked quakes

The U.S. Geological Survey is preparing to map the proximity of man-made earthquakes to wastewater injection wells from oil and gas drilling, and a top researcher says access to seismic and hydraulic fracturing data and the unpredictability of induced quakes will prove the agency’s biggest challenges.

USGS Research Geophysicist Justin Rubinstein, who contributed to a recent report forecasting the risks of earthshaking near regions with heightened seismicity, told EnergyGuardian that the nature of man-made quakes makes them far more difficult to project.

Senate Energy hearing on federal wilfire management

Washington, May 5, 2015, 10:00 am

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to hold hearing on the federal government's role in wildfire management and potential improvements, Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell to testify.

Senate EPW panel hearing on legal implications of Clean Power Plan

Washington, May 5, 2015, 10:00 am

The Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety to hold hearing on the legal implications of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and Maryland Public Service Commissioner Kelly Speakes-Backman to testify,

Rounds, Manchin speak at Bipartisan Policy Center

Washington, May 5, 2015, 8:30 am

Sens. Joe Manchin, W.Va., and Mike Rounds, R-S.D., to speak at Bipartisan Policy Center on how their experience as former governors shape their legislative perspectives.

Climate change significant issue for Democrats, poll finds

NBC News

Climate change was third on the list of priorities among Democratic voters in an NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll, but it didn’t appear as one of the top five concerns among Republicans.

SolarWorld courtesy Paul G. Wiegman

Triple investment in clean energy or global warming goal will be busted: IEA

The world's nations need to triple their investment in clean energy if they are to meet the United Nations goal for controlling global warming, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency.

EIA's Energy Technology Perspectives report, released Monday, said that to prevent global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels - a danger point projected to be hit by 2050 - worldwide government investment in clean energy needs to jump from the current $17 billion to $51 billion per year.


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