Louisiana Oil Industry Recovers From Katrina Devastation

Many are calling for Department of Energy to speed up the natural gas export approval process. A new study by McKinsey Global Institute finds LNG exports “would decrease the U.S. trade deficit by between $11 billion and $27 billion each year.” [The Hill]

Siting renewable energy projects on brownfields – land contaminated by industrial activity – could mitigate the “not in my backyard” problem. The EPA screened 66,000 brownfield sites for solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal energy. [EPA]

The debate about how much methane – a potent greenhouse gas – leaks from natural gas fields just received some new science-based research that’s sure to keep the conversation going. “The measurements show that on one February day in the Uintah Basin, the natural gas field leaked 6 to 12 percent of the methane produced, on average, on February days.” [CIRES]