This November, committees in Colorado and Massachusetts moved closer to banning hydraulic fracturing in all or parts of their states. These moves have coincided with a 3.6 magnitude earthquake in Northern Texas, the most powerful in five years and one of a startling 16 in the area during the month. The safety of fracking has… Keep reading →
The Department of Energy has come under fire – sometimes in bizarre ways – for appearing to favor renewables and nuclear energy over fossil fuels. Detractors have dubbed the Obama Administration’s Climate Action Plan, which seeks to limit carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, a “War on Coal”. But the DOE last week announced more… Keep reading →
By Paul Toscano After a newly published study found a potential link between natural gas fracking and earthquakes in Texas, the “Squawk on the Street” anchors discussed the costs and benefits of the controversial process. “May I be so bold as to say that anytime you extract anything from the ground for energy, it’s a problem,” said Jim Cramer… Keep reading →
A big story in a light news week…a study in the online edition of Earth and Planetary Science Letters suggests that removal of substantial volumes of oil from the Eagle Ford shale is driving increased seismic activity in the area. Other studies examining links between oil and gas production – specifically hydraulic fracturing – and… Keep reading →
Fracking-related earthquakes are back in the news, with a new study suggesting large overseas quakes triggered seismic activity in parts of the US where oil & gas drilling wastewater is disposed in deep injection wells. The findings, published in the Journal Science, are not limited to fracking, but appear to include any oil and gas… Keep reading →
The potential for underground injections to cause earthquakes was thought to be a problem for natural gas, but a new National Research Council study says the impacted sector will not be gas. It’s a problem for coal.
Carbon capture and sequestration (CCS), pulling carbon out of emissions from coal-burning and storing it deep underground, has been prominent in clean energy planning over the last decade as a way to keep taking advantage of coal resources to meet energy demand while tackling climate change. Keep reading →