Environmental Impact

OPAL Pipeline To Connect To Baltic Sea

Let’s make three quick points following release of a new methane emissions report from the Environmental Defense Fund: Natural Gas’ Benefits Confirmed The report’s findings reflect the fact methane emissions were low in 2015. According to EPA, methane emissions from natural gas production are down 14 percent since 1990, while natural gas output increased more than 50… Keep reading →

Offshore Drilling Could Return To California If Lawmakers Approve Budget

Public hearings in a number of coastal states on a new federal offshore energy leasing program are generating lots of comments – including those from a number of people in those states who support safe, responsible offshore oil and natural gas development. A sampling: Florida Curtis “CS” Bennett, U.S. Navy veteran and member of Vets4Energy Florida: “As a… Keep reading →

Energy Gifts

Storms Ending Plum Rain Season In Shanghai

As we look to the new year, let’s count a few of our country’s newest energy-related gifts: 1.      Production Up, Emissions Down Methane emissions from natural gas and oil development continue to decline in a number of America’s top energy-producing areas, according to a report by the group Energy in Depth (EID). The report is based on EPA’s Greenhouse… Keep reading →

CNOOC Drops Bid For Unocal

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has conditionally approved an oil and gas company’s plan to drill four exploration wells into the federal submerged lands of the Beaufort Sea in the U.S. Arctic.

Executive Order Charts New Path For Offshore Energy Development

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On April 28, 2017, the Trump administration issued an Executive Order entitled “Implementing an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy.”

Republican Presidential Candidates Debate On Economy In New Hampshire

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry has issued a Determination permitting the Department of Energy (DOE) to continue making uranium transfers to support ongoing clean-up work at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Ohio, while also reducing the total amount of those transfers per year from 1,600 metric tons of uranium (MTU)… Keep reading →

Fracking In California Under Spotlight As Some Local Municipalities Issue Bans

Sierra Club v. Chesapeake Operating LLC et al is news more shocking than “Man Bites Dog”!

Fracking In California Under Spotlight As Some Local Municipalities Issue Bans

Since the beginning of the fracking boom, the potential impact of fracking operations upon groundwater has been a hotly contested area.

UK Shale: Full Steam Ahead For Fracking?

Fracking In California Under Spotlight As Some Local Municipalities Issue Bans

On 6 October 2016, the UK’s Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid, overruled local councillors on appeal and approved Cuadrilla’s plans to explore for shale gas in Lancashire.


When the oil and gas industry spills or leaks harmful fluids – whether toxic oil or chemical-laden wastewater – the damage to local ecosystems can last for decades. Understanding the most common causes of accidental releases could help stakeholders take corrective measures to avoid them. Unfortunately, many regulators don’t collect and make transparent critical information… Keep reading →

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