Iguacu Falls A Finalist In New Seven Wonders Of Nature Contest

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Department of the Army for Civil Works announced today that the three agencies have extended their partnership to advance hydropower development for an additional five years. The renewal agreement signed today commits the agencies to a specific, ambitious agenda for hydropower, building… Keep reading →

Congress Struggles With Funding Repairs To U.S. Capitol Dome

The U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee has extended an invitation for interested stakeholders to provide feedback to the Committee on a particular set of questions aimed at analyzing and guiding the direction of future energy policy in the U.S.


After months of anticipation, the Obama Administration this month released its new methane emissions strategy – a plan that opens up new opportunities for industry writ large, and especially for operators that want to cut waste and get ahead. The centerpiece of the strategy are imminent rules that will help us meet a new national… Keep reading →


Late last week Wyoming air regulators took a second crack at a proposed rule to fix a serious ozone pollution problem in the state’s Upper Green River Basin. To use a baseball analogy, this rule designed to reduce pollution from the oil and gas industry, is a solid double. This proposal improves upon a version released in… Keep reading →

National Grid Announces Controversial New Power Line Route

In its assessment of EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan released this week, the North American Electric Reliability Association (NERC)  says it will take more analysis to determine if the targets can be achieved in EPA’s time frame without affecting the reliability of the bulk power system. The NERC assessment, Potential Reliability Impacts of EPA’s Proposed Clean Power… Keep reading →

Obama's New Proposed Regulations On Coal Energy Production Met With Ire Through Kentucky's Coal Country

Linc Energy recently received a research & development license for Underground Coal Gasification (UCG), the first issued in the USA in twenty years. Linc Energy is moving ahead with a demonstration phase project in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin, one of the country’s most active coal mining regions. In addition to the R&D license, the EPA… Keep reading →

The EPA Proposes Stricter Standards For Smog Limit

On August 29, 2014, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) released “Evaluation of Risk-based Decision Making,” a report prepared by CDM Smith under contract to the state. DEEP has now announced that it will accept public comments until September 30, 2014, and will take the report and comments into account in formulating next steps in the multi-year initiative to “transform” Connecticut’s approach to remediating contaminated sites.

The report was prompted by a controversial proposal in the 2013 legislative session to lower the thresholds for requiring “significant environmental hazard” reports concerning contaminated properties. Although a version of that proposal was enacted as part of Public Act 13-308, the General Assembly also directed DEEP to “engage independent experts” to evaluate and recommend best practices in risk-based decision making for site remediation. DEEP must consider the resulting report and make recommendations for statutory and regulatory changes, specifically including the significant environmental hazard statute.