Colorado and California: Getting Gassed Together

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In the past few weeks, something truly unusual happened here in Colorado. It wasn’t that the Arctic Vortex had taken up residence in the state. The temperature at the North Pole, at least for a moment, was warmer than the prevailing temperatures along Colorado’s front range.

Air regulators sue SoCal Gas over months-long well leak

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Regional air regulators sued the Southern California Gas Co. on Tuesday, seeking penalties that could surpass $25 million for a monthslong natural gas leak that is blamed for sickening neighbors and has prompted a mass evacuation of a San Fernando Valley neighborhood.

Fracking fears raised by U.K. methane gas study

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Research on the amount of gas leaked from onshore oil and gas wells raises “serious questions” over the development of fracking in the UK, Greenpeace has said. Around a third of former onshore oil and gas wells are leaking methane gas, according to the research led by scientists at the University of Durham.


California gas leak spotlights shoddy regulation of aging storage wells

Long before a natural gas storage well sprung a disastrous leak near Los Angeles, California, utilities and national industry groups were raising alarms about the danger of aging underground storage infrastructure. The leaking well’s owner, Southern California Gas Co, warned state utility regulators in 2014 of “major failures” without a rate hike to pay for comprehensive inspections of 229 storage wells.

U.S. to tackle oil and gas methane waste on public lands -sources

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WASHINGTON The Obama administration is expected to propose new rules as soon as Friday to curb methane leaks from oil and natural gas production, its latest attempt to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from energy production under its control, sources familiar with the plan said.

Proof That a Price on Carbon Works

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Lawmakers who oppose taking action to lower greenhouse gas emissions by putting a price on carbon often argue that doing so would hurt businesses and consumers. But the energy policies adopted by some American states and Canadian provinces demonstrate that those arguments are simply unfounded.