Governor Tom Wolf announced new rules Tuesday to cut methane emissions from the state’s oil and gas sector. Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. Wolf’s announcement follows a similar move by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in September.
The Environmental Defense Fund is one of the nation’s most venerable environmental organizations, and many consider it one of the most effective. But its industry-collaborative approach to the study of methane leaks in natural gas drilling has drawn scrutiny from other environmental groups, who worry EDF has strayed into a gray area where science and the fossil fuel industry collide.
The cumulative blitz on exploration and production over the past six years has been $5.4 trillion, yet little has come of it. Output from conventional fields peaked in 2005. Not a single large project has come on stream at a break-even cost below $80 a barrel for almost three years.
In a debate that harkens back to conflicts over the selection of an AGIA partner, lawmakers wonder whether the state is unnecessarily looking at sharing its gas line profits with the Canadian pipeline company.
Shale gas could turn out to be “a liability” to global efforts limit climate change, the United Nations’ top environmental official has warned. Supporters of the shale gas boom, which has spread across America and more recently to Europe, claim the fuel could help wean economies off the more carbon-intensive coal,.
The path toward U.S. energy independence, made possible by a boom in shale oil, will be much harder than it seems. Just a few of the roadblocks: Independent producers will spend $1.50 drilling this year for every dollar they get back. Shale output drops faster than production from conventional methods.
Continue reading page |1| 2 |3 |4 Setting fire to coal underground could answer our energy prayers, or start an environmental disaster on a bigger scale than ever before (Image: Simon Pemberton) IF YOU thought shale gas was a nightmare, you ain’t seen nothing yet.
Shale gas executives and government officials collaborated in private to manage the British public’s hostility to fracking, emails released under freedom of information rules reveal. Officials shared pre-prepared statements with the industry last year before major announcements and hosted high-level dinners with “further discussion over post-dinner drinks”, while the industry shared long lists of “stakeholders” to be targeted.
Last year saw hundreds of complaints mounted against well-water contamination from oil or gas drilling in US, but the jury is still out as to whether hydraulic fracturing is to blame, news agencies report.
PIEDMONT, Ohio – A popular fishing spot in Belmont and Harrison counties soon could turn into a popular drilling spot, as the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District has plans to lease 6,600 acres at Piedmont Lake. A meeting is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the James E. Carnes Center west of St.