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Court Tells EPA to Enforce Obama Methane Pollution Rule
August 7, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by Timothy Cama (The Hill) A federal court told the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Monday that it has to enforce an Obama administration methane pollution rule.
The order from Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia …

Senate Unexpectedly Rejects Bid to Repeal a Key Obama-Era Environmental Regulation
May 10, 2017 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

by Chelsea Harvey and Juliet Eilperin (The Washington Post)  The U.S. Senate narrowly voted down a resolution on Wednesday to repeal an Obama-era rule restricting methane emissions from drilling on public lands — with three …

Pruitt Considering Senate-Sought Ethanol Waiver
May 9, 2017 – 11:08 am | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt may have opened a path for Senate Republicans to appease a small bloc of their caucus seeking a year-round waiver to sell 15 percent ethanol fuel …

Methane Rule Repeal Hits Snag in Senate Over Ethanol
May 3, 2017 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Jennifer A Dlouhy and Ari Natter (Bloomberg Markets)  Midwest Republicans didn’t get policy change in omnibus; Lawmakers now withholding support for methane rule repeal  —  A top oil industry priority on Capitol Hill may fall …

The United States of Oil and Gas
February 15, 2017 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Tim Meko and Laris Karklis (The Washington Post)  There are more than 900,000 active oil and gas wells in the United States, and more than 130,000 have been drilled since 2010, according to Drillinginfo, a …

Needless Waste of American Energy Resources — Quantifying Natural Gas Lost from Taxpayer and Tribal Owned Lands
January 30, 2017 – 11:22 am | No Comment

(Environmental Defense Fund) Oil and gas operators needlessly waste hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of methane, the main component of natural gas every year through leaks and intentional venting and flaring. This lost American energy …

Big Oil Pledges $1 Billion for Gas Technologies to Fight Climate Change
November 5, 2016 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

by Karolin Schaps and Ron Bousso (Reuters/Yahoo! News)  Some of the world’s biggest oil companies, including Saudi Aramco and Royal Dutch Shell , pledged on Friday to invest $1 billion to develop climate-friendly technologies as a …

Scientists May Have Solved a Key Mystery about the World’s Methane Emissions
September 19, 2016 – 9:20 pm | No Comment

by Chelsea Harvey (The Washington Post)  New research has added yet another layer to a major scientific debate about our global emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that is second only to carbon dioxide when …

Exxon, ConocoPhillips Top List of Methane Polluters
June 27, 2016 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

by Katie Fehrenbacher (Fortune Magazine)  This is how much methane pollution that eleven oil and gas companies emit annually. Eleven oil and gas giants in the U.S. leak so much of a potent green house gas into …

‘Threat Map’ Aims to Highlight the Worst of Oil and Gas Air Pollution
June 22, 2016 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

by Zahra Hirji (Inside Climate News)  Two activist groups used government data to show 12.4 million people in the U.S. live within a half-mile of an oil and gas facility—and its pollution.  —  Environmentalists have …

Methane Emissions Are Extremely Harmful, and the Government Might Not Know How Much There Is.
June 13, 2016 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

by Darryl Fears (The Washington Post)  Now, after the growth of a natural gas production operation commonly known as fracking, the United States is producing more methane emissions than any country in the world. And …

The Truth About Tight Oil (2016)
May 16, 2016 – 9:51 am | No Comment

(Union of Concerned Scientists) Tight oil is a major source of global warming emissions. Better regulations—and an industry held accountable for its actions—would help.

Methane is trapped in the same rock deposits as tight oil and …

EPA Finalizes Stronger Methane Emission Rules
May 13, 2016 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

by  Devin Henry (The Hill)  The Obama administration on Thursday finalized a new rule designed to cut methane emissions from the oil and natural gas sector, pushing a stronger standard than one proposed last summer.
The …

Hillary Clinton’s Climate and Energy Policies, Explained
May 10, 2016 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by David Roberts (Vox.com)  Media coverage of the Democratic primary has not shed much light on Hillary Clinton’s proposals for climate change and clean energy policy.  But oh, she has proposals. Lots of them! I …

EPA Publishes 21st Annual U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory
April 25, 2016 – 11:33 am | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its 21st annual Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks (GHG Inventory), today, which presents a national-level overview of annual greenhouse gas emissions since …

New EPA Stats Confirm: Oil & Gas Methane Emissions Far Exceed Prior Estimates
April 18, 2016 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Defense Fund)  Higher Baseline Plus Year-on-Year Increase Make Sector the Top Emitter over Ag  —  The oil and natural gas industry has moved into first place as the highest sources of U.S. methane emissions, …

The Most Important Mystery about U.S. Climate Change Policy
April 18, 2016 – 10:56 am | No Comment

by Chris Mooney (The Washington Post)  … Environmentalists have charged for some time that the fracking boom — the rise in unconventional natural gas that is the key driver of all of this — has a …

Global Warming’s Terrifying New Chemistry
March 28, 2016 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

by Bill McKibben (The Nation) Our leaders thought fracking would save our climate. They were wrong. Very wrong.   …   Meet methane, otherwise known as CH4.  In February, Harvard researchers published an explosive paper in Geophysical …

How to Make Sure the US and Canada Get It Right on Methane
March 14, 2016 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

by David Babson (Union of Concerned Scientists) … But recent science suggests that we don’t have a great handle on how large methane emissions really are, so we are going to need strong science to back …

US, Canada Pledge Cooperation on Paris Climate Accord, Clean Energy, Methane Leaks
March 14, 2016 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

by Gavin Bade (Utility Dive)  … A key part of the climate mitigation strategy will be reducing emissions of methane — a greenhouse gas over 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide — from oil and gas operations. …

Science: 2015 Well Blowout Doubled Los Angeles’ Methane Leak Rate
February 26, 2016 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by Meagan Phelan (AAAS.org) The first quantitative estimates of the Aliso Canyon well blowout reveal that it released more than 100,000 tons of the powerful greenhouse gas methane.
A new study provides one of the first quantitative …

Why Flint? Why Dieselgate? Why Was the EPA Prevented From Acting?
February 9, 2016 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

by Robert E. Kozak* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Of all the grandstanding by politicians over the Flint, Michigan, drinking water disaster perhaps the most hypocritical has been that of Democrats such as Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton …

L.A. County Files Criminal Charges over Porter Ranch Gas Leak
February 8, 2016 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

by Paige St. John and Alice Walton (Los Angeles Times)  Southern California Gas Co. on Tuesday was charged with failing to immediately notify state authorities about the natural gas leak in Aliso Canyon.
L.A. County Dist. Atty. …

Air Regulator Sues California Utility over State’s Historic Methane Leak
January 28, 2016 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Alex Dobuzinskis (Reuters)  A California utility failed to protect residents from the largest methane leak in state history at its natural gas field near Los Angeles, a regional pollution watchdog said in a lawsuit filed …

Study: Renewable Energy Best Way to Achieve Climate Targets under Clean Power Plan — Unaddressed Methane Leakage From Natural Gas Sector Could Undercut Emissions Reductions
January 28, 2016 – 11:48 am | No Comment

(PSE Healthy Energy)  New analysis from PSE Healthy Energy and University of California at Berkeley finds that increased deployment of renewable energy is the best way to meet or even surpass Clean Power Plan targets, …

Ohio Has Few Checks for Natural-Gas Storage Leaks
January 22, 2016 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

by Laura Arenschield (Columbus Dispatch)  … In fact, Ohio ranks eighth nationwide in the volume of natural gas stored below ground.
California officials issued emergency-oversight measures last week requiring daily inspections of storage fields using infrared technology …

California Gas Leak Exposes Growing Natural-Gas Risks
January 20, 2016 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Richard Martin (MIT Technology Review)  As America shifts toward natural gas for energy, decaying pipelines and storage facilities are at risk of leaks and explosions.  —  Since it was first detected on October 23, …

Greens: Gas Developers Aren’t Telling Investors of Methane Leaks
January 17, 2016 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

by Devin Henry (The Hill)  Natural gas developers are providing very restricted information about their methane emissions to investors, according to a report released Monday by a green group.
According to an Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) analysis, …

Invisible Disaster of Aliso Canyon Leak May Give Methane Rules Momentum
January 15, 2016 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Eric Wolff (Politico Morning Energy)  The massive methane spill at the Aliso Canyon storage field has pumped out at least 77,500 metric tons of gas since Oct. 23, and it will be months before …

Report: Methane a Rising Risk for Both Oil & Gas Sector and Investors
January 11, 2016 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Defense Fund)  A first-of-its-kind report by Environmental Defense Fund shows that leading oil and gas companies are putting themselves and their investors at financial and reputational risk by failing to adequately disclose meaningful information …

LA’s Gas Leak Is a Global Disaster
January 4, 2016 – 10:55 am | No Comment

by Maddie Stone (GizMoDo)  One of the worst environmental disasters of the decade is currently underway in a quiet community 25 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Putrid, methane-rich natural gas has been spewing into the air …

We’ve Got a Methane Problem
December 23, 2015 – 10:22 am | No Comment

by Fred Krupp (GreenBiz/Environmental Defense Fund)  As I write this, a massive methane leak from a ruptured natural gas storage facility in California is causing, every day, as much climate damage over the next 20 years as …

New Study Finds Oil & Gas Methane Emissions in the Barnett Shale Almost Twice What Official Estimates Suggest
December 14, 2015 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

by Steven Hamburg  (Environmental Defense Fund)   A new scientific study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, coordinated by EDF, reports findings from the most comprehensive examination of regional methane emissions …

Here’s What You Need to Know about the Porter Ranch Gas Leak
December 14, 2015 – 10:42 am | No Comment

(Los Angeles Daily News)  Nov. 6, 2015 – This morning at 11 a.m., SoCalGas crews and outside experts started the coiled tubing rig operation to attempt to work through an ice blockage inside the 2 …