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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 …

The Energy 202: Trump Administration Has New Energy Buzzword
May 26, 2017 – 10:16 am | No Comment

by Dino Grandoni (The Washington Post)  In the Trump administration, “energy dominance” has replaced “energy independence” as the go-to phrase for describing the federal government’s broad energy goals — in President Trump’s case, to promote as …

Remove the Ethanol Albatross from around the Necks of U.S. Consumers: Robert W. Chase (Opinion)
May 1, 2017 – 4:38 pm | No Comment

by Rob W. Chase (Cleveland.com)  … Less than 5 percent of all service stations in the United States offer ethanol-free gasoline. Almost all the gasoline sold nationally is E10 (10 percent ethanol, 90 percent gasoline). And some of the …

Guest View: Corn Is for Food, Not Fuel
April 14, 2017 – 10:46 am | No Comment

by Stanford L. Levin (The Southern)  …  If corn were used for food instead of for ethanol, two beneficial things would happen. First, we would create more high-paying jobs in the oil and gas industry …

FedEx CEO Backed by Generals Tries to Nudge Trump on Fuel Rules
April 4, 2017 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by John Lippert (Bloomberg)  Smith leads effort to position standards as security issue; Group calling for electric vehicles, U.S. oil production  —  To get Donald Trump to come around to tougher fuel-economy standards, a corporate titan …

Thousands of Spills at US Oil and Gas Fracking Sites
February 22, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

By Matt McGrath (BBC)  Up to 16% of hydraulically fractured oil and gas wells spill liquids every year, according to new research from US scientists. They found that there had been 6,600 releases from these fracked …

Ethanol Industry Provides Critical CO2 Supply
February 20, 2017 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by Steffen Mueller (University of Illinois at Chicago/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Strategically located ethanol sources cannot be economically replaced.  —  Carbon dioxide sourced from corn-ethanol plants is not a waste-recovery product but a coproduct that, in …

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 …

Bay’s Parting Words
February 6, 2017 – 3:38 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Although Norman Bay posted his humorous “Gone Fishin’” tweet at 5:41 p.m. on Friday, FERC was still posting orders the former chairman had signed before resigning more than two …

Competitive Enterprises Institute Wants RFS Frozen and Sunsetted
January 13, 2017 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Competitive Enterprises Institute has put forth proposals for the next session of Congress including freezing the Renewable Fuel Standard below the blend wall while setting a sunset …

Stay the Course
December 23, 2016 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/NewsOK)  Regarding “Flaws in Renewable Fuel Standard aren’t going away” (Our Views, Dec. 16): The Renewable Fuel Standard, which requires that refiners blend an increasing amount of ethanol and other …

EPA Releases Final Report on Impacts from Hydraulic Fracturing Activities on Drinking Water
December 14, 2016 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  EPA’s report concludes that hydraulic fracturing activities can impact drinking water resources under some circumstances and identifies factors that influence these impacts  —  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing its …

Not Energy Independent, Yet
November 15, 2016 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

by Rick Uldricks and Hudson Councilman Casey Weinstein (Twinsburg Patch) In truth, when it comes to energy security, there is good news to be found, but not at the bottom of a well.  —  Fossil fuel boosters …

Letter to Editor: Ethanol’s Got Right Stuff
November 15, 2016 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Boston Herald)   …  But relying upon fracking for our energy future is dangerous on two fronts. For one, reasonable oil supplies are finite and expensive. And lower oil prices …

5.0 Magnitude Quake Hits Cushing, Rumbles Central Oklahoma
November 7, 2016 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Matt Dinger, & Adam Wilmoth (The Oklahoman)  Oklahoma bridges inspected following Cushing earthquake; Regulators working on new directive following Cushing earthquake; Buildings to be closed Monday in Cushing due to earthquake damage; What are some …

America’s Most Prolific Gas Play Needs 50 Rigs to Keep Booming
November 7, 2016 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

by Ari Natter and James Rowley  (Bloomberg)   …  Fifty rigs need to be drilling for natural gas in America’s most prolific shale region to keep production of the fuel from falling — and by one …

Latest Earthquake Stories: Magnitude 4.5 Earthquake Shakes Oklahoma
November 4, 2016 – 11:40 am | No Comment

(News9/Associated Press)  A magnitude 4.5 magnitude earthquake shook north-central Oklahoma late Tuesday.  This one occurred at 11:27 p.m.   The U.S. Geological Survey reports the epicenter was near Pawnee, about 70 miles northeast of Oklahoma City. …

Hillary Clinton Said America Is Energy Independent. It Is Not
October 11, 2016 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Tom DiChristopher (CNBC)  Hillary Clinton said during the second presidential debate on Sunday that the United States has achieved energy independence, but the country still imports millions of barrels a day of oil and petroleum …

Clinton’s Plan to Reduce US Oil Consumption Likely Won’t Work
October 4, 2016 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Tom DiChristopher (CNBC)  … Clinton says she would extend standards for vehicle fuel efficiency, methane emissions, building codes and appliance standards that President Barack Obama implemented or supported, according to a campaign spokesperson. Clinton supports …

Trump Backs off Plan to Eliminate EPA
September 23, 2016 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Kyle Feldscher (The Washington Examiner)  Donald Trump appeared to back off his proposal to eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency as president, instead promising to “refocus” the agency on a less regulatory-heavy mission.

He promised to …

Oil Bankruptcies Leave Lenders With ‘Catastrophic’ Recovery Rate
September 14, 2016 – 5:44 pm | No Comment

by Rebecca Penty (Bloomberg)  Rate of 21% in 2015 compares to average of 59% previously; Bankruptcies so far this year are double last year’s total  —  U.S. oil bankruptcies haven’t been this “catastrophic” for lenders in …

Biofuels Present Solution to Harmful Airborne Chemicals
September 11, 2016 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

by David Vandergriend (Sacramento Bee)   … But the day-to-day threat facing many communities doesn’t come from carbon. It comes from airborne chemicals with less attention-grabbing names like volatile organic compounds, nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide, particulate …

Biofuels Not Contributing to Decline in Bee Habitat
September 9, 2016 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

(WNAX) A new study from the National Academy of Sciences says the expansion of corn and soybean acres to supply feed stock for biofuels is hampering habitat for bees. Renewable Fuels Association President Bob Dinneen says …

Oklahoma Quake Prompts Shutdown of Gas-Linked Wells
September 6, 2016 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

by Doug Stranglin (USA Today)  One of the largest earthquakes in Oklahoma rattled the Midwest on Saturday all the way from Nebraska to North Texas.  —  Oklahoma regulators on Saturday shut down 37 wastewater wells connected …

Boom in Oil Production Causes Bust in Prairie Sod
August 25, 2016 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  … Mr. (Mark) Perry suggests (without any scientific support or a single citation) that ethanol expansion has somehow led to “destruction” of prairie in the Great Plains, but says not …

Big Oil’s Glass House
August 25, 2016 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/U.S. News and World Report)  … Indeed, it’s fairly obvious that (Mark) Perry’s yarn is simply intended to shift attention away from the real culprit behind destruction of prairie in the Great …

Hillary Clinton Picks TPP and Fracking Advocate To Set Up Her White House
August 17, 2016 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Zaid Jilani and Naomi LaChance (The Intercept)  Two big issues dogged Hillary Clinton during the Democratic primary: the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement (TPP) and fracking. She had a long history of supporting both.
Under fire from Bernie …

In Pitting Biofuels against the Environment, Only Clear Winner Is Oil
August 11, 2016 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (The Hill/Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … The total amount of U.S. land under production by American farmers is down– not just over the last 50 or 100 years, but also over the last decade according …

Oil and Natural Gas Production Jobs in May Were 26% Lower than in October 2014
August 5, 2016 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Energy Information Administration)  Despite increases in crude oil prices since the start of the year, employment in oil and natural gas extraction and support activities continued declining from levels reached in the fall of …

Sanders’s Next Challenge: Where Will He Take His Revolution?
June 27, 2016 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

by David Weigel and John Wagner (The Washington Post)  … Sanders’s role is under discussion, but he has said a more immediate priority is trying to find common ground on the issues he championed during the …

‘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 …

In North Dakota’s Oil Patch, a Humbling Comedown
May 19, 2016 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

by Ernest Scheyder (Reuters)  The fracking party is over, and a quiet desperation has descended on the state’s once-booming communities and the thousands of people who were drawn to them.  —  …  But the price …

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 …

Oil Market Manipulation Is Alive and Well
May 13, 2016 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Talent (Americans for Energy Security and Innovation/The Hill)  Opponents of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) claim that the free hand of an unrestricted marketplace will guide biofuels into our fuel supply, driving economic …

This Mystery Was Solved: Scientists Say Chemicals from Fracking Wastewater Can Taint Fresh Water Nearby
May 12, 2016 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Darryl Fears (The Washington Post)  But a study by the U.S. Geological Survey appears to have answered a critical question about the millions of gallons of chemical-laced water that are injected into the wells to …

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 …

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 …

U.S. Shale Oil Firms Feel Credit Squeeze as Banks Grow Cautious
April 12, 2016 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

by Swetha Gopinath and David Henry (Reuters)  Nearly two years into an epic oil rout, U.S. shale drillers that have upended global energy markets are finally feeling a credit squeeze as banks make their biggest …

Oil and Gas Companies Stiff 29,000 Workers Out of $40 Million
April 11, 2016 – 10:46 am | No Comment

by  Alan Neuhauser (US News and World Report)  America’s fracking boom promised big paychecks, but thousands of workers were exploited, the Labor Department says. —  … Despite booming industry profits and record oil and gas output …

Seismic Report Links Earthquakes to Fracking
April 7, 2016 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Adam Klasfeld (Courthouse News Service)  Officially linking a controversial natural gas-drilling method to earthquakes for the first time, the U.S. Geological Survey released a groundbreaking report documenting links between fracking and skyrocketing seismic activity.
Released …

After New Orleans, “Keep It In the Ground” Movement Gears Up for More Action
April 4, 2016 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

(350.org)  “Break Free” protests this May will see actions at fossil fuel sites around the world  —  Hundreds of people marched around the Superdome in New Orleans on Wednesday and then headed inside to disrupt …

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 …

The Shale Reckoning Comes to Oklahoma
March 11, 2016 – 9:18 am | No Comment

by Asjylyn Loder (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  … The excitement made it easy to ignore one big problem: It was one of the most expensive booms in history. Devon, Chesapeake, SandRidge Energy, and Continental Resources were spending almost …

Octane Benefits Highlighted at National Ethanol Conference
February 22, 2016 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Held Feb. 15 to 17 in New Orleans, the NEC painted a strong future for the ethanol industry in the speakers addressing the conference theme, “Fueling a High …

6 Things Bernie Sanders Would Do to Crack Down on Fracking, Even if Congress Doesn’t Go Along
February 22, 2016 – 11:04 am | No Comment

by Ben Adler (Grist)  … Instead of embracing gas as a supposedly cleaner “bridge fuel,” Sanders wants to go straight to renewables.
Here are the six most significant executive actions that a President Sanders would likely take …

Bailout the US Shale Oil/Gas Industry or Fund Clean Sustainable Renewable Transportation? A New Way of Looking at the Options. Press Release
February 16, 2016 – 10:45 am | No Comment

For Immediate Release February 12, 2016—Frederick, MD Advanced Biofuels USA correspondent Robert E. Kozak analyses the potential for a reinvigorated US shale oil/gas industry with and without government subsidies; and compares it to the potential for near-term …

After the Fall: Rebuilding US Liquid Fuel Production – Invest in Our Land or the Shale Oil Fields? (Part 2 of 2)
February 12, 2016 – 11:20 am | No Comment

Efforts to promote a sustainable use of natural resources are not a waste of money, but rather an investment capable of providing other eco­nomic benefits in the medium term. If we look at the larger …

Ethanol Industry Reacts to API Criticism of RFS
January 11, 2016 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen has spoken out to reject (American Petroleum Institute President and CEO Jack) Gerard’s claims.  “I’m not sure what reality Jack is …

Garrett County Board Mulls Gas Drilling Restrictions near Deep Creek Lake
January 4, 2016 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

(Associated Press/Frederick News Post)  The Garrett County Commissioners are considering a Deep Creek Lake watershed management plan that would restrict drilling for natural gas in the resort area. … The plan was drafted in 2014. It …

Big Oil’s Not So Smart Campaign
October 28, 2015 – 6:32 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  … If Big Oil truly believed its product (oil) was better than ethanol, why not launch a campaign on the greatness that is oil.
Perhaps Big Oil could tell us how oil doesn’t raise …

Analysis Shows Greenhouse Gas Emissions Similar for Shale, Crude Oil
October 28, 2015 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

by Tona Kunz  (Argonne National Laboratory)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory this week released a pair of studies on the efficiency of shale oil production excavation. The reports show that shale oil …

Why Oil Is Cheap in October 2015 (Part 1 of 2)
October 27, 2015 – 4:31 pm | No Comment

by Robert E. Kozak* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Conventional wisdom about declining oil prices, mostly originating from US Department of Energy/Energy Information Administration (DOE/EIA), says the fall of oil prices over the past fifteen months is …

The Limits of Obama’s New Rules on Pollution
August 19, 2015 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

(The Washington Post)  Editorial: THE OBAMA administration released new pollution rules on oil and natural gas production Tuesday to predictable howls from industry. The danger, though, is that the rules won’t do enough to achieve the …

Oil companies Can Be Sued by Earthquake Victim, Oklahoma Court Rules
July 1, 2015 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

(Thompson Reuters)  An Oklahoma woman who was injured when an earthquake rocked her home in 2011 can sue oil companies for damages, the state’s highest court ruled on Tuesday, opening the door to other potential …

RIP Cobalt Technologies or…How Commercializing Butanol Technology is Like Riding the Tour de France
June 25, 2015 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by Sam Nejame & James Evangelow (Biofuels Digest/Promotum and Chemical Strategies)  Sad to say Cobalt Technologies is dead – no really they’re dead – it’s not just double secret probation anymore. Although you’d almost not even know …

Drop in Oil Prices Means No Drilling in Canada’s Biggest Shale Reserves
June 11, 2015 – 1:57 pm | No Comment

by Robert Tuttle (Bloomberg News)  The news was bittersweet for Canada’s Northwest Territories.  While the region found out last week that its Canol and Bluefish formations hold Canada’s largest shale oil reserves, the slump in …

Amid Low Prices, US Oil Output May Be Nearing Peak
June 8, 2015 – 11:30 pm | No Comment

by Jay Fitzgerald (Boston Globe)  Is America’s energy boom coming to an end?   As companies shut down oil- and gas-drilling rigs and lay off thousands of workers who toiled in shale fields in North Dakota, …

Big Oil Companies Want a Price on Carbon. Here’s Why.
June 2, 2015 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by Ben Geman (National Journal)  Natural-gas profits have Shell and BP, among others, calling for increased use of carbon-emissions fees ahead of a make-or-break climate summit in Paris.
Six oil and gas giants based in Europe …

State Releases Final Fracking Statement
May 14, 2015 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Scott Waldman (Capital New York) … The Department of Environmental Conservation released the 2,000-page final Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement for fracking, which opponents and proponents around the country have been awaiting since Gov. Andrew Cuomo …

Saudi Arabia Continues To Turn Screws On U.S. Shale
May 13, 2015 – 10:14 am | No Comment

by James Stafford (OilPrice.com)  Saudi Arabia continues to ratchet up production, taking market share away from U.S. shale producers.
According to OPEC’s latest monthly oil report, Saudi Arabia boosted its oil output to 10.31 million barrels …

US Taxpayers Subsidising World’s Biggest Fossil Fuel Companies
May 12, 2015 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Damian Carrington and Harry Davies (The Guardian/MSN.com)   The world’s biggest and most profitable fossil fuel companies are receiving huge and rising subsidies from US taxpayers, a practice slammed as absurd by a presidential candidate given …

Evaluating a Groundwater Supply Contamination Incident Attributed to Marcellus Shale Gas Development
May 5, 2015 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

by Garth T. Llewellyn, Frank Dorman, J. L. Westland, D. Yoxtheimer, Paul Grieve, Todd Sowers, E. Humston-Fulmer, and Susan L. Brantley  (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)  New techniques of high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) are …

New Studies Link Earthquakes With Oil, Gas Drilling
April 22, 2015 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

by Miguel Bustillo adn Dan Molinski  (The Wall Street Journal)  Scientists say practice of wastewater injection has caused seismic activity in Oklahoma, Texas, other parts of the U.S.
New scientific findings released Tuesday linked earthquakes to …

U.S. Industrial Production Falters as Oil Sector Weighs
April 16, 2015 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

by Eric Morath (The Wall Street Journal)  Quarterly decline is first since end of recession in 2009 — U.S. industrial output fell in March and posted the first quarterly decline since the recession ended, signs that …

Report: PA Dishes out $3.2 Billion in Fossil Fuels Subsidies while State Faces $1.5 Billion Deficit
April 16, 2015 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Natasha Khan (PublicSource)   A new report out Tuesday says Pennsylvania provided more than $3.2 billion in subsidies to the fossil fuel industry, much of which went to the state’s booming natural gas industry, at …

New Study Raises Possible Link between Gas Drilling and Radon Levels
April 10, 2015 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Jon Hurdle and Susan Phillips  (StateImpactNPR.org)  Radon levels in buildings near unconventional natural gas development in Pennsylvania are higher than those in other areas of the state, suggesting that hydraulic fracturing has opened up …

Top 12 Media Myths On Oil Prices
April 9, 2015 – 10:20 am | No Comment

by Dan Doyle (OilPrice.com)  The upstream oil and gas industry is not a black hole. There’s no mystery wrapped in an enigma here. … There is so much hyperbole and unsupported guesswork that investors don’t have …

The New Voices Debuts: The Advanced Bioeconomy Comes to Streamed Video
March 23, 2015 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the advanced bioeconomy takes to the airwaves as The New Voices debuts today as a digital streaming experience — the first three episodes of the program are online today …

Here’s What Will Send Oil Prices Back Up Again
March 4, 2015 – 11:32 am | No Comment

by Martin Tillier (OilPrice.com)  … The low price brigade cites another factor in making their predictions, the rise of alternative energy sources. There is no doubt that there have been significant advances in that area, particularly in …

8 Ways Obama Sucks on Climate
February 18, 2015 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

by Ben Adler (Grist) … But many of the administration’s moves, including a string of recent actions by federal agencies under Obama’s control, show this conventional wisdom to be false. Here are the president’s top eight …

Oklahoma Worries Over Swarm of Earthquakes and Connection to Oil Industry
February 6, 2015 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

by Lori Montgomery (The Washington Post)  … What to do about the plague of earthquakes is, however, very much an open question in Oklahoma. Last year, 567 quakes of at least 3.0 magnitude rocked a swath of …

Welcome to the Twilight Zone
January 27, 2015 – 1:27 pm | One Comment

by Robert E. Kozak* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Imagine if you will a country with two natural resource industries. Both produce high demand products. One is the lowest priced producer on the planet and is able …

Declaring “The Truth Matters”, Biodiesel Leaders Say Policy Makers Need to Consider the Facts to Get the Renewable Fuels Standard Back on Track
January 20, 2015 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board) The National Biodiesel Conference and Expo opens with a fiery speech by the industry’s chief spokesperson.   Arguing that federal policy makers must see through the false attacks by renewable fuels opponents and provide …

New Research Links Scores of Earthquakes to Fracking Wells Near a Fault in Ohio
January 8, 2015 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

by Michael Wines (The New York Times)  Not long after two mild earthquakes jolted the normally steady terrain outside Youngstown, Ohio, last March, geologists quickly decided that hydraulic fracturing operations at new oil-and-gas wells in the …

Delaware-Size Gas Plume over West Illustrates the Cost of Leaking Methane
December 30, 2014 – 11:18 am | No Comment

by Joby Warrick   (The Washington Post)   The methane that leaks from 40,000 gas wells near this desert trading post may be colorless and odorless, but it’s not invisible. It can be seen from …

Sorry, Mr. Matthews, Fossil Fuels Are Not the Way to Go: PennLive Letters
December 22, 2014 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/PennLive)  In a recent diatribe on Pennlive, (“Don’t subsidize renewable energy; fossil fuels are the way to go,” Dec 15), Merrill Matthews wrongly states that corn ethanol is more expensive …

Cuomo to Ban Fracking in New York
December 17, 2014 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

(North Country Public Radio)  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration will move to prohibit fracking in the state, citing unresolved health issues and dubious economic benefits of the widely used gas-drilling technique.
Acting Health Commissioner Howard …

Direct Measurements of Methane Emissions from Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells in Pennsylvania
December 10, 2014 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

by Mary Kanga, Cynthia M. Kannoa, Matthew C. Reida, Xin Zhangb, Denise L. Mauzeralla, Michael A. Celia, Yuheng Chen, and Tullis C. Onstott (PNAS)  Abandoned oil and gas wells provide a potential pathway for subsurface migration and emissions …

Plant Expansions Fueled by Shale Gas Boom to Boost Greenhouse Gas, Toxic Air Emissions
December 10, 2014 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Talla Buford (The Center for Public Integrity)  … By 2018, the land (Stacey) Ryan and other holdouts have fought to keep will be consumed by an $8.1 billion ethane cracker and a multibillion-dollar gas-to-liquids …

Dead Babies Near Oil Drilling Sites Raise Questions for Researchers
October 31, 2014 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

by Nancy Lofholm  (The Denver Post)  … For some reason, one that is not known and may never be, Beau (Murphy) and a dozen other infants died in this oil-booming basin last year. Was this …

Study: Natural Gas Surge Won’t Slow Global Warming
October 16, 2014 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

by Seth Borenstein (AP/SFGate.com)  Cheap and plentiful natural gas isn’t quite a bridge to a brighter energy future as claimed and won’t slow global warming, a new study projects.  Abundant natural gas in the United …

People Near ‘Fracking’ Wells Report Health Woes
October 14, 2014 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

by Wendy Koch (USA Today)  People living near natural-gas wells were more than twice as likely to report upper-respiratory and skin problems than those farther away, says a major study Wednesday on the potential health …

To Save the Climate, We Need a Ban on Fracking
September 16, 2014 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

by Wenonah Hauter  (Food and Water Watch)  … Over the next few years, scientific evidence mounted, showing not only that fracking won’t help moderate climate change, but that it has the potential to unleash massive amounts of …

Injection Wells Blamed in Oklahoma Earthquakes
July 7, 2014 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

by Eric Hand (Science Magazine)  So far in 2014, Oklahoma has seen more earthquakes than California—and seismologists are increasingly blaming them on the injection of wastewater from oil and gas operations. A study published online this …

How Two Small New York Towns Have Shaken up the National Fight over Fracking
July 3, 2014 – 11:56 am | No Comment

by Steven Mufson (The Washington Post)  The multibillion-dollar Anschutz Exploration Corp., which helped make its founder, Philip Anschutz, one of the richest men in America, filed a lawsuit three years ago against Dryden, a small town in …

Fracking Study Finds New Gas Wells Leak More
July 1, 2014 – 4:17 pm | No Comment

by Seth Borenstein (Associated Press)  In Pennsylvania’s gas drilling boom, newer and unconventional wells leak far more often than older and traditional ones, according to a study of state inspection reports for 41,000 wells.
The results …

Obama Really Wishes He Could Put a Price on Carbon
June 9, 2014 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

(Grist)  President Obama explained his thinking about climate change during a sit-down interview with New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman; it will air Monday night during the final episode of Showtime’s climate series “Years of Living Dangerously.” …

Cheap, Abundant Shale Gas Won’t Significantly Cut U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions
May 12, 2014 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

by Janet Pelley (Chemical and Engineering News)  Energy: New study looks at the contested effects of increased shale gas production on the release of greenhouse gases
The rapid expansion of shale gas production in the U.S. …

Alternative Fuel Ethanol Hits a Wall
May 12, 2014 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

by Steve Baragona (Voice of America)  … Another benefit, according to Bob Dinneen, head of the ethanol trade group the Renewable Fuels Association, is that corn absorbs the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide as it grows.
“We are produced …

The Contradiction of Obama’s Climate Policy
May 7, 2014 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Dana Milbank (The Washington Post: Opinion)  On the eve of the Obama administration’s release Tuesday of a report warning about grave consequences of climate change, presidential counselor John Podesta went into the White House briefing …

Toxic Emission Spikes at Fracking Sites Are Rarely Monitored, Study Finds
April 4, 2014 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Song and Jim Morris  (InsideClimateNews.org)  Gas drilling facilities have sporadic emission spikes that spew toxins harmful to human health, but states rarely monitor these fleeting events.
People in natural gas drilling areas who complain …

Old Math Casts Doubt on Accuracy of Oil Reserve Estimates
April 3, 2014 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Asjylyn Loder (MSN Money/Bloomberg)  Jan Arps is the most influential oilman you’ve never heard of.  In 1945, Arps, then a 33-year-old petroleum engineer for British-American Oil Producing Co., published a formula to predict how much …

Neighbors Bicker in Pa. over Forced Gas Drilling
April 1, 2014 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

by Kevin Begos and Marc Levy (Associated Press/Fuel Fix)  An energy company is dusting off an old, unused state law that can force property owners to accept oil and gas drilling under their land, pitting …

Ohio Officials Tight-Lipped on Fracking, Monday’s Earthquakes
March 14, 2014 – 12:22 am | No Comment

by Will Drabold (Columbus Dispatch)  While geologists raised questions yesterday about whether a northeastern Ohio fracking operation caused a series of earthquakes in Mahoning County on Monday, state officials refused to provide any answers.
On Monday, …

Why We Are Producing Biofuels
March 4, 2014 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

by  Robert C. Brown and Tristan Brown (The Gazette)  In the face of criticism about ethanol, delays in the commercialization of advanced biofuels and the recent development of domestic supplies of fracked gas and petroleum, some …

‘There Needs to Be a Market’
February 24, 2014 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

by Donnelle Eller and Christopher Doering (Des Moines Register)  The future of the cellulosic ethanol industry depends on convincing investors that the market for its product will grow.
The EPA has proposed cutting separate requirements for …

Give Me a Renewable Future
February 18, 2014 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol enhances America’s economy by creating jobs, raising the GDP, increasing incomes and contributing taxes. The positive economics are due to the hard work of community-based ethanol …

Fracking: Study Warns of ‘High Risk’ to Maryland Air, Water and Quality of Life as General Assembly Weighs Action
February 13, 2014 – 11:55 am | No Comment

(Chesapeake Climate Action Network)  Independent study provides lawmakers and the public with first Maryland-specific risk assessment, coming on the heels of violent gas well explosion in PA Advocates call on the General Assembly to pass …

Brazil’s Ethanol Sector, Once Thriving, Is Being Buffeted by Forces Both Man-Made, Natural
January 2, 2014 – 11:10 am | No Comment

by Juan Forero (The Washington Post) … The allure for these giants is Brazil itself, where most cars are built to run on the biofuel. An even bigger, largely untapped market awaits in the United States, where …

Park Service Withdraws Comments on Fracking Rule
November 27, 2013 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by Matthew Daly (Associated Press/ABC News)  The National Park Service has withdrawn “inappropriate” comments about a proposed rule regulating hydraulic fracturing operations on public lands.
Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis says no one in management reviewed …

Colorado Governor Proposes Strict Limits on Greenhouse Gas Leaks From Drilling
November 25, 2013 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

by Michael Wines (The New York Times)  Gov. John W. Hickenlooper of Colorado proposed on Monday tough new limits on leaks of methane and other gases from well sites and storage tanks. Supporters called the …

Meet Me at the World’s Flare; Methane Gas Flaring, and the Role of Biobased Tech
November 19, 2013 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The flares — Dakota fireflies — dot the landscape like pin-lights. They burn natural gas escaping from the unconnected Bakken oil field wells, which are coaxing energy out of 9,000 …

Research: Fracking Uses and Loses More Water than Previously Believed
November 8, 2013 – 7:04 pm | No Comment

by Matthew McFeeley (The Energy Collective)  Fracking’s water footprint is higher than previously thought, according to a new report that combined data from many sources to provide one of the most comprehensive looks at how water is …

Radioactive Materials and Contaminants Found at Fracking Wastewater Disposal Site
October 17, 2013 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

(American Chemical Society)   A new study has found that liquid wastes from hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” that was treated and released into local streams in Pennsylvania still contained elevated levels of salts and other contaminants, …

More Bad News For Fracking: IPCC Warns Methane Traps More Heat than We Thought
October 11, 2013 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Joseph Romm (Think Progress/The Energy Collective)  The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports that methane (CH4) is far more potent a greenhouse gas than we had previously realized.
This matters to the fracking debate …

U.S. to Pass Russia in Liquid Fuels Production, Says IEA
September 12, 2013 – 8:02 pm | No Comment

by Benoit Faucon, Wayne Ma and Summer Said (The Wall Street Journal)  A top energy watchdog forecast the U.S. will bypass Russia in the production of liquid fuels—everything from crude and gasoline to biofuels like …

Technology, Biofuel on Agenda for U.S.-Brazil Talks, Moniz Says
August 30, 2013 – 6:56 pm | No Comment

by Gerald Jeffris (NASDAQ.com)  Increased biofuel use and the development and application of new energy technologies will be the focus of talks between Brazil and the U.S. in coming months, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz …

Technology, Biofuel on Agenda for U.S.-Brazil Talks, Moniz Says
August 19, 2013 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

by Gerald Jeffris (NASDAQ.com)  Increased biofuel use and the development and application of new energy technologies will be the focus of talks between Brazil and the U.S. in coming months, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said …

Science Magazine Publishes Series of Studies on Fracking-Induced and Other Injection-Induced Earthquakes
July 15, 2013 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

Some Earthquakes Warn That They Are About to Strike
Richard A. Kerr
The bad news that injecting wastewater deep into the crust can set off earthquakes has now been leavened by a bit of good news. In …

Farm Waste May Demand Return of Biofuels
May 30, 2013 – 9:01 pm | No Comment

by Javier E. David (CNBC)  Imagine a world where leftover corn, wheat and wood chips could power your car.
That’s the aim of cellulosic ethanol, a budding sector of the renewable fuel industry that finds itself struggling …

Ethanol Improving While Oil Gets Worse
May 28, 2013 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  The House and Energy Commerce Committee has released its third white paper on the Renewable Fuel Standard, “Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Environmental Impacts.” Executive Vice President of the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE), …

EPA Methane Report Further Divides Fracking Camps
May 6, 2013 – 10:41 am | No Comment

(National Public Radio/Associated Press)  The Environmental Protection Agency has dramatically lowered its estimate of how much of a potent heat-trapping gas leaks during natural gas production, in a shift with major implications for a debate …

You Don’t Say?
March 25, 2013 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

by Ron Lamberty (American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …The subhead of the article was “The U.S. will be the world’s leading energy producer, if we allow it.” That was a remarkably incomplete description.  A more …

The Surprising Connection Between Food and Fracking
March 14, 2013 – 9:26 pm | No Comment

by Tom Philpott (Mother Jones)  In a recent Nation piece, the wonderful Elizabeth Royte teased out the direct links between hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and the food supply. In short, extracting natural gas from rock …

Stop Them, If You’ve Heard This One Before
February 15, 2013 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …U.S. ethanol production proved to be the remedy to our imported oil addiction, driving America’s dependence down from 60 percent in 2005 to 41 percent last year. …

Fracking Success Hits Biofuels Investment
February 15, 2013 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

by Jason Krupp (EIN News)  Petrol retailer Z Energy says world oil prices could plunge by almost half in the next five years, as United States oil and gas production booms because of “fracking”.
Fracking is …

Pennsylvanians Angry about Plans to Ship Gas Overseas
January 14, 2013 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

by Alexandra Duszak (PublicIntegrity.org)  When Pennsylvanians agreed to a massive increase in natural gas drilling in the state, they were told that the economic benefit would outweigh any potential risk to the environment.
The drilling employs …

EPA Releases Update on Ongoing Hydraulic Fracturing Study
December 21, 2012 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today provided an update on its ongoing national study currently underway to better understand any potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources. Results of the study, which …

U.S. States Threaten Lawsuit against EPA over Regulations
December 17, 2012 – 11:04 am | No Comment

by Andrew Hay  (Reuters)  A coalition of seven eastern states led by New York plans to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to issue new guidelines to curb methane emissions, a greenhouse gas …

The 2012 Maryland Energy Forum
November 26, 2012 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Bradley Frieze (Advanced Biofuels USA)  On Wednesday, October 3rd, four leading activists for the use of renewable energy sources held a forum at Frederick Community College. This ‘Maryland Energy Forum’ focused mainly on four …

Profiling Team Romney: US Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas
October 29, 2012 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s short list of possible energy secretaries includes Tea Party-backed U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, the House energy committee chairman who gained infamy for his …

HYDRAULIC FRACTURING: Data-Heavy Project Aims to Move Methane Emissions Research beyond ‘He Said, She Said’
October 24, 2012 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Gayathri Vaidyanathan and Saqib Rahim (E&E Publishing/Energy Wire)  A team of academics, natural gas companies and environmentalists is hoping to pull a crucial environmental issue from the jaws of polarization and controversy — and start …

France to Close the Door on Shale Gas Exploration
September 19, 2012 – 9:06 am | No Comment

(EnergyMarketPrice)  Speaking at the opening of an environmental conference in Paris, the French President François Hollande announced he has rejected several applications to begin extracting natural gas and oil from shale using hydraulic fracking practice, …

Bombshell Study: High Methane Emissions Measured Over Gas Field “May Offset Climate Benefits of Natural Gas”
February 13, 2012 – 8:39 am | No Comment

by Joe Romm (ThinkProgress.org)  Air sampling by NOAA over Colorado Finds 4% Methane Leakage, More Than Double Industry Claims
How much methane leaks during the entire lifecycle of unconventional gas has emerged as a key question in the …

The Downside to America’s Fracking Frenzy
January 27, 2012 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

by John Mathews (The Globalist)  …Today it is no longer evil oil companies riding roughshod over ranchers in Texas, but shale gas prospectors riding over communities’ rights wherever they drill — in the Antrim shale …

Earthquakes, Water Pollution and Increased Greenhouse Gas Emissions? Fracking – Strike Number Three?
January 24, 2012 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

by John Daly (OilPrice.com)  …While U.S. energy companies began fracking for gas in the late 1990s, there was a dramatic increase in 2005 after the administration of President  George W. Bush exempted fracking from regulations …

Is the Open Fuel Standard Good for Advanced Biofuels or for the USA? Don’t Think So!
June 2, 2011 – 7:31 am | No Comment

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  A proposal called the Open Fuel Standard (OFS) has recently been included in a number of bills (HR 1687 is one example) submitted for consideration by the US Congress. …