Energy & Fuel

PA: "State Drops Nearly $9 Million Fine Against Range Resources"

"Pennsylvania environmental regulators have, for now, dropped their pursuit of a nearly $9 million fine against Range Resources-Appalachia LLC after the two sides reached an agreement over a Lycoming County gas well that regulators said leaked methane into drinking water supplies and streams."

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 05/24/2016

Dakota Access Pipeline Construction Begins Despite Sioux Objections

"In the midst of an ongoing effort by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other entities to prevent construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, the company Dakota Access LLC has begun construction of the 1,150-mile project, which will carry crude oil from western North Dakota to Illinois."

Source: Indian Country Today, 05/24/2016

"Senators Push Feds To Raise Liability Stakes On Mackinac Pipeline"

"Michigan's two Democratic senators want the Department of Transportation to change the way it regulates oil pipelines crossing underneath the Great Lakes in order to raise the liability stakes should they break and cause a spill."

Source: Grand Rapids Press, 05/23/2016

"Far From Turning a Corner, Global CO2 Emissions Still Accelerating"

"The level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is not just rising, it's accelerating, and another potent greenhouse gas, methane showed a big spike last year, according to the latest annual greenhouse gas index released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration."

Source: InsideClimate News, 05/23/2016

"DEQ: Duke Needs to Dig Up All Its Coal Ash"

"DEQ says all Duke Energy coal ash waste must be dug up, but wants permission to be more lenient if improvements occur."

"State regulators have raised the risk designations for some of Duke Energy’s coal ash dumps, a move that could require 25 impoundments to be dug up by 2024.

Or not.

The Department of Environmental Quality wants the power to lower risk rankings in 18 months if the utility proves that coal ash is not polluting nearby drinking water and repairs dams at its waste sites."

Source: NC Health News, 05/19/2016


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