Energy & Fuel

"Coal Retirements To More Than Double Under Clean Power Plan -- EIA"

"A new analysis from the federal government's energy statisticians finds the Obama administration's plan to reduce the power sector's heat-trapping carbon emissions would raise electricity prices 4.9 percent above their current trajectory by 2020."

Source: EnergyWire, 05/26/2015

Shroud of Secrecy Covers Oil Trains And Safety of Their Infrastructure

"When crude oil arrives at a refinery in South Philadelphia or Marcus Hook or Paulsboro, the refinery must have a public plan outlining the hazards, a detailed response to possible accidents, and worst-case scenarios for disasters that could endanger hundreds of thousands of people. Not so the trains carrying oil to the refineries."

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, 05/26/2015

In Reversal, NY Demands Environmental Review of Tar Sands Rail Facility

"In what came as a welcome surprise to activists in Albany, New York, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) reversed an earlier decision and now will require a full environmental review for a proposed tar sands oil heating facility at the Port of Albany."

Source: DeSmogBlog, 05/25/2015

"Washington State Judge Denies Shell Appeal on Rail Project Review"

"A judge on Thursday denied Royal Dutch Shell's appeal of a ruling that a proposed oil-by-rail project at its Washington state refinery must undergo a full environmental review, just two weeks after a crude train derailment caused a fire in North Dakota."

Source: Reuters, 05/22/2015

"With Huge Coal Ash Fines, Justice Dept. Puts Industry on Notice"

"The U.S. Justice Department's recent prosecution of three Duke Energy subsidiaries for improper handling of toxic coal ash marked the most significant federal crackdown on coal ash in history and sends a clear signal to other operators that they could face criminal charges if there's an ash spill or major damage, experts say."

Source: InsideClimate News, 05/22/2015

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