Energy & Fuel

"U.S. Must Bury Coal To Save Miner Jobs: Interior Secretary"

"From Appalachia to Wyoming, surging demand for cheap natural gas, tougher environmental regulations and multiple coal company bankruptcies have left behind a devastated coal business, lost jobs and billions of dollars in cleanup work. Many of the jobs are gone for good, but ex-miners can repair the damaged land and shape a post-coal economy, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said on a recent visit to coal country, offering up a future starkly different from Donald Trump's."

Source: Reuters, 08/10/2016

"PG&E Convicted Of Obstructing Blast Probe, Breaking Safety Laws"

"Nearly six years after a defective natural gas pipeline exploded in San Bruno, killing eight people and destroying 38 homes, a federal court jury convicted Pacific Gas and Electric Co. on Tuesday of obstructing the federal probe of the blast and of violating pipeline safety laws both before and after the disaster."

Source: San Francisco Chronicle, 08/10/2016

"Colorado Activists Submit Petitions for Referendums on Fracking"

"In an effort to halt the advance of the oil industry in Colorado, environmental activists said they submitted enough signatures on Monday to place on November’s ballot two initiatives aimed at severely limiting hydraulic fracturing."

Source: NY Times, 08/09/2016

"Drilling Mishaps Damage Water In Hundreds Of Cases"

"When a pipeline break in North Dakota spilled salty, toxic drilling wastewater into a tributary of the Missouri River last year, it was national news. But it was only one of more than 640 oil and gas spills that affected groundwater or surface water in some way in 2015, according to a review of state and federal records by EnergyWire. Such spills can contaminate water with oil, salt, metals and even radiation."

Source: EnergyWire, 08/09/2016

"Massachusetts Just Gave A Huge Boost To The Offshore Wind Industry"

"Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed a new energy law on Monday that could give a huge boost to the country’s offshore wind industry. The legislation, which was overwhelmingly passed last week by the state legislature, includes the nation’s biggest commitment to offshore wind energy, requiring utilities to procure a combined 1,600 megawatts of electricity from offshore wind farms in a little over 10 years."

Source: Wash Post, 08/09/2016

"Electric Vehicles: How Car Charging Is Going The Way Of Airbnb "

"PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Tim Thomson needed a charge, quickly. With his all-electric Nissan Leaf fast losing battery power and no places to plug in along the highway from Fresno, Calif., to San Francisco, Thompson turned to his iPhone. He pulled up an application called PlugShare that maps charging stations for electric vehicle drivers. A resident in nearby Madera had advertised his home charging station, so Thomson called in a panic."

Source: Greenwire, 08/04/2016

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