Energy & Fuel

"Pipeline Firm Assured California a Spill Was 'Unlikely'"

"A Texas company whose ruptured pipeline created the largest coastal oil spill in California in 25 years had assured the government that a break in the line while possible was "extremely unlikely" and state-of-the-art monitoring could quickly detect possible leaks and alert operators, documents show."

Source: Aljazeera America, 06/08/2015

Fracking Has Not Had Big Effect on Water Supply, EPA Says, Noting Risks

"A landmark Environmental Protection Agency report on the impact of hydraulic fracturing has found no evidence that the contentious technique of oil and gas extraction has had a widespread effect on the nation’s water supply, the agency said Thursday."

Source: NY Times, 06/05/2015

"Obama Picks Unknown Quantity to Head Pipeline Safety Agency"

"The nomination of Marie Therese Dominguez, President Obama's pick to lead the federal agency that oversees pipelines, was greeted with surprise and uncertainty by pipeline safety experts." "If confirmed, Dominguez would take over an underfunded, understaffed and beleaguered agency that has faced criticism of cozy ties with industry."

Source: InsideClimate News, 06/04/2015

"Global CO2 Pricing Seen Unlikely To Be Big Part of Paris Climate Deal"

"A global carbon emissions pricing system pushed by top energy companies is unlikely to be a big part of any United Nations' deal to curb global warming, some experts say, because many countries have little faith in such cross-border initiatives."

Source: Reuters, 06/04/2015


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