Energy & Fuel

"Natural Gas Building Boom Fuels Climate Worries, Enrages Landowners"

"They landed, one after another, in 2015: plans for nearly a dozen interstate pipelines to move natural gas beneath rivers, mountains and people's yards. Like spokes on a wheel, they'd spread from Appalachia to markets in every direction."

Source: NPR, 07/17/2017

Trump Admin Reduces Royalty Rates In First U.S. Oil, Gas Lease Sale

"The Trump administration on Thursday announced its first offshore oil and gas lease sale, offering 76 million acres (30 million hectares) in the Gulf of Mexico and reduced royalty rates for shallow-water leases to encourage drilling at a time of low oil prices."

Source: Reuters, 07/17/2017

"Proposed EPA Permit Violates Clean Water Act, Group Alleges"

"An environmental group is accusing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of violating federal pollution laws by allowing oil and gas companies to dump an unlimited quantity of fracking chemicals into the Gulf of Mexico."

Source: WWL-TV, 07/13/2017
July 31, 2017

DEADLINE: Illuminating Today's Japan for American Audiences

One U.S.-based journalist will be selected on the quality of story idea for a 19-day reporting trip in Japan in the fall 2017, organized by the International Center for Journalists. Examples of issues that journalists could explore include business, trade, energy, culture, immigration and climate change.

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Coal No Longer Fuels America. But The Legacy — And The Myth — Remain.

"Boone County claims to be the birthplace of America’s coal industry, the rich and abundant black rock discovered in these verdant hills almost three centuries ago. Coal gives name to nearly everything in these parts — the Big and Little Coal rivers, the weekly Coal Valley News, the wondrous Bituminous Coal Heritage Foundation Museum and the West Virginia Coal Festival, celebrating, as we arrive in town, its 24th year."

Source: Washington Post, 07/11/2017

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