Category: ‘ Environment ’

 

Oil Spill +5: Deepwater Conditions Test Industry’s Capabilities

Five years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill—widely regarded as the most significant in American history—the petroleum industry has pushed forward on new technologies to prevent future environmental catastrophes. Devel...

Obama Administration Releases First Fracking Rules in 30 Years

Today, the Obama administration unveiled the first federal fracking regulations in over 30 years, setting rules regarding chemical disclosures, wastewater disposal, and certain well construction standards. The rules, announced by ...

Oil and Water

When most people think of oil production, they imagine a gush of crude oil emerging uninterrupted from the ground. While this scenario is occasionally true when conventional oil fields are first drilled, it rarely lasts for long...

Harsh Arctic Conditions Test Industry’s Capabilities

Federal regulators this week received Royal Dutch Shell’s application to bore an exploratory well in the Arctic waters of the Chukchi Sea. Although the company has not made any final decisions, the application, filed with th...

China Seeks to Replicate Shale Boom in Quest for Natural Gas

Here in the United States, oil and gas extraction via hydraulic fracturing remains somewhat controversial from an environmental perspective. But right now, China is hoping that a shale gas revolution will bring significant environ...

DOT Buckles Down on Crude by Rail

Today, the Department of Transportation (DOT) issued long-awaited proposed rules to improve the transportation of various materials including crude oil, ethanol, and other hazardous materials. In making the announcement, Transport...

When Frackers Disappoint

According to legal and energy experts, the fracking landscape has been permanently changed by the verdict of the “first fracking trial,” a recent court ruling that finds small independent operator Aruba Petroleum accountab...

Carl Pope: This Earth Day – Ditching Oil for Good

This blog is a guest post by Carl Pope, former Executive Director of the Sierra Club, and current Principal, Inside Straight Strategies.  Earth Day is not only an opportunity to consider greater stewardship of our planet ...

Ohio, Fracking, and Earthquakes: Taking a Prudent Approach

It’s been announced recently that Ohio has tightened hydraulic fracturing regulations on findings from the state’s Department of Natural Resources linking drilling to seismic activity. The connection between earthquakes a...

Video of the Week: Galveston Oil Spill Closes Shipping Channel

Earlier this week, an oil barge collided with another vessel in a shipping channel between Galveston and Houston, Texas. The barge leaked as much as about a fifth of its cargo into the Houston Ship Channel, one of the world's busi...
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