Posted on January 25, 2016 by Bob Berwyn
In just 15 years, renewable energy could power most of the U.S. @bberwyn photo.
Huge cuts in greenhouse emissions possible by 2030
Germany’s deliberate transition to renewable energy — the Energiewende — has made headlines around the world, but the U.S. also has the potential to make a big shift toward renewable energy.
Solar, wind and other weather-driven renewable resources could supply most of the nation’s electricity by 2030 and potentially cut greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector by up to 78 percent, according to a new study by researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Colorado. Continue reading
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Posted on January 22, 2016 by Bob Berwyn
Feds aim to reduce methane emissions from natural gas production on public lands.
Common sense measures to help meet climate targets
Proposed federal rules could help slow the release of potent heat-trapping methane emissions from gas production on public and Native American lands.
Between 2009 and 2014, enough natural gas was lost through venting, flaring and leaks to power more than five million homes for a year. States, Tribes and federal taxpayers also lose royalty revenues when natural gas is wasted. According to a 2010 Government Accountability Office report, taxpayers lose up to $23 million annually in royalty revenue. Continue reading
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Posted on January 22, 2016 by Bob Berwyn
Oil and gas drilling near schools and homes in Firestone, Colorado. Photo courtesy Shane Davis, Sierra Club, Rocky Mountain Chapter.
State commission will meet Jan. 25 to take action on proposed regulations
The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is set to take some modest steps to strengthen its oversight of oil and gas development in Colorado by considering new rules that would require more cooperation between fracking operators and local communities.
The commission will meet Jan. 25 to consider rules that would ensure that fossil fuel companies provide earlier notice to local governments, as well as an opportunity for local officials to work with operators on the location of large oil and gas facilities adjacent to communities. Continue reading
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Posted on January 15, 2016 by Bob Berwyn
Coal is quickly becoming yesterday’s fuel.
Program review to take close look at climate impacts of fossil fuel development
The federal government will halt new coal leases on public lands pending a thorough review of the the program, including environmental impacts. Part of the proposal is to set up a public database to tally up carbon emissions from fossil fuels developed on public lands.
The Bureau of Land Management would also be required to post requests for leases and for royalty reductions, and to figure ways to better capture of waste mine methane, Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell announced this week. Continue reading
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Posted on January 13, 2016 by Bob Berwyn
Shell isn’t ready completely give up on the idea of drilling for fossil fuel in the Arctic Ocean.
Company seeks extension from appeals board
*Read more Summit Voice stories on Shell’s ill-fated Arctic drilling program here.
It was big news when Shell Oil in September announced it was shutting down its contested Arctic drilling program, but the company apparently doesn’t want give up completely. Just a couple of months after the big news, Shell sought at least extend the life of its leases in the region.
Without an extension, the company’s Beaufort Sea leases are set to expire in 2017, and its Chukchi Sea leases in 2020. The U.S. Interior Department has already denied the extension, but company is now challenging that decision with the Department of Interior Board of Land Appeals. Continue reading
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Posted on December 24, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Colorado voters may have a chance to ban fracking in the 2016 election. @bberwyn photo.
Fracking ban eyed
The battle over fracking will heat up in Colorado next year, as community and activist groups target the 2016 ballot with a series of initiatives aimed at protecting homes, neighborhoods, schools, and water supplies from the dangers associated with fracking operations.
Altogether, there are 11 proposed ballot initiatives, ranging from measures that would require greater setbacks from residential areas through to an outright fracking ban. Each of the proposed constitutional amendments would require signatures from 98,492 registered Colorado voters to get on November’s ballot.
A public hearing on the ballot measure language is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Jan. 5 in Room 109 at the State Capitol. Continue reading
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Posted on December 20, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
A playa lake at the Baca National Wildlife Refuge. Photo courtesy USFWS.
USFWS taking public comment through Feb. 9
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to update 50-year-old regulations for oil and gas development on National Wildlife Refuge System lands.
Last week the agency published a proposed rule and draft environmental impact statement that would require fossil fuel companies to use modern best management practices, especially as they relate to abandoned infrastructure and debris.
According to the USFWS, the new regs would reduce refuge impacts, including habitat loss and degradation, wildlife mortality and displacement, and other risks to ecological integrity. Continue reading
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