Posted on January 15, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Proposal targets 40-45 percent cuts by 2015
Colorado fracking operations waste significant amounts of methane each year through leakage and flaring. The Obama wants to invest in adoption of new capture technologies to help reduce methane emissions.
More methane means more global warming.
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — Colorado’s reactionary oil and gas industry once again showed its true colors with a nasty reaction to this week’s White House announcement on methane.
When President Obama said his administration will find ways to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by 40-45 percent from 2012 levels by 2025, the fossil fuel dinosaurs roared that it’s nothing but more red tape, showing how they still don’t recognize the existential threat posed by global warming. Continue reading
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Posted on January 5, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Frackers in Colorado will face stiffer penalties for spills and other dangerous incidents. bberwyn photo.
New rules eliminate penalty cap
FRISCO — Daily penalties for fracking leaks and spills, or other environmentally dangerous accidents associated with fossil fuel development will go up to as much as $15,000 per day in Colorado, under new rules adopted this week by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.The beefed-up penalty structure also does away with a $10,000 penalty cap for each violation. Continue reading
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Posted on January 5, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Fossil fuel industry says it wants clarity
Colorado fracking operators may see changes in enforcement procedures. bberwyn photo.
FRISCO — Colorado oil and gas regulators will start the new year today with the continuation of a hearing aimed at beefing up enforcement and penalties. The Denver hearing starts at 9 a.m. with a live audio stream available at the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission website. Continue reading
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Posted on December 12, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
Concentrations of heat-trapping methane are increasing steadily in the Earth’s atmosphere.
‘What surprised me was that every well we measured had some methane coming out …’
FRISCO — Fixing leaky pipes and other equipment at operational oil and gas wells would go a long way toward cutting emissions of heat-trapping methane pollution, but wells that were abandoned decades ago could be another big source of the potent greenhouse gas.
Princeton University researchers recently tested several abandoned oil and natural gas wells in northwestern Pennsylvania, finding that many of the old wells leaked substantial quantities of methane. By some estimates, there are as many as 3 million abandoned wells across the U.S. Continue reading
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Posted on November 21, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
A natural gas drilling rig in Texas. IMAGE COURTESY THE CREATIVE COMMONS.
Climate activists pushing EPA to adopt strict methane standards
FRISCO — Existing, low-cost technology, along with better maintenance and best management practices could easily cut U.S. methane emissions from fossil fuel operations in half, climate activists said this week, advocating for the adoption of methane standards.
The path toward those reductions is outlined by climate advocates in a new report that also shows that such standards would help improve air quality in other ways. Continue reading
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Posted on April 18, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
Oil-probing technology could harm marine mammals, affect fisheries
Oceana projection on National Postal Museum (Credit: Oceana/Melissa Forsyth)
FRISCO — Tourism and fishing-dependent communities along the East Coast of the U.S. are banding together to voice concerns about seismic airgun testing. According to Oceana, an ocean conservation group, 110 local elected officials and 155 conservation and animal welfare organizations all say the use of airguns to conduct these seismic tests threatens fish populations and profitable fisheries.
Six coastal towns have also passed local resolutions opposing the use of airguns. (Cocoa Beach, FL, Carolina Beach, NC, Caswell Beach, NC, Nags Head, NC, Bradley Beach, NJ and Red Bank, NJ). The loud and constant undersea thumping may decrease the catch rates of certain fisheries, potentially threatening a billion-dollar industry that supports thousands of jobs.
At issue is the use of loud acoustic devices that help energy companies probe for oil beneath the seafloor. Federal officials recently adopted a final proposal that would allow the use of this controversial technology in an area twice the size of California, stretching from Delaware to Florida. Continue reading
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Posted on May 8, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Wrangling continues over oil and gas leasing in Colorado.
Appeal asks state BLM director to let leases expire
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — Conservation advocates are challenging a decision by the Bureau of Land Management to extend the life of several oil and gas leases in the Thompson Divide area of Colorado’s White River National Forest.
The leases have been unused for 10 years and were illegally sold to begin with, according to Earthjustice, which is filing the administrative appeal on behalf of Wilderness Workshop.
“Sometimes BLM needs to just say no to the oil and gas industry,” said Earthjustice attorney Michael Freeman. “If we can’t keep energy development out of a place like the Thompson Divide, what part of Colorado is safe? We can meet our energy needs in responsible fashion without destroying our most important public lands,” Freeman said. Continue reading
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