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Obama administration halts new coal leases on federal land

Obama administration halts new coal leases on federal land

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is halting new coal leases on federal lands until it completes a comprehensive review of fees charged to mining companies and coal mining’s impact on the environment. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Friday that companies can continue to mine coal reserves already under lease. The coal leasing program has not been significantly changed in more ...

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Foes challenge proposed fracking in national forest in Ohio

ATHENS, Ohio — Opponents are pushing back as a federal agency again considers requests to open Wayne National Forest in southeastern Ohio to oil and gas drilling. The Buckeye Forest Council, Sierra Club, Athens County Fracking Action Networks and other advocacy groups have called for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to conduct a “full-scale environmental report” before allowing drilling ...

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In Northeast Pa., gas and power march together

Eight years ago, Jim Adams closely followed plans to upgrade liquefied natural gas terminals, searching for a source of imported gas that would fuel his company’s power plants. “Was it coming from Nigeria? Where was it going to come from?” he said. “Then the world changed.” Enormous gas production driven by horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale ...

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Exxon CEO on renewable energy: ‘We choose not to lose money on purpose’

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Exxon Mobil Corp. is unlikely to adopt a climate change resolution initiative, the Houston Business Journal reports. CEO Rex Tillerson and shareholders collectively rejected environmental activists’ proposals for climate-conscious additions, including a global warming expert on the board of directors. Activists in the company’s home base of Irving ultimately hope the company shift their focus away from oil and gas ...

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Feds receive thousands of comments on Atlantic drilling

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CHARLESTON, S.C. — Thousands of opinions poured in Monday as the deadline approached for commenting on the contentious issue of drilling for oil and gas in the Atlantic Ocean. The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management was receiving comments through midnight Monday on what should be studied in an environmental impact statement of offshore drilling, which later this decade could ...

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Study calls for more data on fracking and water

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How much is known about fracking’s effect on nearby water sources? Not enough, according to La Plata County Commissioner Gwen Lachelt in a recent Durango Herald article. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released a study Tuesday indicating a lack of data about potential risks connected to fracking near water. The study revealed a lack of national standards for tracking the ...

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Warm weather complicates cleanup of brine spill

Temperatures reaching the 50s in the oil patch may be relief to some, but the warmer weather is hindering cleanup efforts at the site of a major pipeline leak. The Forum News Service (FNS) reports that melting snow pack and increased water flow is making it difficult to collect the contamination in Blacktail Creek, according to David Glatt of the ...

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Rate of greenhouse gas increase unseen in 30 years

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Zachary Toliver | Shale Plays Media In a recent announcement, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) stated that Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere between 2012 and 2013 grew at their fastest rate since 1984. The WMO figures show that the globally averaged amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reached 396 parts per million (ppm) in 2013, an increase ...

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