Archive for May, 2011

Resources on hydraulic fracturing
Hydraulic Fracturing

Resources on hydraulic fracturing

  Fracking: Gas Drilling’s Environmental Threat, investigative reports by ProPublica The Gasland documentary: Gasland, a film by Josh Fox The Truth about Gasland, a counter-website from America’s Natural Gas Alliance, “30 of North America’s largest independent natural gas exploration and production companies” Point-counterpoint about Gasland Other resources: A primer on […]

Duke Energy and Progress Energy ask suppliers about mountaintop coal
Coal / Duke Energy / Mountaintop Removal

Duke Energy and Progress Energy ask suppliers about mountaintop coal

CHARLOTTE, NC – “Duke Energy and Progress Energy who plan to merge, asked on Friday for mining company proposals to supply coal, with bids specifying how much coal would come from mountaintop removal. . . . Mr. Tom Williams Duke director of external relations . . . said that ‘It’s […]

Protect the parks
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Protect the parks

TOLEDO — “Members of the House Republican majority repeated bland assurances from drillers about how safe and pollution-free their operations will be. They fell over themselves to give gas and oil companies their choice of exploration sites. Meanwhile, they discarded proposals from Democratic lawmakers to place reasonable limits on drilling […]

Shale boom in Texas could increase U.S. oil output
Hydraulic Fracturing

Shale boom in Texas could increase U.S. oil output

CATARINA, TX — “The technique, also called fracking, has been widely used in the last decade to unlock vast new fields of natural gas, but drillers only recently figured out how to release large quantities of oil, which flows less easily through rock than gas. As evidence mounts that fracking […]

Coal / Duke Energy

Coal-fired units may shut down at Duke Energy plant

NEW ALBANY, IN — “Two of the four coal-fired generating units at Duke Energy’s 560 MW Gallagher plant in Indiana may shut down, instead of being converted to natural gas, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal. The utility was expected to spend $85 million to repower units 1 and 3 with […]

Coal

The balancing act of coal and health

LOUISVILLE, KY — “Mercury is a potent neurotoxin that has been shown to cause neurological damage, including lower IQ in children exposed in the womb and during early development.  Power plants are responsible for half of human-caused mercury emissions, EPA says… Environmentalists and some medical doctors have called the Louisville […]

Coal

EPA hears from public on proposed power plant rule

CHICAGO — “Environmental and medical advocates urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday to adopt strict new rules regulating toxic emissions from the nation’s coal-fired power plants, saying it would reduce respiratory illnesses, birth defects and developmental problems in children. But some industry groups said the benefits are exaggerated. […]

Hydraulic Fracturing

Oil industry losing the shale PR battle

LONDON, England — “As questions about hydraulic fracturing – fracking as it is known in the industry – continue to build, the oil and gas industry is finding investors asking for more transparency as to how companies are going to face the growing risks to production. France has banned fracking, […]

Coal / Duke Energy

Electricity transmission expert testifies Duke doesn’t need Beckjord power plant

NEW RICHMOND — In March, 2011 Peter Lanzalotta, a Principal with Lanzalotta & Associates LLC, testified to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio on behalf of the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Sierra Club. Mr. Lanzalotta’s testimony focused on Duke Energy’s Beckjord power plant in New Richmond, Ohio about […]

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Chicago protest ups the ante in the fight against Big Coal

CHICAGO — “Kelly Mitchell’s adrenaline surged as she began her ascent up the 450-foot smoke stack at the Fisk coal-fired power plant in Chicago. Wearing a tight-fitting safety harness and loaded down with industrial climbing gear, Mitchell, along with seven other activists from Greenpeace, scaled the stack at the break […]