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The Department of Energy last month embraced a change in how it calculates the value of renewable energy, such as wind power, on the electric grid. Photo by OLC Fiber, courtesy of Flickr.
Renewable Energy

Renewables: How a data tweak could rock tomorrow’s grid

WASHINGTON, DC — “In October, the Department of Energy made a little change to how it values renewable energy on the electric grid. It immediately resolved a tussle between the electric grid and the natural gas grid over efficiency standards, with the electric utilities scoring a strategic win. But that’s […]

Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Drillers silence fracking claims with sealed settlements

NEW YORK, NY — “In cases from Wyoming to Arkansas, Pennsylvania to Texas, drillers have agreed to cash settlements or property buyouts with people who say hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, ruined their water, according to a review by Bloomberg News of hundreds of regulatory and legal filings. In […]

Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Illinois’ flawed fracking law is everyone’s problem, ecologist says

SPRINGFIELD, IL — “What happens in Illinois, doesn’t stay in Illinois. That was the message last week of acclaimed scientist and author Sandra Steingraber, who joined the growing local uprising’s last ditch effort to pass a moratorium on the controversial hydraulic gas drilling operations until the state could conduct a […]

Boulder approves one-year fracking moratorium
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Boulder approves one-year fracking moratorium

BOULDER, CO — “Boulder City Council members Tuesday night unanimously approved a one-year fracking moratorium, blocking oil and gas drilling permits in the city and on Boulder-owned open space properties. Several council members also said they are warm to the idea of bringing forward a ballot measure in November to […]

Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Hauler illegally dumped fracking waste, state says

COLUMBUS — “An Ohio company that hauls fracking waste from Utica shale wells ceased operations yesterday after state officials accused it of illegal dumping. Employees for Harch Environmental Resources dumped fracking waste and oil-based mud down a hill to a private pond in Belmont County on May 16, according to […]

Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Gas industry building database of water test results, but won’t make it public

HARRISBURG, PA — “More than two years ago the Marcellus Shale Coalition, a gas industry trade group, began building an electronic database to house information about the water quality in thousands of private wells across Pennsylvania. It’s made up of ‘pre-drill’ or baseline data– critical information that helps establish whether drilling […]

New Mexico county first in nation to ban fracking to safeguard water
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

New Mexico county first in nation to ban fracking to safeguard water

OCATE, NM — “Sitting in the tidy living room of the home they built themselves, Sandra and Roger Alcon inventory what they see as the bounty of their lives: freedom, family, community, land, animals … and water. ‘We’ve lived off the land for five generations,’ said Roger Alcon, 63, looking […]

Fort Collins City Council lifts fracking ban on Prospect Energy
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Fort Collins City Council lifts fracking ban on Prospect Energy

FORT COLLINS, CO — “The only oil and gas production company working in Fort Collins can go back to work. The City Council late Tuesday voted to lift a citywide moratorium on oil and gas operations as it applies to Prospect Energy. The vote was 4-3, with council members Ross […]

Obama administration approves ALEC model bill for fracking chemical fluid disclosure on public lands
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Obama administration approves ALEC model bill for fracking chemical fluid disclosure on public lands

WASHINGTON D.C. — “On May 16, the Obama Interior Department announced its long-awaited rules governing hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’) on federal lands. As part of its 171-page document of rules, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), part of the U.S. Dept. of Interior (DOI), revealed it will adopt the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) model bill […]

Shale boom? What happened?
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Ohio Citizen Action

Shale boom? What happened?

CLEVELAND — What happened to the Ohio shale boom? Oil and gas companies have given different answers every few months. 1. It’s a Marcellus shale boom. No, wait, it’s a Utica shale boom. At first, the Ohio shale boom was all about the Marcellus shale, not the Utica.  For example, […]