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The United States has never exported much crude oil
. We use so much of the stuff that we’ve always needed to import it from other countries. But even if we wanted to ship it away, there are laws that ban most all overseas crude exports. Now, as ...
Opponents of a proposal to build the Northwest's largest oil
-by-rail transfer terminal at the Port of Vancouver have packed public hearings and repeatedly pounded a message to port commissioners: cancel the lease with Tesoro Corp. and Savage ...
Residents of this isolated mountain valley of terraced cornfields were just going to sleep last April when they were jolted by an enormous roar, followed by a tower of flames. A shock wave rolled across the valley, rattling windows in farmhouses ...
California is known for the twin threat of natural disasters from drought and earthquakes, with both phenomena certain to give many residents serious concern.
But there is one group that is starting to reap serendipitous marketing ...
Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer is lobbying for a new law in California that would force energy companies to share as much as $2 billion of the state’s oil
wealth with residents.
The proceeds would come from an “extraction tax” ...
FERNHURST, England -- Europe's newest weapon in the battle of wills with Russian President Vladimir Putin lies buried deep beneath the ancient oaks and rolling green pastures of this quintessentially English village.
There, wedged in the ...
An unexplained blast this week at a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in rural Washington state, which injured workers, forced an evacuation and raised alarm about a potentially large second explosion, could focus attention on the risk of ...
Scientists have long expressed concern about how a lack of data and access to drilling sites prevents a complete scientific assessment of how hydraulic fracturing and oil
and gas production affect the climate, environment and public ...
Environmentalists using a Keystone XL template to battle natural gas export terminals can draw a powerful parallel between the infrastructure projects -- both would speed up the development of vast fossil fuel pools -- but face longer odds ...
Of this, there is no debate
: The future of Mexico's oil
industry lies offshore, where billions of barrels of crude are locked under the sea floor in the Gulf of Mexico. The country's deepwater frontier is promising, but successfully extracting ...
Hydraulic fracturing joins the usual local, state and federal offices on the Johnson County primary ballot Tuesday.
In the weeks leading up to the election, the divisive national debate
has found its way into homes, cafes and even ...
Providing water for our still growing human population is reaching crisis levels. Water is vital for agriculture, energy production and industrial processes worldwide. Floods and droughts in Asia, Latin America, Europe and the United States ...
Just as the world becomes more uncertain, Britain has left itself open to the worst the world can throw at it by becoming a net importer of fuel and a bigger importer of food.
If governments are supposed to act as risk managers, ...
In January 2011, with air quality worsening in Texas' booming oil
and gas fields, state environmental regulators adopted rules to reduce emissions.The industry rebelled. So did the state legislature.A few months later, lawmakers ...
DENNIS LITHGOW is an oil
man, but sees himself as a manufacturer. His factory is a vast expanse of brushland in west Texas. His assembly line is hundreds of brightly painted oil
pumps spaced out like a city grid, interspersed with identical ...
For years, natural gas has enjoyed a reputation as the cleanest fossil fuel because it releases less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere when it is burned than coal or oil
With technology that allows companies to extract gas from ...
We now have an answer to why global temperatures have risen less quickly in recent years than predicted in climate change models. (It’s necessary to add immediately that the issue is only the rate of that rise, since the 10 hottest years on ...
Listening to President Obama's State of the Union address, it would have been easy to conclude that we were slowly but surely gaining in the war on climate change. "Our energy policy is creating jobs and leading to a cleaner, safer planet,' the ...
Fracking--the use of hydraulic pressure to crack layers of shale
that hold oil
and natural gas--is controversial. That’s one thing we know about a debate
that mainly focuses on what we don’t know. The most common concern is the contamination of ...
A major study released today on one of the most important issues in the fracking debate
gives at least a little ammunition to both sides.
Fracking for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale
The study concludes that the ...
Some of the nation's driest, drought-plagued places have quickly become its busiest hot spots of drilling for shale
gas and oil
, especially in Texas, Colorado and California.
It's a dust-bowl-sized problem likely to become worse, ...
The future cleanliness of the Washington region’s drinking water has unexpectedly become a central concern in the national debate
over the controversial natural-gas drilling method known as “fracking.”The gas industry is pushing to allow ...
For years, Europe has tried to set the global standard for climate-change regulation, creating tough rules on emissions, mandating more use of renewable energy sources and arguably sacrificing some economic growth in the name of saving the ...
Countryside campaigners are to try to bridge the ever-growing gap between fracking firms and protestors by providing neutral forums to debate
the issues involved in exploiting shale
gas and oil
. The Council for the Protection of Rural England, ...
The broad high prairie of eastern Wyoming and southern Montana was once the bottom of a shallow sea, a rich subtropical swampland for millions of years. Layers of plants began forming peat beds 60 million years ago, later to be buried and ...