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When Lynn Buehring leaves her doctor's office in San Antonio she makes sure her inhaler is on the seat beside her, then steers her red GMC pickup truck southeast on U.S. 181, toward her home on the South Texas prairie.About 40 miles down ...
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 ...
Recent developments in Europe and the U.S. are setting the groundwork for a surge in Canadian tar sands production.
In both regions, government leaders are considering proposals that would loosen import and export regulations
for the ...
Rapidly developing oil and gas
production in North Dakota, Texas and other states is outpacing the construction of new pipelines and other infrastructure to carry those fuels to market, energy experts and former government officials warned ...
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, ...
What kind of world is this? In China, an almost 1,350 square mile freshwater lake -- that’s more than four times the size of New York City -- recently dried up due to an ongoing drought. In the high Sierra of America’s West, bears have forgone ...
For the past several years, I've been writing about what happens when big oil and gas
corporations drill where people live. "Fracking"-- high-volume hydraulic fracturing, which extracts oil and methane from deep shale
--has become my beat. My ...
Faced with growing criticism and lawsuits, an oil industry task force representing hundreds of companies in North Dakota pledged on Wednesday to make an all-out effort to capture almost all the natural gas
that is being flared in the Bakken shale
Just the mere mention of the word gets people riled up.
Technically called “hydraulic fracturing,” the chemical-intense method of extracting natural gas
from deep rock grabs people’s attention, especially here in the ...
European Greens are considering a challenge to the UK's tax breaks and incentives for shale gas
under state aid rules, as the government holds out against a new renewable energy target for the EU.
Ministers have offered tax breaks to ...
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 ...
By announcing in December that it would award shale drilling
licences in 2014, the coalition government has made plain its enthusiasm for shale gas
. This zeal stems from the belief that an increased domestic gas
supply will drive down national ...
for oil in California dates back to the late 19th Century, allowing it to become the country’s top producer by the beginning of the 20th. One hundred years later, California still ranks third, but its aging fields have been in decline ...
The UK's push for shale gas
will result in unavoidable changes to the countryside, the US energy secretary has warned. Ernest Moniz, who took over as energy chief for President Obama's second term, has overseen arguably the biggest changes to US ...
The UK and Poland appear to have succeeded in watering down plans for tough new EU regulations
on fracking in a bid to boost investment in the controversial energy source.
According to a number of news outlets, including Reuters and ...
As the rapid expansion of fracking in the U.S. has led to a growing chorus of concerned voices about the potential health and environmental repercussions of this activity, news has surfaced that the European Union (EU) is taking significant steps ...
Just after noon on Sept. 4, 2010, a squat, yellow-black cargo ship lumbered out of the Norwegian port of Kirkenes. Naked ridges of glacially scarred granite slid by on either side as the Nordic Barents motored toward the open sea with 41,000 tons ...
After environmentalists, lawmakers and the oil industry got together last year to draft Illinois' first regulations
for hydraulic fracturing, the rest was supposed to be easy.
The unusual collaboration was praised as a potential model ...
Among the big energy stories of 2013, “peak oil” - the once-popular notion that worldwide oil production would soon reach a maximum level and begin an irreversible decline - was thoroughly discredited. The explosive development of shale
oil and ...
High on a list of concerns about the prospect of the first-ever gas
and oil drilling
in Virginia's Coastal Plain east of Fredericksburg is whether it could contaminate water wells and the vast reservoirs of groundwater they tap ...
Emboldened by the recent boom in U.S. crude production, oil company executives and others closed the year by launching a highly public push for the right to freely export U.S. crude oil. The move is a 180-degree change from 40 years of telling ...
"Eureka!" reads the California motto, originated in the 19th century Gold Rush. Now some believe the state is on the cusp of a 21st century bonanza, only this time it will be oil that fuels a Golden State boom.
Modern prospectors are ...
More than half of the UK could be suitable for shale gas
fracking, according to a government-commissioned report.
Under the maximum scenario, up to 2,880 wells could be drilled for oil or gas
in a new licensing round, the report says, ...
The government has once again welcomed the "exciting prospect" presented by the UK's nascent shale gas
industry, after a major new independent report predicted new fracking activity could deliver up to 25 per cent of the UK's current gas
Fracking may increase health risks from hormone-disrupting chemicals released into the environment, say researchers.
Scientists sounded the warning after studying water pollution at sites in the US where the controversial natural gas