Special Report: Millions of Abandoned Oil Wells are Leaking Methane, a Climate Menace

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-drilling-abandoned-specialreport/special-report-millions-of-abandoned-oil-wells-are-leaking-methane-a-climate-menace-idUSKBN23N1NL By Nichola Groom, Reuters, June 16, 2020 SALYERSVILLE, Kentucky (Reuters) – In May 2012, Hanson and Michael Rowe noticed an overpowering smell, like rotten eggs, seeping from an abandoned gas well on their land in Kentucky. The fumes made the retired couple feel nauseous, dizzy, and short of breath. Regulators responding to the leakContinue reading “Special Report: Millions of Abandoned Oil Wells are Leaking Methane, a Climate Menace”

U.S. EPA Moves to Curb State Powers to Deny Permits for Energy Projects

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-epa-water-energy/u-s-epa-moves-to-curb-state-powers-to-deny-permits-for-energy-projects-idUSKBN238367 By Valerie Volcovici, Reuters, June 1, 2020 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler signed on Monday a rule limiting state powers to block energy infrastructure projects, setting up a fight with some Democratic governors who say Washington is stripping their ability to protect their states’ interests and combat climate change.Continue reading “U.S. EPA Moves to Curb State Powers to Deny Permits for Energy Projects”

4th Circuit nixes key permit for Dominion’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline, citing environmental justice concerns

Pastor Paul Wilson of Union Hill Baptist Church stands in front of a group protesting the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. (© Chesapeake Climate Action Network) By Robert Walton, In Utility Dive The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday struck down a permit necessary for Dominion Energy to construct its Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP), concluding Virginia regulators failedContinue reading “4th Circuit nixes key permit for Dominion’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline, citing environmental justice concerns”