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”

Supreme Court’s Clean Water Act Decision Boosts Upstate Forever in Belton Gas Spill Cleanup

A leak from a Kinder Morgan pipeline, discovered near Belton in December 2014 soaked a rural area with more than 250,000 gallons of fuel. Monitoring wells have been installed and mitigation continues. (Photo: tmaxwell@greenvillenews.com) https://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/news/environment/2020/04/24/clean-water-act-applies-cases-like-belton-gas-spill-supreme-court-says/3019432001/ By Nathaniel Cary, The Greenville News April 24, 2020 In a case with direct implications for South Carolina’s environmental future, the U.S.Continue reading “Supreme Court’s Clean Water Act Decision Boosts Upstate Forever in Belton Gas Spill Cleanup”

‘We can’t live like this’: residents say a corrupt pipeline project is making them sick

WEST CHESTER, PENNSYLVANIA – OCTOBER 6: Directional drilling machinery for a natural gas liquids pipeline is seen through a window of private residence October 6, 2017 in Exton, Pennsylvania. Many of the area’s residents complain of the incessant noise and vibration from 12-hours of drilling from the pipeline project. (Photo by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images) NinaContinue reading “‘We can’t live like this’: residents say a corrupt pipeline project is making them sick”