Category Archives: Energy

Wind energy competes for the spotlight

Happy 2016! For those of us in the environmental industry, 2016 has already been a year full of headlines. Some of the more positive headlines however, happened just before the end of 2015. In late December, Texas set a new … Continue reading

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Environmental industry news roundup – August 2015

July 2015 was warmest month ever recorded US government seeks to cut methane emissions from oil and gas industry Canada’s Largest Refinery Shifts from Bakken Shale Oil to Brent Crudes Wind Turbine Makers Become Top Stock Performers as Growth Surges … Continue reading

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Gold King Mine Spills Toxic Waste

This past Wednesday, a team of EPA employees entered the Gold King Mine near Durango Colorado. According to CNN, instead of pumping and treating the wastewater within the mine, the EPA team accidentally released the contaminated water into the Animas … Continue reading

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RI Offshore Wind Project Underway

On Monday, July 27, Deepwater Wind took the first steps toward building North America’s first offshore wind farm. Deepwater Wind will install the first five offshore North American turbines over the next year off the coast of Rhode Island. This … Continue reading

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BLM Hydraulic Fracturing Rule Expected September 2015

This past March the Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released new rules on hydraulic fracturing activities on federally managed lands. The BLM oversees and performs regulatory duties on around 700 million subsurface acres of federal mineral estates and 56 … Continue reading

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USGS Study: Water Use in Fracking

Our city of Austin has seen a much wetter summer than many of us expected. That being said, drought and water use continue to be major issues across the country. The USGS recently released a study on water use in … Continue reading

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The Vortex: A New Take on Wind Turbines

Find the idea of wind energy appealing? I certainly do. How about the idea of wind energy without the massive blades that currently allow a wind turbine to collect that energy? Sounds like something out of a science fiction novel … Continue reading

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EPA releases fracking report for public comment

This week the EPA released its draft assessment of the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas on drinking water resources. The findings are now available for public comment and expert peer review.

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Duke Energy Corp. pleads guilty

Last year, tens of thousands of tons of coal ash spilled into the Dan River from a closed power plant previously operated by Duke Energy. The spill occurred when underground storm water pipes broke and an estimated 39,000 tons of … Continue reading

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Deepwater Horizon oil spill: 5 years later

Looking Back on the BP Oil Spill: How It All Started

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The benefits of solar power

Fossil fuels emit large amounts of carbon dioxide. According to the EPA, the main human activity that emits CO2 is the combustion of oil, coal, and natural gases for energy and transportation. Alternative energy sources such as solar power do … Continue reading

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Texas House Bill 40 would ban local fracking bans

The Texas Legislature introduced House Bill 40 this week. The House Committee on Energy Resources voted 10-1 to approve the legislation for consideration by the full House. HB40 is among a number of bills filed after Denton residents voted a … Continue reading

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First federal fracking regulations in 30 years

The regulation of hydraulic fracturing has recently been seen as a local and state government issue. After more than 30 years however, the Obama administration has unveiled the nation’s first major federal regulations. According to the Interior Department, the new … Continue reading

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America’s changing energy landscape

Commercial energy production in the United States has in recent years been a mixture of coal, nuclear, natural gas, solar, and wind. Due to advancements in technology and the abundance of natural gas, traditional coal powered plants and nuclear reactors … Continue reading

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Debate heating up over Denton ban on fracking

Last week residents of Denton, Texas voted to ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, within the city limits. This decision drew national attention and seemed to produce equal amounts of enthusiasm and unrest. The next day, officials at the Texas General … Continue reading

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