Category Archives: Energy

Gulf Coast Restoration Plan available for public comment

Photo Credit: Kris Krug via Compfight cc In the wake of the Deepwater Horizon well blowout and oil spill of 2010, the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council was established by the Resources and Ecosystem Sustainability, Tourism, Opportunities Revived Economies (RESTORE … Continue reading

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Revised BLM rules for fracking on federal and tribal lands

The Department of Interior’s (DOI) Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released an updated draft of the proposed new rule governing fracking on federal and tribal lands: oil and gas, well stimulation, including hydraulic fracturing, on federal and Indian lands. … Continue reading

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Interview with veteran Texas GLO consultant Lannie Stimson

First of all, would you briefly describe the primary responsibilities of the Texas General Land Office (GLO)? The General Land Office was founded in 1836 and is the oldest state agency in Texas. The GLO is responsible for managing and … Continue reading

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BP on trial for Deepwater Horizon disaster

The federal trial against BP and its partners started Monday in New Orleans. The first phase of the trial will determine whether the oil companies were grossly negligent in causing the Deepwater Horizon well blowout and oil spill of 2010, … Continue reading

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Keystone XL and pipeline leaks in the United States

  Most everyone has heard about the proposed Keystone XL pipeline at this point. The international pipeline is proposed to deliver Canadian crude oil from northeastern Alberta to markets and refineries in the United States. The pipeline is already partially … Continue reading

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USGS Energy Resources Program establishes national data archive

  In accordance with provisions stipulated by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the USGS Energy Resources Program conducts research, compiles data, and provides information about energy resources in the United States. Provisions of the bill established the National Geological … Continue reading

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Texas lawmakers thirsty for water funding in 83rd Legislature

  Water remains a high priority for the members of the Texas 83rd Legislature session. According to the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB), an alarming 96% of Texas is currently experiencing drought conditions, with the statewide water reservoir only 67% … Continue reading

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EPA releases update on study of hydraulic fracturing

  As the use of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) technologies has increased in the United States, so have concerns about its impacts on human health and the environment. In response, the US Congress has requested the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to … Continue reading

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Proposed rule changes for hydraulic fracturing in Texas

  Last week, we posted a blog article discussing the hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) process as well as environmental concerns associated with the practice. Although there is no conclusive evidence that the fracturing of shale formations poses hazards to the environment, … Continue reading

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Hydraulic fracturing and the chemicals involved

  Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” – a method for extracting natural gas from shale formations deep below ground – is currently a topic of frequent discussion. So what exactly is fracking? This video explains the basics of the process:

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Oil sheen spotted near BP Deepwater Horizon drill rig

  Using satellite images to monitor the Deepwater Horizon drill rig that exploded over two years ago, BP spotted a previously undetected oil sheen on September 16. When the sheen was first discovered, the source was unknown. Monitoring the sheen … Continue reading

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Part 2: Department of Energy releases 2012 Unconventional Resources R&D Plan

  This week I’ll dig a little deeper into the recent Department of Energy report to Congress: 2012 Annual Plan Ultra-Deepwater and Unconventional Natural Gas and Other Petroleum Resources Research Program. The Energy Policy Act (EPAct) of 2005 set in … Continue reading

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MIT researchers separate oil from water with magnets

  Since the BP oil spill in April 2010, there has been increased focus and debate on offshore drilling, including the economic and environmental impacts it presents. Although the United States has significant, proven onshore energy reserves at various shale … Continue reading

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