Shale-Gas Monitoring Report Explores Impacts of Drilling on Pennsylvania’s State Forests

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/NaturalGas/monitoringreport/index.htm [Press Release] Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Ellen Ferretti today announced the release of the department’s first Shale Gas Monitoring Report that outlines its efforts to track, detect and report on the impacts of gas development on Pennsylvania’s state forest lands… Some insights included in the … Continue reading

Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks, 1990-2012

US EPA http://epa.gov/climatechange/ghgemissions/usinventoryreport.html [Green Car Congress]  The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its 19th annual report of overall US greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, showing a 3.4% decrease in 2012 from 2011. TheInventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks, which is submitted annually to the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, presents a national-level overview … Continue reading

Fueling a New Order? The New Geopolitical and Security Consequences of Energy

Brookings Institution / by Bruce Jones and Emily O’ Brien http://bit.ly/1eLq7Wh The paper Fueling a New Order? The New Geopolitical and Security Consequences of Energy examines impacts of the major transformation in international energy markets that has begun. The United States is poised to overtake Saudi Arabia and Russia as the world’s largest oil producer and, combined … Continue reading

Clean Energy Finance Through the Bond Market: A New Option for Progress

Brookings Institution / by Lewis M. Milford, et al. http://bit.ly/1ewbk14 For 100 years, the nation’s state and local infrastructure finance agencies have issued trillions of dollars’ worth of public finance bonds to fund the construction of the nation’s roads, bridges, hospitals, and other infrastructure—and literally built America. Now, as clean energy subsidies from Washington dwindle, these agencies … Continue reading

National Environmental Policy Act: Little Information Exists on NEPA Analyses

US Government Accountability Office http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-370 Governmentwide data on the number and type of most National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analyses are not readily available, as data collection efforts vary by agency… Little information exists on the costs and benefits of completing NEPA analyses. Agencies do not routinely track the cost of completing NEPA analyses, and … Continue reading

White Papers on Methane and VOC Emissions : US EPA

US EPA http://www.epa.gov/airquality/oilandgas/whitepapers.html On April 15, 2014, EPA released for external peer review five technical white papers on potentially significant sources of emissions in the oil and gas sector. The white papers focus on technical issues covering emissions and mitigation techniques that target methane and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). As noted in the Obama Administration’s … Continue reading

Petroleum Refining: Industry’s Outlook Depends on Market Changes and Key Environmental Regulations

Government Accountability Office http://gao.gov/products/GAO-14-249 Stakeholders GAO contacted and information reviewed by GAO identified the following three major changes that have recently affected the domestic petroleum refining industry: Increased production. U.S. and Canadian crude oil production have increased, leading to lower costs of crude oil for some refiners. After generally declining for decades, monthly U.S. crude … Continue reading

Reducing Black Carbon Emissions from Diesel Vehicles: Impacts, Control Strategies, and Cost-Benefit Analysis

World Bank / by Ray Minjares, et al. http://bit.ly/1m8U7uG [Green Car Congress] The World Bank has published a report, undertaken by a team from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), intended to inform efforts to control black carbon emissions from diesel-based transportation in developing countries. The report proposes approaches for integrating black carbon emission … Continue reading