Tagged with States

243 Cases of Water Contamination by Oil and Gas Drilling Activity: Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection

Water Supply Determination LettersPennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection http://bit.ly/1lyMfGG [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette] Six years into a natural gas boom, Pennsylvania has for the first time released details of 243 cases in which companies prospecting for oil or gas were found by state regulators to have contaminated private drinking water wells. The Department of Environmental Protection on … Continue reading

Advanced Well Stimulation Technologies in California: An Independent Review of Scientific and Technical Information

California Council on Science and Technology http://ccst.us/projects/fracking_public/BLM.php/ [247WallStreet.com] Among the findings: Overall, in California, for industry practice of today, the direct environmental impacts of well stimulation practice appear to be relatively limited. If these well stimulation technologies enable a significant increase in production in the future, the primary impacts on California’s environment will likely be … Continue reading

California Low Carbon Fuel Standard Reconsideration: CA-GREET Model Update

California Environmental Protection Agency, Air Resources Board http://www.arb.ca.gov/fuels/lcfs/lcfs_meetings/082214handout.pdf [InsideEPA.com, sub. req'd]  California regulators are planning to increase the carbon intensity scores for numerous liquid fuels under the state’s low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS), including natural gas, biodiesel and sugarcane ethanol, alarming industry officials who are scrambling to determine the implications of the state’s newly unveiled plan. … Continue reading

State Implementation of CO2 Rules: Institutional and Practical Issues with State and Multi-State Implementation and Enforcement

Wilkinson Barker Knauer / by Raymond Gifford, et al.http://bit.ly/1rmoLUd [InsideEPA.com, sub. req'd] …A group of energy lawyers says states that adopt multi-state plans for complying with EPA’s proposed greenhouse gas (GHG) standards for existing power plants may require congressional approval — as the Constitution’s compact clause requires — in order to meet EPA’s proposed enforceability requirements for … Continue reading

State-Level Energy-Related Carbon Dioxide Emissions, 2000-2011

US DOE Energy Information Administration http://www.eia.gov/environment/emissions/state/analysis/ This report reviews data on state-level energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions through 2011 that were first posted by EIA in February, 2014… Over the period from 2000 to 2011, CO2 emissions fell in 37 states and rose in 13 states (Table 1). The greatest percentage decrease in CO2 emissions … Continue reading

Safeguarding California: Reducing Climate Risk: An Update to the 2009 California Climate Adaptation Strategy

California Natural Resources Agencyhttp://resources.ca.gov/docs/climate/Final_Safeguarding_CA_Plan_July_31_2014.pdf [From a Climate Wire article by Debra Kahn, sub. req'd]  …The state put out a report last month detailing the risks California faces in energy, agriculture, water, public health and other key sectors, and recommending ways regulators can address them through policies, planning and investments…

Potential Public Health Impacts of Natural Gas Development and Production in the Marcellus Shale in Western Maryland

Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health, School of Public Health, University of Maryland, College Park http://1.usa.gov/1q0JTyL (report) http://phpa.dhmh.maryland.gov/OEHFP/EH/SitePages/MarcellusShale.aspx (information page) [Think Progress] Fracking in Maryland would pose a risk of harmful air pollution and would bring jobs that could be dangerous for workers, a new report has found. The report, published by the University of Maryland and commissioned by … Continue reading

100 Years of California’s Water Rights System: Patterns, Trends and Uncertainty

Environmental Research Letters (2014 v9 p084012; doi:10.1088/1748-9326/9/8/084012) / by Theodore E Grantham and Joshua H Viershttp://iopscience.iop.org/1748-9326/9/8/084012/ For 100 years, California’s State Water Resources Control Board and its predecessors have been responsible for allocating available water supplies to beneficial uses, but inaccurate and incomplete accounting of water rights has made the state ill-equipped to satisfy growing … Continue reading

Fracking Beyond the Law: Despite Industry Denials, Investigation Reveals Continued Use of Diesel Fuels in Hydraulic Fracturing

Environmental Integrity Project http://bit.ly/1ovvJHI [State Impact Texas] An environmental group says it’s found over a hundred oil or gas wells being drilled in Texas using techniques that the group says are illegal… Earlier this year, prompted by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Texas state regulators said to inject diesel fuel would require a special permit. A national group, … Continue reading

Shale Energy Technology Assessment: Current and Emerging Water Practices

Congressional Research Service (dated “July 14, 2014″) http://nationalaglawcenter.org/wp-content/uploads//assets/crs/R43635.pdf …This report provides a technological assessment of existing and emerging water procurement and management practices in shale energy-producing regions of the United States. The intersection of evolving technology, growing environmental concerns, demand for new sources of hydrocarbon energy, and the potential national interests in developing shale oil … Continue reading