Tagged with States

Water in the West Resources at Stanford University (Blog, News, Twitter Feed)

Stanford University http://waterinthewest.stanford.edu/ [Dot Earth] The Water in the West initiative at Stanford University has produced an invaluable package of analysis, graphics and recommendations on groundwater management, concluding thatgroundwater recharge — moving water from the surface into the state’s natural subterranean aquifers — is far cheaper than other alternatives that are currently being developed, like added … Continue reading

Getting the Boom Without the Bust: Guiding Southwestern Pennsylvania Through Shale Gas Development

Environmental Law Institute |Washington & Jefferson College, Center for Energy Policy and Management http://bit.ly/1o94b9m [From Press Release]  The shale gas development that has vaulted Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale formation to the top of current U.S. natural gas production has raised concerns that local governments might be entering a “boom and bust” cycle, similar to previous resource … Continue reading

Dissolved Methane Levels Good for Groundwater in Proposed NY Fracking Area: Cornell Baseline Study

Assessing Dissolved Methane Patterns in Central New York Groundwater Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies (2014, v 1, p57–73; http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejrh.2014.06.002) / by Lauren E. McPhillips, et al. (Open Access) http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2214581814000056 [Press Release] Two Cornell hydrologists have completed a thorough groundwater examination of drinking water in a potential hydraulic fracturing area in New York’s Southern Tier. They determined that … Continue reading

Remaking American Power: The Economic and Energy Impacts of Power Plant Emissions Standards

Center for Strategic and International Studies http://csis.org/files/attachments/140724_RemakingAmericanPower.pdf  [New York Times] Gov. Rick Perry of Texas and Senator James M. Inhofe of Oklahoma are among the most vocal Republican skeptics of the science that burning fossil fuels contributes to global warming, but a new study to be released Thursday found that their states would be among … Continue reading

Benchmarking Utility Clean Energy Deployment 2014: Ranking 32 of the Largest U.S. Investor-owned Electric Utilities on Rrenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

Ceres (free download with registration) http://bit.ly/1nXMvJu [Forbes]  Utilities in states with progressive policies are leading sales of renewable energy and leading in savings from energy efficiency, according to a report released today by Ceres, a non-profit that seeks to mobilize leadership on clean energy. And those companies may enjoy a head start on EPA’s draft … Continue reading

The Illusion of Environmental Protection: Permitting Longwall Coal Mines in Pennsylvania — a Summary

Schmid & Co. for the Greene County Watershed Alliance http://www.greenewatersheds.org/uploads/Summary_ILLUSION_of_Environmental_Protection.pdf [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette] Pennsylvania’s review and permitting of new longwall coal mining operations is based on incomplete application data and as a result doesn’‍t protect the state’s water resources and air quality, according to a report released today by the Citizens Coal Council… [The report] uses as a … Continue reading

Oil and Natural Gas Exploration and Production Water Sources and Demand Study: Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming

Golder Associates Inc. for the Western Energy Alliance http://www.westernenergyalliance.org/sites/default/files/WesternWaterUseStudy.pdf [From an E&E News PM article by Phil Taylor, sub. req'd]  The oil and gas industry uses little water compared to farms, power plants and other users in the West, according to a report released today by the Western Energy Alliance… While comparisons are difficult — Montana, … Continue reading

The Adverse Impact of Banning Hydraulic Fracturing in the City of Denton on Business Activity and Tax Receipts in the City and State

The Perryman Group for the Denton Chamber of Commerce http://energyindepth.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Perryman-Denton-Fracking-Ban-Impact.pdf [Fort Worth Star Telegram]  …Banning hydraulic fracturing in Denton would cause potential losses of $251.4 million in economic activity in the city over 10 years and more than 2,000 jobs, according to an economic impact study conducted by The Perryman Group in Waco being released … Continue reading

Impact Analysis of the Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative [in Western Maryland]

Towson University for the Maryland Dept. for the Environment http://bit.ly/1pWYOZE [Energy in Depth]  A study recently released by the Regional Economic Studies Institute (RESI) at Towson University shows shale development will provide many benefits for western Maryland.  With the Marcellus Shale lying beneath parts of western Maryland, the report specifically looked at how two counties – … Continue reading