Atmospheric Emission Characterization of Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Development Sites

Environmental Science & Technology (April 21, 2015; DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b00452) / by J. Douglas Goetz, et al. http://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/acs.est.5b00452 [Philly Voice] In a newly published report in the Environmental Science & Technology journal, scientists from [Carnegie Mellon] university’s chemistry, civil, architectural and environmental engineering departments, as well as other researchers, measured the air quality in and around fracking wells in … Continue reading

25% of Cars Produce About 90% of Traffic-related Pollution: Univ. of Toronto Study

Plume-based Analysis of Vehicle Fleet Air Pollutant Emissions and the Contribution from High Emitters Atmospheric Measurement Techniques (2015,v8, p2881-2912; doi:10.5194/amtd-8-2881-2015 / by J.M. Wang, et al. http://www.atmos-meas-tech-discuss.net/8/2881/2015/amtd-8-2881-2015.pdf [Boston Globe] A recent study conducted by University of Toronto researchers found that just 25 percent of cars they measured produced about 90 percent of the total traffic-related air pollution… … Continue reading

A Policymaker’s Guide to Comprehensive State Energy Planning

National Conference of State Legislatures http://bit.ly/1Ak0vu3 …This guide introduces policymakers to state energy planning and explores legislative approaches to developing an effective plan. The document also investigates the reasons for and goals behind these efforts, highlighting state case studies where useful. This report was developed under the direction of the NCSL Task Force on Energy … Continue reading

The Economic Impact of Shale Gas Development: A Natural Experiment along the New York and Pennsylvania Border

Colby College Economics Dept. Honors Thesis / by Brendan Cosgrove http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/economics_honors/1/ (site) http://bit.ly/1Hg5pp6 (PDF) [Press Release] Brendan Cosgrove ’14 had his honors thesis accepted for publication in the August 2015 issue of Agricultural and Resource Economics Review. Titled “The Economic Impact of Shale Gas Development: A Natural Experiment along the New York and Pennsylvania Border,” the article … Continue reading

Final Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement on the Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Regulatory Program [New York]

New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/75370.html  [site] http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/materials_minerals_pdf/fsgeis2015.pdf [vol. 1] http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/materials_minerals_pdf/fsgeis2015rtcfull.pdf [vol. 2] [Rochester Democrat and Chronicle] Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration Wednesday released a years-in-the-making environmental review that lays the groundwork for prohibiting large-scale hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. The state Department of Environmental Conservation released a final version of the roughly 2,000-page document, … Continue reading

The Economic Gains from Reallocating Specific Saltwater Fisheries

Southwick Associates for the American Sportfishing Association http://asafishing.org/uploads/ASA_Economic_Gains_from_Reallocation_5-12-15.pdf [From an E&E News PM article by Emily Yehle, sub. req’d] A new report from the American Sportfishing Association asserts that recreational anglers contribute more to the economy than commercial fishermen — and should thus get a larger share of the fish in some areas… the report … Continue reading

Clean Power Plan Energy Code Emissions Calculator [Excel file]

Energy Efficient Codes Coalition http://energyefficientcodes.com/energy-codes-make-sense-with-or-without-the-clean-power-plan/ Today’s model building energy codes – which have the potential to cut utility bills for new homes and commercial buildings by tens of thousands of dollars and help stabilize power grids over their long lives – have an interesting by-product: their enhanced efficiency also reduces carbon emissions from power plants. … Continue reading

Multistate Coordination Resources for Clean Power Plan Compliance

National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners | Eastern Interconnection States Planning Council http://www.naruc.org/Grants/Documents/Multistate%20111d%20Coordination.pdf [Power Mag]  The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and the Eastern Interconnection States Planning Council have released a resource guide to help states overcome institutional barriers and coordinate on Clean Power Plan compliance. The Multistate Coordination Resources for Clean Power Plan … Continue reading