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Fracking on University of Texas Lands: The Environmental Effects of Hydraulic Fracturing on Land Owned by the University of Texas System

Frontier Group and Environment Texas / by Jeff Inglis and Luke Metzger http://environmenttexascenter.org/sites/environment/files/reports/TX_UofT_Fracking_scrn.pdf [Austin Statesman-American] The hydraulic fracturing boom on University of Texas System lands in West Texas has polluted soil, groundwater and air, according to a report [attached] to be released Tuesday by an environmental group and a think tank. At least 1.6 million … Continue reading

Benefits and Costs to Rural Alaska Households from a Carbon Fee and Dividend Program

Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska Anchorage / by Steve Colt http://www.iser.uaa.alaska.edu/Publications/2015_08_31-Carbonfeefinal.pdf [Anchorage Dispatch News] Most rural Alaska households would benefit financially from a proposed national program designed to increase energy efficiency and move away from fossil fuels by charging a fee for carbon and returning dividends to households, a recent study … Continue reading

Energy Efficiency Potential in Ohio

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy / by Maggie Molina and Neal Elliott ttp://aceee.org/sites/default/files/ohio-potential-8-24-15.pdf [Utility Dive] Ohio’s utility companies could have reduced energy usage by as much as a third in coming years if legislators had not frozen an efficiency mandate last year that was set to rise over time, according to a new white … Continue reading

States of Progress: Existing Clean Energy Commitments Put Most States in Strong Position to Meet the EPA’s Final Clean Power Plan

Union of Concerned Scientists http://bit.ly/1HM2jsz Analysis from UCS shows that existing clean energy commitments put most states well on the path to meeting their emissions reduction benchmarks and final targets in the Clean Power Plan. These commitments include carbon caps, mandatory renewable electricity and energy efficiency standards, announced coal plant retirements, and bringing on line … Continue reading

California Sea Level Rise Policy Guidance

California Coastal Commission http://documents.coastal.ca.gov/assets/slr/guidance/July2015_Full_RecFinal.pdf [From a Climate Wire article by Brittany Patterson, sub. req’d]  In a unanimous decision, the California Coastal Commission accepted the “Sea Level Rise Policy Guidance.” The document, described as a “menu of options,” includes strategies for adaptation, incorporating sea-level rise into coastal development plans and a primer on the climate science … Continue reading

Residential Statewide Baseline Study of New York State – July 2015

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) http://www.nyserda.ny.gov/Residential-Statewide-Baseline-Study [Long Island Exchange] The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced that data from a first-of-its-kind study that compiled energy-related information from more than 3,000 homes in New York are now available to the public on open.ny.gov for use in identifying opportunities … Continue reading

Spatial and Temporal Characteristics of Historical Oil and Gas Wells in Pennsylvania: Implications for New Shale Gas Resources

Environment Science & Technology (Online publication: Aug. 12, 2015; DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b00820) / by Robert M. Dilmore, et al.(free download with ACS registration) http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.est.5b00820?journalCode=esthag Recent large-scale development of oil and gas from low-permeability unconventional formations (e.g., shales, tight sands, coal seams) has raised concern about potential environmental impacts. Legacy oil and gas wells co-located with that … Continue reading