Archive: June, 2014

Fracking study finds new gas wells leak more – Associated Press, June 30, 2014

June 30, 2014
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/fracking-study-finds-newer-gas-wells-leak-24372024 By SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer Jun 30, 2014 In Pennsylvania's gas drilling boom, newer and unconventional wells leak far more often than older and traditional ones, according to a study of state inspection reports for 41,000 wells. The results suggest that leaks of methane could be a problem for drilling across the nation, said study lead author Cornell University engineering professor Anthony Ingraffea, who heads an environmental activist group that helped pay for the study. The research was criticized by the energy industry....
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New York top court OKs local gas-drilling bans – Associated Press, June 30, 2014

June 30, 2014
http://time.com/2940498/ny-court-ok-drilling-ban/ ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s top court handed a victory to opponents of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas Monday by affirming the right of municipalities to ban the practice within their borders. The state Court of Appeals affirmed a midlevel appeals court ruling from last year that said the state oil and gas law doesn’t trump the authority of local governments to control land use through zoning. The two “fracking” cases from two central New York towns have been closely...
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Judge halts Arch Coal mine expansion, cites climate costs – Associated Press, June 27, 2014

June 27, 2014
http://www.denverpost.com/englewood/ci_26048621/judge-halts-west-elk-mine-expansion DENVER (AP) — A federal judge has blocked a coal mine expansion planned in Gunnison County, ruling that federal authorities wrongly ignored carbon costs when approving the expansion of Arch Coal Inc.'s West Elk Mine. U.S. District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson halted any construction, road-building or mining activity on about 1,700 acres in the Sunset Roadless Area, near Paonia. In the order issued Friday, Jackson ruled that the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management wrongly approved the company's...
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Press release: New Livingston group to focus on fossil-fuel transport, clean energy, June 27, 2014

June 27, 2014
By Yellowstone Bend Citizens Council More than 70 area residents attended a free informational kick-off event June 26 at the Elks Lodge in Livingston. The Yellowstone Bend Citizens Council (YBCC) is the 13th active affiliate of Billings-based Northern Plains Resource Council. “We were excited to see so many of our Livingston friends and neighbors turn out to hear how we can protect our community from the dangers of transporting oil and coal through town, and promote clean energy solutions,” said Jo DeVries,...
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U.S. ruling loosens four-decade ban on oil exports – Wall Street Journal, June 24, 2014

June 25, 2014
Shipments of unrefined American oil could begin as early as August http://online.wsj.com/articles/u-s-ruling-would-allow-first-shipments-of-unrefined-oil-overseas-1403644494 The Obama administration has quietly cleared the way for the first exports of unrefined American oil in four decades, allowing energy companies to chip away at the long-standing ban on selling U.S. crude overseas. Federal officials have told two energy companies that they can legally export a kind of ultra-light oil that has become plentiful as drillers tap shale formations across the U.S. With relatively minimal processing, oil shipments could...
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Kickoff party for new Livingston affiliate is Thursday, June 26

June 24, 2014
  Yellowstone Bend Citizens Council Kickoff Party 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 26 Elks Lodge 130 S. 2nd Street Livingston Cash bar, appetizers, music, raffle By Northern Plains Resource Council You're invited to a kickoff event for Northern Plains Resource Council’s newest affiliate this Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Bring a friend or neighbor to the Livingston Elks Lodge. All are welcome. Evoking the golden age of railroading in Livingston, the old Northern Pacific Railway logo adorns the depot. The event will feature live music by Frances Stewart, refreshments and appetizers, and a cash...
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Guest editorial: Be skeptical of energy issues – Missoulian, June 20, 2014

June 24, 2014
http://missoulian.com/news/opinion/columnists/be-skeptical-of-energy-issues/article_7b982f12-f88b-11e3-9213-0019bb2963f4.html By Travis Kavulla When NorthWestern Energy gave the Public Service Commission the sales pitch for Colstrip Unit 4 several years ago, the coal plant came under scrutiny. The Montana Consumer Counsel suggested its age meant it might have more outages and require more upkeep than NorthWestern expected. The utility told the PSC not to worry. The plant was, according to NorthWestern’s lawyer, “at least as good as when it was new, if not better.” Since that time, CU4 has suffered two significant...
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Editorial: Government must ensure safety in face of growing energy boom – Bozeman Daily Chronicle, June 23, 2014

June 23, 2014
http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/opinions/editorials/article_667a73a6-fae8-11e3-9b0f-0019bb2963f4.html The domestic energy boom from fracking technology caught most of us off guard – not the least of whom were the federal authorities. The U.S. is now the world’s largest producer of natural gas and is poised to become energy independent in just a few years. But at what price? An Associated Press report published in the June 15 Chronicle revealed that nationwide four in 10 wells in environmentally sensitive areas have gone uninspected by federal regulators in agencies stretched thin...
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Poll: Americans support EPA’s climate pollution standards – Sightline Institute, June 19, 2014

June 23, 2014
http://daily.sightline.org/2014/06/19/were-ready-to-cut-climate-pollution/ By Anna Fahey Results hot off the presses from a Wall Street Journal / NBC poll show promising climate attitudes among American voters, most notably, solid support for the new Environmental Protection Agency proposal to limit carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants. At a moment when President Obama’s approval numbers continue to “tank,” the WSJ called his climate and energy policy “a rare bright spot.” Indeed! Here are some top takeaways: More than six in 10 of the 1,000 US respondents said action is...
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PSC approves temporary electric rate increase for NorthWestern customers – Lee State Bureau, June 17, 2014

June 18, 2014
http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/psc-approves-temporary-electric-rate-increase-for-northwestern-customers/article_f812579d-6c7d-53f6-9514-4a3514f9244a.html By Mike Dennison HELENA — The state Public Service Commission Tuesday voted 4-1 to approve a $32 million annual, temporary rate increase for NorthWestern Energy’s electric customers in Montana starting next month. Residential electric rates for NorthWestern’s 342,000 customers in western and central Montana will go up about 6.5 percent on July 1, or $5 a month for an average household. NorthWestern requested the rate increase nearly three weeks ago, saying it had underestimated costs of buying power for customers for the...
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