methane

Trump Bows to Big Oil, Delays Methane Rule on Public Lands

Trump Bows to Big Oil, Delays Methane Rule on Public Lands

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a two-year delay on the implementation of Obama-era regulations requiring fossil fuel companies to curb methane emissions Tuesday evening. In its announcement of the stay, the EPA acknowledged that the move may have a “disproportionate impact” on children’s health, but reasoned that the temporary nature of the stay […]

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    Huge Win in Senate: Oil and Gas Industry’s Attempt to Gut Methane Rules Fails

    Huge Win in Senate: Oil and Gas Industry’s Attempt to Gut Methane Rules Fails

    In a win Wednesday for oil and gas-patch communities and taxpayers, a procedural vote failed in the Senate, preventing a Congressional Review Act resolution from nullifying the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Methane Waste Rule. The vote to proceed to debate on the resolution failed, 49–51. This rule is a common sense standard to limit […]

    Fracking’s Dark Secret

    Fracking’s Dark Secret

    We’ve long known extracting oil and gas comes with negative consequences, and rapid expansion of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, increases the problems and adds new ones—excessive water use and contamination, earthquakes, destruction of habitat and agricultural lands and methane emissions among them. As fossil fuel reserves become depleted, thanks to our voracious and wasteful habits, […]

    BP Arctic Oil Well Still Leaking, Too Unstable to Shut Down

    BP Arctic Oil Well Still Leaking, Too Unstable to Shut Down

    BP and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials spent the holiday weekend trying to repair a leaking oil well on Alaska’s North Slope. Officials said the well is too unstable to shut down because of frigid temps in the high Arctic, but have released the pressure on one of the main leaks. It appears that 1.5 […]

    Hey Bill Nye, Will Going Vegan Slow Global Warming?

    Hey Bill Nye, Will Going Vegan Slow Global Warming?

    Erin from Scotland had already switched to a completely plant-based diet when she asked Bill Nye on the Big Think to explain the science behind her decision to go vegan. “I went vegan after watching documentaries like ‘Before the Flood’ and ‘Cowspiracy,’” Erin said, but she questioned conflicting reports on the amount of global emissions […]

    7,000 Gas Bubbles Expected to ‘Explode’ in Siberia

    7,000 Gas Bubbles Expected to ‘Explode’ in Siberia

    A pair of researchers discovered 15 methane-filled bubbles in Siberia’s Bely Island last July that wobbled like a waterbed when stepped on. Well, we really hate to burst these bubbles, but further research into the wider Yamal and Gydan peninsulas has uncovered about 7,000 more of these mysterious mounds. Scientists believe that these bumps are […]

    Scientists Link Fracking to Explosion That Severely Injured Texas Family

    Scientists Link Fracking to Explosion That Severely Injured Texas Family

    Scientists have determined that methane from a fracked well contaminated a Texas family’s water supply and triggered an explosion that nearly killed four members of the family. The family’s ranch in Palo Pinto County is located only a few thousand feet away from a natural gas well. Scientists have found that methane escaped from a […]

    Assault on the EPA Begins: Trump to Sign Two Executive Orders

    Assault on the EPA Begins: Trump to Sign Two Executive Orders

    The Trump administration is expected to begin attacks on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and climate science at the executive level now that the administration has a leader in place at the agency. [facebook https://facebook.com/EcoWatch/videos/1460041177342148/ expand=1] Multiple outlets have reported that President Trump may be planning a visit to EPA headquarters as early as […]

    Fracking Rule Text Disappears From Interior Department Website

    Fracking Rule Text Disappears From Interior Department Website

    By Alleen Brown In Donald Trump‘s first week as president, text describing two rules regulating the oil and gas industry was removed from an Interior Department website. The rules, limiting hydraulic fracturing and natural gas flaring on public lands, are in the crosshairs of the Trump administration. The changes were noted by the Environmental Data […]