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When methane is found in water wells near an unconventional well, fingers point to fracturing as the likely suspect. But a study of wells in the Utica Shale named other sources. The Texas Supreme Court ruled late in April that the Railroad Commission of Texas, the state’s oil and gas regulator, does not have exclusive jurisdiction over environmental contamination cases, which can be settled in court.
The ruling protects half a million acres of land in the Amazon forest on which the Waorani have lived for centuries from being earmarked for oil drilling, campaigners said. A parade of hundreds of Waorani, members of an indigenous nation in a remote part of the Amazon, marched triumphantly through the streets of Puyo, Ecuador, celebrating a court ruling that held that the Ecuadorian government could not auction off their land for oil exploration without their consent.
The ruling protects half a million acres of land in the Amazon forest on which the Waorani have lived for centuries from being earmarked for oil drilling, campaigners said. A parade of hundreds of Waorani, members of an indigenous nation in a remote part of the Amazon, marched triumphantly through the streets of Puyo, Ecuador, celebrating a court ruling that held that the Ecuadorian government could not auction off their land for oil exploration without their consent. Total is determined to push ahead with its plans to drill for oil in the Amazon basin, it said on 1 June as Greenpeace activists interrupted its annual general meeting in protest over the project. This paper provides a broad overview of the Great Amazon Reef System based on the first-ever video surveys of the region.
The Texas Railroad Commission’s chairman has said the commission will look into policies to “drastically reduce” natural gas flaring from the state’s shale patch as investors become increasingly sensitive to climate-change concerns. The Texas Supreme Court ruled late in April that the Railroad Commission of Texas, the state’s oil and gas regulator, does not have exclusive jurisdiction over environmental contamination cases, which can be settled in court.
The Trump administration is set to reduce the number of federally regulated waterways protected under the US Clean Water Act in a bid to help the energy and agriculture industries, according to a media report. The 1972 Clean Water Act has driven significant improvements in US water quality, according to the first comprehensive study of water pollution over the past several decades by researchers at UC Berkeley and Iowa State University.
Most states are involved in the actual day-to-day work of enforcing environmental permitting programs based on federal rules and policies. While some states plan to defer to the EPA’s latest guidance, others indicated they will not. The Environmental Protection Agency announced a sweeping relaxation of environmental rules in response to the coronavirus pandemic, allowing power plants, factories, and other facilities to determine for themselves if they are able to meet legal requirements on reporting air and water pollution. The US Environmental Protection Agency recently finalized a voluntary disclosure program for new owners of upstream oil and gas facilities designed to encourage them to find, correct, and self-report violations of the Clean Air Act, in particular those associated with emissions from storage vessels. The report details information obtained during the EPA’s outreach to stakeholders.
The report details information obtained during the EPA’s outreach to stakeholders. The information in the report will help the EPA determine whether any future actions are appropriate to address oil and gas extraction waste water further. Elevated concentrations of strontium, an element associated with oil and gas waste waters, have accumulated in the shells of freshwater mussels downstream from wastewater disposal sites, according to researchers from Penn State and Union College. With concern growing that the underlying geology in the Permian Basin is reaching capacity for disposal wells, the Trump administration is examining whether to adjust decades-old federal clean-water regulations to allow drillers to discharge waste water directly into rivers and streams. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is embarking on a new study that will take a holistic look at how the EPA, states, and stakeholders regulate and manage waste water from the oil and gas industry.
Up to 1,000 gallons of oil per day are being removed from the site of the Taylor Energy spill, says the owner of the company that installed a containment system. On 30 October 2017, the British Columbia Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy repealed and replaced the Spill Reporting Regulation. The new regulation expands the circumstances under which spill reports must be provided to the province and increases the information they must contain.
Emissions of methane from the industrial sector have been vastly underestimated, researchers from Cornell University and the Environmental Defense Fund have found. Proposed changes would modify EPA's August 2016 final rule, "Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Emission Standards for New, Reconstructed, and Modified Sources." The proposal has been submitted for publication to the Federal Register. Following that publication, the EPA will accept comments for 60 days.
As the pressure to act on climate change builds, the industry should consider a range of options. The US House’s subcommittee on Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies recently heard testimony on the Department of Energy’s role in addressing climate change. The industry needs to take a proactive and solution-centric position with respect to the Paris Agreement and join the battle for the clean and affordable kilowatts of energy the markets will increasingly favor.