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A Win for Carbon Capture at NRG Coal Plant in Texas

Jared Anderson | Breaking Energy Carbon capture has been slow to fulfil the hopes held for it by a wide range of powerful energy policy players – from the Natural Resources Defense Council to the International Energy Agency – who see the technology as crucial in the fight against global warming. But its prospects in the United States got a ...

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Goldman Sachs Supports Methane Policy, and Why it Matters

Conor O’Sullivan | Breaking Energy Good energy policy ideas can come from all corners, and Wall Street is no exception. Goldman Sachs recently served up a powerful case for action on methane in a stroke of market logic grounded in data. In a recent report, the investment bank argues that environmental regulation is more than a necessary evil when it comes ...

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Questions and answers about saltwater spills

Oil Pipeline

The Associated Press An estimated 1 million gallons of saltwater generated by oil drilling has leaked from a North Dakota pipeline, company and tribal officials say, and federal authorities are investigating whether any of the liquid reached Lake Sakakawea, one of the nation’s largest man-made lakes. Here are some questions and answers about the spill and saltwater: Q: How does ...

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Pa. Department of Health “no-talk” frack-term list confirmed


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media StateImpact Pennsylvania has confirmed the existence of documents circulated to Pennsylvania Department of Health employees that former staff claim were intended to silence public discussion of the health effects of hydraulic fracturing. One memo, sent in February of 2012, contains a list of industry-related “buzzwords” DOH employees were to watch for and pass any complaints that ...

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Oilfield can be rough on hands

By Jared Wilson | The Odessa American, Texas The boom may be good for the economy but it can be hard on the hands. A recent Odessa transplant, Dr. Gerald Farber, arrived in April and specializes in a large array of orthopedic conditions in the upper extremities including carpal tunnel release, trigger finger release, wrist arthroscopic procedures, wrist and elbow ...

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Happiness is a hole in the ground: Oil & gas workers report lowest levels of depression

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media A research study published earlier this month examined the prevalence of clinical depression in the workforce and found oil and gas employees had reported some of the lowest overall levels of depression. The study, Prevalence rates for depression by industry: a claims database analysis, was led by Cincinnati researcher Lawson Wulsin and colleagues. The ...

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Obama: Climate change steps making a difference


WASHINGTON (AP) — Appealing for patience and perseverance from environmental activists, President Barack Obama claimed progress Wednesday in his second-term drive to combat climate change but said more must be done to address a generational problem. One year after unveiling an aggressive plan, Obama said new emissions limits on power plants, renewable energy projects and new incentives for green technology ...

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SpaceX passes environmental review

Laura B. Martinez | The Brownsville Herald The Federal Aviation Administration does not believe building a rocket launch pad near Boca Chica beach will have in impact on the environment. The FAA has released its final environmental impact statement on a SpaceX Texas launch site and a portion of the report states: “After careful consideration of the facts contained heirin ...

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Obama will let states decide how to cut greenhouse gas emissions


Sean Cockerham, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON –President Barack Obama is about to unveil the centerpiece of his agenda to fight climate change, a much anticipated rule to slash the emissions of planet-warming gases from power plants. The president will call for major reductions, according to sources familiar with the planning, with each state given its own greenhouse gas emissions reduction ...

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Climate change to boost health problems


Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Climate change: Now it’s personal. There will be more itching, sneezing, swelling and gasping for breath as Pennsylvania’s climate shifts and residents are exposed to more poison ivy, stinging insects, pollen allergies and lyme-disease-bearing ticks, and experience increased asthma, respiratory disease and heat-related deaths. That was the assessment of scientists and physicians at a one-day climate ...

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