Natural Gas

Natural Gas

DOE panel calls for more study of fracking emissions

The panel's findings acknowledge that studies have produced conflicting results about just how "clean" the natural-gas industry is.

Climate & Energy

Six of seven fracking committee members have ties to natural gas industry

The government is convening a panel of experts to weigh in on how (and whether) fracking can be made safer. Yay! Six of the seven committee members have financial ties to the natural gas industry -- including the chairman, who's …

Climate & Energy

Critical List: Energy panel supports fracking disclosure; Walmart's move to wind power

An Energy Department panel wants to require natural gas companies to disclose what chemicals they're using in hydrofracking projects. Green groups have an idea for how to cut the country's debt: stop subsidies to oil and gas companies. But (of …

Climate & Energy

EPA found over 20 years ago that fracking contaminates water

Fracking companies like to say that there’s never been a single case of fracking contaminating a water well. But, well, there has, and they’ve known that for over 20 years. An EPA report released in 1987 said that a tainted …

Business & Technology

Solar-powered oil field runs on sunshine, irony

Put on your coal-fired vegan anti-irony helmets, because Oman is building a solar-powered oil field. Not because it will make them feel good or help them tamp down their emissions (I mean, this is oil they're digging up) but because …

Climate & Energy

Critical List: Debt deal cuts energy programs; solar-powered spacecraft goes to Jupiter

Is Congress passing a bill? Then you can bet it's bad for the environment. The debt deal is no exception. We're almost out of time to start dealing with climate change, a new report says. Emissions would need to peak …

Fossil Fuels

Fossil-fuel industries push for a Great Outdoors Giveaway

More than 70 million acres of public land would lose protection under a bill in the U.S. House. Who's behind it? Oil, gas, and coal companies.

Business & Technology

Critical List: New fuel economy standards; flat screens use less energy

Both options currently on the table for raising the debt ceiling would cut environment and energy spending. The president will announce new fuel economy standards -- cars and light-duty trucks will need to be at 54.5 miles per gallon by …

Climate & Energy

After hundreds of earthquakes, Arkansas shuts down fracking disposal wells

Here's a novel idea: if your local extraction industry is causing hundreds of earthquakes, make them stop doing whatever it was that was causing the earthquakes. That's exactly what the Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission did yesterday, when its members …