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  • Super Pollutants First Aliso Canyon, Then the Rest of the Oil and Gas System

    On October 23, 2015 a massive natural gas leak was detected and subsequently demonstrated by infrared camera at the Aliso Canyon underground gas storage facility near the Porter Ranch section of Los Angeles, California.  Over 2,000 residents have been relocated away from the leak and schools in the area have been closed as well. The

    January 16, 2016
  • Power Plants Year One at Boundary Dam 3

    Year One at Boundary Dam 3 —  Or, You Can Catch Some of the Carbon Most of the Time or Most of the Carbon Some of the Time and Still Do Better than EPA’s New Source Performance Standards for New Coal-Fired Units. On November 9th, Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia again questioned EPA’s Clean […]

    November 25, 2015
  • Super Pollutants Putting Out the Fire: Low-cost Solutions are Available to Prevent Flaring in Tight Oil Fields

    Flaring of associated natural gas from oil wells in shale formations like the Eagle Ford in Texas and the Bakken in North Dakota has been growing rapidly for several years. Some well developers have acted responsibly, ensuring that gas pipelines with enough capacity are in place at wells before oil and gas production begins, thereby […]

    April 30, 2015
  • Climate The Wait is Over, But the Job is Not Done: BLM’s New Rules for Fracking

    Today, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management released its long-awaited updates of its rules for hydraulic fracturing in oil and gas development. It’s about time. As BLM Director Neil Kornze has put it: “The portfolio of oil and gas wells overseen by the BLM has expanded at the same time that drilling has become more […]

    March 20, 2015
  • Advanced Energy Systems Recent Expert Reports: Diverse Zero Carbon Options Needed to Manage Climate

    As we enter Climate Week, it’s a useful moment to review some recent expert reports suggesting the need for a broad suite of zero carbon energy technologies to manage climate change. In particular, these reports highlight the potentially critical role of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) and nuclear energy alongside such options as wind and […]

    September 21, 2014
  • Decarbonized Fossil Energy Do CO2 Injections Pose Risk of Harmful Earthquakes?

    How common are measurable earthquakes in association with oilfield operations? The answer is: exceedingly rare.  Nevertheless, another scientific paper has raised the possibility of seismic events occurring as a result of injection of CO2 to stimulate new oil production from depleted oil fields.  Since this process, known as enhanced oil recovery (EOR), is a vital […]

    November 6, 2013
  • Decarbonized Fossil Energy Carbon Capture and Storage – Why It’s Essential

    EPA’s move last week to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants marks the beginning of an era of widespread use of carbon capture and storage (CCS) in fossil power generation.  Going forward, in the absence of any other technology allowing emissions reductions, all new coal-fired power plants must have systems to capture, transport, […]

    September 25, 2013 , ,
  • Bioenergy First Things First: Capping Corn-Based Biofuel Production

    When Congress dramatically expanded the Renewable Fuel Standard in 2007, supporters of the revised RFS—which is supposed to push 36 billion gallons of biofuel into the US fuel market by 2022—touted the program as a solution to our overdependence on foreign oil, a cure for flagging rural economies, and a tool for reducing greenhouse gas […]

    August 5, 2013 ,