Taking Carbon Capture to the Next Level
Imagine a world where there is broad bi-partisan support in Congress for legislation that would drive the development and deployment of a technology that’s crucial for combating global warming and, at the same time, creating a near-zero-carbon path forward for fossil fuels.
Science 101 for Administrator Pruitt
Tomorrow the Earth Day March for Science will happen on the National Mall in DC, and over 500 satellite marches will take place in other locations around the world. Like most of those marching, we never thought we would need to make the case for integrity in environmental science. It used to be that everyone
Don’t Let the Senate Waste the BLM Methane Rule!
On February 3, the House of Representatives passed a resolution under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to kill the Methane Waste Rule — a recent Bureau of Land Management (BLM) effort to restrict the waste of natural gas from oil and gas development on federal and tribal lands. A companion resolution is expected soon in […]
Kemper in Perspective
Next month, Mississippi Power’s 582 MW Kemper coal plant with carbon capture is expected to begin commercial operation. When it reaches full capacity, Kemper will capture about 3 million metric tons of CO2 annually, which represents about 65% of the CO2 it produces. Over the last several years, I’ve gotten many questions about Kemper. Now […]
Moving Forward: Final Methane Rule is Progress, But We Still Have Much to Do
Finally. After years of information gathering and analysis, EPA recently signed new source performance standards that will address methane and VOC pollution from new and modified sources within the oil and gas sector (“Final Rule”), EPA’s first-ever methane standards. EPA estimates that this rule is expected to prevent 300,000 short tons of methane pollution and […]
Voluntary Methane Reduction Efforts Will Still Fall Short of Methane Reduction Goal
On March 30th, at a session of the Global Methane Forum in Washington, DC, the EPA launched its Methane Challenge Program to encourage companies to voluntarily reduce methane emissions in the oil and gas sector. This program seeks to build on the work of the EPA Natural Gas STAR Program that has been in existence, […]
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 […]
Five Actions EPA Should Take When Issuing Much-Needed Methane Pollution Standards
In January, EPA committed to a series of actions to reduce methane pollution, including setting nationwide methane standards for new and modified oil and gas equipment. Currently, there are no national limits on the amount of methane pollution that the oil and gas industry can release into the air. If you’re wondering why that’s a […]