After last year's promise of punishment, North Dakota's Industrial Commission on Tuesday levied a record $1.5 million civil fine against an oil and gas company for allegedly endangering a drinking water source for a county in the southwest of the state.
An oil spill that has marred a tourist island in the Gulf of Thailand has spread to nearby smaller isles, officials said Wednesday, as authorities raced to clean up the island's once-white sands and clear waters. The black tide of crude oil that washed up in Prao Bay on the west coast of Samet Island on Sunday night has been partly cleaned up.
As hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as “fracking” becomes more common, the industry waits for public understanding of this process to catch up to recent advances in the field. Here, we take a look at four common myths about fracking and drill down to find the truth.
President Barack Obama and the U.S. Department of Energy are committed to a role for coal in a national energy strategy, and they've backed it up with research spending, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Monday. But the administration also believes the U.S. must prepare for a low-carbon economy.
Workers in white suits used buckets to scoop up globs of crude oil blackening the once white sands and emerald waters of a tourist island in Thailand's eastern sea on Tuesday, as the oil slick continued to spread three days after leaking from a nearby pipeline.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is accusing JPMorgan Chase & Co. of manipulating electricity prices in 2010 and 2011. The commission claims the bank used improper bidding strategies to squeeze excessive payments from the agencies that run the power grids in California and the Midwest.
Scientists from several universities are working to learn whether a gas well that blew wild last week off the Louisiana coast is polluting the Gulf of Mexico. As the researchers worked, federal and private vessels could be seen coming and going from the site.
Black waves of crude oil washed up on a beach at a popular tourist island in Thailand's eastern sea despite attempts to clean up the oil up over the weekend after it leaked from a pipeline. About 50 tons of oil spilled into the sea off Rayong province on Saturday morning from a leak in a pipeline.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants haze-causing nitrogen oxide emissions reduced by 84 percent at a coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation, but a group meeting over the past few months on the proposal says it can do better.
Halliburton Energy Services has agreed to plead guilty to destroying evidence in connection with the 2010 Gulf oil spill, the Department of Justice said Thursday. Federal officials said in a news release that a criminal investigation charging Halliburton with one count of destruction of evidence was filed in federal court in Louisiana.
Activists have filed another petition to force federal regulators to set safety standards that protect children from pesticides that drift from farm fields into nearby communities. Pesticide Action Network, the United Farmworkers of America and other groups filed the petition Wednesday in San Francisco federal court.
A recently released study by the U.S. Department of Energy and based on a year of monitoring reports no evidence to support claims that chemicals from hydraulic fracturing operations have contaminated drinking water aquifers in western Pennsylvania.
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Some neighbors have expressed opposition to a proposed frack sand mine near Arcadia in western Wisconsin. AllEnergy Silica, the company that owns the mining rights, needs approval from the town and county before beginning mining operations on 800 acres.
The oil and gas industry has cost Louisiana hundreds of acres of coastal land that serve as a natural buffer against flooding from hurricanes, officials in charge of New Orleans-area flood protection say in a lawsuit seeking to hold dozens of companies responsible.
Opponents of a coal-fired power plant planned for southwest Kansas said Tuesday that developers of the nearly decade-old project still face obstacles in completing the work despite legislation approved by the U.S. House removing federal oversight of the project.
Rep. Karen Bass introduced an amendment to the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2014 that calls for no federal funds to be used to implement, administer or enforce fracking in the Inglewood Oil Field for the coming fiscal year.
A jury has been seated to hear one of three lawsuits alleging groundwater pollution by an electronics manufacturer in Myrtle Beach. The suit alleges that groundwater contaminated with a chemical known as TCE damaged property values in a 10-block area near the company's former plant.
A Japanese utility said Monday its crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is likely leaking contaminated water into sea, acknowledging for the first time a problem long suspected by experts. The delayed announcement underscores the criticisms the company has faced over the Fukushima crisis.
A Westlake refinery is holding a public meeting this week about its proposal to sink a sheet metal barrier into the ground to keep chemicals out of Bayou Verdine. The Axiall Corp. refinery has been using wells to pump chlorinated hydrocarbons away from the bayou.
Representatives of Exxon Mobil Corp. appeared at before federal regulators Wednesday to contest $1.7 million in proposed civil penalties over a Montana oil spill. The penalties stem from a 2011 pipeline break that spilled an estimated 63,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River near Laurel.
Gov. Matt Mead sharply criticized a plan by the EPA to reduce regional haze, saying it did more to kill the coal industry than clear Wyoming's air. The EPA plan seeks to reduce haze in national parks and wilderness areas by further limiting air pollution from coal-fired power plants in Wyoming.
The European Union's environment commissioner says China can curb pollution without sacrificing economic growth. Janez Potocnik also says China's serious pollution problems are an opportunity for European businesses that have developed technology to clean up water and air pollution.
The Environmental Protection Agency said in a release Monday that agencies in Jefferson City, St. Louis, and Springfield, will receive a total of $1.6 million in supplemental revolving loan funds to help clean up and redevelop polluted sites.