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Michigan's $75 Million Settlement with Enbridge Draws Praise, Questions

Critics say the money isn’t enough to make up for damage from the Kalamazoo spill, but state officials are pleased.

May 13, 2015

Oil pipeline giant Enbridge, Inc. has agreed to a $75 million settlement with the state of Michigan over the rupture of its line 6B that sent more than a million gallons of heavy crude oil into the Kalamazoo River nearly five years ago.

Tesla's Battery Power Could Provide Nevada a $100 Billion Jolt

Infographic shows how Tesla's new gigafactory will provide a statewide clean economy and jobs boom.

May 12, 2015

The new Tesla Motors factory being built outside Sparks, Nev., was already on tap to produce 500,000 electric car batteries and become the largest battery factory in the world when chief executive Elon Musk announced last month it would also produce the potentially revolutionary home battery, the Powerwall.

Its biggest energy boost, however, could be to Nevada's economy, with the state estimating a $100 billion impact over the next 20 years.

That's a lot of battery power.

Resistance to Pipeline Bigger than Keystone Thwarts Enbridge in Wisconsin

Enbridge wants to triple the volume of oil it pumps through Dane County, which wants a $25 million safety net.

May 12, 2015

Pipeline giant Enbridge, Inc., is in a standoff with a Wisconsin zoning committee over the company's plans to vastly increase the amount of tar sands oil pumped through one of its lines.

In an unusual move, the Dane County Zoning and Land Regulation Committee slapped additional insurance requirements on Enbridge before letting it build a new high-capacity pump station along its Line 61.

Climate Denial Takes a Toll on Scientists—and Science

When scientists spend time refuting denialist theories, they add credence to their antagonists' campaigns, study says.

May 11, 2015

Climate denial campaigns have helped slow the public's acceptance of man-made climate change and delay political action for years, but a new study published last Thursday finds these contrarian arguments have also had an impact on climate scientists.

Obama's Proposed Rule Could Mean Mining Public-Land Coal for Free

The federal plan to fix loopholes that allow coal companies to skimp on royalties might create a sinkhole instead, critics say.

May 8, 2015

Recently proposed federal rules on mining royalties, intended to close loopholes that subsidize exports of coal mined from public lands, may instead end up giving away the coal to the industry for free, according to an environmentalist think tank.

The Many Unknowns of Inevitable Arctic Oil Spills

With drilling and shipping comes risk, and no one knows how to clean up the mess when it's cold, dark and icy.

May 8, 2015

Scientists from around the world have spent decades trying to answer the question: What happens when oil spills in ice?

As global temperatures climb and the Arctic sea ice melts, shipping in the Arctic is on the rise and oil and gas companies are eyeing further development of the vast resources of the North.

Journal Corrects Fracking Study Over Undisclosed Industry Funding

Fracking study that concluded drinking water not affected by methane gets an unusual correction following a report by InsideClimate News.

May 7, 2015

An influential science journal has issued a correction to a paper on fracking and water safety, after revelations that the authors did not disclose their financial ties to energy giant Chesapeake Energy. The correction was prompted by an article in InsideClimate News in April.

Big Food's Lax Attitude on Water Use Comes at a Cost

Study shows the world's top food producers have little regard for conservation, even as drought highlights the issue.

May 7, 2015

Many big-name food brands such as Hershey, Kraft and Perdue are wasting water resources through lax conservation practices and poor planning. And as climate change and other factors amplify the water risks plaguing the food industry, the bottom lines of these companies will suffer unless they change course, according to a new report.

The Boston-based sustainability group Ceres ranked 37 of the top food sector companies globally on their water risk management in a study released Thursday.

'Pollute at Will' Bill Enjoys Widespread Support From House Republicans

Move to slash budgets for clean air, clean energy and climate change planning called 'totally backwards' by critics.

May 6, 2015

American lawmakers passed a bill last week that slashes funding for renewable energy, limits the federal government's ability to protect clean water, and prohibits agencies from planning for future climate impacts on infrastructure and military facilities. But it may prove only symbolic.

Flawed Methane Monitor Underestimates Leaks at Oil and Gas Sites

Researchers find there may be drastically more methane in the air than is being reported to industry and government.

May 5, 2015

A popular scientific instrument used to measure methane leaks from oil and gas operations severely underestimates emissions under certain conditions, a preliminary study found. The results could have major implications for federal policies as the Obama administration moves to regulate methane from the natural gas industry.