February 12, 2016

SoCal Gas: Aliso Canyon Gas Leak Is Plugged

A natural gas well in southern California that has been leaking chemicals into the air since late October is now under control, according to the well owner Southern California Gas Co.

The well still needs to be permanently sealed and inspected by state regulators.

February 11, 2016

Utah's Oil Sand Operation Faces Slowdown

Consistently low crude oil prices have put a financial squeeze on the operations of a Utah-based oil sands project.

"We're just slowing the project down to focus on critical path items," Glen Snarr, president and CEO of the project owner U.S. Oil Sands, said to Climate Central. "Our focus is to reduce manpower at the site," he said.

February 10, 2016

February 9, 2016

What About the Shale Bust?

U.S. shale basins are producing more oil and gas than expected, according to new drilling data released by the Energy Information Administration.

February 8, 2016

Here's How Much Big Oil Spent on Lobbying in California Last Year

The Western States Petroleum Association, a trade group for the oil industry, was California's single largest spender when it came to campaigning in the state Capital in 2015. The group spent nearly $11 million, much of it during the quarter when the state's sweeping climate legislation SB-350 was under review, according to new financial disclosures.

Feds Open Talks with Enviros on Coal Lawsuits

Federal officials will soon enter into negotiations with the an environmental group that has repeatedly sued the U.S. government for not taking into account the full climate impacts of burning coal during the review of federal coal mine applications.

February 5, 2016

February 4, 2016

February 3, 2016

Los Angeles Prosecutors File Criminal Charges against SoCal for Gas Leak

The Los Angeles District Attorney's office filed misdemeanor criminal charges this week against Southern California Gas Co. for failing to report a major natural gas leak in the Aliso Canyon region.

If convicted, the California utility could be fined up to $1,000 per day for air pollution violations and up to $25,000 each of the three days it didn't notify state officials about the problem.

Study: Burden of Frack Waste in South Texas Falls on Poor, Minority Communities

Black, Hispanic and poor communities bear a disproportinate share of fracking wastewater sites in South Texas, according to a new study in the American Journal of Public Health.

"We already had issues. Right here in San Antonio, fuel storage tanks were all located on the eastside, predominantly African American neighborhoods," Chavel Lopez, a South Texas resident, told Environmental Health News. "For some of these Hispanic neighborhoods, they were already dealing with uranium mining impacts and now the fracking of oil and gas."

February 2, 2016

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