October 12, 2010
Shell CEO Criticizes Gulf Spiill
The head of Royal Dutch Shell says that his company would never have made the mistakes that led to BP’s devastating Gulf spill.
Pennsylvania Gas Severance Tax Talks Continue.
Representatives of four Marcellus Shale firms offered ideas for structuring a state severance tax on natural gas production during a meeting Monday with Gov. Ed Rendell, but a legislative compromise on the issue remained elusive.
The Citizens Voice
World Bank Pressured on Clean Energy.
The amount of money that the World Bank is lending for fossil fuel energy projects – coal in particular – is rising faster than ever, even though it said only two years ago in a policy document that climate change posed one of the greatest threats to poor countries.
New York Times
Australia to Set a Price on Coal Pollution.
As the country struggles to retain its global competitiveness while retaining its current energy production levels, the Australian Parliament has decided to put a price on coal emissions.
Int'l Business Times
Large Swaths of Earth Drying up, Study Suggests.
The soils in large areas of the Southern Hemisphere, including large parts of Australia, Africa and South America, have been drying up in the past decade, a new study finds.
U.N. Scientist Sees Global Climate Forecasts by 2020.
Experts should be able to provide reliable seasonal climate forecasts on temperatures and rainfall levels a year in advance within a decade, a senior UN scientist said on Monday.
January 2, 2010
Oklahoma City Group Developing Registry for Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals
In an attempt to forestall federal legislation of hydraulic fracturing, two groups in Oklahoma City are developing a voluntary chemical disclosure registry for energy and oil-field service companies.
Industry Group Seeks Change in New Air Regulation
A mysterious industry group asked Utah regulators to weaken a new state rule on greenhouse gases this fall even before it was finalized. The Utah Air Quality Board has put the proposal out for public comment.
Salt Lake Tribune
Transocean Tries to Stop Another Horizon Probe
Transocean Ltd, the world’s biggest offshore rig contractor, aims to stop a seventh U.S. body from investigating the accident that sank one of its rigs while causing the largest U.S. offshore oil spill.