October 12, 2010

Gov’t: Offshore Oil Drilling Ban To Be Lifted

The Obama administration is lifting the six-month moratorium on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico imposed after the BP oil spill, officials said Tuesday.



Gasoline Pump Prices Rise On Oil and Corn Rallies

Drivers have seen gas pump prices jump by nearly a dime a gallon in the past week because of a rally in prices for oil and corn, from which the gas additive ethanol is made.



UK: Failure to Impose CCS Levy on Energy Bills Would be ‘Disastrous,’ MPs Told

Experts fear the government will not impose the levy needed to raise £4bn for demonstration carbon capture and storage plants.



Trans-Elect to Propose U.S. Offshore Wind Power Line

Trans-Elect, a developer of transmission lines, will unveil a plan on Tuesday to build a high-voltage cable to carry power from future offshore wind farms to U.S. East Coast.


Poll: Obama Would Rout Palin in 2012

A new poll shows that the president would lead the former Alaska governor by 16 points.


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.