January 15, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration laid out a blueprint Wednesday for the first regulations to cut down on methane emissions from new natural gas wells, aiming to curb the discharge of a potent greenhouse gas by roughly half. Relying once again on the Clean Air Act, the rules join a host of others that President Obama has ordered in an effort to slow global warming despite opposition to new laws in Congress that has only hardened since the midterm elections. Although just a sliver of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, methane is far more powerful than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere.
May 27, 2014
Strike up the band Around Memorial Day, it would be wonderful to hear our country's martial music played in shopping malls, on radio and TV, and elsewhere. Let's give our American spirit a high five. Let's show our men and women in uniform how much we appreciate their service and let other countries see how we Americans honor those who gave their lives to protect our freedom. Dorothy W. Glauser, Mount Royal Presidential cure My fear is that things are not going to get better in Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers ("Obama: Consequences for VA medical flaws," May 22)
February 25, 2014
Most people don't walk around thinking about the air they breathe. If they did, a new report that says one of the most powerful contributors to global warming is much more prevalent than previously thought might make them stumble. The ecological villain is methane, a primary component of natural gas, which Stanford University researchers now believe is 50 percent more common in the atmosphere than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had thought. That matters because methane is believed to be 30 times more powerful than carbon dioxide in causing global warming.
January 25, 2014 |
Residential customers who heat their homes with natural gas may be feeling rather comfy these cold winter days. But for those who feel a tinge of guilt about their carbon footprint, there's a way to ease their conscience. Washington Gas Energy Services Inc. (WGES), a retail energy supplier from Herndon, Va., on Thursday announced a new product for Peco gas customers that will offset the greenhouse emissions they produce by reducing carbon emissions in Pennsylvania. WGES will subsidize methane gas capture projects at landfills in Conestoga, Lebanon, and Scotland, Pa., which it says are verifiable environmental benefits.
June 25, 2013 |
PITTSBURGH - New research in Pennsylvania demonstrates that it's hard to nail down how often natural gas drilling is contaminating drinking water. One study found high levels of methane in some water wells within a half-mile of gas wells, while another found some serious methane pollution occurring naturally far away from drilling. The findings represent a middle ground between critics of the drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing who claim it causes widespread contamination, and an industry that suggests they are rare or nonexistent.
April 30, 2013
In the Region Pa.: Drilling not to blame in case Pennsylvania environmental regulators have concluded that Marcellus Shale drilling was not responsible for a high-profile case of methane contamination of private wells in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The state Department of Environmental Protection said it had closed the books on an investigation of the methane migration in Franklin Forks, which anti-drilling celebrities Yoko Ono and Susan Sarandon visited in January.
April 30, 2013 |
Pennsylvania environmental regulators on Monday concluded that Marcellus Shale drilling was not responsible for a high-profile case of methane contamination of private water wells in northeastern Pennsylvania. The state Department of Environmental Protection said it has closed the books on an investigation of the methane migration in Franklin Forks, Pa., which anti-drilling celebrities Yoko Ono and Susan Sarandon visited in January. Citing a 125-page consultant's report, DEP says the methane in some residents' wells is naturally occurring shallow gas, not production gas from well drilling.
September 21, 2012 |
Hundreds of self-proclaimed "fracktivists" rallied and marched through Center City on Thursday afternoon, protesting the Shale Gas Insights conference and urging governments at all levels to ban the natural-gas-drilling process known as fracking. Opponents say the hydraulic fracturing process pollutes local aquifers, causes serious health problems, and will result in net job loss. For more than two hours, speakers described what they called adverse effects of the process near their homes.
April 7, 2012
9/11 sphere to be moved from park NEW YORK - The 45,000-pound sphere sculpture that emerged largely intact from the rubble of the World Trade Center following the 9/11 attacks faces an uncertain future as officials prepare to remove it from the park where it has been on display for a decade. "The Sphere," originally dedicated as a monument to world peace through trade, became an interim memorial in the months after 9/11. A year after the attacks, Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined Afghan President Hamid Karzai and officials from about 90 foreign nations at its base to light an eternal flame.
December 2, 2011 |
Last month, Pennsylvania Environmental Protection Secretary Michael Krancer testified before Congress on what he called the "unbiased real facts" of shale-gas exploration. Speaking before the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, he gave four examples of "suspect science" on the safety of hydraulic fracturing to release natural gas. One of the examples he discussed at length was our study at Duke University. Our study with two coworkers, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in May, found no evidence that fracturing fluids had contaminated drinking water, but it did find evidence of higher methane, ethane, and propane concentrations in some drinking-water wells near drilling sites.