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Jan 20, 2012

Study authors insist shale gas worse than coal

WASHINGTON, Jan 19 (Reuters) – Cornell University
researchers on Thursday defended their conclusion in a study
last year that drew heavy criticism for its finding that shale
gas development produces more greenhouse gases than coal.

The latest study led by Cornell ecology professor Robert
Howarth addressed criticism lodged at their initial report last
April. That report said that contrary to popular belief, shale
gas has a larger greenhouse gas footprint than conventional
fossil fuels. [ID:nN12172699]

Jan 10, 2012

Study needed on shale gas effects on health: group

ARLINGTON, Virginia (Reuters) – The public health effects of shale gas development need to be rigorously studied as production rapidly spreads in the United States, public health professionals and advocates said on Monday.

Advances in the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, drilling technique have revolutionized the natural gas industry, but researchers said more must be done to evaluate what the shale boom means for the those living near wells.

Jan 9, 2012

Study needed on shale gas effects on public: group

ARLINGTON, Virginia (Reuters) – The public health effects of shale gas development need to be rigorously studied as production rapidly spreads in the United States, public health professionals and advocates said on Monday.

Advances in a drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing have revolutionized the U.S. natural gas industry, but researchers said more needs to done to evaluate what the shale boom means for the those living near wells.

Jan 7, 2012

Government, Exxon reach deal on disputed Gulf leases

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Exxon Mobil Corp and the government struck a deal on Friday that would allow the company to move ahead with development of a field in the Gulf of Mexico estimated to yield tens of billions of dollars of oil.

Exxon sued the government last year after the Interior Department canceled three of five leases for what is called the Julia field.

Jan 7, 2012

US govt, Exxon reach deal on disputed Gulf leases

WASHINGTON, Jan 6 (Reuters) – Exxon Mobil Corp and the
U.S. government struck a deal on Friday that would allow the
company to move ahead with development of a field in the Gulf of
Mexico estimated to yield tens of billions of dollars of oil.

Exxon sued the government last year after the Interior
Department canceled three of five leases for what is called the
Julia field.

Jan 5, 2012

Contest seeks world’s most energy-efficient TV

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A competition to identify the world’s most energy efficient flat screen televisions will kick off on Friday, with the U.S. Energy Department and other governments sponsoring a race to cut down on home electricity use.

The contest, part of an international initiative to promote “super-efficient” products, will award up to 20 Global Efficiency Medals to the most efficient televisions from four different regions: Australia, the European Union, India and North America.

Jan 4, 2012

Obama faces political heat if Keystone rejected: API

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of the top oil and gas lobbying group said on Wednesday that the Obama administration will face serious political consequences if it rejects a Canada-to-Texas oil sands pipeline that has been opposed by environmental groups.

Jack Gerard, president of the American Petroleum Institute, said TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline would definitely play a role in this year’s national elections.

Dec 27, 2011

Analysis: Green groups find success fighting shale oil boom

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A resurgent green movement is launching a multi-pronged counter-attack against the shale oil and gas boom in the United States that could slow, though ultimately not stop, development.

Building upon their unexpected success in the battle against the Keystone XL pipeline, a renewed onslaught from environmentalists is putting the shale industry on the defensive while adding to costs, limiting expansion and potentially scuttling major projects.

Dec 21, 2011

U.S. rolls out tough rules on coal plant pollution

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Wednesday unveiled the first-ever standards to slash mercury emissions from coal-fired plants, a move aimed at protecting public health that critics say will kill jobs as plants shut down.

Facing fierce opposition from industry groups and lawmakers from coal-intensive states, the Environmental Protection Agency said the benefits of the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, or MATS, will greatly outweigh the costs.

Dec 20, 2011

U.S. reviewing Google-backed power line

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Interior Department on Tuesday said it hopes to make a decision on the location of a Google-backed offshore transmission line in the next few months, pledging that the project would not face the bureaucratic delays that plagued previous offshore renewable energy projects.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said companies backing offshore projects in the past often never knew whether they would receive the right to develop their proposal.

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