Environmentalists

Xcel Agrees to Replace Colorado Coal With Gas

Xcel Energy, Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter and a coalition of state lawmakers, energy companies and environmentalists have reached an agreement on legislation that could close some older coal-fired power plants, with replacement by facilities fueled by natural gas and other lower-emitting or nonemitting energy sources.

March 9, 2010

Permits Challenged, Tax Sought in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania environmentalists are pushing back on expedited permitting for gas drilling activity and pushing for a severance tax on the industry, which they said last Wednesday would amount to only a “pinprick on the balance sheets” of exploration and production companies.

September 14, 2009

Permits Challenged, Severance Tax Sought in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania environmentalists are pushing back on expedited permitting for gas drilling activity and pushing for a severance tax on the industry, which they said Wednesday would amount to only a “pinprick on the balance sheets” of exploration and production companies.

September 10, 2009

East Coast Sentiment Favors Offshore Wind Development, Not Oil and Gas

The majority of environmentalists, East Coast state representatives and the public told Interior Secretary Ken Salazar at a meeting Monday that they supported renewable energy development — particularly wind development — off their coastline, but opposed opening it up to oil and natural gas drilling. One of the few advocates of expanded oil and gas development on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) was former Congressman John Peterson (R-PA).

April 7, 2009

Gulf Coast Challenges Spawn Industry-Environmentalist Alliance

Threats to the Gulf Coast — hurricanes and coastal erosion among them — have inspired energy industry leaders, environmentalists and conservationists to launch a sustainability initiative to protect the region, which is an energy breadbasket for the nation.

July 28, 2008

Industry, Environmentalists Launch Gulf Coast Initiative

Threats to the Gulf Coast — hurricanes and coastal erosion among them — have inspired energy industry leaders, environmentalists and conservationists to launch a sustainability initiative to protect the region, which is an energy breadbasket for the nation.

July 25, 2008

Colorado Governor Offers Compromise on Roan Plateau

Environmentalists and energy industry advocates are generally praising a Roan Plateau plan by Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter, who Thursday called on federal officials to compromise in their plans for the northwestern landmark. Ritter wants to increase the federally protected lands around the Roan by 72%, but he also wants natural gas drillers to have access via narrow corridors.

December 26, 2007

Colorado Governor Offers Compromise on Roan Plateau

Environmentalists and energy industry advocates are generally praising a Roan Plateau plan by Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter, who Thursday called on federal officials to compromise in their plans for the northwestern landmark. Ritter wants to increase the federally protected lands around the Roan by 72%, but he also wants natural gas drillers to have access via narrow corridors.

December 24, 2007

Supreme Court Two for Two on New Source Review

Environmentalists notched another victory over older coal-fired generating facilities last Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of a lower court decision that would require power plants making modifications to bring their entire facility up to new air pollution standards. The action by the highest court is the latest in a nearly 15-year-long battle by major electric utilities to escape installing expensive pollution control equipment when modifying existing plants.

May 7, 2007

Powder River Producers Seek to Overturn Montana Water Quality Standards

Apparently environmentalists aren’t the only ones filing lawsuits in the Rocky Mountain West. Four gas producers are suing Montana in an effort to overturn water-quality standards that impose what the producers say are “excessive” requirements on the quality of water exiting coalbed methane (CBM) development areas in the Powder River Basin.

August 7, 2006