Toxic

EPA Issues Interim Update on Extended, Intensive Fracking Review

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued an interim update of 18 studies that have been undertaken in its multi-year review of the potential risks of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) of shale gas wells on public drinking water.

December 24, 2012

FirstEnergy to Shut Six Coal-Fired Plants

Citing more stringent federal mercury and air toxic standards (MATS), Akron, OH-based FirstEnergy said Thursday it plans to retire six older coal-fired electric generation plants representing 2,689 MW by Sept. 1.

January 27, 2012

New EPA Rules: King Coal Is Dead?

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Mercury and Air Toxic Standards for power plants — commonly referred to as Utility MACT (for maximum achievable control technology) — were finalized recently, and while they cast a shadow on coal-fired generators, the stricter rules offer a brighter future for natural gas demand.

January 2, 2012

Lawmaker: Study Understated Risks to Barnett Residents

People living near Barnett Shale gas production facilities could be at risk for immune system damage from toxic air emissions, and the risk is likely understated by an air quality study completed for the city of Fort Worth earlier this year, a state lawmaker warned Mayor Betsy Price in a letter.

December 27, 2011

New EPA Rules: King Coal Is Dead?

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Mercury and Air Toxic Standards for power plants — commonly referred to as Utility MACT (for maximum achievable control technology) — were finalized last week and were expected to be released Wednesday.

December 21, 2011

Marcellus Drilling Called Threat to Susquehanna River

Natural gas development in the Marcellus Shale poses a danger to the Susquehanna River and its tributaries, which supply almost half of the fresh water resources in the Chesapeake Bay, American Rivers said Tuesday.

May 18, 2011

Cabot: Data Clears Company in Dimock Methane Dispute

Only four drinking water wells in Dimock Township, PA, have methane exceeding the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) suggested action levels, according to data released Tuesday by Cabot Oil & Gas Corp., which said the study is further evidence that its natural gas drilling operations did not contaminate groundwater in the area.

October 20, 2010