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Solar power in the dark?

FrackIng hurting nearby property values

Rural Blog - A study by researchers at the University of Calgary and Duke University found that property values of groundwater-dependent homes near shale-gas developments have suffered from being located near the sites, Jeff McMahon reports for Forbes.

Researchers studied property values in 36 Pennsylvania counties and seven New York counties from 1994 to 2012, mapping "sales against the locations of shale-gas wells" and comparing "homes connected to public drinking-water systems to homes with private wells," McMahon writes.....The loss varied with distance from the nearest shale-gas well. At 1.5 kilometers, properties with private wells sold for about 10 percent less."

"Within 1 km of shale gas wells, properties with private drinking water wells dropped 22 percent in value. Properties connected to public water suffered no losses, but also showed no net gains," McMahon writes. Lucija Muehlenbachs, an assistant professor at the University of Calgary, told him,

Ohio oil fracking halted because of earthquakes

Oil Price - A series of earthquakes hit eastern Ohio on March 10 prompting officials to halt hydraulic fracturing operations as they investigated the cause. The earthquake occurred in Mahoning County near seven drilling sites owned by Hillcorp Energy.

In a region that has not historically had a high frequency of earthquakes, the occurrence of earthquakes central and southern regions of the U.S. have increased by a factor of 20. After a well is fractured, the waste water is pushed back into the ground for storage in what are known as “injection wells.” Scientists believe that there is evidence to support the idea that injection wells are contributing to the rise in earthquakes, rather than the “frack” job itself. However, the latest series of earthquakes occurred in an area without waste injection wells, but they were located near wells that are actively being drilled. This has raised questions about the connection between fracking and earthquakes.

The fracking fracas isn't just about ecology

Daily Beast - Thanks to a series of shady deals with former subsidiaries—and massive cuts in royalties to unsuspecting landowners—the controversial shale gas firm is now awash in cash. At the end of 2011, Chesapeake Energy, one of the nation’s biggest oil and gas companies, was teetering on the brink of failure.

Its legendary chief executive officer, Aubrey McClendon, was being pilloried for questionable deals, its stock price was getting hammered and the company needed to raise billions of dollars quickly.The money could be borrowed, but only on onerous terms. Chesapeake, which had burned money on a lavish steel-and-glass office complex in Oklahoma City even while the selling price for its gas plummeted, already had too much debt.

In the months that followed, Chesapeake executed an adroit escape, raising nearly $5 billion with a previously undisclosed twist: By gouging many rural landowners out of royalty payments they were supposed to receive in exchange for allowing the company to drill for natural gas on their property.

In lawsuits in state after state, private landowners have won cases accusing the companies like Chesapeake of stiffing them on royalties they were due. Federal investigators have repeatedly identified underpayments of royalties for drilling on federal lands, including a case in which Chesapeake was fined $765,000 for “knowing or willful submission of inaccurate information” last year.

Last month, Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett, who is seeking reelection, sent a letter to Chesapeake’s CEO saying the company’s expense billing “defies logic” and called for the state Attorney General to open an investigation.

Whistleblower says nobody knows how to fix Fukushima

ABC, AU - A nuclear industry insider has told the ABC that the situation at the stricken Fukushima reactor is still not under control, three years after the disaster there.

Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe has announced he wants 30,000 residents to return to their homes and the reactors to be switched back on within two years.

But a Fukushima insider and two former prime ministers have told the ABC's 7.30 program that such a move would be irresponsible.

At the risk of losing his job if his identity is revealed, a man who worked at TEPCO's Fukushima plant for more than 20 years says the situation at the reactor is not under control and no-one knows how to fix the problem.

"There are too many systems and they all have problems," he said.

"For example, too many water tanks with too many lines - it's very difficult to operate. It's made worse because all the experienced workers have reached their radiation limits, so TEPCO has to rely on staff that don't know the site and who aren't trained."

The whistleblower says mistakes are made weekly, and contaminated water leaks into the Pacific Ocean every day.

"The other day when contaminated water overflowed from a tank, an alarm was ringing but they didn't go and check. I couldn't believe it. It was ringing for nine hours and they thought the alarm was out of order."

Ten cities launch plan to save energy costs

A light bulb for the next 25,000 hours

Scientists turn algae into crude oil in an hour

Residents in three Colorado cities along the Front Range -- including Boulder and Lafayette -- voted to put a halt to the energy extraction method within their borders.

Providing non-profit power: how one community in California does it

Saudi Arabia plans to get one third of its power from renewables by 2032


Fruits and veggies go freaky
after Japanese nuclear blast

Clean energy gains countered by population growth

New way of cooling uncovered

BP

Louisiana parish sues BP and Chevron for allegedly dumping toxic waste

How EPA made the BP spill much worse

Texas joins four other states in suing BP, Hallburton over oil spill

BP's cleanup chemical destroying marine life

New documantary film on the BP disaster

Mutilated fish common in Gulf now

BP says oil spill evidence was destroyed

Evidence of new BP well leakage

Judge lets BP off the hook

Gulf dead zone causing sex deformities in fish

Scientists alamed by Gulf fish symptons

Unusual number of dolphin deaths in Gulf

BP's secret blowout

E-mails show BP tried to rig 'independent' studies of disaster

BP to resume Gulf drilling

The unreported illness caused by the BP disaster

BP spill 'devastating' to sea floor

BP DISPERSANTS CAUSING ILLNESS TO GULF CITIZENS

SOIL AND WATER SAMPLES CONTRADICT BP AND FEDS

LOOKS LIKE BP SPILL ENDED UP IN PART ON OCEAN FLOOR

BLOOD TESTS POINT TO BP SICKNESS

2010

WHITE HOUSE OIL SPILL WITNESS BACKS UP TESTIMONY WITH GUITAR AND SONG

GOVERNMENT INTERFERING WITH OIL SPILL SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

REMAINS OF BP OIL STILL THE 8TH LARGEST SPILL IN HISTORY

SCIENTISTS SAY WHITE HOUSE SPINS OIL SPILL STORY

DID COAST GUARD FOUL UP OIL RIG FIRE FIGHT?

BP CHANGES FACE, BUT NOT ITS STORY

BP TRYING TO BUY OFF SOUTHERN SCIENTISTS TO HELP IN ITS DEFENSE

GALLERY: GRIM PHOTOS OF THE BP DISASTER

WHY THE OIL SPILL DISASTER DIDN’T HAVE TO BE THIS BAD

ALL IN THE FAMILY: BP & COAST GUARD SHARE PR TALENT

RIG WORKER WARNED BP WEEKS BEFORE EXPLOSION

KNOWN WELL PROBLEMS DATED TO FEBRUARY

BP'S OTHER DISASTER IN WAITING

HOW THE DUTCH WOULD HAVE HANDLED THE SPILL

JP MORGAN CHASE & BLACKROCK OWN OVER A THIRD OF BP

SIX DAYS BEFORE WELL EXPLOSION, BP ENGINEER CALLED IT A 'NIGHTMARE'

"THE MICROBE ATE MY OIL SPILL" - CAN IT HAPPEN?

FEDS WITHHELD OIL FLOW ESTIMATES

BP: A TESTED IDEA FINALLY TAKES HOLD

BP TOPPED LIST OF SERIOUS SAFETY VIOLATIONS FOR OIL COMPANIES

GALLERY: THE DAMAGE TO CREATURES IN THE GULF

SAUDI APPROACH TO OIL SPILL STILL BEING IGNORED

OIL DRILLERS ALLOWED TO FILL IN OWN INSPECTION REPORTS

SPINNING THE SPILL

AN IGNORED OIL FIX THAT MIGHT WORK

SCIENTISTS HIT OBAMA'S APPROACH TO BP DISASTER

BP ACCOUNTS FOR 97% OF 'FLAGRANT' REFINERY VIOLATIONS SINCE 2007

WHEN WE OVERTHREW A COUNTRY FOR BP

SINCE SPILL, OIL CORPS HAVE RECEIVED 27 EXEMPTIONS

HOW BP WORKED WASHINGTON

OIL RIG WORKERS CONNED INTO SIGNING AWAY THEIR LEGAL RIGHTS

LOVE SALEM

OIL SPILL IS DICK CHENEY'S KATRINA

FOUR CLOSE CALLS BEFORE BP OIL SPILL

BP'S MONEY FLOWED TO WASHINGTON

SMALLEST OIL LEAK CAPPED

OIL RIG WARNING SIGNS IGNORED

BP FOUGHT AGAINST SAFETY MEASURES

BP'S OTHER PROBLEMS OVER THE YEARS

BP WHISTLEBLOWER CLAIMS COMPANY DUCKED SAFETY STEPS

BP TRIED TO CON VICTIMS INTO LIMITED PAYMENTS

COURT THROWS OUT BP'S ATTEMPT TO SHORT CHANGE VOLUNTEERS

THE COMPLEXITY OF STOPPING THE OIL FLOW

Bio fuels

Pressure to end corn ethanol mandate

Seaweed as biofuel?

Study: biofuels could cause nearly 200,000 deaths due to effect on food prices

Biofuels challenged by European study

STUDY FINDS BIOMASS WORSE THAN COAL

GORE ADMITS HE WAS WRONG ABOUT BIOFUELS

SECRET DOCUMENT REVEALS SERIOUS ISSUES ABOUT BIOFUELS

CALIFORNIA REPORT QUESTIONS ETHANOL

ETHANOL MORE ENVIRONMENTALLY COSTLY AS GAS & DIESEL

BIOFUEL FROM WASTE

FAO HEAD BLASTS BIOFUELS FOR DEPRIVING PEOPLE OF FOOD

BIOFUELS FORCED GLOBAL FOOD PRICES UP 75% SAYS WORLD BANK REPORT

CHART ON THE ECOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF DIFFERENT BIOFUELS

ANOTHER ETHANOL VICTIM: DUCKS & PHEASANTS

TWO NEW ECO-STUDIES SLAM BIOFUELS

ETHANOL HAVE AN UNEXPECTED BAD EFFECT ON AMAZON

ETHANOL PLANTS SUCK UP WATER

WORST FOOD PRICE INFLATION IN HISTORY

ETHANOL REDUCING FOOD FASTER THAN GLOBAL WARMING

Coal

The deady importance of coal

Energy

Study: Oil clearning dispersants made matters worse

Two decades later, embattled cold fusion research lives on

London shopping center to install energy creating foot pads


SINGAPORE'S SOLAR SUPER TREES

Study; Solar and wind power 1/20th the emissions of coal and nuclear energy

Toyota announces one seater
with charging time of an Ipad

Only 1 in 3 hybrid owners trade in for another

U.S. was net oil exporter in 2011

The Keystone XL Will Raise Gas Prices

An environmentalist learns about the downside of wind turbines

The case against wood fires

Progress in wave power

Alternative energy theories just won’t go away

Energy upgrades that pay for themselves

IRELAND BANS TRADITIONAL LIGHTBULBS

Emails show State Department in bed with Candian pipeline company

First time: More corn used for ethanol than for food

Study finds lead and arsenic in new types of light bulbs

INCANDESCENT LIGHT BULBS BEING REINVENTED
GREEN LIGHTBULBS CAN BE DEADLY FOR THOSE WHO MAKE THEM
HOW DANGEROUS ARE THE NEW FLUORESCENT BULBS?

GOVERNMENT CONSIDERING 62 MPG GOAL

NEW EPA RULES MAY DRIVE RENOVATION COSTS UP

POWER OUTAGES INCREASING

AMAZON TRIBES GET INTERNET & SOLAR POWER

GRAIN FOR U.S. ETHANOL COULD FEED 300 MILLION FOR A YEAR

SOLAR PANEL THEFT BECOMING A PROBLEM

FIFTEEN PERCENT OF EUROPE'S ELECTRICITY COULD COME FROM THE SAHARA DESERT

BIOFUEL LAWS HAVE FATAL FLAW

THE HIDDEN POTENTIAL OF PEE

HOMEBUYERS LIKE GREEN. .. EXCEPT PAYING FOR IT

THE MIXED GREENNESS OF COMPUTERS

CARGO SHIP POLLUTION CAUSES 60,000 U.S. DEATHS A YEAR

SPEED BUMPS AS ENERGY SOURCES

Architecture 2030 - According to the US Energy Information Administration, oil production from drilling offshore in the outer continental shelf wouldn't begin until around the year 2017. Once begun, it wouldn't reach peak production until about 2030 when it would produce only 200,000 barrels of oil per day. This would supply a meager 1.2% of total US annual oil consumption (just 0.6% of total US energy consumption).

SCIENTIST FINDS NEW WAY OF STORING SOLAR ENERGY

ELDERLY HIT BY FUEL COSTS

US ENERGY USE RISES FASTER THAN POPULATION

HAWAII TO REQUIRE SOLAR HEATERS IN NEW HOMES

NEW SOLAR COLLECTORS WOULD USE WINDOWS INSTEAD OF PANELS

PANASONIC DEVELOPS NEW FLUORESCENT BULBS THAT LAST FOR 13,000 HOURS

COSTA RICAN CLEAN ENERGY USE APPROACHES 99%

THE COLOR OF BETTER LIGHTING

WAVE ENERGY EXPERIMENTS MOVE AHEAD

ELECTRIC CARS COULD SUPPLY ENERGY AS WELL AS USING IT

ENERGY FROM PAVEMENT HEAT

Fracking

Fracking draining water from drought struck areas

Fracking could damage Obama's drinking water

Obamadmin seeking to criminalize opponents of fracking

Pope joins anti-fracking movement

Bad water from fracking is enough to flood Washington DC

Inside the EPA censored fracking study

Drought stricken farmers selling water to frackers...

Drilling company bans children from ever speaking about fracking

Obama's eco plan seems to support fracking

Obama ducking fracking studies

Major earthquake blamed on fracking

New York delays fracking for further environmental study

Secret chemical used in fracking can cause kidney and liver damage

EPA kills damning fracking study

High methane emissions found in extraction

2012

California Public Land Sold to Frackers Despite Public Outcry

Were Dallas earthquakes due to fracking?

Fracking industry may be paying off scientists

Vermont becomes first state to ban fracking...

New Pennsyvania law requires doctors to conceal facts about gas drilling

Recent earthquakes "almost certainly manmade"

Ohio regulators find fracking caused earthquakes

Former regulator warns of fracking danger

EPA says fracking may cause water pollution

Was Oklahama's earthquake due to fracking?

Frackers admit they may have caused earthquakes

TOPICS
Biofuel
BP spill
Fracking
Fukushima
Nuclear
Oil & gas
Pipelines
Solar power

Wind

Fukishima

Who's examining the Fukushima impact on west coast?

71 US sailors sue Japanese power firm for Fukushima effects

2013

Record level of radiation at Fukushima

Fukushima: Plans to dump contaminated water into ocean

Fukushima update

Another big leak at Fukushima

Russia keeps ban on Japanese seafood

Fukushima update

Highly radioactive wastewater at Fukushima

Fukushima remains a huge problem

Increased thyroid problems for west coast children following Fukushima

Cancer risk 70% higher for females in Fukushima area

Top Japanese official: Fukishima not contained yet

Fish with radiation over 2,500 times safe levels found near Fukushima plant

40% of Fukushima kids have thyroid problems

Japanese official: ground under Fukishima sinking

Obamadmin put pressure on Japan not to go nuke free

Japan talks about ending nuclear power

Technology doesn't exist to clean up Fukushima

Record radiation found in fish off Fukushima

Fukishima workers told to hide radiation level

More than a third of Fukushima area children found to have growths


Fukushima drift brings non native species to west coast


TSUNAMI DEBRIS ARRIVES IN ALASKA

Japan has no nuclear power for first time in 42 years

How close are we to an American Fukushima?

NRC approves two nuclear plants despite growing Fukushima concerns

Radiation at Fukushima worse than thought

Japanese considered evacuating Tokyo after nuclear disaster

Temperature rises myteriously at Fukushima

Bird population collapsing near Fukushima

Japanese government concealing facts about Fukushima

Study: Fukushima meltdown caused American deaths

British government conspired with nuke industry to play down Fukushima

Britain prepared for Fukushima to be worse than Chernobyl

Nuclear

Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant to close by end of 2014

Six tanks at Haniford nuclear site are leaking

Tank storing radioactive waste leaking in Washington

Closing Florida nuke plant will take 60 years to decontaminate

Unlawful Nuclear Power Plant Faces Vermont Supreme Court

Mining for Uranium Could Begin on the East Coast

Atomic scientists finds Germany's nuclear exit helped

Some good reasons to worry about nuclear meltdowns in the U.S.

Air conditioning in homes may account for up to one third of electricity use during periods in the summer when the most energy is required in large cities, according to a study carried out by Carlos III University of Madrid and the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas

US cutting nuke plant drills, test evacuations

Vermont challenges nuke plant license renewal

Federal judge says states can't protect themselves against nuclear plants

Feds looking for replacement site for Yucca Mountain. . . maybe in your state

American nuke plants not ready for Fukishima type event

What the media doesn't tell you about American nuclear power

Germany to close all nuclear plants by 2022

Into Eternity: Documentary on the making of a nuclear waste facility

Huge increase in ocean radiation near Japan

Map of earthquakes and locations of nuke plants

Organs of dead British nuclear workers removed to hide evidence

AMERICAN NUCLEAR 'RENAISSANCE' COLLAPSING

PLANNED NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS WOULD BE BUILT WITH FOREIGN LABOR

OBAMA PLANS NUKE PLANT NEAR EXISTING ONE, FURTHER ENDANGERING POOR BLACK COMMUNITY

VERMONT VOTES TO SHUT DOWN NUCLEAR PLANT

THE DANGERS AND POLITICS OF OBAMA GOING NUCLEAR

OBAMA THROWS CAUTION TO THE WINDS,LAUNCHING FIRST NEW NUKE PLANTS IN 30 YEARS  MEANWHILE AT THE OLD NUCLEAR PLANTS

OBAMA CANCELS NUKE PROMISE; BACKS HUGE SUBSIDIES FOR DANGEROUS ENERGY

OBAMA, BIG BUSINESS WANTS TO NUKE US

BRIT NUKE SAFETY BODY SAYS PLANNED PLANTS AREN'T SAFE

THE HIDDEN STORY OF THREE MILE ISLAND

RECOVERED HISTORY: THREE MILE ISLAND

STUDY PROJECTS HYPER COSTS FOR NEW NUCLEAR POWER

OBAMA'S NUKE BUDDIES JOIN WITH FRENCH FIRM TO COOPERATE "ON NUCLEAR POWER MATTERS."

OBAMA AND NUCLEAR POWER

Architecture 2030 - Architecture 2030 - 12,954 Nuclear Power Plants - That's how many nuclear plants the world would need to build to replace its current fossil-fuel-based energy. Even if it was physically possible to build this many plants within the seven-year timeline set by scientists to avoid dangerous climate change (it takes 8 to 12 years to get a nuclear plant on-line), the cost would be astronomical. At $6 billion per plant (a conservative figure), 12,954 plants would cost $77.72 trillion - more than the total Gross World Product of $65.95 trillion.

NUKE EQUIPMENT FIRM SAYS YUCCA MOUUNTAIN IS 'FOOL'S ERRAND'

THE CASE AGAINST NUCLEAR POWER

YUCCA MOUNTAIN PROJECT SCALED BACK

EDWARDS ONLY TOP DEM WHO OPPOSES NUCLEAR POWER

PUSH ON FOR NUCLEAR PLANTS

STUDY FINDS EARTHQUAKE FAULT LINE UNDER YUCCA MOUNTAIN

Oil & gas

Obama's ethanol catastrophe

Is methane behind DC exploding street holes?

The oil production myth

Massive waste of natural gas

"Natural gas" means "fracking"

Pennsylvania bars doctors from telling patients about dangers of fracking

More drilling doesn't cut oil prices

Oil & gas lobbyist threatens Obama with political retribution over pipeline

Koch Brothers huge winners if tar sands pipeline goes through

OFFICIAL ESTIMATES OF OIL UPPED TO PLEASE AMERICANS SAYS WHISTLEBLOWER

EXPERT: OIL SUPPLY RUNNING OUT FAST

OILFIELD OUTPUT DECLINING FASTER THAN THOUGHT

DRILLING FOR OIL: WHAT BENEFIT?

OUR OIL PAGE

Pipelines

Report shows tar sandings mining damages water supply

Native Americans oppose pipeline

2013

Largest Canadian private sector union joins anti-pipeline fight

Pipeline operators narrowly win ballot fight

Rail will be a lasting competitor to oil pipelines

Top pipeline regulator says his powers are "kind of dying"

Exxon's Arkansas pipeline endangers water for a quarter of state

State Department's report on pipeline written by firm with ties to Trans Canada and Exxon

FBI harassing anti-tar sands activists

Former staffers & advisors of Obama & Hillary Clinton working on tar sands pipeline

Alberta tar sands oil has other ways to the sea

State Department defense of pipeline used experts from companies seeking to build it

Majority of Americans oppose Keystone XL pipeline

Word: The tar sands pipeline

Indians join pipeline protest

Oil sands mining uses up almost as much energy as it produces

After pipeline opens, vaunted jobs disappear

Study finds tar sands pipeline more damaging than thought

Activists Concerned Canadian Tar Sands Oils May Be Routed through Vermont to Maine

Tar sands pipeline shut down because of oil spill

Renewable energy

Cargo sailing ships coming back

CHU WANTS WORLD'S ROOFS PAINTED WHITE TO EASE CLIMATE CHANGE

EXPERTS BEGINNING TO QUESTION WHTHER RENEWABLE ENERGY IS ENOUGH CHANGE

USING HOT ASPHALT TO PROVIDE ENERGY

ENERGY FROM PAVEMENT HEAT

BIOFUELS PRODUCE MORE GREENHOUSE GASES
THAN FOSSIL FUELS

WHY RENEWABLE ENERGY IS NOT ENOUGH

Solar

California greatly increases solar power

2013

Utilities seek to work around solar power with flat fees

Corporados want to penalize solar panel users

Utilities attacking solar power

Solar power from moonlight

Solar power to be sold to electric company for almost half the price of coal

Solar powered schools in South Africa

TWENTY SOMETHING FINDS CHEAP WAY OF MAKING SOLAR CELLS IN PIZZA OVEN

Wind power

One third of Texas running on wind power

Obama plans a 30 year pass for wind fields that kill hundreds of thousands of birds annually

The split in the environmental movement over wind power

According to Roland Schmehl at Delft University, kite power could provide a cheaper, more environmentally acceptable alternative to wind turbines. A prototype 'kite sail' measures only 25 square metres but can generate 20 kilowatts of power in winds of 70-90 kilometres per hour – enough to power 40 homes. One of the advantages compared with wind turbines is that the wind blows more steadily at the heights at which the kite flies.

Britain takes on wind farms vs. neighbors issue

Google aquires kite power company

U.S. has 45,000 wind turbines

Two states get nearly one quarter of electricity from wind

Australian Wind Energy Now Cheaper Than Coal, Gas,...

Hydrogen could help cut emissions and boost wind and solar power

New design for wind power

New urban wind turbine design

Denmark aims to get 50% of electricity from wind power

WIND POWER CAUSING PROBLEMS FOR NEARBY RESIDENTS

REPORT: OFFSHORE WIND POWER COULD QUADRUPLE U.S. ELECTRIC GENERATION

WIND POWER SOARS BUT SO DO COMPLAINTS

WIND POWER BLOWING IN NEW JOBS

WIND TURBINES TOO CLOSE TO HOMES CAN CAUSE MEDICAL PROBLEMS

FLOATING WIND TURBINES COULD GIVE ALTERNATIVE ENERGY A BOOST

SHIPS TO BE POWERED BY KITES

AN EARLIER EXAMPLE

FILMS: Windfall, a critical look at the down side of wind power.