Energy company ditches plan to install a possible tar sands oil facility in New York

May 24, 2018 by  
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Environmentalists celebrated a victory in New York state after an energy company tossed out a 5-year-old plan to install a facility that could have handled Canadian tar sands oil. The plan had clear environmental risks and posed a threat to area residents. After resistance from environmental groups and the public,  Global Companies  decided to abandon the plan. Erin Doran, senior attorney at Riverkeeper , an environmental organization devoted to protecting the Hudson River , said in a statement , “The proposal threatened the health of neighboring communities and would have placed the Hudson River at a greater risk for a disastrous oil spill .” Massachusetts-based Global Companies had requested boilers capable of handling heavy crude at the Port of Albany back in 2013 — Times Union pointed out the company did not indicate the facility would be used for tar sands oil, although it could have — and a legal battle ensued. Company spokesperson Liz Fuller told the Times Union, “We are withdrawing that request and plan to resubmit a renewal application with modifications later this year. The changes to the permit will include a reduction in the amount of crude oil handled through the terminal and will not include a system for the heating of crude oil.” Related: Extreme fossil fuel financing has surged to $115BN under Trump Doran said this is the second major victory in 2018 for Hudson River protection, “…coming after the defeat of industry’s request for new anchorage grounds to facilitate the transport of more crude oil.” She said since 2014, together with other partners, Riverkeeper had been battling the plan in court. She called on New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to approach Global Companies’ next submission “as a new application and to ensure that the operations at this facility finally undergo a comprehensive environmental review.” According to the Times Union, Global Companies sued that department back in 2015 for failing to issue a permit for the boilers, and DEC won an appeals court ruling earlier this year upholding its decision that the energy company’s permit application lacked sufficient information. This week, DEC said it was pleased that Global Companies withdrew its plan. Earthjustice lawyer Chris Amato described this development as “a huge victory for the families that live, work, and go to school in Albany’s South End…Global’s proposal would have spewed more toxic pollution into the air, endangering the health of South End residents, including hundreds of children who live and attend [Giffen Elementary] school in the shadow of the Global facility. This has been, and continues to be, a fight for environmental justice .” + Riverkeeper Via the Times Union Images via Bill Morrow and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Worldwide fossil fuel consumption set a new record in 2015

June 10, 2016 by  
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Two global energy records were broken in 2015. On one hand, the amount of renewable energy produced worldwide has never been higher than it was last year. But, one step forward is met with two steps back as reports show we also consumed more fossil fuels in 2015 than ever before. The Renewables 2016 Global Status Report reflected a big step in the right direction, as renewable forms of energy continue to grow. BP’s Statistical Review , however, revealed an ugly truth about our fossil fuel consumption, which grew 0.6 percent since last year. While coal production went down one percent, petroleum and natural gas production went up. The seemingly small percentage increase is actually a big one when considering it amounts to 127 million metric tons of fossil fuels. Related: San Diego to become largest U.S. city to run on 100% renewable energy Carbon dioxide emissions, naturally, have also increased 36 million metric tons between 2014 and 2015. Sadly, this counts as the sixth year in a row these numbers have increased. A closer look shows the increases have been a bit smaller over the last few years, but an increase is an increase, nonetheless. U.S. oil production accounts for much of the rise worldwide, steadily growing for the third straight year, according to Forbes . Oil production has apparently not been this high since 2008. In fact, the U.S. can enjoy its spot at the top of the list of crude oil producers worldwide, with Saudi Arabia coming in second place. Via Forbes Images via Pixabay , Flickr

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Obama vetoes Keystone XL bill, fight set to continue

February 24, 2015 by  
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President Obama has today—as expected—quietly vetoed a bill that sought to approve construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline . The bill passed both the Senate and the House in recent weeks, but as Obama has often repeated, he will wait for the State Department to complete its review of the proposed pipeline before making a final decision as to its fate. Read the rest of Obama vetoes Keystone XL bill, fight set to continue Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: canada , Climate Change , crude oil , Environment , environmental destuction , environmental protection agency , keystone , keystone xl , obama , oil , oil industry , oil sands , pipeline , presidential veto , senate , Sierra Club , state department , tar sands , Veto

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Keystone XL to emit 1.37 billion tons of greenhouse gases, EPA finds

February 4, 2015 by  
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If President Obama was looking for any additional reasons to veto the senate’s recent vote in favor of Keystone XL , the EPA just handed him what could be the defining argument against building the controversial pipeline. In a letter to the State Department, the EPA explains in detail how a staggering 1.37 billion metric tons of additional greenhouse gases will be released if Keystone XL goes ahead. Read the rest of Keystone XL to emit 1.37 billion tons of greenhouse gases, EPA finds Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: carbon emissions , Climate Change , crude oil , emissions , environmental destruction , environmental impact , epa , global warming , greenhouse gases , keystone , keystone xl , obama , oil prices , oil sands , pipeline , state department , tar sands , Veto

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Cloud bursting service guarantees sunny wedding photos – for a mere 100,000 euros

February 4, 2015 by  
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People want their wedding days to be perfect, so the big occasion often turns into a massive savings-swallowing event. Now with a new service from UK based firm Oliver’s Travels , if you really want to blow the budget for your big day, you can employ a ‘Cloud Bursting’ service to guarantee every photographic memory is bathed in glorious sunlight! The same technology that has also been used with environmental improvement in mind can now be used to make your big day matrimonial perfection. Read the rest of Cloud bursting service guarantees sunny wedding photos – for a mere 100,000 euros Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: artificial rain , china controlling rain , cloud-seeding , cloudbursting , france controlling rain , guaranteed sun , sunny weather , weather

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Scientists discover microorganism that hasn’t evolved for over 2 billion years

February 4, 2015 by  
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Scientists have discovered a type of deep-sea microorganism that seems to be the exception to the rule of evolution. An international team of researchers say the organism does not appear to have evolved over more than 2 billion years. Even so, the scientists who discovered this anomalous being argue that the organism’s lack of evolution actually still supports the theory of evolution. Read the rest of Scientists discover microorganism that hasn’t evolved for over 2 billion years Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2 billion year old bacteria , ancient fossils , charles darwin , darwinism , evolution , lack of evolution , microorganisms , sulfur bacteria , theory of evolution

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Pipeline breach sends 50,000 gallons of oil into Yellowstone River

January 20, 2015 by  
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Officials are working to determine the impact of a pipeline breach that occurred 10 a.m. Saturday morning, and spilled up to 50,000 gallons of oil  into the Yellowstone River near Glendive, in eastern Montana. This recent spill sits just over 200 miles upriver from the site of a 2011 Exxon Mobil pipeline breach which sent 63,000 gallons of oil into an 85-mile stretch of river and riverbed. Read the rest of Pipeline breach sends 50,000 gallons of oil into Yellowstone River Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bridger Pipeline Co. , crude oil , exxon mobil , Glendive Montanta oil spill , Glendive oil spill , montana oil spill , national park oil spill , oil spill , US oil spills , Yellowstone environmental impact , yellowstone national park , yellowstone oil spill , Yellowstone River , yellowstone river oil spill

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Burst Pipe Spills 10,000 Gallons of Crude Oil Onto the Streets of Los Angeles

May 15, 2014 by  
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10,000 gallons of oil spilled onto the streets of Los Angeles last night when a pipe burst at a transfer station in Atwater Village near Glendale. Fire crews worked to contain the spill overnight and an environmental cleaning crew is mopping up the remains this morning. A small number of businesses in the area were affected by the spill, and four people were evaluated for respiratory conditions with two taken to hospital for further observation. Read the rest of Burst Pipe Spills 10,000 Gallons of Crude Oil Onto the Streets of Los Angeles Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: crude oil , environmental disasters , Glendale , LA oil spill , Los Angeles oil spill , oil on the streets of LA , oil pipeline , oil spills

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Energy Experts Say Coal Will Overtake Oil in 2020

October 15, 2013 by  
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World coal usage is skyrocketing because of rising demand in China and India. At the World Energy Congress yesterday, energy consulting firm Wood Mackenzie stated that coal would surpass oil as the key fuel for the global economy by 2020 despite global government policies to reduce carbon emissions . With the rising demand for energy in China and India, experts predict there’s no stopping the world from being pushed further down the hydrocarbon hole as we move towards the next decade. Read the rest of Energy Experts Say Coal Will Overtake Oil in 2020 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable energy” , carbon emissions , china , china energy , CO2 , crude oil , gasoline , green energy , Hydrocarbon world , hydrocarbons , India , natural gas , renewable energy , united states , Wood Mackenzie , Wood Mackenzie rising coal usage in china and india , World Energy Congress , World Energy Use        

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Keystone XL Could Raise Gasoline Prices by 40 Cents Per Gallon, Report Finds

July 16, 2013 by  
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A Consumer Watchdog report released today has found that the Keystone XL pipeline will to hike gasoline prices in the Midwest and ultimately hurt the US economy. In addition to the overriding environmental and safety concerns that the 1,661 mile-long line—that would stretch from Alberta’s Tar Sands to the US Gulf Coast—brings, Consumer Watchdog finds that “US consumers and the overall economy would bear the substantial risks of the pipeline without measurable permanent benefit.” Read the rest of Keystone XL Could Raise Gasoline Prices by 40 Cents Per Gallon, Report Finds Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Chevron , conoco , consumer watchdog , crude oil , gas prices , gasoline prices , judy dugan , keystone , keystone xl , oil , oil refineries , oil spill , pipeline leak , Shell , tar sands , tim hamilton        

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