Posts Tagged ‘ natural gas ’

Exposure from natural gas drilling tests air standards

Apr 4th, 2014 | By

by David Brown, Beth Weinberger, Celia Lewis, Heather Bonaparte Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project, McMurray, PA, USA Corresponding author: David Brown, Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project, 4198 Washington Road, Suite 5, McMurray, PA 15317, USA Recent and projected growth in the oil and gas production sector has underscored the need for EPA to gain a

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Conn. considers ban on natural gas wastewater

Feb 25th, 2014 | By

A year after approving a massive expansion of natural gas use in Connecticut, state lawmakers are considering a ban on storing or recycling wastewater generated as a byproduct of gas exploration. Environmentalists back several bills intended to eliminate any possibility that Connecticut will be exposed to wastewater produced when chemical-laced water used to fracture underground

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How New England’s dependence on natural gas is causing a pipeline traffic jam

Feb 24th, 2014 | By

Which would you rather do: heat your home, or turn on your lights? That’s a choice made every day on New England’s natural gas pipelines, and the answer is always the same. Heating homes is given priority. It’s a decision that makes sense given the number of other fuels available to generate electricity — coal,

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As Connecticut temps drop, natural gas, electricity prices rise

Jan 8th, 2014 | By

Ellen Foley, a spokeswoman for ISO-New England, the Holyoke, Mass.-based entity responsible for operating the region’s power grid, said that while the current cold snap isn’t going to be felt by consumers in the short-term, there will be an impact going forward. “What consumers are paying now is coming from contracts that were agreed to

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Natural Gas Rig Fire in the Gulf, Another Wakeup Call

Jul 26th, 2013 | By
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This incident begs the question: if the safety recommendations of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill had been implemented swiftly, would this accident have occurred at all? It is particularly notable that the blowout preventer appears not to have worked in this instance, just as is it didn’t on the Deepwater

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The big rigs run on natural gas, Jim Motavalli

Jun 14th, 2013 | By
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LNG, which sells for approximately $2 a gallon (versus $4 for diesel), is fast becoming the fuel of choice for long-distance trucking and, yes, you can thank fracking for that. We can and should talk about the environmental hazards of fracking, but the fact is, the country is awash in cheap natural gas, and it’s starting to ripple through the economy, including right here in Connecticut.



Lawyer: Cost of Natural Gas Conversion May Outweigh Benefits

Dec 4th, 2012 | By

As soon as Gov. Dannel P. Malloy unveiled his draft energy plan for the state in October, heating oil dealers were up in arms over its assumption that expansion of natural gas would save consumers money. One energy expert says the energy plan actually says the opposite. “The departments analysis clearly indicates that a large

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Energy Debate Will Continue Through New Year.

Nov 24th, 2012 | By

Mark LeBel, an energy fellow at the Connecticut Fund for the Environment, told DEEP officials Tuesday that the price difference between oil and natural gas is not the headline … To LeBel it doesn’t matter whether it’s oil or natural gas, if the furnace burning the fuel isn’t efficient and there’s insulation hanging from the ceiling then it really doesn’t matter why type of energy someone is using. Christine Stuart of CT News Junkie reports.



Heating Oil Dealers Plan To Pan Malloy’s Energy Policy

Nov 20th, 2012 | By

Heating oil dealers across Connecticut are planning to show up in large numbers Monday for a public hearing on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s draft energy policy. The group led by the Independent Connecticut Petroleum Association is upset with plans to encourage 300,0000 homeowners and businesses to switch from heating oil to natural gas. For more

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Malloy Talks Natural Gas at Amity High School

Nov 20th, 2012 | By

I’m not sure whether to classify this as business, energy, or propaganda.  Gov. Dannel Malloy was on hand at Amity High School Monday to press a case for natural gas — and other forms of alternative energy — in Connecticut. Malloy joined DEEP Commissioner Daniel Esty, Woodbridge First Selectman Edward Maum Sheehy, Amity Board of

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New England report calls for gas heating, tolls

Oct 24th, 2012 | By

Are you a member of The New England Council? I ask because Brad Kane reports in the Hartford Business Journal today that regional business group New England Council and accounting firm Deloitte released a “smart-infrastructure study” Tuesday calling for New England states to convert more homes and businesses to gas heating and add more tolls to major highways and population centers.



Producing Natural Gas From Shale: A video from Chevron

Oct 21st, 2012 | By

Geologists have long known about huge natural gas deposits trapped in shale rock formations, but it is only over the past decade that energy companies have combined two established technologies to unlock this resource. Watch this video on how Chevron uses horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing to what it calls “safely produce natural gas from

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‘Natural gas is good for the environment’: NE gas association VP; Environmental Headlines editor faints

Oct 20th, 2012 | By

Natural gas is good for the environment. It’s the cleanest conventional fuel, producing less than half the carbon dioxide emissions of coal, and 30 percent less than oil. In addition, natural gas produces far less sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and particulate matter than either coal or oil, making it the preferred environmental choice.

And we have a lot of it, which is even better!



Gas-fired generation both a benefit and a problem for New England market

Oct 12th, 2012 | By

In New England, the increased use of natural gas for power generation is viewed as both a solution and a problem. The abundance of supply in the nearby Marcellus Shale has helped lower prices for gas in the region, and its reputation as a cleaner-burning fossil fuel has made it more attractive, leading to record

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Gov. Malloy’s plan promotes a conversion to natural gas. What do you think?

Oct 6th, 2012 | By

Connecticut Fund for the Environment said they are concerned that Gov. Malloy’s new Comprehensive Energy Strategy, which promotes a major conversion to natural gas. They say it’s “short-sighted,” pointing out that “In the last decade the country has paid the price for our attachment to oil.”

Everyone should be concerned about the governor of this state’s infatuation with natural gas. Just because it’s “natural” doesn’t mean it’s good for us.



While stating that ‘natural gas not the key to energy future’ Standard Oil president says oil is ‘clean burning’ | Connecticut Post

Sep 23rd, 2012 | By

Big utilities have been using their big ad budgets to try to convince the American public that natural gas is the salvation for our country’s energy concerns. Quite simply, it is not. For more on this story, visit: Natural gas not the key to energy future – Connecticut Post.



$4.4M in Federal Funds Going to UTC for Development of Natural Gas Vehicle

Jul 17th, 2012 | By

Sens. Joseph I. Lieberman, Richard Blumenthal and U.S. Rep. John B. Larson have announced that the United Technologies Company of East Hartford has been awarded a $4.4 million federal grant for natural gas technology research. UTC will use the federal funding to engineer a low-cost natural gas tank for passenger vehicles (and aircraft) replacing the bulkier tanks currently in use that have limited the viability of natural gas for everyday use.



Mohegan Commons sees big savings with natural gas heat

Jun 1st, 2012 | By

Norwich — Four months after hooking into an extended Norwich Public Utilities natural gas line, the Mohegan Commons affordable housing apartment complex has seen nearly half of the expected annual savings for heat and hot water, officials said Thursday. For more on this story, visit: The Day – Mohegan Commons sees big savings with natural

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Fracking: green groups denounce report approving further exploration in the U.K.

Apr 18th, 2012 | By

Campaigners reacted angrily on Tuesday to the recommendation by government advisers that “fracking” for shale gas can resume in the UK, despite reassurances that the controversial technique is safe. In a report published today, experts said fracking could resume with stronger controls after it was halted last year following two earthquakes near Blackpool after the

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The “Full” Story on Natural Gas Exports (update) | Brookings Institution

Jan 25th, 2012 | By

I don’t like to use quotes to draw attention to words unnecessarily, but a colleague pointed out that the Brookings Institution may be “bypassing” environmental concerns in its opinion on natural gas exports. The debate on the prospect of natural gas exports from the United States will only become louder this year. In addition to

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