WASHINGTON — The federal government is about to announce its first rules for the handling and storage of potentially toxic coal ash, months after tons of the waste spilled into a major river in North Carolina.
Environmental groups, though, are preparing for disappointment. The Obama administration appears likely to refuse to designate the material as hazardous and could let states decide whether to enforce the rules.
New York Bans Fracking After Health Report
New York governor Andrew Cuomo's administration said on Wednesday it will ban hydraulic fracturing in the state after a long-awaited report concluded that the oil and gas production process poses health risks.
New York Environmental Commissioner Joseph Martens said Wednesday he will issue an order early next year, extending a six-year-old halt to fracking in the state.
Martens made his comments after the state's Health Commissioner, Howard Zucker, said there is not enough scientific information to conclude that fracking, which involves pumping water, sand and chemicals into a well to extract oil or gas, is safe.
"The potential risks are too great, in fact not even fully known, and relying on the limited data presently available would be negligent on my part," Zucker said.
Governor Andrew Cuomo, answering questions from journalists, said the decision on whether to allow this kind of drilling in New York was up to Martens.
The ruling ends what has been a heated debate in New York over the benefits and pitfalls of fracking. Many in the state saw gas drilling as a key economic resource while others argued it was too dangerous. New York sits atop a part of the Marcellus shale, one of the largest gas deposits in the United States.
It also marks a defeat for energy firms which have leases in the state but until now have not been able to drill.
Cuomo said it was "probably the most emotionally charged issue I have ever experienced," more than gay marriage, gun control or the death penalty.
CONWAY SPRINGS, Kan. – An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.8 has shaken parts of Kansas and Oklahoma.
The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake struck around 3:40 p.m. Wednesday. It had an epicenter about 8 miles south of Conway Springs, which is a town of about 1,200 people about 30 miles southwest of Wichita. It wasn't immediately clear how much damage the quake may have caused.
The southern part of Kansas has been experiencing an upsurge in earthquakes this year...
I know global warning is a lie. I despise Al Gore and the Sierra Club. They are crooked people.
Pakistan, a close ally of China, suffers from chronic electricity shortages and Islamabad has long sought investment in coal-fired power stations which it sees as a solution to the problem.
The new agreements pave the way for Chinese state-owned companies to help build at least four new power stations in Pakistan, while the deals also cover the supply and mining of coal, the prime minister's press office said.
Rot in hell.
LOL, LOL. Always blame others.
In one action, EELI has requested the Federal Election Commission investigate the Sierra Club for potential federal and state financial disclosure violations. The Sierra Club recently bought $1 million in ads opposing Iowa Republican State Sen. Joni Ernst in her bid for the U.S. Senate. In conjunction with other liberal activists groups, the Sierra Club also bought ads supporting Democratic Senate candidates Kay Hagen in North Carolina and Gary Peters in Michigan.
The EELI complaint says the source of the funding for the ads violates campaign finance laws. EELI legal counsel David Schnare said, “According to Federal Election Committee disclosures, the Sierra Club’s Super PAC had $50,000 in cash at the beginning of the year and since then has raised $23.5 million. Where did it come from?”
Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, was even more blunt in an interview Wednesday morning. First, he recounted some of the ways 2014 was a success: It elevated the issue of climate change generally and made candidates in a number of key races change the way they talked about the issue. But when it came to electing a slate of pro-environment candidates, which environmental groups spent an unprecedented amount of money on this year, "on that," Brune said, "there's been a miserable fokking failure."
The Republican-controlled House of Representatives has pushed for a number of measures over the last few years that the Senate will now be likely to take up: blocking the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions and mercury and ozone pollution; preventing the Army Corps of Engineers from updating rules on disposal of mine waste; blocking the Department of the Interior from enforcing rules about drilling on public lands; and limiting the department's environmental review process for oil and gas lease applications.