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Geothermal: A Bottomless Pit of Power?

geothermalplantpipescroppedAs economic, environmental and geopolitical conditions have become increasingly volatile, sustainable and dependable sources of electricity have taken on new importance. Wind and solar are often cited as alternatives, but geothermal, which is one of the cleanest sources of energy, is not mentioned quite as often even though as a generating source it has been around since 1904 when Prince Piero Ginori Conti successfully lit four bulbs in Italy.

Concentrated Solar Power Generation

solartroughsAs Germany shuts out nuclear, Japan deals with the backlash over Fukushima and North American governments institute environmental regulations that make coal-fired power generation more expensive, the appeal of exploiting natural alternative energy sources becomes even greater.

What’s in a Word? The Fracas Over Fracking

haynesville aerialWith the continuing growth in unconventional gas exploration and production comes oftimes unwarranted attacks on the industry’s environmental record and business practices.

Since there are more than 200 valves at each well site, the importance of insuring that accurate information about this segment of the industry cannot be overstated.

Pipelines, Politics and Opportunity

pipelineongroundresizedWhen President Obama called Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to tell him the U.S. had rejected TransCanada’s proposed $7 billion Keystone XL project, he made sure to point out that TransCanada was free to submit an amended plan for the pipeline. Explaining that the decision was a decision made not on the merits of the project, but because of what he called an untenable Feb. 21, 2012 deadline by Congress, the president said that the decision was “without prejudice.”

Federal Regulation of Fracking Has Arrived

frackingwellThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) quietly announced last Wednesday (Nov. 23, 2012) that it would grant part of Earthjustice’s TSCA petition concerning chemical substances and mixtures used in the fracking process of oil and natural gas production. The announcement is a significant development in EPA’s continued quest to exert additional and new federal oversight over the oil and gas industry.

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