Fossil Fuel Industry News

» 2 Years After Standing Rock Protests, Tensions Remain But Oil Business Booms
By Jeff Brady, NPR
November 29, 2018

» Obama on U.S. energy boom: ‘That was me, people’
Edward Klump, E&E News
November 28, 2018

» The World Needs to Quit Coal. Why Is It So Hard?
By Somini Sengupta, New York Times
November 24, 2018

» What’s Happening to the Price of Oil?
By Stanley Reed, New York Times
November 20, 2018

» Baker-Polito Administration Files Legislation to Strengthen Natural Gas Safety Procedures
Proposal Would Require Approval of Professional Engineer for Gas Infrastructure Work
Press Release
November 20, 2018

» Report: 90% of Pipeline Blasts Draw No Financial Penalties
By Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch
November 16, 2018

» West Clarksville couple wins eminent domain appeal on Northern Access Pipeline
By Rick Miller, Olean Times Herald
November 15, 2018

» No penalties for 90% of pipeline blasts
By Mike Soraghan, E&E News reporter Energywire
November 15, 2018

» Storage will replace 3 California gas plants as PG&E nabs approval for world’s largest batteries
By Gavin Bade, Utility Dive
November 9, 2018

» Fossil fuel money crushed clean energy ballot initiatives across the country
A carbon tax, limits on fracking, a renewable energy standard — all defeated.
By David Roberts, Vox.com
November 7, 2018

» Gas Companies Face Californian Wipe-out, Say S&P, Moody’s
By Natalie Sauer, Climate Home News, reprinted in DeSmog Blog
November 2, 2018

» Coal Can’t Compete With Cheaper Alternatives and the Industry’s True Costs Are Higher Than They Appear
By Daniel Cohan, Rice University, in DeSmog Blog
November 1, 2018

» The Affordable Clean Energy Rule Would Be Neither Affordable Nor Clean
By Nat Logar, Legal Planet
October 31, 2018

» Peak Shale: Is the US Fracking Industry Already in Decline?
By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog Blog
October 30, 2018

» Latest footage from Ohio & PA shows: We need protections from oil & gas pollution
By Leann Leiter, Earthworks
October 29, 2018

» Driven by Trump Policy Changes, Fracking Booms on Public Lands
The administration is auctioning off millions of acres of drilling rights and rolling back regulations, raising environmental concerns in states like Wyoming.
By Eric Lipton and Hiroko Tabuchi, New York TImes
October 27, 2018

» Why Canadian Tar Sands Oil May Be Doomed
By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog Blog
October 25, 2018

» New York Sues Exxon Mobil, Saying It Deceived Shareholders on Climate Change
By John Schwartz, New York Times
October 24, 2018

» Fracking in Lancashire halted by earth tremor
BBC NEWS
October 24, 2018

» In Colorado, a Bitter Battle Over Oil, Gas and the Environment Comes to a Head
By Julie Turkewitz and Clifford Krauss, New York Times
October 23, 2018

» EPA Weighs Allowing Oil Companies to Pump Wastewater Into Rivers, Streams
By James Osborne, The Houston Chronicle, in rsn.com
October, 18, 2018

» Oil-by-Rail Rises Once Again as Safety Rules Disappear
By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog Blog
October 17, 2018

» U.S. eyes military bases for coal, natural gas exports
By Matthew Brown, The Associated Press, on WITF News
October 15, 2018

» US Oil Exports Are Exceeding Almost All Predictions—Thanks to Fracking
By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog Blog
October 15, 2018

» Massachusetts Gas Explosions Draw Scrutiny of Natural Gas Safety and Climate Risks
By Guest Contributor Dan Zukowski, DeSmog Blog
October 10, 2018

» The Oil Industry Is Enjoying a Boom, but Will it Last?
By Stanley Reed, New York Times
October 8, 2018

» GOP senators ask EPA to block states that have ‘hijacked’ rule to stop fossil fuel production
By Miranda Green, The Hill
October 5, 2018

» Trump likely to make pipeline push next year, aide says
By Timothy Cama, The Hill
October 4, 2018

» Fossil fuel on last legs: Lovins
By Sarah Rundell, Top 1000 Funds
October 2, 2018

» Why Californians Are Worried About the Trans Mountain Pipeline
By guest writer James Wilt, DeSmog Blog (originally posted in The Narwhal)
October 1, 2018

» Coal Ash Was a Disaster in North Carolina Well Before Hurricane Florence — And Now It’s Even Worse
By Mary Anne Hitt, Sierra Club
October 1, 2018

» Washington Rolls Back Safety Rules Inspired by Deepwater Horizon Disaster
By Coral Davenport, New York Times
September 27, 2018

» US Northeast natgas pipeline project costs rise
Costs to build natural gas pipeline projects in the US northeast are rising on increased regulatory scrutiny and unexpected delays, a trend that could have a chilling effect on major infrastructure development in the region.
By Argus Media
September 21, 2018

» The Fracking Industry’s Water Nightmare
By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog Blog
September 18, 2018

» Natural gas industry faces new test after Merrimack Valley fires
By Jon Chesto, Boston Globe
September 14, 2018

» Massachusetts Can Legally Limit CO2 Emissions from Power Plants, Court Rules
By Marianne Lavelle, Inside Climate News
September 6, 2018

» Unexpected outages, intense heat behind ISO-NE Labor Day price spike
Gavin Bade, Utility Dive
Sept. 6, 2018

» Electricity generation drives need for natural gas demand response
A handful of utilities are using natural gas demand response to balance their deliveries, and a pair of reports suggest greater potential
By Robert Walton, Utility Dive
September 5, 2018

» The Next Financial Crisis Lurks Underground
Fueled by debt and years of easy credit, America’s energy boom is on shaky footing.
By Bethany McLean, New York Times Editorial
September 1, 2018

» EPA’s new ACE rule is a coal lifeline ‘disguised as a GHG regulation,’ critics say
Changes to the EPA’s New Source Review process could allow coal plants to stay open longer — if operators choose them over cleaner technologies.
Gavin Bade, Utility Dive
August 22, 2018

» Betting Utah Sands Will Be the Next Great Oil Source
By Clifford Krauss, New York Times
August 21, 2018

» Exclusive: Shell Took 16 Years To Warn Shareholders of Climate Risks, Despite Knowing in Private All Along
By Chloe Farand and Sharon Kelly, DeSmog Blog
August 20, 2018

» Keystone XL Pipeline Hit with New Delay: Judge Orders Environmental Review
The Trump administration has been trying to rewrite two laws at the heart of the oil pipeline ruling: NEPA and the Endangered Species Act.
By Nicholas Kusnetz, InsideClimate News
August 16, 2018

» Fracking Water Use Skyrockets, Creating 1,440 Percent More Toxic Wastewater
By Alexander C. Kaufman, Huffington Post
August 15, 2018

» ‘The Biggest Climate Story No One Is Talking About’
By Brad Plumer, Kendra Pierre-Louis and Tryggvi Adalbjornsson, New York Times
August 15, 2018

» Don’t Let U.S. LNG Exports Become Casualty Of Tariff Policy
By Mark Green, Energy Tomorrow Blog, BreakingEnergy.com
August 15, 2018

» DNC Will Take Fossil Fuel Money After All
By Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch – reposted on DeSmog Blog,
August 14, 2018

» All the Battles Being Waged Against Fossil Fuel Infrastructure Are Following a Single Strategy
By Guest Author Luis Hestres, DeSmog Blog
August 14, 2018

» The Fracking Industry Is Cannibalizing Its Own Production, Increasing Spill Risks
By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog Blog
August 10, 2018

» EIA: U.S. Oil Production Growth Is Slowing
By Nick Cunningham, Oilprice.com
August 09, 2018

» Report: FERC working with White House, NSC on coal and nuclear bailout
By Gavin Bade, Utility Dive
August 9, 2018

» See the Scars That Oil Exploration Cut Across Alaska’s Wilderness
By Henry Fountain, New York Times
August 3, 2018

» Newly Elected President of Mexico, Lopez Obrador, Vows to Ban Fracking
By Steve Horn, DeSmog Blog
August 1, 2018

» Natural Gas Demand Response and Non-Pipes Solutions as Alternatives to Pipeline Expansion
By Navigant Research (White Paper Abstract)
2018

» Monthly wholesale electricity prices and demand in New England, June 2018
Natural gas prices up 8%, weather-normalized demand down 2% from June 2017
ISO Newswire

July 27, 2018
More info: Monthly wholesale electricity prices and demand in New England, June 2017  ISO Newswire, July 21, 2017
Natural gas prices up 6.8%, weather-normalized demand down 4.1% from June 2016

» Local Activists Put a Cork in Dangerous Gas Storage Proposal in New York’s Wine Country
After a wave of public opposition, New York State regulators have denied a proposal for a gas storage facility in the Finger Lakes region.
By Jessica A. Knoblauch, EarthJustice
July 27, 2018

» Settlement reached in Petrobras’ Texas refinery emissions case
By Reuters Staff, Reuters
July 26, 2018

» Trump Says Europe Will Buy More American Gas. Is That Possible?
By Stanley Reed, New York Times
July 26, 2018

» Baltimore Sues 26 Fossil Fuels Companies Over Climate Change
The city’s waterfront revitalization has become a model for urban development, but sea level rise and extreme weather are putting its future at risk.
By David Hasemyer and Nicholas Kusnetz, Inside Climate News
July 20, 2018

» The Big Apple Loses to Big Oil as Judge Dismisses Climate Liability Suit
By Guest Author, DeSmog Blog
July 20, 2018

» When Corporations Take Credit for Green Deeds, Their Lobbying May Tell Another Story
By Guest Writers Tom Lyon and Magali (Maggie) Delmas, DeSmog
July 17, 2018

» Comment: The Fracked North has Already been Written Off as ‘Desolate’, Don’t let it Become Dehydrated Too
By John Hobson, chair of campaign group Defend Lytham, DeSmogUK
July 17, 2018

» It’s Time to Stop Investing in New Oil and Gas Pipelines
We can’t trust the administration to do the right thing, so we need to convince investors to take their money elsewhere
By Tracey Osborne and Remington Franklin, Scientific American
July 12, 2018

» Ireland Moves to Divest From Fossil Fuels
A bill passed in the lower house of Parliament was a victory for the global divestment movement.
By Somini Sengupta, New York Times
July 12, 2018

» IEEFA report: Fund trustees face growing fiduciary pressure to divest from fossil fuels
Oil, gas, and coal industries are seen as ‘increasingly speculative;’ Sector will continue to be weighed down by lackluster rewards and daunting risks; A ‘proper financial response’ is due
Press Release, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA)
July 10, 2018

» Electric Vehicle Sales Foretell a Big Oil Crash
By Paul Brown, DeSmog Blog – Originally posted on Climate News Network
July 7, 2018

» Derailed Oil Train Spills 230,000 Gallons of Tar Sands in Flooded Iowa River
By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog
June 25, 2018

» Judge Dismisses Suit Against Oil Companies Over Climate Change Costs
By John Schwartz, New York Times
June 25, 2018

» Shell has Admitted Climate Change Could Effect the Company’s Bottom Line
By Mike Small, DeSmog UK
June 25, 2018

» Some Rare Good Climate News: The Fossil Fuel Industry Is Weaker Than Ever
By Bill McKibben, Grist – in RSN
June 24, 2018

» How gas and oil companies are starting to look like the Yellow Pages (remember those?)
By Kathy Hipple, Energy Post
June 15, 2018

» Why It Matters If Fracking Companies Are Overestimating Their ‘Proved’ Oil and Gas Reserves
By Sharon Kelly, DeSmog Blog
June 14, 2018

» United States, Saudi Arabia and Russia Find Agreement on Oil Policy
By Clifford Krauss, New York Times
June 13, 2018

» Court again saves towns from Legislature
By The Editorial Board, The Times-Tribune (PA)
June 12, 2018

» DNC Quietly Adopts Ban On Fossil Fuel Company Donations
The move is a step toward purging oil, gas and coal industry influence on the Democratic Party’s climate policies.
By Alexander C. Kaufman, HuffPost
June 12, 2018

» End of the ‘gas rush?’ Renewables, storage reaching cost parity, report finds
As battery costs decline, researchers say localized portfolios of clean energy could challenge gas plant investments.
By Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive
June 11, 2018

» Fracking is damned by international tribunal
By Rob Edwards, The Herald (Scotland)
June 10, 2018

» The Resource Curse of Appalachia
By Eliza Griswold, New York Times Opinion
June 9, 2018

» An Oil Auction Provides Brazil a Needed Boost
By Vinod Sreeharsha, New York Times
June 7, 2018

» Shell Knew About Climate Migration 40 Years Ago. This is What it Told the Public
By Chloe Farand, DeSmog UK
June 6, 2018

» State legislators ask feds to support ethane storage hub in Pennsylvania
Stephen Huba, TribLIVE.com
June 5, 2018

» Reliance on fossil fuels could cause global economic crisis within decades
By Sami Grover, Treehugger
June 5, 2018

» ‘Carbon bubble’ could spark global financial crisis, study warns
By Fiona Harvey Environment correspondent, The Guardian
June 4, 2018

» UK Worst of G7 Countries for ‘Hiding’ Fossil Fuel Subsidies — Report
By Chloe Farand, DeSmog UK
June 4, 2018

» Bailing Out the Coal Industry Will Hurt Consumers
By Jeff Nesbit, New York Times Opinion
June 4, 2018

» Trump Orders a Lifeline for Struggling Coal and Nuclear Plants
By Brad Plumer, New York Times
June 1, 2018

» Breathtaking Power Grab: Trump Orders Uneconomical Coal and Nuclear Plants Not to Close, Lays Plans for Taxpayers to Bail Out Coal and Nuclear Industry
Statement of Tyson Slocum, Director, Public Citizen’s Energy Program
June 1, 2018

» Trump Prepares Lifeline for Money-Losing Coal Plants
By Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg
May 31, 2018, Updated on June 1, 2018

» In Colorado, a Fracking Boom and a Population Explosion Collide
By Julie Turkewitz, New York Times
May 31, 2018

» Why natural gas’ reign may come to a quick end
By Michael Donohue, Utility Dive (Opinion)
May 31, 2018

» Say Hello to Justin Trudeau, the World’s Newest Oil Executive
By Bill McKibben, Guardian UK
May 30, 2018

» No LNG in PVD! demands representation for Environmental Justice communities on the CRMC
Steve Ahlquist, Uprise RI
May 30, 2018

» How the fossil fuel industry drums up grassroots support
By Greta Jochem, Grist.org
May 29, 2018

» Halliburton and Saudi Aramco Reach Deal to Increase Gas Output
By Clifford Krauss, New York Times
May 28, 2018

» Private Equity’s Big Bet on Cheap Gas-Fired Plants Has Gone Awry
By Naureen S Malik and Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg
May 23, 2018

» Maintaining America’s Fleet Of Coal And Nuclear Plants Is ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY For Energy Security
Keith J. Rothfus and David B. McKinley (Members, US House of Representatives), The Daily Caller Op-Ed
May 23, 2018

» US shale-based LNG gushes into Asia
Japan follows South Korea, China and India in signing long-term contracts
By YASUO TAKEUCHI and RYOSUKE HANAFUSA, Nikkei Asian Review
May 22, 2018

» Spurred by Hotter Weather, Natural Gas Futures Rally Sharply
By Jeremiah Shelor, Natural Gas Intel
May 22, 2018

» The ‘Rush To Gas’ Will Strand Billions As Renewables Get Cheaper, Study Says
Jeff McMahon, Contributor – Forbes
May 21, 2018

» U.S. EIA: Northeast Region Slated For Record Natural Gas Pipeline Buildout In 2018
PA Environment Digest Blog
May 18, 2018

» How Trump’s EPA Is Moving to Undo Fracking Wastewater Protections
By Sharon Kelly, DeSmog
May 11, 2018

» Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Consumption in New England
Fact Sheet on Key Regional Statistics and Trends
Acadia Center
May 8, 2018

» As Rest of World Moves Towards Renewables, US Keeps Offering Exclusive Tax Breaks for Fossil Fuels
By Sharon Kelly, DeSmog
May 6, 2018

» How Wall Street Enabled the Fracking ‘Revolution’ That’s Losing Billions
By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog
May 4, 2018

» Actors were paid to support Entergy’s power plant at New Orleans City Council meetings
By Michael Isaac Stein, Contributing writer, The Lens
May 4, 2018

» How big can New England’s regional cap-and-trade program get?
New numbers prove it works and New Jersey and Virginia want in. Who’s next?
Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive
May 1, 2018

» Oil, gas exploration move a ‘kick in the guts’ for Taranaki – mayor
Radio New Zealand
April 12, 2018

» Are New Pipeline Infrastructure Projects Doomed?
By Brigham A. McCown, Contributor, Forbes Magazine
April 4, 2018

» Cyberattack Shows Vulnerability of Gas Pipeline Network
By Clifford Krauss, New York Times
April 4, 2018

» NETL Study Highlights the Importance of Coal for Power Generation During “Bomb Cyclone” Power Demands
US Office of Fossil Energy, Energy.gov
March 27, 2018

» Judge: Trump Admin. Must Consider Climate Change in Major Drilling and Mining Lease Plan
The plan covers 15 million acres in the Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming. The ruling on it is the latest to cite risks of fossil fuels and global warming.
By Neela Banerjee, Inside Climate News
March 26, 2018

» EIA: Gas generation dropped 7.7% in 2017 while coal declined 2.5%
By Robert Walton, Utility Dive
March 20, 2018

» ‘Keep It In the Ground’ Approach to Fossil Fuels on US Public Lands Would Cut Climate Emissions, Study Confirms
By Justin Mikulka, DeSmog
February 26, 2018

» Trump to repeal Obama fracking rule
By Timothy Cama, The Hill
December 28, 2017

» Con Edison seeks ‘non-pipe’ solutions to address peak gas demand
Robert Walton, Utility Dive
December 21, 2017

» Trump officials examining states’ authority in pipeline delays
Officials consider overruling states to quicken process
By James Osborne, Houston Chronicle
December 7, 2017

» Citing Recent Keystone Spill, Federal Court Orders Additional Measures to Reduce Spill Risks from Dakota Access Pipeline
by EarthJustice
December 4, 2017

» Massachusetts Campaign Raises Voice in Turbulent Northeast
By Jeff Awalt, Executive Editor, Pipeline & Gas Journal
December 2017

» Climate activists delay U.S. gas pipeline approvals: regulator
by Timothy Gardner, Reuters
November 30, 2017

» Gas rush: FERC’s pipeline approvals underline persisting controversy over permitting
by Gavin Bade, Utility Dive
November 28, 2017

» The next plastics boom could be around the corner
By Bill Wood, Plastics News
July 11, 2017 Updated 7/11/2017

» Wall Street Cash Pumps Up Oil Production Even as Prices Sag
One analyst cites ‘insufficient discrimination on the part of sources of capital’
By Bradley Olson and Alison Sider, The Wall Street Journal
July 7, 2017

» The Radical Rockefeller Campaign Against Pipelines
by Natural Gas Now Guest Blogger, Jim Willis – Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)
June 13, 2017

» Kinder Morgan: Why You Should Avoid It
Seeking Alpha
June 15, 2017

» Oil’s pipeline to America’s schools: Inside the fossil-fuel industry’s not-so-subtle push into K-12 education
by Jie Jenny Zou, Pulic Integrity
June 15, 2017

» Fake Grassroots Group Launched by Natural Gas Industry to Counter Pipeline Protests
by Lorraine Show, EcoWatch
June 12, 2017

» “Alternative” Climate Science Is Being Mailed to Teachers Nationwide
by Zahra Hirji, BuzzFeed News
June 7, 2017

» Big Oil Is Betting on Plastics. It May Be a Risky Bet.
By Amy Myers Jaffe, Wall Street Journal
May 23, 2017

» The US has one inspector for every 5,000 miles of pipeline—or twice the length of the country, each
by Zoë Schlanger, Quartz Media
March 10, 2017

» Millennials are Changing Industry: Food, Advertising, and Packaging
by Comar
November 29, 2016

» Plastics Market Worth $654.38 Billion By 2020
by Grand View Research, Inc.
July 6, 2015

» Burning Question: What Would Life Be Like Without the Halliburton Loophole?      By Susan Phillips, State Impact / NPR
December 5, 2011  

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