In its first parry to the administration’s repeal of regulations, the state's water board has established its own rules to protect wetlands and other waters.
Officials, environmental groups and oil industry analysts say the state has solid regulatory and legal means to block new drilling off its coast.
Corporations should not be a part of climate negotiations at the upcoming United Nations talks in Paris. They are part of the problem, not the solution.
President Obama has removed one of the last obstacles to oil drilling in the Arctic and granted Shell permission to develop new exploratory wells that could bring the company enormous profits.
Here are two facts that cannot be reconciled: The planet has experienced the warmest January-through-March on record, and the Obama administration has authorized massive new oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean.
Major oil company Royal Dutch Shell wants to drill in the Chukchi Sea this summer. In the long term, that could spell doom for one of the last great relatively untouched oceanic environments on the planet.
The Government Accountability Office says environmental regulators are failing to adequately enforce rules for wells used to dispose of toxic waste from drilling.
Environmentalists and state inspectors are trying to track thousands of oil and gas wells, pipelines and fracking storage tanks to determine the scope of impairment from the region's massive floods. "They're just overwhelmed," one expert says.
In 2011, the agency issued a draft report saying that the controversial practice of fracking was to blame for the pollution of an aquifer deep below the town of Pavillion, Wyo., the first time such a claim had been based on a scientific analysis. Now the EPA will hand the study over to Wyoming, whose research will be funded by EnCana--the very drilling company whose wells may have caused the contamination.
The natural gas industry is waging an aggressive public relations campaign to bolster investor confidence, despite evidence showing that shale gas is an unreliable resource and that the production process releases large amounts of methane into the atmosphere. The natural gas industry is waging an aggressive PR campaign to bolster investor confidence, despite evidence that the production process releases large amounts of methane into the atmosphere.