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Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Duke Investigation, Cooling Towers, Chemical Studies

The federal government has launched a criminal investigation into Duke Energy’s February 2 coal ash spill in North Carolina’s Dan River. The US Attorney’s Office in Raleigh issued subpoenas seeking records from from Duke and the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the AP reports. The EPA has extended the comment … Read more »

fracking methane emissions

Fracking Methane Emissions 97% Lower than EPA Estimates, Study Says

Greenhouse gas emissions from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, are “significantly lower” than EPA estimates, according to a new study from the University of Texas and the Environmental Defense Fund. The study, which measured methane emissions during completion operations for hydraulically fractured wells, found emissions were 97 percent lower than 2011 … Read more »