6:41 am
Sun March 23, 2014

The Lingering Legacy Of The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 10:37 am



Here in this country, a barge carrying nearly a million gallons of oil has collided with a ship in Galveston Bay, Texas. Cleanup crews are on the scene, but there's no word yet on the extent of the damage.

The spill comes as the country marks a grim milestone. Twenty-five years ago, Captain Joseph Hazelwood made this emergency call.

CAPTAIN JOSEPH HAZELWOOD: Yeah, it's the Valdez back, we've, should be on your radar there, we've fetched up hard aground.

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1:50 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Can Europe Wean Itself Off Russian Gas?

The Russian gas giant Gazprom's Adler thermal power plant in Sochi, Russia. Europe gets about one-third of its natural gas from Russia.
Yuri Kadobnov AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 5:22 pm

Many European nations were searching for ways to cut back their reliance on Russian energy long before the crisis in Ukraine flared last month.

In 2006 and 2009, for example, the EU was rattled by the ease with which Moscow cut off gas supplies to Ukraine and other parts of Europe after disputes over cost and supply. The two-week standoff in 2009 left millions in Eastern Europe without heat in the middle of winter.

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In Northern MIchigan
6:23 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Chesapeake Energy Faces Antitrust Charges

MIchigan Attorney General Bill Schuette
Credit State Of Michigan

Representatives of two energy companies that are accused of colluding to keep bids low on oil and gas leases have appeared in a northern Michigan court to face criminal charges.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced March 5 that he filed antitrust charges against Chesapeake Energy Corp. and Encana Corp.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
1:02 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Oklahoma Chemical Company Settles With EPA And DEQ, Agrees To Pay Fines And Reduce Emissions

LSB Industries has agreed to a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, which had accused the Oklahoma City-based chemical company of violating the federal Clean Air Act.

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Middle East
3:02 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Dispute And Suspicion Swirl About Iranian Water Reactor

Originally published on Mon March 17, 2014 5:33 pm



From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.


And I'm Robert Siegel.

Talks resume this week in Vienna over Iran's nuclear program. Western powers want to prevent Iran from making nuclear weapons. Iran wants relief from economic sanctions. Well, today, we look at one of the issues: the construction of Iran's heavy-water reactor near the city of Arak. Critics doubt Iran's claims that the reactor is just for medical research, not weapons.

Here's NPR's Peter Kenyon.

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Around the Nation
3:06 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

For The Poor, Warmth In The Winter Comes At A Steep Price

Christopher Sessums Flickr

Originally published on Sat March 15, 2014 5:05 pm

Even as signs of spring emerge around the country, one particular remnant of winter remains: high energy bills. For low-income residents, a hefty heating bill can be an especially big burden, and not just in traditional cold-weather states.

In January, as temperatures dipped to record lows in eastern Tennessee, the Knoxville Utilities Board urged its customers: If you think you cannot pay your bill, call us. On average, gas bills were 29 percent higher than they were a year ago. And the poor have suffered even more, says Jeanie Fox, a customer counselor.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
4:55 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Regulator Votes To Adopt New Rules For Disposal Wells In Earthquake-Prone Region

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission at the March 13, 2014 meeting.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission on Thursday voted unanimously to adopt new data monitoring and reporting rules for operators of disposal wells in central Oklahoma’s earthquake-prone Arbuckle Formation.

As StateImpact’s Joe Wertz reports, these are the first formal regulations addressing oil and gas-related earthquakes.

The rules require operators in the Arkbuckle to record daily injection pressure and volume measurements, and turn the data over to the commission if requested.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
11:58 am
Thu March 13, 2014

As Wind Energy Moves Into Eastern Oklahoma, Resistance Turns Political

Joe Bush, owner of a ranch near Shidler, Okla., has signed agreements to lease land for two wind farms. Bush worries a 2014 bill that would impose a moratorium on some wind-energy projects would prevent the wind farms from being built.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma is one of the country’s top wind-energy producers, and companies want to build more turbines across the state.

For many landowners, wind farms can be a financial windfall. But as wind energy moves into regions unaccustomed to turbines, opponents have taken the fight to the state Capitol.

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8:10 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Chesapeake Energy’s $5 Billion Shuffle

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When Chesapeake Energy, one of the nation's largest oil and gas companies, was facing a financial crisis at the end of 2011, it managed to execute an adroit escape -- raising nearly $5 billion by gouging rural landowners out of royalty payments they were supposed to receive in exchange for allowing the company to drill for natural gas on their property, ProPublica's Abrahm Lustgarten reports.
In his new investigation, ProPublica's Abraham Lustgarten explains that drilling companies like Chesapeake can levy any fees they want for moving gas through gathering lines to the nation's interstate pipelines. Chesapeake took full advantage of this by selling a significant portion of its local pipelines system to Access Midstream, a newly formed company that evolved out of Chesapeake itself, for $4.76 billion in much-needed cash.
StateImpact Oklahoma
11:41 am
Wed March 12, 2014

State Senate Easily Passes Bill That Could Make Mining Permits Harder To Get

U.S. Silica's sand processing plant north of Mill Creek, Okla.
Credit Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

Some landowners frustrated by the expansion of mining in south-central Oklahoma — particularly in the sensitive Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer — hope a slight change to the state’s mining law will make a major difference in the public’s ability to go up against large sand and limestone mining companies.

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