To round out a year of rollbacks, the Trump administration just repealed key regulations on fracking

Read the full story in the Washington Post. On the last business day of the year, the Interior Department rescinded a 2015 Obama administration rule that would have set new environmental limitations on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on public lands. The regulation from the Bureau of Land Management, which had been opposed by the oil and gas industry and tied …

One of the country’s biggest oil fields just turned to an unexpected power source: Solar

Read the full story in the Washington Post. The Belridge oil field near Bakersfield, Calif., is one of the largest in the country. It has been producing oil for more than a century and last year produced about 76,000 barrels a day, according to Aera Energy, its operator. But the oil field is about to become even more remarkable. …

Oil and gas industry is causing Texas earthquakes, a ‘landmark’ study suggests

Read the full story in the Washington Post. An unnatural number of earthquakes hit Texas in the past decade, and the region's seismic activity is increasing. In 2008, two earthquakes stronger than magnitude 3 struck the state. Eight years later, 12 did. Natural forces trigger most earthquakes. But humans are causing earthquakes, too, with mining and dam …

How a 672,000-Gallon Oil Spill Was Nearly Invisible

Read the full story in the New York Times. Mention oil spills, and images of birds coated in black slime and a shiny slick on the ocean’s surface come to mind. But not all oil spills are the same. About 672,000 gallons of oil spilled when a pipeline fractured about a mile below the ocean’s …

Electricity from shale gas vs. coal: Lifetime toxic releases from coal much higher

Read the full story in ScienceDaily. Despite widespread concern about potential human health impacts from hydraulic fracturing, the lifetime toxic chemical releases associated with coal-generated electricity are 10 to 100 times greater than those from electricity generated with natural gas obtained via fracking, according to a new study.