Air Pollution

5:00am

Tue June 17, 2014
Ask About Energy

Why Is There A Large Burning Flare At A Well Site?

A well operated by Synergy Resources Corporation, flaring in the early morning, June 13, 2014. The well site is on County Road 26 on the south side of Union Reservoir, outside of Longmont, Colo.
Jim Hill KUNC

As the oil and gas boom in Northern Colorado brings more development closer to the urban core, sights that are common on the plains or in rural development areas like North Dakota’s Bakken may come as a surprise.

For example, a large pillar of fire burning at an oil and gas well site.

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1:50pm

Tue June 3, 2014
Energy

Consumer Effect Of New EPA Rules Best Summed Up As Complicated

Valmont Power Station near Boulder, Colo., pictured in May 2010. The power plant can use both coal and natural gas in power generation.
Anders B Knudsen Flickr - Creative Commons

The Obama administration said Monday that it intends to aggressively reduce carbon-dioxide emissions, or greenhouse gas pollution, produced by power plants in the United States. To boost these ambitions, the White House will partner with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to enforce varying rules state-by-state to be carried out by power plants that produce the gases.

If successfully implemented, the regulations will deliver a 30 percent decrease in carbon emissions by 2030.

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7:16am

Mon June 2, 2014
Energy

EPA Unveils New Proposal Targeting Greenhouse Gases

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 9:52 am

The EPA is proposing rules that would govern carbon dioxide gas emissions by U.S. power plants. Here, coal is transported via conveyor belt to the coal-fired Jim Bridger Power Plant outside Point of the Rocks, Wyo., in March.
Jim Urquhart Reuters /Landov

New federal regulations announced Monday aim to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030.

The draft proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency has sparked opposition from industry groups who say the changes would be prohibitively expensive. But the proposal's backers say the rules are needed to cut carbon pollution that scientists say contributes to climate change.

Update at 10:45 a.m. ET: Proposed Rule Published

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7:30am

Fri May 30, 2014
Coal Energy

Coal Power Wary As New Greenhouse Gas Regs Loom

The Naughton Power Plant near Kemmerer, Wyoming, Sept., 2011.
born1945 Flickr - Creative Commons

The predicted effects of continuing to pump carbon dioxide into the atmosphere at current rates range from dramatic sea level rise to extreme weather to famine and drought. Power plants are among the largest carbon dioxide emitters, and June 2, the Obama administration is scheduled to release new rules regulating those emissions.

Utilities and trade groups are already warning those rules will have some dire consequences of their own.

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9:09am

Tue May 27, 2014
Energy

Methane, VOCs The Target Of Colorado's New Regulations

Gary Graham with Boulder-based Western Resource Advocates compares how methane emissions at drilling sites can be seen with infrared technology.
Dan Boyce Inside Energy

Starting in May, new regulations begin to go into effect in Colorado to cap methane emissions from oil and gas drilling sites. These regulations could prove to be a model for the rest of the country.

The measures are also groundbreaking because of the rare collaboration between industry, environmentalists and state leaders which led to the rules.

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