Energy

5:00am

Tue July 1, 2014
An Energy Travelogue

When Energy Companies Are Bad Neighbors

Theresa Brothers' noise meter hits 81 decibels as she holds it up outside of her rural Ohio home. She and her husband Frank, left, owned this property for 30 years before a noisy compressor station moved in across the street.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

The constant, loud thrum of engines at an oil and gas compressor station permeates the air as I stand on the grassy lawn of Frank and Theresa Brothers, in Carroll County, Ohio.

The setting is rural; fields, forests, an Amish man in a surrey trotting by -- but the noise is industrial.

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4:27pm

Mon June 30, 2014
Oil and Gas

Group Cleared For Signature Gathering As Special Session Hopes Dwindle

A drilling rig works north of Highway 392 east of Windsor.
Grace Hood KUNC

8:00am

Sat June 28, 2014
An Eneregy Travelogue

Liquid Drill Waste, Quakes And Spills: Connecting Both East And West

Journalists canoe Ohio's Cuyahoga River. Its pollution in the 1960s inspired the modern environmental movement.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

The headwaters of the Cuyahoga River run smooth and pudding-brown; warblers dart through flooded underbrush, and the canoe I'm in travels swiftly and silently downstream.

This river, an icon of the modern environmental movement, is perhaps most famous for catching fire multiple times in the 1960s and catalyzing the series of environmental protections the U.S. Congress passed in that era. It's now mostly clean, and serves as a symbol for another environmental problem -- the potential risk the natural gas boom poses to clean water in Ohio and other states experiencing a rush of energy activity.

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5:30am

Fri June 27, 2014
An Energy Travelogue

Radioactive Waste: Another Concern For Fractivists

Trucks at the McKean County landfill in New York must stop to be tested for radioactive material.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

The first thing I did this morning, after sucking down a cup of watery hotel coffee and some microwave-scrambled eggs, was go to the dump.

I'm traveling through Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio learning about shale drilling with a group of journalists, and we were visiting the McKean County Landfill.

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5:00am

Fri June 27, 2014
Oil and Gas

Following In Washington's Footsteps, Montana Releases Crude Oil Rail Routes

A BNSF train outside of Houston, Texas. As a company, BNSF ships large ammounts of Bakken crude oil.
Roy Luck Flickr - Creative Commons

A dozen or more trains carrying crude oil from the Bakken region are moving across northern Montana every week, skirting the edge of Glacier National Park. More trains - far fewer in number - pass through populated regions farther south.

Governor Steve Bullock has released the route information, making Montana the latest state, after Washington, to buck railroads’ requests to keep the information out of public hands.

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