Energy & Fuel

Fracking Disclosure Loses a Round in Wyoming

Natrona County District Judge Catherine Wilking ruled March 25, 2013, that a company could withhold as trade secret the ingredients used in the fluids it pumped under high pressure to fracture gas- and oil-bearing rock. Environmentalists had sought to make the ingredient list public.

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Court Lifts Settlement Secrecy in Pennsylvania Fracking Case

The unsealed documents revealed that the potential plaintiffs had received $750,000 from frackers Range Resources, which has been accused of high-handed tactics. The case is important in several respects — even beyond the broader controversy over sealing of civil settlements.

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State Department KXL Report Secrecy Hides Conflict, Criticism

The State Department is trying to hide at least two different kinds of information about its Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Keystone XL pipeline, including graying out key information in the work histories of people involved in the consultation process.

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April 16, 2013

Whither Audit Policies at EPA and the States?

The Environmental Law Institute offers via teleconference/webinar an expert panel which will discuss the current state of EPA audit policies at the Federal and state levels and best practices moving forward.

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DOT Proposes Penalty For Exxon Pipeline Spill into Yellowstone River

"BILLINGS, Mont. -- Federal regulators proposed $1.7 million in civil penalties against Exxon Mobil Corp. on Monday for safety violations linked to a pipeline rupture that spilled an estimated 63,000 gallons of crude oil into Montana's scenic Yellowstone River."

Source: AP, 03/26/2013

"Scottish Government Approves Windfarm Opposed By Donald Trump"

"A controversial offshore wind project off the coast of Aberdeen has been approved by the Scottish government. The 11-turbine European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre is bitterly opposed by US businessman Donald Trump, who has complained that it will the spoil the view from his nearby golf course."

Source: Guardian, 03/26/2013

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