Solar Employs More Workers Than Coal, Oil and Natural Gas Combined

U.S. solar employs more workers than any other energy industry, including coal, oil and natural gas combined, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s second annual U.S. Energy and Employment Report.

6.4 million Americans now work in the traditional energy and the energy efficiency sector, which added more than 300,000 net new jobs in 2016, or 14 percent of the nation’s job growth.

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These Eye-Opening Memes Show the Real 10-Year Challenge

Before-and-after photos of your friends have probably taken over your Facebook and Instagram feeds, but environmentalists are using the #10YearChallenge to insert a dose of truth.

Memes of shrinking glaciers, emaciated polar bears and coral bleaching certainly subvert the feel-good viral sensation, but these jarring images really show our planet in a worrying state of flux.

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CU-Boulder, NOAA study uncovers oil and gas emission’s ‘chemical signature’

Study finds that more than half of ozone-forming pollutants in Erie come from drilling activity

By John Aguilar Camera Staff Writer
UPDATED:   01/17/2013 11:20:57 AM MST

Emissions from oil and natural gas operations account for more than half of the pollutants — such as propane and butane — that contribute to ozone formation in Erie, according to a new scientific study published this week.

The study, the work of scientists at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado, concluded that oil and gas activity contributed about 55 percent of the volatile organic compounds linked to unhealthy ground-level ozone in Erie.

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3 ways of looking at the Colorado Supreme Court’s major oil and gas ruling

Moving forward, will the Martinez decision most benefit the industry or environmental activists? What about both?

 

Colorado Supreme Court rebuffs health, safety groups on oil & gas case

  • The Colorado Supreme Court said Monday that state law does not allow regulators to make public health and the environment their top priority when setting rules for oil and gas drilling. But Democrats who control the Legislature and the governor’s office said they plan to change the law.

    The high court’s long-anticipated ruling said state law requires regulators to “foster” oil and gas production while protecting public health and the environment. But the court says regulators must take into account whether those protections are cost-effective and technically feasible.

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The Youth Have Seen Enough

Jan. 12, 2019 09:00AM EST

By Rex Weyler

The world’s youth have finally seen and heard enough from the deplorable political process, from compromised delegates, corrupted political appointees, and criminal corporations who sabotage these critical international discussions.

The truth of our ecological crisis is not difficult to see. Fragile ecosystems are unraveling all around us. We have been warned by scientists for two centuries: by the 1972 “Limits to Growth” study, William Catton’s 1980 book Overshoot, by reliable scientists, and by millions of ecology activists. We were warned by the 2009 Naturearticle, “Planetary Boundaries” showing that humanity has breached seven critical tipping points; and by the 2012, Nature article, “Approaching a State Shift in Earth’s Biosphere,” by 22 international scientists warning of an “irreversible” planetary-scale transition, “unknown in human experience.”

And yet, politicians and delegates travel around the world, stay in luxury hotels and dither about our children’s future, as carbon emissions rise, species blink from existence, rivers run dry and ancient forests burn. It is no wonder, and a welcome sight, that the world’s youth have seen enough and are not impressed.

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Weld County oil and gas spill report for Jan. 13

The WINNER (though this was a tough one as several of these sound horrible!!!) is Confluence DJ LLC. That is 11,004 GALLONS of OIL SPILLED.

Confluence DJ LLC….NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK, Let’s give them a hand for “MERGING THEIR TALENTS” to create a HUGE TOXIC SPILL!!!! OOPS!!!
“Founded in September, 2016, Confluence Resources LP is a private oil and gas company headquartered in Denver, Colorado.  Formed by a “confluence” of respected industry leaders with overlapping prior experience and financial partners, the team merges their talents to capture opportunities, enhance value and achieve profitable returns. The management team is comprised of recognized leaders in the industry with proven track records of creating significant shareholder value over more than two decades across multiple oil and gas resource plays.”


• CONFLUENCE DJ LLC,
 reported Jan. 2 a tank battery spill about 2 miles south of Hudson, near Weld roads 8 and 45. About 260 barrels of oil spilled inside containment. A drain line valve on the back of the oil tank blew out.

Weld County oil and gas spill report for Jan. 13

 

January 13, 2019

The following spills were reported to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in the past two weeks.

Information is based on Form 19, which operators must fill out detailing the leakage/spill events. Any spill release that may impact waters of the state must be reported as soon as practical. Any spill of five barrels or more must be reported within 24 hours, and any spill of one barrel or more, which occurs outside secondary containment, such as metal or earthen berms, must also be reported within 24 hours, according to COGCC rules. Spills and leaks typically are found during routine maintenance on existing wells, though some actual “spills” do occur among the 23,000-plus wells in the county.

• KP KAUFFMAN COMPANY INC, reported Jan. 8 a historical flowline spill in Frederick, near Weld County roads 16 and 15. Less than a barrel each of oil and produced water spilled. Crews found the spill while cleaning a non-reportable release caused by high line pressure in a flowline. Historical contamination is being excavated and disposed of at a landfill.

• AKA ENERGY GROUP LLC, reported Jan. 7 a gas compressor station spill about 1 mile west of Gilcrest, near Weld roads 42 and 27. Between one and five barrels of condensate and less than a barrel of produced water spilled. A third-party truck driver transferred condensate to the incorrect tank battery, which was already full, spilling about two barrels of condensate and produced water inside secondary containment and two barrels of the mix outside secondary containment. Impacted soil will be disposed of at a landfill.

• DCP OPERATING COMPANY LP, reported Jan. 7 a pipeline spill about 2 miles north of Fort Lupton, near Weld 20 and U.S. 85. Between one and five barrels of condensate spilled. A six-inch gas gathering pipeline developed a leak.

• BONANZA CREEK ENERGY OPERATING COMPANY LLC, reported Jan. 4 a historical tank battery spill about 4 miles southeast of Kersey, near Weld roads 44 and 46. More than five barrels of oil spilled. The release was initially reported in 2009, but was never closed. A loadline froze overnight and failed at the production tank, releasing oil into the earthen containment berm. The oil was vacuumed up and the impacted soil was disposed of at a landfill.

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• HIGHPOINT OPERATING CORPORATION,reported Jan. 4 a well spill about 2 miles west of Hereford, near Weld roads 136 and 77. About four and a half barrels of produced water spilled. The liner came loose from the polish rod, spilling produced water to the pad surface. All liquids were retained on location.

• CONFLUENCE DJ LLC, reported Jan. 2 a tank battery spill about 2 miles south of Hudson, near Weld roads 8 and 45. About 260 barrels of oil spilled inside containment. A drain line valve on the back of the oil tank blew out.

• WHITING OIL & GAS CORPORATION, reported Jan. 2 a tank battery spill about 8 miles northeast of Keota, near Weld roads 110 and 127. About 30 barrels of produced water spilled into lined containment. The cause is being investigated and has been associated with a 4-inch tee on the produced water loadout line.

• PDC ENERGY INC, reported Dec. 31 a tank battery spill about 6 miles northeast of Kersey, near Weld roads 64 and 61. An unknown amount of oil and between five and 100 barrels of produced water spilled. A water vault valve failure released the produced water and oil inside containment.

‘As World Teeters on Brink of Climate Catastrophe,’ 600+ Groups Demand Congress Back Visionary Green New Deal

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We need action on climate that ends our dependence on dirty energy, puts power in the hands of communities, and provides good jobs.”

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On behalf of their millions of members and supporters, 626 environmental organizations on Thursday demanded that U.S. policymakers “pursue visionary and affirmative legislative action” such as a Green New Deal to combat the “urgent threat” of the global climate crisis.

“Americans want a livable future for their children, and that requires keeping fossil fuels in the ground while greening the economy on a wartime footing.”
—Bill Snape, CBD

“As the world teeters on the brink of climate catastrophe, we’re calling on Congress to take large-scale action,” said Bill Snape of the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), which signed the letter(pdf) to lawmakers. “Americans want a livable future for their children, and that requires keeping fossil fuels in the ground while greening the economy on a wartime footing.”

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