Collaboration on Illinois legislation could achieve standards for regulating hydraulic fracturing

Illinois is on track to go where no push for hydraulic fracturing has gone before in the U.S.: a consensus on how to regulate the controversial practice of injecting chemicals and large amounts of water deep underground to flush out large quantities of natural gas and crude oil. As states such as New York and […]

Lessons learned from transporting ‘dilbit’ oil & how they should apply to the Keystone XL pipeline

What happened near Marshall, Mich. in July 2010 illuminates the risks of building the controversial extension of the Keystone XL pipeline. That’s because a six-and-a-half foot tear in a 30-inch carbon steel pipeline operated by Enbridge Energy Partners spewed more than 1 million gallons of gooey crude oil mined from Canadian tar sands into the […]

Benefits of an independent safety center for oil and gas hydraulic fracturing

If safety truly is a priority for companies producing oil and gas using hydraulic fracturing, they should match their words with genuine safeguards that the public and regulators could see and understand. The nuclear industry has long been working to improve safety of utility-owned nuclear power plants under the auspices of the Institute of Nuclear […]

Fresh messages, new language needed to achieve sustainable energy future; when’s the inflection point?

Advocates of a more sustainable energy future can blame Solyndra, Al Gore, President Obama, James Hansen, Bill McKibben or environmental interests groups such as the 350.org, Natural Resources Defense Council, Greenpeace and the Sierra Club. The fact is a growing number of, if not most, “green” initiatives are not likely to achieve their missions of […]