Tag: natural gas

randy forbes

Randy Forbes: Some relief in heat energy costs

In October of 2013, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported that 90% of homes were expected to have higher heating costs this winter as compared to last year.


movies

Film Screening in Harrisonburg: Gasland II

Wild Virginia is excited to host a special, free screening of Gasland II in Harrisonburg.


Earth Talk: Cheaper natural gas lowering carbon dioxide emissions

Carbon dioxide emissions are indeed lower than at any time since 1994, according to data recently released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). But if you think that the rise of the hybrid car, our embrace of public transit, walking, biking and those new windows on the house are behind the trend, think again.


Earth Talk: Greener holidays

While the holidays are festive and fun, they can take a toll on the environment. All that shopping, decoration, food preparation and travel adds up to more carbon emissions and more waste. But there are ways to minimize our impact and still celebrate the season in grand style.


Earth Talk: Greener ways to frack for natural gas?

Hydraulic fracturing (known as “fracking”) is a method of causing fissures in underground shale rock formations to facilitate the extraction of otherwise inaccessible natural gas and oil. In a typical fracking operation, drillers inject a mixture of pressurized water and chemicals underground to fracture the rock and free up the gas and oil.


virginia general assembly

Chris Graham: Remove senior assistant AG from board advisory role

Terry McAuliffe made a public request of Republican rival Ken Cuccinelli to remove Senior Assistant Attorney General Sharon Pigeon from her position as an advisor to the state Oil and Gas Board


Cuccinelli, McAuliffe campaigns respond to IG report

The Cuccinelli for Governor campaign released the following statement regarding the Inspector General report that a senior assistant to Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli “inappropriately used Commonwealth resources to support” private litigation filed against two energy companies by Southwest Virginia residents for allegedly cheating them out of royalty payments for natural gas drilled on their land.


Inspector general report finds assistant AG went too far in aiding energy companies

A senior assistant to Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli “inappropriately used Commonwealth resources to support” private litigation filed against two energy companies by Southwest Virginia residents for allegedly cheating them out of royalty payments for natural gas drilled on their land.


New website helps citizens protect national forests from fracking

Citizen groups debuted a new website this week that will educate the public about the impacts of oil and gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing on National Forests in the eastern U.S. and provide them with tools to evaluate and challenge drilling and fracking proposals.


Earth Talk: Natural gas as automotive fuel?

It is difficult to say which of the growing number of fuel options will power the cars of the future. But natural gas, given its domestic abundance, low price and lesser carbon footprint, is certainly a contender, at least as far as researchers at the federally funded Argonne National Laboratory are concerned


Kaine: ‘All of the above’ on energy

The black-white debate on energy production between Republicans and Democrats generally speaking comes down to the merits of oil production vs. clean energy. It doesn’t have to be an either-or proposition, though. “We need to use every domestic source that we have. But I think we ought to be preparing for a long-term shift toward […]


Forum to detail issues with fracking

A request for a special-use permit that would allow a Texas-based energy company to drill for natural gas in Rockingham County is perhaps permanently on the table. Locals still need to arm themselves with knowledge of the process known as hydrofracture that companies use to extract natural gas from the ground and its long list […]


Review: Long list of public-health concerns related to proposed natural-gas well

A professional geologist’s review of an application for a Marcellus Shale natural-gas well in Rockingham County just released by local groups Community Alliance for Preservation, Shenandoah Riverkeeper and Shenandoah Valley Network, reveals a long list of environmental and public-health concerns related to the proposed well. The report, conducted by Mark Quarles, P.G., of Global Environmental […]


Letter | McDonnell’s claims on drilling ‘tenuous at best’

  Letter from J.R. Tolbert, Richmond, Va. Submit letters to the editor: freepress2@ntelos.net I am writing in response to Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell’s desire to drill off the coast of Virginia. Mr. McDonnell’s arguments in favor of drilling make claims to thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in revenue to the state. These claims are […]