By Sarah Sharif: I recently travelled to Washington, DC, along with volunteers from Arkansas and Texas to pay a visit to Janet McCabe, Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, at the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) headquarters. We met with her and her staff on November 26 to discuss the importance of a strong haze rule to protect our national parks and refuges and to submit 9,000 locals voicing their concern.
[Original post: Logan Layden, State Impact Oklahoma, Nov. 24, 2014]
Oklahoma’s largest utility companies will spend more than $1 billion to upgrade coal-fired power plants or retire them in favor of natural gas, all to comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Regional Haze Rule, which is meant to improve visibility at national parks and wildlife refuges.
If you live in San Antonio, you may have caught KENS 5's great investigative report by Barry Davis on toxic air from fracking operations last week, "TCEQ Memo Proves Toxic Chemicals Are Being Released in the Eagle Ford Shale." Our own Neil Carman, Clean Air Director, was interviewed for this piece that everyone concerned about fracking should see.
Wouldn't it be great to launch a new tradition called "High Five Friday"? Let's get it going! Yesterday, the Lone Star Chapter received the Outstanding Non-Profit Organization Award at CATEE 2014. Cyrus Reed and several DFW-area Sierra Club leaders were on hand at the CATEE conference in Dallas to accept the award presented by the Energy Systems Laboratory of Texas A&M University. Let me fill in some details.
Last week, the San Antonio City Council unanimously voted to move forward with the Vista Ridge Project that plans to bring 50,000 acre-feet of groundwater from Burleson County to the city. Because of our many concerns with this project, the vote was a disappointment, but last Thursday’s Council deliberation did stir some positives worth discussing.
The Energy Storage Association (ESA) is hosting the first ever Texas Energy Storage Summit, in Austin, TX on December 5, 2014. This unique one-day summit brings together stakeholders from across Texas and around the country to meet for an informative and collaborative event that brings and in-depth focus on the opportunities and markets available in Texas and the ERCOT system. Attendees will have the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with Texas and ERCOT regulators, as well as utility partners and customers, to gain a full understanding of this market opportunity and what lies ahead for storage in the state.