Thanks in large part to a boom in oil production, the state’s budget reserves are expected to top $2 billion by the end of June 30, 2013, the end of the two-year budget cycle, according to new figures.
Philadelphia became the largest U.S. city to join an Environmental Protection Agency program aimed at getting more people, businesses, institutions -- and more towns -- to purchase electricity generated by solar panels, wind turbines, and other "green" sources.
To keep pace with a surge of natural gas drilling, Ohio is looking to triple its staff of well inspectors. In many other states, though, inspection teams remain small while wells go unchecked, Stateline reports.
Although final Senate approval is far from guaranteed, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced a 73-amendment agreement, which was agreed to by unanimous consent and includes measures both germane and nongermane to the bill. But it wasn’t secured easily.
Boston has nearly doubled its residential recycling rate over the past five years, yet fewer than 1 in 5 pieces of household waste gets recycled, significantly less than in other large cities around the country.
Source: AP/Las Vegas Sun | California |
June 19, 2012
A botched computer analysis resulted in design flaws that are largely to blame for unprecedented wear in steam tubes at the San Onofre nuclear power plant, but it isn't clear how the problems can be fixed, federal regulators said.
The Environmental Protection Agency plans to announce a proposal to tighten the nation’s soot standards, a move that could help deliver major health benefits by the end of the decade but force some oil refiners, manufacturers and other operations to invest in pollution-abatement upgrades.
Source: Casper Star-Tribune | Wyoming |
June 15, 2012
Tom Doll, who oversees the regulation of all oil and natural gas operations in the state, said those in the Pavillion area with water concerns possibly tied to natural gas drilling were motivated by greed, and he strongly criticized a federal investigation of the water complaints.
City planners are refining a pilot program to turn parking spaces here and in three other neighborhoods into “parklets’’ - petite, three-season patios, with benches and planters atop platforms built flush with the sidewalk.
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