Inside Energy’s Leigh Paterson was a guest journalist this week at the US Senate and US House debates, hosted by Wyoming PBS. Candidates answered questions on education, foreign policy, same-sex marriage, Obamacare, and of course, on energy: oil exports, Wyoming wind power development, climate change in the classroom, and the EPA.
The Environmental Defense Fund released a report this week on the growing industry of detecting and reducing methane emissions. As drilling companies look to natural gas as a cleaner alternative to coal, its main component, methane, is a cause for concern. Methane mitigation companies are turning this concern into profit and jobs.
When the Environmental Protection Agency released a report in 2011 linking groundwater contamination in Pavillion, Wyoming to fracking, it sparked a national debate about the safety of drilling for oil and gas. Response to the latest report on Pavillion groundwater contamination, released Wednesday, was considerably more muted, with just a handful of articles in the local media.
It didn’t take long after the Obama administration unveiled new rules Monday regulating carbon emissions from power plants for people to start naming winners and losers. Wyoming, the nation’s largest coal-producing state, and a huge coal consumer, was immediately billed as a loser. But the reality is more complicated than that. Travis Deti has yet to read through all 645 pages of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule, but already knows he doesn’t like it. “We feel it’s bad for Wyoming, and it’s certainly not good for our coal industry,” said Deti.