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COGA Moves to Dismiss Frivolous Lawsuit

Colorado Energy News - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:46
Seeks Sanctions against East Boulder County United Counsel

Denver, CO – The Colorado Oil & Gas Association (COGA) announced it has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by Clifton Willmeng and Ann Griffin against COGA, Governor John Hickenlooper, and the State of Colorado.  In addition, COGA is seeking sanctions against the plaintiffs under provisions of Rule 11 of the Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure, which permit a court to sanction attorneys or parties who submit pleadings that contain frivolous arguments or arguments that have no evidentiary support.

“The legal action brought by plaintiffs Willmeng and Griffin is without foundation and again reflects the utter disregard Mr. Willmeng has for our judicial system and the taxpayers who fund it,” said Tisha Schuller, President and CEO of COGA.  “We’re seeking sanctions under Rule 11 to hold the plaintiffs and their legal counsel accountable for filing a frivolous lawsuit that is without legal merit and adds to the damage Willmeng has already created by inflicting deceptive energy bans on Colorado communities like Lafayette inflicts further damage on the citizens of Lafayette and Colorado.”

A state court judge has already denied an effort by Mr. Willmeng to intervene in the lawsuit brought by COGA against the City of Lafayette challenging the City’s ban on oil and gas operations as preempted by state law.  Judge D.D. Mallard ruled in that litigation that Mr. Willmeng and East Boulder County United could not intervene because their legal interests were already adequately represented by the City and because they sought to introduce extraneous issues into the litigation.

In a last-ditch effort to prevent a ruling in the Lafayette litigation, Mr. Willmeng has now filed his own ‘class action’ lawsuit against COGA and the other parties citing violations of self-determination and other groundless claims.  COGA is seeking sanctions against the plaintiffs and their attorney to reimburse it for the administrative costs COGA incurred in responding to the complaint.

Should COGA receive an award, the proceeds will be contributed to the Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFAA), a charity in Boulder which assists in providing immediate needs for food, shelter and other basic necessities.

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Conservationists File for State Director Review of Extensive Oil Drilling Program

Colorado Energy News - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 15:26

Denver – Conservation groups filed a request for State Director Review (SDR) last week regarding the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) approval of 108 new oil wells in western Colorado, southeast of Grand Junction, at the foot of the Grand Mesa. The wells were approved through a faulty process that lacked the required public input and the mandated rigorous analysis of environmental impacts.

“This leap before you look attitude is exactly what’s wrong with the federal government’s oil and gas program,” said Jim Ramey, Executive Director of Citizens for a Healthy Community (CHC), a nonprofit conservation group based in Paonia, Colo. “Despite the fact that BLM is still finalizing its new Resource Management Plan for the area, and is currently working on a comprehensive air study, the agency is moving forward with an uninformed and inappropriate decision.”

On June 13, the BLM Grand Junction Field Office (GJFO) approved the drilling plan without conducting the legally required Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to analyze potential impacts of the project. An EIS is required when a decision by the federal government may significantly impact the environment.

“The BLM has failed to adequately consider the impacts of this project on important values such as air quality, water resources, and the area’s abundant wildlife, which is all the more troubling given other existing and proposed oil and gas development threatening the area,” said Western Environmental Law Center (WELC) attorney Kyle Tisdel, who is representing CHC in the matter. “What’s worse, BLM failed to allow for public review and participation before making its final decision.”

In response, the groups have filed a request with BLM State Director, Ruth Welch, seeking her review the GJFO’s decision. The request asks the Director to reverse the agency’s approval of the project and require the GJFO to prepare a more thorough EIS that will take the necessary hard look at impacts from the project.

CHC is a grass-roots organization formed by a group of Delta County, Colorado residents in 2010 for the purpose of protecting people and their environment from irresponsible oil and gas development in the Delta County region. CHC’s members and supporters include local farmers, ranchers, vineyard and winery owners, sportsmen, small business owners, and other concerned residents impacted by oil and gas development. CHC has been an active participant in the process of commenting on issues related to oil and gas development in the region, including on development proposals submitted for the Whitewater area.

WELC is a nonprofit, public-interest law firm with offices across the West in Oregon, Montana, and New Mexico. WELC uses the power of the law to safeguard the wildlife, wildlands, and communities of the American West. WELC integrates national policies and regional perspective with the local knowledge of our 100+ partner groups to implement smart and appropriate place-based actions.

Click here to read the request for State Director Review.

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Corralling Carbon Before It Belches From Stack - New York Times

Today in CCS - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 14:50

New York Times

Corralling Carbon Before It Belches From Stack
New York Times
To fight against global warming, the world needs to sharply reduce emissions of carbon dioxide gas. A technology called carbon capture and storage can keep the gas out of the environment. Video Credit By Aaron Byrd and Sofia Perpetua on Publish Date ...
Groundbreaking Held on New Carbon Capture Unit at Existing Power PlantSurfKY News
Construction begins on Kentucky's first 'megawatt-scale' carbon capture pilot ...KyForward.com
Partnership seeks technologies to reduce carbon dioxide emissionsThe Lane Report

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Why we Need CCS - Part 5: Bridge to a Sustainable Energy Future - Energy Collective

Today in CCS - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 07:15

Why we Need CCS - Part 5: Bridge to a Sustainable Energy Future
Energy Collective
Under more careful analysis, however, these less ideologically attractive clean energy options quickly emerge as the most logical solution to the global conundrum of massive developing world growth ambitions within a very tight CO2 budget. It is fully ...

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UK carbon capture scheme gets cash boost - Global Construction Review

Today in CCS - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 05:30

Global Construction Review

UK carbon capture scheme gets cash boost
Global Construction Review
A UK carbon capture and storage (CCS) project that would drastically reduce emissions from a coal-fired power plant received a funding boost of €300m from the European Commission this month. The White Rose project in Yorkshire involves building a new ...
About Carbon Capture and SequestrationVirtual Press Office (press release)

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Colorado a Hub for Wind Power

Colorado Energy News - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 06:23

By Sarah Cottrell Propst,  Guest columnist, Pueblo Chieftain

Over the years, Colorado has been a clean energy leader thanks to creative, ambitious citizens and well-designed policies. Given that legacy of innovation, the state is now a hub for clean, affordable wind power, and stands to gain immensely from wind’s continued growth.

Of course, the people of Pueblo are no stranger to wind power’s benefits. The Vestas facility here is one of four in Colorado, providing hundreds of skilled, well-paying jobs. Those facilities are part of a vast supply chain that employs more than 3,000 people in the state, in disciplines from operations and maintenance to manufacturing and other support sectors.

Communities and landowners benefit from wind power directly too. By hosting turbines on their land, Colorado farmers, ranchers and other landowners receive upwards of $7.5 million a year in land lease payments from wind projects. Communities gain from a broader tax base, and wind farms pay out millions a year, helping to pay for roads, schools, and other critical public projects. All in all, Colorado wind power represents a capital investment of over $4.3 billion to date.

Though most of the state’s wind farms are north and east of Pueblo, their contribution to the economy and proven ability to produce affordable power can be felt everywhere. Wind energy works in Colorado for several reasons. The cost of wind energy continues to drop, down 43 percent in just four years. For Coloradans, that translates into clean, homegrown power that diversifies the grid, enhances reliability, and cuts costs. In fact, the top 11 wind-powered states have actually seen their electricity prices decrease compared to the other 39.

Across the country, utilities are successfully integrating wind power into their systems, passing the benefits onto consumers. For a brief time in May of last year, wind power energized over 60 percent of Xcel’s Colorado system, showcasing wind power’s ability to contribute in a significant way to the grid. Today, Colorado wind supplies enough electricity to light the equivalent of more than 870,000 homes, and that number is set to keep growing. By continuing to harness the wind, the state’s manufacturers in the supply chain stay busy, churning out the myriad components necessary to keep Colorado’s 1,530 turbines going – part of over 46,000 that dot the American landscape.

Those turbines benefit our air quality, too. American wind power avoided 126 million short tons of carbon dioxide emissions in 2013, enough to take the equivalent of 20 million cars off the road. READ MORE …

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China, U.S. Boost Search for Carbon Capture and Storage Solution - InsideClimate News

Today in CCS - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 06:01

China, U.S. Boost Search for Carbon Capture and Storage Solution
InsideClimate News
For years, the energy companies have been telling us not to worry. Yes, mounting carbon emissions threaten to heat up the world – but technology, particularly carbon capture and storage (CCS), will come to the rescue. The trouble is that there's been ...
Ten reasons why policy makers should take direct air capture seriouslyPhys.Org
Capture me if you can: An elusive CCS solutionBusiness Spectator

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DOE, commercial partners start world's largest carbon capture project - Ars Technica

Today in CCS - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 10:27

DOE, commercial partners start world's largest carbon capture project
Ars Technica
Although carbon capture and storage has been included in many future energy scenarios, the technology itself hasn't been tested at scale. Pilot programs have worked, and the chemistry of the reactions is well understood, but there's been nothing to ...

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U.S. and China Lead the Way on Carbon Capture & Storage - Climate Central

Today in CCS - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 05:17

The Guardian

U.S. and China Lead the Way on Carbon Capture & Storage
Climate Central
The idea behind CCS is to capture at source the carbon emissions from big polluters, such as power utilities and cement plants, and either pipe the CO2 down into deep storage cavities below the Earth's surface or to recycle the emissions to be used in ...
China, U.S. Boost Search for Carbon Capture and Storage SolutionInsideClimate News
Ten reasons why policy makers should take direct air capture seriouslyPhys.Org
Capture me if you can: An elusive CCS solutionBusiness Spectator
Business Green (blog)
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U.S. and China Lead the Way on Carbon Capture & Storage - Climate Central

Today in CCS - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 05:17

U.S. and China Lead the Way on Carbon Capture & Storage
Climate Central
LONDON − For years, the energy companies have been telling us not to worry. Yes, mounting carbon emissions threaten to heat up the world – but technology, particularly carbon capture and storage (CCS), will come to the rescue. China and the U.S signed ...

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China and US boost search for carbon capture - The Daily Climate

Today in CCS - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 09:31

China and US boost search for carbon capture
The Daily Climate
Yes, mounting carbon emissions threaten to heat up the world – but technology, particularly carbon capture and storage, or CCS, will come to the rescue. Despite various geopolitical rivalries and disputes over trade, China and the US have shown ...

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Teesside's Carbon Capture and Storage project takes significant step forward - Gazette Live

Today in CCS - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 00:20

Gazette Live

Teesside's Carbon Capture and Storage project takes significant step forward
Gazette Live
The drive to create the UK's first purely industrial-based Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) network on Teesside has taken a major step forward. Tees Valley Unlimited (TVU), the area's Local Enterprise Partnership, has appointed a co-ordinator for the ...
Carbon project receives boostThe Northern Echo
Pickles to examine White Rose pipeline routeInsider Media

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Alberta leadership hopeful Prentice lets carbon capture go - The Globe and Mail

Today in CCS - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 16:23

Alberta leadership hopeful Prentice lets carbon capture go
The Globe and Mail
Alberta's era of massive investments in industry-led carbon capture and storage projects – the cornerstone of the province's climate-change policy that has come under fire for increasing oil sands greenhouse gas emissions – would come to end under the ...

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US and China Agree to Advance Carbon Capture Technology - Energy Collective

Today in CCS - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 09:07

US and China Agree to Advance Carbon Capture Technology
Energy Collective
China's leadership is under a great deal of pressure to both reduce air pollution and to tackle its carbon emissions and they recognize the critical importance that carbon capture and storage (CCS) plays in these efforts. China has been working with ...

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How to cut risk of carbon capture and storage causing an earthquake - environmentalresearchweb

Today in CCS - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 07:16

How to cut risk of carbon capture and storage causing an earthquake
environmentalresearchweb
Right now we are struggling to reduce our emissions of greenhouse gases. A number of scientists believe that we will have to resort to carbon capture and storage (CCS) – injecting carbon dioxide into rock formations deep underground – in order to cut ...

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Plans unveiled for North-east carbon capture project - Aberdeen Evening Express

Today in CCS - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 02:08

Plans unveiled for North-east carbon capture project
Aberdeen Evening Express
Peterhead Carbon Capture and Storage Project is set to lead the way in cleaning up power production around the globe. Greenhouse gas emissions – which cause climate change – would be pumped offshore and locked in an old gas reservoir. Today project ...

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The U.S. Grid is the Worst in the Industrialized World (outages are up 285%!)

Colorado Energy News - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 07:04

Power outages in the United States are up an astonishing 285% since 1984. The U.S. ranks last among the top nine Western industrialized nations in the average length of outages. That dismal performance costs American businesses as much as $150 billion every year according to the EIA.

“The U.S. electrical grid, once one of the world’s great marvels, is crumbling after decades of underinvestment,” trumpets the magazine. “It’s… something of a relic, largely built after World War II from designs that date to Thomas Edison.”

Although talk of a smart grid has been around for years, many utilities are now starting in earnest on a huge infrastructure makeover. It could cost almost $500 billion before it’s completed, according to the Electric Power Research Institute.

Using data from Eaton, Bloomberg charted those areas with the worst record of outages.

  • States getting an F: Idaho, Montana, North Dakota
  • States getting a D: Nevada, Tennessee, Washington

The article cites the following organizations for their smart grid efforts: American Electric Power, Austin Energy, Centerpoint, DTE Energy, New York Independent System Operator, Pacific Gas & Electric, San Diego Gas & Electric.

Bloomberg Power Outage State Chart. Courtesy Bloomberg Businessweek

Jesse Berst is the founder and Chief Analyst of SGN and Chairman of the Smart Cities Council, an industry coalition.

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Legislator sees shared challenges in China - Green River Star

RM CCS by Google - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 14:00

Legislator sees shared challenges in China
Green River Star
Freeman said they're also looking at capture and storage of carbon dioxide, similar to the pilot project initiated by UW east of Rock Springs. Research and development is one area Freeman believes Wyoming could learn from China. Prior to leaving ...

Time to talk about CCS - World Coal

Today in CCS - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 07:52

Time to talk about CCS
World Coal
Alastair Turner, Global Group Director at Aspectus PR, looks in detail at the outlook for carbon capture and storage technology in the UK and Europe, and explains the importance of utilising PR and communication to enhance its viability. Much has been ...

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Labour promises to invest in carbon capture and storage - Blue & Green Tomorrow

Today in CCS - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 01:36

Labour promises to invest in carbon capture and storage
Blue & Green Tomorrow
Installed at a fossil fuel power plant, CCS technology would capture carbon emissions at the source, and allow them to be stored safely underground. It is thought that the UK's depleted oil and gas fields in the North Sea represent ample storage space.
Time to talk about CCSWorld Coal
RPT-COLUMN-Capturing CO2 emissions remains frustratingly expensive: KempMSN Money

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