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A Rush Before the Proof of Shale Gold ($)

In the classic film "Field of Dreams," a farmer builds a baseball diamond after hearing a premonition that "If you build it, he will come." In North Carolina, the same spirit has inspired two laws and more than 100 pages of regulations clearing the way for shale gas rigs that may never arrive. Amy Pickle, State Policy Program director, comments in this Energy & Environment Daily article.

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McCarthy Set to Make First Hill Appearance on Power Plant Rule -- But Will She Change Any Minds? ($)

U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will face a Senate committee Wednesday whose members have largely already made up their minds about whether or not to support her agency's proposal to curb existing power plant greenhouse gas emissions. Tim Profeta, director of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, comments in this Environment & Energy Daily story.

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Public Will Be Able To Comment On NC’s Fracking Rules At Hearings In Raleigh, Sanford and Reidsville

The North Carolina commission that is drafting rules for hydraulic fracturing will host public comment hearings next month. Members of the Mining and Energy Commission have spent nearly two years writing more than 120 rules. They cover issues including where drilling companies can frack and whether they have to disclose the chemicals they use in the process. Amy Pickle, director of the State Policy Program at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and Mining and Energy Commission member, comments in this WUNC story.

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MEC Official Urges Public to Comment on Proposed Rules

It will be imperative for local citizens to voice opinions and concerns about hydraulic fracturing during the Mining and Energy Commission's upcoming public hearings, according to the commission's soon-to-be vice chairwoman and State Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions State Policy Program director. This Sanford Herald article details a recent meeting and upcoming meetings of the commission.

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Two-Week Summer Program In Venice Explores Impacts Of Sea Level Rise

Graduate and undergraduate students from around the world are exploring the impacts sea-level rise will have on coastal cities and areas as part of a two-week program in Venice, Italy, offered by Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and the Venice International University. Brian Murray, director of the Environmental Economics Program at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, is among the instructors. 

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The Week Ahead: EPA Spending on House Agenda, Senate to Vote on FERC Nominees

Bloomberg BNA mentions the Environmental Law Institute and Duke University's Nicholas Institute workshop on "EPA's Proposed Clean Power/Clean Air Act Section 111(d) Rules July 14 in Washington. Joseph Goffman, acting assistant administrator and senior counsel for EPA's Office of Air and Radiation, will give a keynote luncheon address. 

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Nicholas School Will Welcome New Dean, New Building

The Nicholas School of the Environment will enter an era of transition this Fall with the arrival of a new dean and the completion of Environment Hall. Both the new dean and the opening of the new Environment Hall—the latter of which was made official in April—help to implement promising visions for the school's future, Brian Murray, director of the Environmental Economics Program the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and member of the University’s search committee for the selection of the new dean, told the Chronicle.

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The Winner of Supreme Court’s Latest EPA Ruling? Everyone and No One

In the aftermath of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s written ruling that restricts the EPA from regulating small business and factories many see a silver lining. Read how Tim Profeta thinks Scalia’s announcement actually lifts a burden from the EPA in this Washington Examiner article.

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Both EPA and Business Happy with Supreme Court’s Greenhouse Gas Ruling

The EPA and large factories have not been one to see eye to eye. Yet, in light of the recent Supreme Court ruling, advocates of both sides have left the table content with the results. Read what Tim Profeta has to say about the ruling in this Business Journal article.

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Experts: Ruling Helps Target Top Polluters

The Supreme Court ruling Monday overturning the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority to regulate a small subset of polluters actually helps the agency, legal experts said, allowing it to focus on the biggest carbon emitters. Read how Tim Profeta thinks eliminating smaller factories allows the EPA to tackle larger culprits in this article from The Hill.

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