State Policy News

High Costs Prevent Wide Adoption of Animal Waste-to-Energy Systems

As the search continues for more cost-effective energy sources that also are environmentally safe, companies are getting more creative. Many are looking toward utilizing things that were once relegated to the waste stream. One example of a system for harnessing energy from swine manure, which the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions partnered to launch, is featured by Waste360.

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Q&A with Linwood Pendleton: Co-Author of Study on Economic Impacts of Ocean Acidification

Ocean acidification is a global, long-term problem whose ultimate solution requires carbon dioxide reduction at a scope and scale that will take decades to accomplish successfully.

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Fracking Regulators Deny Legal Request for Air Pollution Rules

North Carolina drilling regulators rejected a legal petition from environmentalists who sought new rules to minimize the air pollution released by natural gas wells. Members of the state's Mining and Energy Commission (MEC) concluded that they don’t have legal authority to develop air pollution rules as requested by the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League. “We have to have statutory authority to promulgate any rule that we write, including rules that we are petitioned to write,” said State Policy Program director Amy Pickle, MEC's vice chairwoman.

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NC Mining and Energy Commission Approves Fracking Rules

North Carolina's Mining and Energy Commission met Friday in a meeting that was heated at times as it debated the rules for fracking in North Carolina. Fracking involves using water, sand and chemicals to extract oil and gas from underground. It would particularly impact Lee, Moore and Chatham counties. Amy Pickle, State Policy Program director, comments.

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NC Commission Makes Final Recommendations for Fracking Rules

About a dozen lobbyists, environmental activists and other interested people watched Friday as the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission finalized its suggested rules and regulations for the oil and gas industry. Amy Pickle, director of the State Policy Program, comments.

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NC Panel OKs Rules Needed for Fracking Permits

After 18 months of work and more than 200,000 public comments, a state energy panel on Friday approved a comprehensive list of regulations for companies that want fracking permits to drill for and collect natural gas in North Carolina. Amy Pickle, director of the State Policy Program, comments.

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North Carolina Panel Holds Final Discussion on Fracking Rules

Fracking is one step closer to happening in North Carolina. Late Friday afternoon, the group charged with drafting the rules that govern the controversial drilling method unanimously approved what those rules should be. "I think everybody would agree that this industry has the potential to impact health and the environment. I don't think there's any way around that," said Amy Pickle, Vice Chair of the MEC. "We have incorporated as many of the concerns as we can, we've done our best to address them within the framework and process that we have and within the time limit we've been given."

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Major Vote Could Allow NC To Issue Fracking Permits In Spring 2015

The North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission will vote Friday, Nov. 14, on whether to pass more than 120 rules designed to govern natural gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Based on more than 217,000 comments submitted by the public, the final rules have been modified to meet the interests of North Carolinians, says Amy Pickle, who chairs the commission and serves as director of the State Policy Program at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.

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Ill. Officials, Grid Operators Discuss Potential of Multi-State Strategy for Carbon Compliance ($)

"Flexibility" has been a buzzword for U.S. EPA in explaining its Clean Power Plan -- the proposal released this year that would cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants by almost a third by 2030. But for states and other entities looking at how to implement the rule, a new watchword might be "cooperation." Jonas Monast, director of the Climate and Energy Program at the Nicholas Institute, comments.

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NC Panel Eyes Unannounced Fracking Inspections

Members of a state commission who oversaw public hearings on fracking are recommending that rules be revised to allow unannounced inspections of hydraulic fracturing operations, according to a report released Wednesday. Other recommendations ranged from editing definitions of certain terms to specifying a setback to protect municipal water supplies. Amy Pickle, director of the Nicholas Institute’s State Policy Program, comments.

 

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