Water Policy Program News

Water and Big Data: 21st Century Solution to 21st Century Droughts

In the Contra Costa Times, the Nicholas Institute's Lauren Patterson and Martin Doyle write that California should be taking the lead in water management—much like it's led on climate issues—by using smart water metering, sensors and data analytics for utilities. They say that investing in water metering and data analytics could help California better manage the water it has in times of drought and beyond.

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Drinking from the Cloud

In a blog in The Hill, the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions’ Julie DeMeester and Martin Doyle report that outdated systems for monitoring drinking water, combined with aging infrastructure, cause us to lose approximately 14 percent of drinking water annually. “This is water that has been stored, pumped, treated and distributed, at great cost, but generates no revenue for the utility,” the researchers said. The solution?

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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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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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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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Environmental Groups Challenge NC's New Fracking Rules

Environmental groups say proposed rules on fracking do not do enough to protect drinking water. The North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission began reviewing 40 pages of recommended changes to their proposed fracking rules on Thursday. They'll continue reviewing those changes on Friday, with a vote expected at a meeting next week. The state's Rules Review Commission will then take up the rules, before going before the General Assembly for possible approval next year. Amy Pickle, director of the Nicholas Institute's State Policy Program, comments in this WNCN article.

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Mining and Energy Commission Considering Changes to Fracking Regulations

The North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission is going over more than 200,000 comments submitted in recent months about proposed fracking rules. They’re discussing possible changes they could make to the draft regulations in response to public concerns about fracking. Amy Pickle, director of the Nicholas Institute's State Policy Program, comments.

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Climate Panel Issues Dire Report as Renewables Make Little Impact

The latest comprehensive global scientific assessment of climate change, released on Sunday, sounds the direst warning yet about the need to drastically reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. But despite years of such reports, fossil-fuel use and human-caused emissions continue to rise, and renewable energy technologies have so far failed to make a significant difference. Tim Profeta, director of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, comments in this MIT Technology Review article.

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Scientists Sound the Alarm in Climate Change Report

Climate change driven by the burning of fossil fuels is already affecting life on every continent and in the oceans, and the window is closing rapidly for governments to avert the worst damage expected to occur later this century, scientists warned in one of the loudest alarms yet sounded by the international scientific community. Tim Profeta, director of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, comments in this Los Angeles Times article.

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County Races also Critical to Achieving Progressive Ideals

The Independent Weekly highlights candidates running for county races, mentioning Nicholas Institute's own Katie Locklier and her run for a seat on the Durham Water and Soil District.

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