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Energy

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Land Management Rule Will Facilitate Renewable Energy Development on Public Lands

In support of the Administration’s strategy to develop environmentally responsible renewable energy on public lands, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is issuing a regulation that will facilitate right-of-way applications for lands with wind and solar energy development potential. The Final Rule to be published in tomorrow’s Federal Register will allow the BLM, when necessary

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

The Governments of Canada and of Alberta Launch New Online Portal for Accessing Oil Sands Environmental Monitoring Data

Canada’s Environment Minister, the Honourable Peter Kent, and Alberta’s Environment and Sustainable Resource Development Minister, the Honourable Diana McQueen, today announced that access to federal and provincial environmental monitoring data on air, water, land and biodiversity in the oil sands is now available through an online data portal (www.JointOilSandsMonitoring.ca). The new portal represents the next

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Measuring Landscape Disturbance of Gas Exploration in Allegheny and Susquehanna Counties

Landscape change in Pennsylvania’s Allegheny and Susquehanna counties resulting from construction of well pads, new roads and pipelines for natural gas and coalbed methane exploration is being documented to help determine the potential consequences for ecosystems and wildlife, according to a U.S. Geological Survey report released today.

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

Synodon Signs 5-Year Service Agreement with Texas Pipeline Surveillance Company

Synodon Inc. (“Synodon”) announces it has signed a five year Services Agreement with TAI Utility Services LLC (“TAI”), an aerial pipeline surveillance provider based in Dallas, Texas. Synodon will be the exclusive provider of aerial gas and liquids leak detection and auxiliary airborne integrity management services including, but not limited to, aerial photography analysis

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Secretary Salazar Finalizes Plan Promoting Responsible Oil Shale and Tar Sands Research, Demonstration and Development

As part of President Obama’s strategy to continue to expand safe and responsible development of the nation’s energy resources, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced the Department’s final plan for encouraging research, development and demonstration (RD&D) of oil shale and tar sands resources on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands in Colorado, Utah

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Groundbreaking Findings on Global Biodiversity, Alternative Energy

Innovative University of Maryland research went to print last week in two leading scientific publications. Faculty members and a Ph.D. student from theDepartment of Geographical Sciences (Behavioral and Social Sciences) highlighted their significant findings on the use of marginal lands for alternative fuel production and global biodiversity research.

Monday, December 24th, 2012

Mapping the Wind as Part of DOE Offshore Wind Demonstration Project

Principle Power, Inc. (Principle Power) is pleased to announce the award of a $4M US Department of Energy grant and up to $47M in total funding to support the WindFloat Pacific Demonstration Project, a 30MW floating offshore wind farm planned to be located in the Pacific Ocean, approximately 15 miles due west of the Oregon’s

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Solar Mapping to Shed Light on Rich Resource

When it comes to forecasting where the sun shines longest, Australia’s energy authorities are stuck in the dark ages. For potential developers of large-scale solar power plants, radiation records are needed to bolster investment certainty as they try to secure finance from bankers or government agencies. The real urgency for hard numbers, though, is coming from

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

GE to Develop Enhanced Sensing Capabilities for Underground CO2 Storage Wells

GE (NYSE: GE) Global Research announced it has signed a contract with the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), part of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratory system, to build a multi-point sensing system to monitor carbon dioxide (CO2) injected into geothermal containment wells. The use of these cavities, which extend 1-2 kilometers below

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Web Map Provides Clear Picture of Oil Sands Industry Performance in Alberta

Alberta’s oil sands contain the third-largest crude oil reserve in the world, next to Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. Managing this valuable resource requires responsible development. To support this, the ministry of Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) created the Oil Sands Information Portal (osip.alberta.ca). The portal uses geographic information system (GIS) technology to make data

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