Posts Tagged ‘environment’

Colorado, NY representatives look to regulate gas “fracking”

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

News Story:

There is a push to begin government regulation of a procedure known as “fracking” or hydraulic fracturing used by oil and gas producing companies.  The process involves injecting chemicals, sand, and liquids underground to force open channels in formations of rock and sand so that gas and oil will flow to be extracted from the ground.  There is concern that the process could potentially cause environmental concerns such as contamination of ground water supplies.

The oil industry insists that the process is both clean and safe for the environment.  Detractors call the lack of regulation of the process the “Halliburton loophole,” as Halliburton, and oil services company was the pioneer of the process of hydraulic fracturing.  9 out of 10 wells in the US currently are fracked.  There have been reports of people with health concerns allegedly arising from contact with chemicals and materials used in the fracking process.  The industry does not disclose what it uses in the process of fracking for a new well.

Commentary:

This sounds like yet another abuse of power by both Halliburton, and the Bush administration, potentially at the expense and safety of US citizens, and in this case, the environment as well.  The US really needs to develop and use some other form of energy other than fossil fuels.

Obama: Paint roofs and roads white to save energy

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

News Story:

US energy secretary, Steven Chu, said the Obama administration wants to paint roofs white to reflect heat and light and as a result, lower energy consumption.  This is especially targeted at flat roofs.  They would also like for roads to be a lighter color to also prevent heat absorbtion.  They say that these changes could have the equivalent result to taking off every car on the road for 11 years.  Also, painting cars in light or cool colors would reduce air conditioner use and as a result use less energy.

Commentary:

If the claims for the impact of this plan are true, this seems like a pretty simple solution to some of the US’s energy consumption plan. I think they should also require solar panel installation on new building construction as well.