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Feds Propose New Safety Rules for Oil Trains

KQED Science | July 23, 2014 | 1 Comment

Feds Propose New Safety Rules for Oil Trains

There have been several fiery oil train derailments in other parts of the country in the past year. The new rules include lower speed limits, better brakes and safer rail cars.

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Richmond Nearly Ready to Approve Chevron Refinery Project

KQED Science | July 23, 2014 | 1 Comment

Richmond Nearly Ready to Approve Chevron Refinery Project

The Richmond City Council is considering Chevron's plans for a $1 billion project at its refinery there. If it's approved, this is one of the last steps before construction on the project would actually begin.

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California Has Little Say Over Oil Train Safety

KQED Science | July 21, 2014 | 3 Comments

California Has Little Say Over Oil Train Safety

The state can't set speed limits on trains. It can't tell railroads to choose less hazardous routes. It can't tell oil companies not to bring trains carrying volatile crude through cities.

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Anti-Fracking Activists in California Take Fight to County Ballots

KQED Science | July 14, 2014 | 12 Comments

Anti-Fracking Activists in California Take Fight to County Ballots

Activists are hoping local residents will do what state legislators haven’t done -- shut down the controversial oil production technique known as hydraulic fracturing.

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California’s New Fracking Regulations Delayed Half a Year

KQED Science | July 11, 2014 | 7 Comments

California’s New Fracking Regulations Delayed Half a Year

State lawmakers approved the delay in late June, and at the same time tightened up the environmental review process for fracking permits.

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Benicia Extends Public Comment Period on Bay Area Crude-by-Rail

KQED Science | July 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

Benicia Extends Public Comment Period on Bay Area Crude-by-Rail

Benicia city officials are giving people more time to comment on a proposal to bring crude oil by rail to Valero’s refinery there.

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Oklahoma Study Offers Better Insight into Industrial Earthquakes

KQED Science | July 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Oklahoma Study Offers Better Insight into Industrial Earthquakes

A new study adds strong evidence that deep-injection wells can occasionally nudge a fault into activity. The key is figuring out how it happens, then learning to avoid whatever is making it happen.

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Supreme Court Won’t Hear Dispute Over California Fuel Standard

KQED Science | June 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Supreme Court Won’t Hear Dispute Over California Fuel Standard

The justices on Monday turned away appeals from fuel makers that say the law discriminates against out-of-state producers.

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Revealed: Routes for Trains Hauling Volatile Crude Oil in California

KQED Science | June 25, 2014 | 2 Comments

Revealed: Routes for Trains Hauling Volatile Crude Oil in California

Trains loaded with volatile Bakken crude pass through or near cities and sensitive environmental areas on a regular basis.

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Berkeley Considers CO2 Warning Labels at Gas Pumps

KQED Science | June 13, 2014 | 7 Comments

Berkeley Considers CO2 Warning Labels at Gas Pumps

Environmentalists want Berkeley drivers to see a connection between pumping gas and dumping carbon into the atmosphere.

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California’s Not Ready for Influx of Oil Trains, Says Report

KQED Science | June 12, 2014 | 1 Comment

California’s Not Ready for Influx of Oil Trains, Says Report

Crude-by-rail has been a growing concern as an oil boom in North Dakota has meant more and more crude is traveling to refineries by rail. A series of fiery derailments in the past year has focused attention on the need for accident prevention and emergency response preparation.

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Chevron Refinery Plans in Richmond Pose Risks, Says Attorney General

KQED Science | June 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Chevron Refinery Plans in Richmond Pose Risks, Says Attorney General

In a letter to the city, Harris says she still has questions about the oil company's $1 billion expansion project.

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Crude-by-Rail: More Information Coming to California

KQED Science | June 6, 2014 | 1 Comment

Crude-by-Rail: More Information Coming to California

Beginning Saturday, railroads must notify states when large shipments of crude oil come through by train. The new rule is in response to safety concerns with crude-by-rail.

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QUEST | June 3, 2014

Tobacco Gets a Makeover as New Source for Biofuel

Is a new biofuel a win for renewable energy or the far-reaching arms of the tobacco industry? ...Read More

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New Rules for Power Plants: What They Mean for California

KQED Science | June 1, 2014 | 2 Comments

New Rules for Power Plants: What They Mean for California

New rules for existing power plants could mean more partners for California's carbon market.

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California’s Monterey Shale: Bonanza or Bust? Nobody Really Knows

KQED Science | May 21, 2014 | 2 Comments

California’s Monterey Shale: Bonanza or Bust? Nobody Really Knows

There's more than meets the eye to the reported reassessment of the state's next big oil play.

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Estimate of Recoverable Monterey Shale Oil Slashed by Officials

KQED Science | May 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Estimate of Recoverable Monterey Shale Oil Slashed by Officials

The amount of oil that can be recovered from California's vast Monterey Shale formation using existing technology is far less than thought.

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Santa Cruz Is First California County to Ban Fracking

KQED Science | May 20, 2014 | 1 Comment

Santa Cruz Is First California County to Ban Fracking

Tuesday morning the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the pre-emptive move against hydraulic fracturing. A state bill that would ban fracking until there is more scientific study is in limbo.

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Auburn Dam: The Water Project That Won’t Die

KQED Science | April 30, 2014 | 3 Comments

Auburn Dam: The Water Project That Won’t Die

The giant dam and reservoir remains on the radar, whether or not it has a future.

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California Trails Texas in Wind Power, Says New Report

KQED Science | April 15, 2014 | 2 Comments

California Trails Texas in Wind Power, Says New Report

Despite some of the strongest renewable energy incentives in the country, California produces less than half the wind energy generated in the Lone Star State.

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