Rob Nikolewski is the National Energy Correspondent for Watchdog.org. He is based in Santa Fe, N.M. Contact him at rnikolewski@watchdog.org and follow him on Twitter @NMWatchdog.

Wastewater injects controversy over earthquakes in Oklahoma

By   /  July 30, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, News, Oklahoma, State Government  /  No Comments

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“We believe that in 12 months we would see a clear decline in the earthquake activity” if a moratorium is put in place, said Johnson Bridgwater, director of Oklahoma Sierra Club. “We are not saying it would completely stop, we are not saying they would go away, but we do believe that a 12-month window would show a steady decline in earthquake activity in the area.”

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Can Vermont really hit a 90 percent renewable energy goal?

By   /  July 28, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, News, State Government, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Vermont just passed legislation mandating 75 percent of its electricity must come from renewable energy in 17 years. And the state wants 90 percent of all energy to come from renewables by 2050.

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A big fight over a natural gas pipeline project divides Massachusetts

By   /  July 23, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Federal Government, Massachusetts, News  /  No Comments

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A natural gas pipeline proposal for Massachusetts and New England is designed to give relief from high electricity prices but it’s running into opposition.

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Under pressure in the U.S., coal still thriving internationally

By   /  July 20, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Federal Government, National, News, Regulations  /  No Comments

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Coal may be fighting for its life in the U.S., but internationally coal is still thriving.

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Ripple effects: What the Iran nuclear deal means for oil

By   /  July 15, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Federal Government, National, News  /  No Comments

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The nuclear agreement with Iran may have minimal effect on oil in the short-term. But the long-term effects could be significant.

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States heading in different directions on EPA’s Clean Power Plan

By   /  July 14, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Federal Government, National, News, Wyoming  /  No Comments

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The soon-to-be-finalized Clean Power Plan from the EPA has divided some states.

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