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.

Harvard Law mum on invite to controversial lawyer

By   /  April 16, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Ethics, Judiciary, National, News  /  No Comments

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Controversial lawyer Steven Donziger will appear as a panelist Friday at Harvard Law School.

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Should North America create its own version of OPEC?

By   /  April 14, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, National, News  /  No Comments

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A hard-charging oil executive based in Dallas wants to see the U.S., Mexico and Canada team up to form a North American counterpart to OPEC.

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Who’s winning the oil battle: OPEC or the United States?

By   /  April 13, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, National, News  /  No Comments

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OPEC’s decision lat November not to cut production accelerated a big drop in global oil prices. How is the U.S. faring after four months?

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Duke Energy appeals coal ash spill penalty

By   /  April 9, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, News, North Carolina, Regulations, State Government  /  No Comments

PUSHING BACK: After receiving the biggest fine in North Carolina history, Duke Energy is appealing the $25.1 penalty assessed after coal ash spilled into the Dan River in 2014.

After receiving the biggest fine in North Carolina history, Duke Energy is appealing the $25.1 penalty assessed after coal ash spilled into the Dan River in 2014.

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A pair of reports show impact of U.S. oil and gas boom

By   /  April 8, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, National, News  /  No Comments

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Two recent reports from the U.S. Energy Information Administration indicate the extent of the country’s energy boom in recent years.

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As with many things in Texas, fracking fight goes big

By   /  April 8, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Local Government, National, News, State Government, Texas  /  No Comments

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The Texas Legislature is debating whether state regulations trump local restrictions on hydraulic fracturing.

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