English, reading and science teachers at Stafford Middle School in Virginia are creating a six-week module on how people affect the environment for the school's earth science curriculum. Teachers say they hope the interdisciplinary nature of the module will encourage students to continue discussing the subject outside of the classroom.
The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority started using orthophosphate, an anti-corrosive chemical, to remove lead from drinking water last year, and preliminary tests indicate the strategy is working. The material creates a protective layer in service lines that prevents lead from entering water.
Charleston, S.C., is preparing to roll out a Stormwater Design Standards Manual that is designed to be amended as conditions change, writes the Post and Courier editorial board. The manual "covers dozens of subjects, including site preparation, slope and buffer regulations, runoff rates and volumes, water quality, soils, semi-permeable surfaces, road elevations, possible seawater backflows, etc., all of which make fill-and-build practices impractical and uneconomical," the board writes.
Asking for help at work, whether you're the CEO or a new hire, shows courage and vulnerability, argues Wayne Baker of the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business in a new book. "You have to be clear on why you are making the request, the goal you are trying to achieve, and use SMART criteria," he says, with SMART being defined as specific, measurable, assignable, realistic and time-related.
Pembina Pipeline has withdrawn its application to Oregon for a removal-fill permit for its proposed Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas export project and the related 229-mile pipeline. The move comes days after the Oregon Department of State Lands declined to extend again the decision deadline on the application and said it would issue a decision on Jan. 31.
TC Energy's Columbia Gas Transmission last week received permission from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to proceed with the 275-million-cubic-foot-per-day Buckeye XPress expansion project in Ohio and West Virginia. The project received environmental approval in May but had been stuck in permitting limbo ever since.
The number of active US oil and natural gas rigs dropped by two to 794 last week, with Texas and Wyoming shedding four and two units, respectively, according to Baker Hughes. Meanwhile, New Mexico added four rigs.
The US Geological Survey estimates that the central North Slope in Alaska holds 3.6 billion barrels of oil, 8.9 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and roughly 67 million barrels of natural gas liquids. The central North Slope has already produced about 18 billion barrels of oil, making it one of the most prolific oil plays in the world.
Maine has the potential to increase its installed wind capacity to 8,000 megawatts by 2030, as outlined by the Maine Wind Energy Act, says Dan Burgess of the Maine Governor's Energy Office. The American Wind Energy Association says the state could support land-based and offshore wind capacity of 69,797 megawatts and 94,498 MW, respectively.
Land-based and offshore wind could account for 35% of the world's installed electrical generation by 2050, potentially making it the largest energy source by that time, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency. The switch would lead to major carbon emissions reductions, but requires the world's installed wind capacity to increase to 6,000 gigawatts.
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