Denver International Airport will permanently plug 64 idle oil and gas wells by early 2024 as part of its sustainability efforts. The wells have been inactive since May 2018, with the cost of removing them estimated at $9 million in 2019.
Michael Rucker, founder and CEO of Scout Clean Energy, shares his insights about the latest news and trends in renewables. Rucker's experience in the industry spans a couple decades, so he details what has changed during that time, what has remained the same, and how he sees things taking shape in the future. The PodBrief segment of this podcast also looks at recently released reports that paint a clear picture of how much work the US wind and solar industries need to do to fulfill the potential of a successful energy transition.
The Texas Railroad Commission is limiting the underground disposal of fracking wastewater in the Permian's Midland Basin following reports of six earthquakes in the area since February 2020. The commission plans to keep the restriction for a minimum of one year.
The Santa Clara Valley Water District in Northern California wants to use purified wastewater to replenish drinking water aquifers, but first, it has to change how elected officials and residents perceive recycled water and convince them that it is safe to drink. The district is trying to gain support for an aquifer replenishment project in Campbell, which would use water purified with a micro-filtration, reverse-osmosis system and ultraviolet light.
Planned upgrades to the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge in Northern California could conflict with a proposed pipeline across the bridge to meet the current demand for water in Marin County. The $90 million, 8-mile pipeline would tap the Sacramento Valley and its agricultural sector for water.
The Metropolitan Council in Nashville, Tenn., has approved a resolution to fund water and sewer improvements. The resolution authorizes up to $780 million in water and sewer bonds for capital improvement projects, debt refinancing and the retirement of the water and sewer department's commercial paper credit line.
Duluth, Minn., and nonprofit group Ecolibrium3 are holding the Lake Superior Stormwater Chalkfest through Saturday. The event is intended to educate the community about stormwater, the Lake Superior watershed and the importance of water by using art and other activities.
Researchers from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency are taking advantage of low water levels in the Minnesota River to study the impact of phosphorus that enters the river from wastewater treatment facilities. "The silver lining of having a drought condition or low flow is that we're actually able to go conduct this study, and it doesn't happen very often -- on the order of every 10 to 15 years," the agency's Lee Engel said.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a $15 billion funding package containing $5.2 billion for drought and water resilience projects, $1.5 billion for wildfire prevention, and funding for climate resilience projects and net-zero vehicle development. "You've got trees here that quite literally date back 3,300 years ago," said Newsom, speaking from the entrance of Sequoia National Park.