Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (4/8/13)

Here are five recommended reads for today (4/8/13).

  1. Grist reports, “Frackers lose $1.5 billion yearly thanks to leaky pipes.”
  2. Nebraska landowner Randy Thompson argues in the York News-Times that “Once the President sees that the Keystone XL pipeline is all risk and no reward, he will realize that it isn’t in our national interest and have no choice but to reject the tar sands pipeline.”
  3. According to the Lexington Herald-Leader: “Coal jobs continue to decline in Eastern Kentucky, while evidence keeps piling up that surface mining is sickening the region’s residents. The most recent addition to this growing body of science is a study by University of West Virginia epidemiologist Michael Hendryx that found residents of an Eastern Kentucky coal county self-reported significantly more cancer, heart disease, asthma and other illnesses than residents of two nearby counties where there is no coal or mining.”
  4. Bloomberg New Energy Finance reports, “India, which plans to raise solar capacity eightfold by 2017, will auction projects for setting up grid-connected photovoltaic systems on rooftops across seven cities in the next two weeks”
  5. According to InsideClimate News, “If the EPA’s highest number of 7,000 barrels—equivalent to 294,000 gallons—turns out to be correct, the Arkansas spill would be roughly a third the size of a 2010 Michigan pipeline spill. That accident, the largest dilbit pipeline spill in U.S. history, dumped more than 1 million gallons of dilbit into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River.”