CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2013 |
Someone tried to ignite leaking gas and blow up a fraternity house at UC Davis on Sunday as members slept inside, officials said. Residents of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity reported smelling natural gas around 1 a.m. Sunday. According to an alert posted by the college, someone deliberately caused the leak and then tried to ignite the gas with "several residents" inside. "We smelled the gas, and we knew something was up," Fredy Aguilar, vice president of the fraternity, told Fox 40. The explosion would have taken out the house and damaged surrounding properties, officials said.
October 23, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases from power plants fell 10% from 2010 to 2012, as a result of more electricity being generated with natural gas rather than coal, according to new data released Wednesday by the Environmental Protection Agency. Fossil-fuel-fired plants still contribute 40% of carbon dioxide and other emissions driving climate change, making them the single largest source of greenhouse gases, the EPA said. The data arrive as the EPA crafts new rules, at President Obama's behest, to curtail greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.
September 16, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Emissions of methane from natural gas well sites across the United States have fallen in a key part of the drilling process, despite the boom in natural gas development, according to a study published Monday. The rise in natural gas production through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has stoked concerns about leakage and venting into the atmosphere of methane, a chief component. Far more carbon dioxide is emitted than methane, but methane is 72 times more potent than carbon dioxide over a 20-year period.
July 31, 2013 |
Ford Motor Co. plans to start selling its popular F-150 pickup truck with an option of running on natural gas or propane fuel. While Ford already makes the option available in some of its commercial vehicles, this will be the first compressed natural gas, or CNG, model sold by the automaker that has considerable retail sales. Ford sells about 70,000 gasoline-powered F-series trucks every month. Its sales top all other vehicles in the U.S. While Ford says some consumers will probably order the CNG model, most of the customers will be businesses.
July 29, 2013 |
Philadelphia officials blame a natural gas leak for an explosion that injured eight people and led to the collapse of three homes in the Whitman section of the city on Monday, the mayor's office announced. City and utility officials are investigating the cause of the leak, Mayor Michael A. Nutter's office said in a statement emailed to reporters. The explosion took place at 11:09 a.m. in the 400 block of Daly Street, according to city officials. Three homes, 426, 428 and 430 Daly St., collapsed.
July 26, 2013 |
Officials said on Friday that they are continuing to study the scene of a blowout and fire at a natural gas well 55 miles off of the coast of Louisiana to decide how to secure the site. A slight sheen associated with spilled oil is still being detected on the water's surface but is dissipating, according to a joint statement by the federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, the Coast Guard, and the company involved, Walter Oil & Gas Corp . On Tuesday, the natural gas well had a blowout, forcing 44 workers to evacuate.