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“Artificial Leaf” To Produce Green Hydrogen
The green hydrogen market has been taking off like a rocket, thanks mainly to the availability of low-cost wind and solar power for water electrolysis. Researchers are not resting on their laurels, though. The race is on to mimic nature’s own high-efficiency hydrogen production system, aka photosynthesis. It has been a long road, but the dream of an “artificial leaf” is finally beginning to take shape. So far, most of the sustainable H2 activity has focused on electrolysis, in which renewable energy generates an electrical current that jolts hydrogen gas from water. When compared to electricity sourced from solar cells, the artificial leaf approach is far more efficient. Researchers know how to duplicate the reactions in photosynthesis, but durability has been an obstacle.
Republicans On Pennsylvania House Committee Oppose Final Rule Limiting VOC/Methane Emissions From Conventional Oil & Gas Facilities, Risking Loss Of $500 Million In Federal Highway Funds
At a hurriedly called meeting November 14, the Republicans on the House Environmental Resources and Energy voted to send a letter to the Independent Regulatory Review Commission disapproving of the final regulation limiting VOC/methane emissions from conventional oil and gas facilities. Click Here for a copy of the letter. The IRRC is scheduled to consider the regulation at its meeting on November 17. There are no other comments on file with the IRRC for or against the regulation as of today (November 14 at 1:00 p.m.). The Republicans also voted in August to disapprove the final regulation limiting VOC/methane emissions from unconventional shale gas facilities, even though the industry did not oppose the regulation. Read more here. Conventional oil and gas facilities account for 80 percent of methane emissions from the oil and gas industry in Pennsylvania because they have done little or nothing to control them. The unconventional shale gas industry accounts for 20 percent because they have implemented some controls. Read more here. The conventional regulation would affect 4,719 conventional well owners of approximately 27,260 facilities.
Beaver County Marcellus Awareness Community Nov. 21 Webinar On 20 Recommendations For Shell To Improve Transparency & Accountability On Ethane Refinery. 7:00 p.m.
Shell Cracker Plant – Zoom Meeting – Beaver County Marcellus Awareness Community and allies have developed a to-do list of 6 categories with over 20 community expectations for transparency and accountability. The list was shared with Shell three times and they have yet to provide a satisfactory response to the demands.
VIMEO: PFAs and Health Impacts – What Frontline Communities Need to Know
Dr. Sue Fenton and Dr. Tasha Stroiber discuss PFAS and Health Impacts: What Frontline Communities Need to Know (moderated by Dr. Ned Ketyer).
Josh Shapiro could set new tone with legislature on climate, ex-DEP secretary says
Environmental advocates are cheering Democrat Josh Shapiro’s election to the governor’s office. Shapiro said during his campaign that he wants to make sure Pennsylvania has a comprehensive climate and energy plan that will grow the economy and create jobs. His plans include updating Pennsylvania’s alternative energy goals to boost renewables, creating incentives for buying electric vehicles, and holding companies accountable when they pollute.
The Shale ‘Fracklog’ Is Back as US Oil Drillers Hoard Wells
US oil and gas companies fracked fewer wells than they drilled for the first time in more than two years, indicating a possible slowdown in production despite elevated prices and concerns about a global energy crunch. The number of drilled but uncompleted oil and gas wells, also known as DUCs, rose by 8 to 4,408 in October compared with the prior month. Oil and natural gas prices have been resurgent since the end of the pandemic, yet much of the shale industry has kept a lid on production. The industry is also not getting the same bang for its buck that it used to, as the productivity of oil rigs continues to decline. Oil production per rig from new wells has fallen to the lowest levels since July 2020.