The report lists NG power generation as one of two key factors causing the reduction in air pollutants from power plants. I am in no way advocating or commenting on current EPA regulations, just passing on one more slice of good news that advocates the use of NG.
Thanks to you for providing this tangible example of the many contributions (present and future) that are coming out of the ground in PA, OH, WV (and NY. once they get their heads screwed on right).
It's not gonna happen any time soon. The environ-nuts see this air pollution reduction as BAD news, not good. Reason?
Success against pollution using any kind of fossil fuel is a negative for them. It mitigates against use of their beloved (but hopeless) wind and solar solutions. And they are fixated on wind and solar.
Never forget: Only rational people see the benefits of natural gas. Fanatical extremists do not see it.
Jack, you are the true optimist! I'm not sure that enough of the NY folks can get their heads screwed on right to make a difference.
It's just not the air.
Little Blue Run coal ash pond viewed from space
Prettiest lake in all the land
I'm for the development of all sources of energy, the truly greener the better. With clean burning NG power plants we won't get these pretty metallic turquoise blue impoundment ponds like First Energy’s Little Blue Run coal ash dump on the border of Pennsylvania and West Virginia which takes waste from the company’s Bruce Mansfield coal burning power plant in Shippingport, Pa. This is the largest coal ash impoundment pond in the world, ordered shut down by 2016 by PA DEP last July. This is 800 acres of unlined impoundment on the surface. Once again this is one of many unlined impoundment ponds which holds concentrated burnt coal ash. Coal ash contains heavy metals, uranium and thorium. A landfill for a typical coal fired power plant (500-1000 Megawatts) requires about 30 to 60 hectares (74 to 148 acres). These landfills range from about 4 to 80 hectares (10 to 197 acres) and may be as much as 9 m (30 ft) deep. Again, the sludge ponds and dumps are on the surface. Did the coal ash activist bandwagon lose a wheel, or does the anti-fracing band wagon have more bling and I-Pod ports?
Thanks to you for bringing this issue to our collective attention.
Perhaps someday technology and demand will allow solar/wind/biofuel to be economically viable.
Until then, we have a bountiful supply of Clean, Green Natural Gas.
I am appalled to observe the ignorance of those "pseudo environmentalists" who rail against Clean, Green Natural Gas.
As a true environmentalist, I would like to see Clean, Green Natural Gas displace those forms of energy that can readily be seen as damaging to the environment.
Excellent information, Dan, and scary. One of these things let loose down south. There was hell to pay.
I'm ashamed of Ohio's position on this list. It is due in part to coal fired power plants. Yes, some have put in the "clean burning" technology, but others are still pumping out the mercury because they "buy" emissions points from the plants that have updated. The power companies will never do anything to hurt their bottom line unfortunately. The plant that sends my power through South Central Power is still a "dirty" coal plant.
In addition, the mercury has not magically disappeared from the "clean" coal fired plants. It is now hauled away in the gypsum to be hidden in drywall products. (don't let your baby chew on the walls)
The worst mistake lawmakers could ever make would be to give in to the lobbyists and repeal the clean air standards.
All just my opinion, I'm sure not everyone agrees.