News Types: Media Coverage

Melinda Taylor, “Most in power sector favor markets for CCP: UT,” (Megawatt Daily”)

Megawatt Daily quoted KBH Energy Center Executive Director Melinda Taylor in a story about a new report released by the Center on June 24th entitled “EPA’s Clean Power Plan: Implementation Options.” The report indicates that most electricity industry stakeholders favor states using a market approach to achieve compliance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan. “[The report] allows us to go beyond rhetoric and see what industry participants and state officials really think,” said Taylor. Read press release.

James Loftis and Timothy Tyler, “Mexico Energy Reform: With Economic Promises Comes Unprecedented Risk,” (Oil & Gas Financial Journal)

The Oil & Gas Financial Journal quoted Adjunct Professors James Loftis and Timothy Tyler in an article on risks associated with Mexico Energy Reform. According to the article “Mexico’s energy reforms provide an historic opportunity to revitalize its energy sector and bolster its overall economy, but a whole new crop of assets will have to be protected and attendant risks sensibly managed.” Loftis and Tyler said “there is considerable risk buried in Mexico’s new Hydrocarbons Law.” “The new law contains vague and broad grounds that allow the Mexican government to nullify its exploration and extraction contracts, take back the contract area, and even to seek damages,” said Loftis and Tyler.

David Spence, “Fracking divides red, blue states” (The Hill)

The Hill quoted Professor David Spence in a June 6, 2015 article on how fracking is creating a new dividing line between the nation’s red and blue states. According to the article, “While liberal-leaning states such as New York and Maryland have opted to ban hydraulic fracturing, despite the potential revenue from natural gas, conservative strongholds such as Texas and Oklahoma have gone the opposite route, moving to ensure that local towns and cities cannot outlaw the practice in their communities.” In response, “Observers say a state’s approach to fracking is increasingly falling along partisan lines, with the affiliation of a state’s legislature and governor often reflected in whether the practice is welcome or shunned.” David Spence, a law professor at The University of Texas, predicted states would eventually find a middle ground on fracking. “You have more opportunities for states to take one or the other extreme position based on their ideology,” he said. “But I really think in the long run that the more polarized public debate is going to get much less polarized.”

Tom McGarity, “Did Texas Illegally Relax Rules on Coal Plants?” (InsideClimate News)

InsideClimate News quoted Texas Law Professor Tom McGarity in a May 27 story about a petition filed the same by environmental groups that claims that Texas regulators quietly worked with the coal industry to illegally exempt 19 coal-fired power plans from parts of the Clean Air Act. “If the allegations are true, then the petitioners have ‘a good cause’ for their complaint,” said Professor McGarity.

Melinda Taylor, “Texas Lawmakers Move to Stop Local Fracking Bans” (NBC)

A May 1 NBC article quoted Professor Melinda Taylor on Texas lawmakers’ move to stop local fracking bans. According to NBC, “Just as new scientific reports are reinforcing links between fracking and earthquakes, Texas legislators are moving to limit cities’ control over oil and gas drilling in their communities. The proposed law is worrying not only environmentalists but also some officials who say local control is the best way to protect people from earthquakes, polluted water and other possible effects of fracking.

Professor Taylor said that “among states with significant tracking, Texas was the only one without a law to protect property owners from damage from drilling, whether a Fort Worth homeowner or a West Texas rancher. The only recourse they have had until now has been whatever local restrictions are in place,” she said. “Local land-use issues have traditionally been within the purview of local jurisdictions in Texas and around the country for that matter,” she said. It just seems like it’s really both unusual and its unnecessary to take that authority away from these local jurisdictions. They’re closes to the problems.”