Atlantic Coast Pipeline Faces Last Hurdle in Virginia
Virginia’s Public Radio reported: The controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline faces its final regulatory hurdle in Virginia: permits to be voted on by the state water control board. The two day board meeting began Monday morning with a pump-up for anti pipeline activists.“ I believe that we will win!” chanted the crowd. Public comment began at 10 am and lasted beyond 5 pm. Plenty were there to speak in favor of the natural gas pipeline. One was Delegate Roxann Robinson of Chesterfield County. The pipeline won’t go through her district, but she thinks it will be an important part of Virginia’s energy future. “And we need to be able to transport the natural gas across the Commonwealth and to North Carolina and to the coastline,” said Robinson. Many others though say the state isn’t doing enough to protect Virginia’s waters. Regulators won’t be analyzing each stream crossing in the pipeline’s path, instead relying on a blanket permit from the Army Corps of Engineers.
Spongelike crystal could make it easier for natural gas–powered cars to store fuel
Science Magazine reported: As an alternative automotive fuel, natural gas, or methane, doesn’t get a lot of attention. Millions of environmentally friendly, natural gas–powered vehicles cruise the world’s roads, but they still account for just a tiny fraction of new autos sold. In part that’s because they require bulky and expensive high-pressure tanks to store enough of the fossil fuel to meet drivers’ demands. Now, researchers have come up with a new material that’s able to store a large volume of methane at low pressure. If they can figure out how to make large quantities of it, the material can spark the development of highcapacity gas tanks and propel wider adoption of natural gas– powered vehicles. Natural gas has some key benefits as a fuel. Abundant underground in oil-rich geological formations, it typically costs less than gasoline for an equivalent amount of energy.