Stormwater, a Natural Gas Debate, and Solar Energy in South Carolina

Lots more Nooze today! First, from Ashley Ahearn and the crew at OPB's EarthFix, a special multimedia series on stormwater:

How We Got Into Such a Mess with Stormwater

SEATTLE — Gliding through the clear, emerald water of Puget Sound, Diver Laura James stopped when something shiny on the bottom caught her eye. She reached down and picked up a tire-flattened beer can.

And then she noticed more garbage — stir straws, bubble gum wrappers, coffee lids, a plastic packet of ketchup — littered across the sound’s sandy floor.

“I didn’t understand what I was seeing at first,” James says. “We’d swim along and we’d see this decaying swath – black with dead leaves and garbage. And then it would go back to normal.”... Read, hear, and see more.

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Tom Banse, reporting on NPR for the Northwest News Network, addresses an ongoing debate about the nation's natural gas:

To Keep or To Export? The Northwest's Natural Gas Debate

WARRENTON, Ore. - Natural gas production in North America has increased so dramatically that no fewer than 17 companies have now applied to export the fuel overseas. Two gas export terminals are proposed in the Northwest — one near Coos Bay (Oregon) and the other at the Port of Astoria.

This week, federal energy regulators are getting an earful of public testimony.

As public meetings go, Monday’s visit by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to the Oregon Coast was more tense and raucous than usual.

Hisses and guffaws interrupted a presentation from energy developer Oregon LNG. Later, different factions in the audience unleashed boisterous applause when they heard something they agreed with, ignoring the moderator’s request for respectful quiet... Read more.

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And Sammy Fretwell with The State in South Carolina, offers a three-day series on solar energy - which, according to Sammy, was inspired largely by the 2o11 Energy Country Institute that he attended:

Why Solar Power Rarely Shines in SC

Retired Columbia Minister Crusades for Solar Power

SC Power Companies Defend Solar Practices

Solar Frees Upstate Family from Power Grid