Environment

Banks Urged to Steer Clear of East Africa Oil Pipeline Financing

More than 260 charities on Monday urged banks not to finance a $3.5 billion oil pipeline in East Africa, concerned the project could lead to the loss of community land and livelihoods, environmental destruction and surging carbon emissions.

U.S., Canada Move Past Keystone XL Toward Achieving Net Zero Emissions by 2050

U.S. President Joe Biden said that he and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau agreed to work toward achieving net zero emissions by 2050.

Historic U.S. Interior Pick Tests Senate Support for Biden on Climate

Deb Haaland, the first Native American ever picked for a U.S. cabinet post, was grilled by Republican Senators who want an Interior Secretary more welcoming of oil and gas drilling on federal lands.

Siemens Energy Agrees to Build Innovative Waste Heat-to-Power Facility in Canada

The facility will capture waste heat from a gas-fired turbine operating at a pipeline compression station and convert it into emissions-free power.

Army Corps Attorneys Withdraw from Dakota Access Pipeline Case

An attorney at Earthjustice who represents the tribe said they hope the Biden administration will seek to close the line, but the departure of these attorneys should not necessarily be seen as a signal of that happening.

Senate Energy Leader Urges Biden to Reverse Keystone XL Opposition

The head of the U.S. Senate energy committee, Joe Manchin, urged President Joe Biden to reverse his opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline, saying the project provides union jobs and is safer than transporting the oil via trucks and trains.

Multiple Bids to Stop Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement Rejected

A federal judge and the Minnesota Court of Appeals both within the span of a week rejected attempts by tribal and environmental groups to stop construction on Enbridge’s Line 3 oil pipeline replacement, the Associated Press reported.

Biden's EPA Pick Plans to Consult with Stakeholders, States in Climate Fight

U.S. President Joe Biden's choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency told lawmakers he will consult with states and other stakeholders as the agency determines how to deliver on the administration's plans to tackle climate change and clean up pollution hotspots.

Michigan OKs Great Lakes Oil Pipeline Tunnel Permits

The decision, a victory for Enbridge Inc., comes as the Canadian company resists Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's demand to shut down its 68-year-old line in the Straits of Mackinac.

EQT and Project Canary Launch Responsibly Sourced Natural Gas Pilot Project

EQT Corporation announced its commitment to a pilot project to demonstrate the production of responsibly sourced natural gas (RSG) for use in domestic and international energy markets.

Industry Leaders, Biden Admin Disagree on Expected Impact of Climate Executive Actions

President Joe Biden signed a new raft of executive actions to combat climate change, including pausing new oil and gas leases on federal land and cutting fossil fuel subsidies, as he pursues green policies he billed as a boon for job creation.

INGAA Sets Net-Zero Emissions Goal for 2050

The Interstate Natural Gas Association of America set a goal for the industry to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions from natural gas transmission and storage by 2050, the organization announced along with other commitments to address climate change.

Policy Implications for Satellite-Based Methane Detection

Regulatory processes on opposite sides of the Atlantic highlighted a critical climate protection challenge: How can the oil and gas industry – and the regulators who oversee it – best detect and address methane emissions to protect the environment and the climate in particular?

DTE Midstream Aims for Net Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050

DTE Midstream announced its goal to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 with 30% of this carbon emissions reduction in the next decade.

Solar Plant to Directly Power Major Pipeline Compression Station

Sustainable infrastructure company Merit SI has completed development and construction of the first solar power plant in the U.S. designed to directly help power an interstate natural gas pipeline compressor station.

France’s Total Dropping API Membership Over Climate, Political Differences

Total assesses the main industry associations of which it is a member to ensure they are aligned with the Group’s climate positions and found key differences with the American Petroleum Institute.

No Intention to Shut Down Michigan Pipelines, Enbridge Says to State

Enbridge responded to Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer's attempt to terminate an easement and thereby close Enbridge's Line 5 dual pipelines, saying the lines in the Straits “are safe and in full compliance with the federal pipeline safety standards that govern them."

Analysis: New U.S. Army Corps' Stream Crossing Rules Could Hurt Oil/Gas Pipes

Finalized revisions to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Nationwide Permits program could cause problems for oil and natural gas pipelines, analysts say.

As Biden Cabinet Takes Shape, API Seeks Voice in Energy, Climate Policy

The American Petroleum Institute on Thursday reached out to the incoming Biden administration to collaborate on climate and energy policy, calling energy a non-partisan issue that modern life depends on.

Lloyd's Steps Back from Oil Sands, Coal in First Climate Change Policy

Lloyd's of London is scaling back its exposure to coal and oil sands, the commercial insurance market said in its first sustainability report, in a reversal of its traditional hands-off approach to climate change strategy.

North Sea Could Shift from Oil Reservoir to CO2 Storage - Total CEO

The North Sea could be switched from a depleting oil and gas basin to a site for storing carbon dioxide under the seabed, Total CEO Patrick Pouyanne said on Tuesday.

Britain to End State Support for Fossil Fuel Sector Exports

Britain said it is ending state support for fossil fuel industry exports, and shifting government assistance to low-carbon and renewable energy projects abroad.

Nigerian Shell Employees Damaged Pipelines for Profit - Dutch TV

Employees at Royal Dutch Shell’s Nigerian joint venture orchestrated damage to oil pipelines to profit from the money spent on clean-up operations, Dutch investigative TV program Zembla reported.

EU Leaders Clinch Deal on Tougher 2030 Climate Goal

European Union countries agreed to a new climate change target for the bloc on Friday after haggling through the night in Brussels, pulling the political trigger on a policy revamp to make every sector greener.

Why Green Hydrogen is Getting its Day in the Sun

Hydrogen has taken off this year as the future green fuel of choice, with governments and businesses betting big that the universe's most abundant element can help fight climate change.

EU May Restrict Support for Natural Gas Projects, Citing Climate Goals

The European Union is planning to restrict its funding for natural gas projects because of the risk they pose to the bloc's climate goals, according to draft rules seen by Reuters.

EIA: Natural Gas Venting, Flaring Set Records in 2019

U.S. natural gas venting and flaring hit an all-time high of 1.48 Bcf/d last year, with the bulk of those volumes coming from North Dakota and Texas, updated government statistics show.

Biden Plan to End U.S. Fossil Fuel Subsidies Faces Big Challenges

President-elect Joe Biden's promise to end U.S. fossil fuel subsidies worth billions of dollars a year could be hard to keep due to resistance from lawmakers in a narrowly divided Congress, including from within his own party.

Canadian Oil Output Seen Expanding until 2039

Canadian oil production will expand for nearly two more decades, slowing the country's progress toward achieving Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's goal of net-zero emissions by 2050, the Canada Energy Regulator (CER) forecast.

API Pledges to Fight Possible Biden Fracking Limits

If U.S. President-elect Joe Biden tries to restrict development of oil and gas drilling on federal lands, the American Petroleum Institute will use "every tool at its disposal" including legal action, chief executive Mike Sommers said