Environment

Underwater: Australia's Oil Industry Faces New Indigenous Heritage Test

A discovery of ancient artifacts near a planned pipeline route off Australia's west coast has opened new challenges for energy companies to conserve indigenous heritage.

Sonatrach Reports Two Leaks on OK1 Oil Pipeline

Algerian oil company Sonatrach has reported two oil leaks from its 400-mile OK1 pipeline.

U.S. Department of Interior Requests Expedited Environmental Reviews for Energy Projects from Trump Administration

The U.S. Department of Interior has asked the Trump Administration to fast track environmental reviews for several major energy and infrastructure projects, including LNG facilities and pipelines.

U.S. Army Engineers Encourage Settlement in Dakota Access Pipeline Litigation

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has urged the federal government to settle a dispute with North Dakota over the state's pursuit of $38 million to recover costs associated with the protests of the Dakota Access Pipeline in 2016 and 2017.

Hydrogen Delivers New Future for Holland’s Pipeline Network

The European Union’s ambitious decarbonization policies and plans for a green economic recovery will have repercussions on the continent’s pipeline networks, none more so than Holland’s.

Europe Faces High Hurdles to Make Hydrogen Hype Reality

The European Union's goal to increase the use of zero-carbon hydrogen faces steep challenges as the move would require billions in investments from countries already reeling from the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. Army Corps Asks Appeals Court to Reverse Dakota Access Ruling

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has asked a court of appeals to reverse a ruling against the Dakota Access pipeline which invalidated an environmental permit that allowed the pipeline to operate on U.S. land.

Williams Announces Goal of 56% Reduction in Carbon Emissions by 2030

Williams has announced its intention to reduce the company's carbon emissions by 56% from 2005 levels by 2030, putting it on track to achieve its net-zero emissions goal by 2050.

Draft of EU Methane Strategy Shies Away from Binding Emissions Standards

A draft of the European Union's strategy to reduce methane emissions in the region will not impose binding standards on natural gas imported and sold in the bloc.

Minnesota Governor Appeals Enbridge Line 3 Regulator Approval

The Governor of Minnesota has appealed utility regulators approval Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline replacement project.

As Canada Curbs Methane Emissions, New Measurements Show Problem Bigger Than Thought

Methane emissions from oil and gas operations have more than doubled this year after the government instituted a new method for measuring and reporting emissions.

New Mexico Close to Adopting Oil and Gas Water Rules

Energy regulators in New Mexico are close to adopting a new set of environmental rules regulating produced water from oil and gas operations.

Australia Bucks the Global Trend, Goes with Natural Gas Over Renewables: Russell

Australia's conservative government appears to be pivoting away from backing coal for future energy needs but hasn't quite made it all the way to renewables, instead waylaying into natural gas.

National Grid Connects Biomethane to UK Gas Grid

National Grid has connected biomethane to the UK gas transmission system for the first time.

Supreme Court Reinstates Permit 12, Excludes Keystone XL

The U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps) use of Nationwide Permit 12 but refused to let TC Energy resume construction of its Keystone XL pipeline under the fast-track permit.

Developers Cancel Long-Delayed Atlantic Coast Pipeline

The developers of the long-delayed, 600-mile (965-km) Atlantic Coast Pipeline canceled the multistate natural gas project, citing recurring litigation, permitting uncertainties and mounting costs.

Trump Administration Rolls Back Curbs on Methane Emissions

The Trump Administration will officially roll back regulations concerning methane emissions from oil and gas operations on Thursday.

Phillips 66 Plans to Shut Facilities, Pipelines Amid Renewables Shift

Phillips 66 has announced plans to close or convert some of its facilities along with the associated pipelines as part of the company's transition to renewable fuels.

U.S. Department of Interior Approves Issuance of Permits for Alaska LNG Pipeline

The U.S. Department of the Interior has announced its decision to approve the issuance of rights-of-way permits for the Alaska LNG Pipeline Project.

Pennsylvania AG Charges National Fuel Gas Supply with Environmental Crimes

Pennsylvania's Attorney General has announced he is charging National Fuel Gas Supply Co and subcontractor Southeast Directional Drilling with environmental crimes.

Global Gas Flaring Hit Highest in Over a Decade in 2019 — World Bank

The World Bank has released data revealing that global gas flaring reached its highest levels in over a decade last year, with the U.S. accounting for nearly a quarter of the year-on-year increase.

New Mexico Proposes Crackdown on Methane Emissions

New Mexico has proposed a new set of rules that would require oil and gas producers in the state to capture at least 98% of methane emissions by 2026.

Michigan Asks Enbridge to Pledge Funds in Case of Oil Spill

Michigan officials have asked Enbridge to set aside nearly $2 billion to cover the costs should a spill occur in the portion of its Line 5 oil pipeline which runs under the Straits of Mackinac.

Federal Judge Blocks Trump Administration's Easing of Rule on Methane Emissions

A federal judge on Wednesday blocked an attempt by the Trump administration to roll back a rule on cutting methane emissions from oil and gas operations on federal and tribal lands.

Trump Revamps Key Environmental Law in Bid to Fast Track Pipelines

President Trump announced plans on Wednesday to expedite the permitting process for major infrastructure projects, including oil and gas pipelines.

Natural Gas Efficiency Programs Pay Off in Reduced Costs, Carbon Emissions

North American natural gas utilities have been spending nearly $4 million a day for programs to make customers more efficient use of the fuel. A new study shows those investments are paying off.

Guest Commentary: The Two-Front War on Pipelines

Pipeline opponents have raised their game, skillfully and aggressively scoring wins against projects on two fronts: in the courts and regulatory proceedings on both the federal and state sides.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to Appeal Dakota Access Shutdown

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced it will appeal a federal judge's shutdown order against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Kinder Morgan’s Journey in Reducing Methane Emissions

The shale play revolution stretching across the United States has created a tremendous need for supportive infrastructure and, to date, Kinder Morgan has risen to that need and expanded its natural gas pipeline network to approximately 70,000 miles (113,000 km), with more growth planned to build new – and expand upon existing – assets.

Carbon Dioxide Pipelines Seen as Cost-Saving Measure in Troubled Times

By Richard Nemec,  Contributing Editor It was difficult to find a silver lining in the outlook of Occidental Petroleum Corp.’s CEO Vicki Hollub and her senior executive colleagues in early May when they prepared for the Houston-based mid-major’s first-quarter 2020 earnings conference call.  ..