Community & Environment

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.

Line 3 Pipeline Opponents Sue to Shut Down Minnesota Construction

Opponents of a pipeline project that crosses three states have asked a federal court to halt construction in Minnesota on allegations that U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to address several environmental issues when it approved a water quality permit.

Federal Officials Investigate Fiery Oil Train Derailment

U.S. federal and local authorities were investigating a fiery oil car train derailment north of Seattle, Wash., near where two people were arrested last month and accused of attempting a terrorist attack on train tracks to disrupt plans for a natural gas pipeline.

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.

APGA Focuses on Industry Safety, Advocacy

In this interview, APGA Chairman John Leary discusses the association's priorities for the coming year, helping members who are coping with the coronavirus and engaging the public concerning natural gas and other topics.

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.

Biden to Pick Former Michigan Gov. Granholm as Energy Secretary - Sources

President-elect Joe Biden is expected to pick former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm to be secretary of energy in his administration, two people familiar with the decision said

Lacking Pipelines, U.S. Northeast Gas Prices Jump Ahead of Winter Storm

U.S. Northeast power and natural gas prices for Wednesday jumped to their highest level in almost a year as energy companies prepare for what could be the region's biggest winter storm in years.

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.

EU Proposes Funding Shift Away From Natural Gas

The European Commission on Tuesday proposed rules to restrict funding for natural gas projects and instead funnel cash into low-carbon technologies to meet climate goals.

Iran Mostly Contains Fire after Landslide Hits Oil Pipeline

Firefighters have contained most of a blaze that broke out after a pipeline carrying crude oil to Iran’s second-largest refinery ruptured due to a landslide, the head of the state company in charge of oil pipelines said.

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.

Oil Tanker Ablaze after Terrorist Attack Off Saudi Arabia Coast

Saudi Arabia said an oil tanker anchored at a Jeddah terminal was hit by an explosive-laden boat in what it called a terrorist attack, after shipping firm Hafnia said one of its tankers was struck by an "external source".

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.

Gas Suspected in Fatal Omaha House Explosion

An explosion that leveled a home in Omaha killed two people and left two others critically injured, fire officials said. Crews from the city’s natural gas utility were on the scene, but the cause has not been confirmed.

Magellan Midstream Tank Explosion Injures 7 in Corpus Christi

Seven Magellan Midstream Partners employees were injured, four critically, when a storage tank at a Magellan plant in Corpus Christi exploded after catching fire Saturday morning, according to deputy Fire Chief Richie Quintero.

Enbridge Starts Construction on Line 3 Pipeline in Minnesota

Enbridge began construction on its Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement in Minnesota on Tuesday, a day after state regulators approved the final permit for the $2.6 billion project amid legal challenges from lactivist and Indigenous groups.

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.

Minnesota Gives Final Green Light to Line 3 Pipeline

Minnesota regulators approved the final permit Monday for Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement across northern Minnesota, giving the company the green light to begin construction on the $2.6 billion project.

Anti-Pipeline Activists Face Terrorism Charges for Rail Scheme

Federal authorities in Seattle have charged two people with a terrorist attack on train tracks, suggesting they were motivated by opposition to a natural gas pipeline when they interfered with the operation of a railroad in Washington state.

Canadian Indigenous Deal with Keystone XL Took Years, Aims for Long-Term Wealth

TC Energy Corp's sale of a C$1 billion ($769 million) stake in Keystone XL to a Canadian indigenous group followed more than three years of pressure from a tiny Saskatchewan First Nation that demanded part ownership of the long-delayed oil pipeline.

Limited Pipeline Capacity in North American Regions Raises Winter Fuel Concerns

The United States has enough power generation to meet demand this winter, but extreme weather could challenge reliability in California and New England by putting fuel supplies at risk

Consumers Energy Completes 90-Mile Saginaw Trail Pipeline

Consumers Energy has completed construction of its $610 million Saginaw Trail Pipeline project, which replaced aging natural gas pipelines and related infrastructure across three Michigan counties.

ExxonMobil to Cut up to 300 Jobs in Canada

ExxonMobil said Wednesday that it plans to eliminate up to 300 jobs in Canada by the end of 2021 as part of its ongoing efforts to lower costs. It said the global pandemic has increased the urgency of its cutbacks.

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