Tag Archives: Environment

Energy-Related CO2 Emissions for First Six Months of 2016 are Lowest Since 1991

U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions totaled 2,530 million metric tons in the first six months of 2016. This was the lowest emissions level for the first six months of the year since 1991, as mild weather and changes in the fuels used to generate electricity contributed to the decline in energy-related emissions. EIA’s Short-Term Energy Outlook projects that energy-associated CO2 emissions will fall to 5,179 million metric tons in 2016, the lowest annual level since 1992. Mild weather. In the first six months of 2016, the United States had the fewest heating degree days (an indicator of heating demand) […]

Oil Pipelines In Louisiana May Soon Be Buried At Sea

Louisiana’s shrinking coastline is causing headaches for the oil industry in that state, as an eroding coast and rising sea waters are threatening oil infrastructure. The coastline is disappearing at a rate of approximately 20 square miles per year, which could mean that more than 610 miles of pipeline could be exposed over a period of 25 years. The loss of the coastline and the swamps and islands along the gulf also increase the risk of flooding further inland. So far, from 1932 to 2010, Louisiana has lost approximately 1,880 square miles of land due to the eroding coastline. […]

Alberta’s Cap on Oilsands Emissions Will Cost Billions With Little Effect on Greenhouse Gases

Capping carbon emissions in Alberta’s oilsands will leave hundreds of billions of dollars in the ground while doing very little to reduce greenhouse gases, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute. The study, How Alberta’s Carbon Emission Cap Will Reduce Oil Sands Growth, estimates the provincial government’s proposed cap of 100 megatonnes of emissions will significantly reduce the industry’s production potential by more than three billion barrels of oil cumulatively between 2025 and 2040. That will cost the economy more than $250 billion in lost production over the same time period, and […]

GPA Midstream Against EPA Collecting Oil and Gas Emissions Data

The GPA Midstream Association has filed comments with the Environmental Protection Agency on its proposed information collection request for oil and natural gas facilities. The EPA is soliciting comments to develop a rulemaking that would regulate methane emissions from existing oil and natural gas sources. “GPA Midstream and its members have a strong commitment to gathering and processing natural gas in a manner that minimizes environmental impacts and reduces emissions of valuable natural gas products to the fullest extent feasible. As a result, our members have taken significant steps to reduce methane emissions from their […]

Enbridge Predicts $62 Million in Fines, Penalties Tied to Oil Spill

May 2016, Vol. 243, No. 5

MARSHALL, Mich. (AP) — A pipeline company says it expects $62 million in fines and penalties related to a 2010 Michigan oil spill. In a filing Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Enbridge says $55 million represents penalties under federal water law. The Alberta-based company says no final fine or penalty has been ordered yet as negotiations continue with the U.S. government. Enbridge says about 20,000 barrels of oil spilled into the Kalamazoo River system, near Marshall, from a ruptured line in 2010. Enbridge says total costs from the disaster are pegged at $1.2 […]

TransCanada Says 6,800 gallons of oil leaked in South Dakota

March 2016, Vol. 243, No. 3

FREEMAN, S.D. (AP) — TransCanada estimates that about 16,800 gallons of oil leaked into a field in South Dakota as part of a spill that has shut the Keystone pipeline down while officials investigate. The company says it reported the 400-barrel estimate Thursday to the National Response Centre and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration (PHMSA). It says the estimate is based on the excavation of soil to expose more than 100 feet of pipe and takes into account factors including oil observed in the soil and the potential area affected. TransCanada hasn’t yet said […]

Consequences of Gas Leak Could Be California Blackouts

March 2016, Vol. 243, No. 3

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A natural gas well blowout last year that crippled a major energy supply for Southern California could lead to blackouts in the region over as many as 14 days this summer, energy officials said Tuesday. State agencies that studied the impact of the partial shutdown of the Aliso Canyon gas storage field proposed an action plan to prevent power outages but concluded they “will reduce, but not eliminate, the risk of gas shortages this summer that are large enough to cause electricity interruptions for the region’s residents and businesses.” The report […]

US Judge OKs $20 Billion BP Oil Spill Settlement

March 2016, Vol. 243, No. 3

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge in New Orleans granted final approval Monday to an estimated $20 billion settlement over the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, resolving years of litigation over the worst offshore spill in the nation’s history. The settlement, first announced in July, includes $5.5 billion in civil Clean Water Act penalties and billions more to cover environmental damage and other claims by the five Gulf states and local governments. The money is to be paid out over roughly 16 years. The U.S. Justice Department has estimated that […]

Weather, Ample Supply Tamp Down Northeast Winter Natural Gas Prices

March 2016, Vol. 243, No. 3

Wholesale natural gas and power prices in the Northeast United States remained relatively low this winter, absent the large spikes that have occurred during recent winters. A combination of increased deliveries of liquefied natural gas (LNG) into the region, a fuel adequacy winter reliability program, and the warmest winter on record helped to keep prices low and stable. Day-ahead peak period electricity prices at the Massachusetts Hub peaked at $66 per megawatt hour (MWh) this winter, down from peaks of $211/MWh during the previous winter (2014-15) and $438/MWh the winter before that (2013-14). Prices in […]

TransCanada Says Spill Shut Down Keystone Pipeline

March 2016, Vol. 243, No. 3

FREEMAN, S.D. (AP) — TransCanada Corp. says the Keystone pipeline will likely remain shut down for the rest of the week while officials investigate an apparent oil spill in southeastern South Dakota. Oil was discovered on a 300-square-foot area in a ditch near a Freeman-area pump station. About 100 workers are at the site removing soil and determining the location of the leak. A company spokesman says crews have found no pipeline damage. TransCanada hasn’t released the amount of oil or speculated on cleanup costs. TransCanada says it has found no significant harm to the […]

EPA Aims to Cut Methane Leaks From Natural Gas Companies

March 2016, Vol. 243, No. 3

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Wednesday announced a new partnership with 41 energy companies that have agreed to voluntarily reduce methane emissions from natural gas operations to help combat climate change. The Environmental Protection Agency unveiled the Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge Program at this week’s Global Methane Forum held in Washington. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, capable of trapping 25 times more heat in the atmosphere than an equivalent amount of carbon dioxide. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said the voluntary program is meant to protect public health and combat climate change […]

Coast Guard: Unknown Amount of Crude in Louisiana Bayou

March 2016, Vol. 243, No. 3

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says an unknown amount of crude oil has spilled into a bayou in southern Louisiana. The Coast Guard said in a statement Monday night it received a report around 8 p.m. that a tank along the edge of Bayou Teche near Charenton was being filled with crude oil when the spill began. The statement says the source of the spill has been secured and crews have deployed more than 200 yards of boom. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports some residents of nearby St. Mary Parish were advised to shelter in […]

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