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Atlantic Sunrise Comment Period Opens, Hearing Scheduled

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) opened a comment period on July 22, 2017 for feedback on an Air Quality Plan Approval for construction activities related to the proposed Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Project. This comment period is related only to air emissions from pipeline construction activities in Lancaster County, and no decisions on the applications for Chp. 102 and Chp. 105 permits for the project have been reached. The Air Quality Plan Approval would allow transfer of 106 tons of nitrogen oxide Emission Reduction Credits to offset construction activities in Lancaster County, which is […]

Pennsylvania DEP: Violations Occurred During Mariner East 2 Construction

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has released details of oversight activities for the Mariner East 2 Pipeline Project. To date, four Notices of Violation have been issued for the project. Additionally, one Consent Order and Agreement has been executed, with a penalty of $87,600 for a violation that impacted a wetland area next to Interstate 81 in Cumberland County. A detailed list of incidents related to construction of the pipeline will be available early next week, and will be updated weekly on the DEP website at http://www.dep.pa.gov/Business/ProgramIntegration/Pennsylvania-Pipeline-Portal/Pages/Mariner-East-II.aspx. “With so much concern about the Mariner […]

Aggressive U.S. Oil Sanctions Could Bankrupt Venezuela

The U.S. government has warned that it would take “swift economic actions” if the Venezuelan government proceeds with a July 30 move to rewrite the constitution to consolidate power in the hands of President Nicolas Maduro. With the country in shambles, the move is clearly intended to shore up the President’s power in the face of fierce and growing opposition. The statement from the U.S government is widely interpreted as a threat to sanction state-owned oil company PDVSA, the government’s main source of revenue. “My sense is there’s an intensive review on a variety of […]

Public Hearings Scheduled for Enbridge’s Line 5

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The public is getting a chance to sound off about a recent report outlining alternatives for twin oil pipelines beneath the Straits of Mackinac. The report by independent contractor Dynamic Risk Assessment Systems Inc. dealt with Enbridge’s Line 5. The nearly 5-mile-long (8-kilometer) segment beneath the waterway where Lakes Michigan and Huron meet is divided into two lines. Environmental groups say the pipelines are old and should be decommissioned, while the company says they’re in good shape. Options in the report include leaving the lines in place, rerouting them, running […]

Regulators Release Environmental Assessment of Pipeline

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – The Atlantic Coast Pipeline intended to carry natural gas across West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina would have some adverse environmental effects, including impacts on water resources, forest and other habitats, but most could be reduced to insignificant levels, an assessment by federal regulators found. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which oversees interstate natural gas pipelines, released its final environmental impact statement Friday for the proposed 600-mile (965-kilometer) pipeline, which has broad support from political and business leaders but is staunchly opposed by environmentalists and many affected landowners. The assessment found […]

State Trade Group Can Weigh in on Dakota Access Pipeline

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A judge deciding whether to temporarily shut down the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline said Thursday that he will allow North Dakota’s main energy trade group to weigh in. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg might also allow some national energy and manufacturing groups to have a say, though he didn’t immediately rule. The groups, including the North Dakota Petroleum Council, maintain their input is important because none of the parties in a lawsuit over the $3.8 billion pipeline to move North Dakota oil to Illinois speaks for the general oil industry. […]

Los Angeles Natural Gas Field to Reopen, but Fight Still on

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The planned reopening of a massive Los Angeles natural gas storage facility that spewed methane for months has only renewed the fight over its future. California state officials on Wednesday cleared the way for resumption at reduced capacity in the next few weeks of natural gas pumping into the underground Aliso Canyon facility after 17 months of testing and inspections. The announcement brought fierce opposition from residents who were made sick and driven from their homes by the leak, and vows of action by the advocates and local officials who represent […]

Dakota Access Developer’s New Pipeline Rankling Regulators

NEW WASHINGTON, Ohio (AP) — The company that developed the Dakota Access oil pipeline is entangled in another fight, this time in Ohio where work on its multi-state natural gas pipeline has wrecked wetlands, flooded farm fields and flattened a 170-year-old farmhouse. The federal commission that oversees gas pipelines told Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners last week to clean up its mess before it will allow the Rover Pipeline to flow. New drilling on unfinished sections also remains halted after 2 million gallons (7.6 million liters) of drilling mud seeped into a wetland in the spring. […]

U.S. Policy Toward Hydrocarbons in Latin America

July 2017, Vol. 244, No. 7

Recommendations for the New Administration Latin America holds the largest concentration of hydrocarbon reserves outside of the Middle East. The region’s official proved oil reserve figure was 340 Bbbls (20% of the world’s total) in 2015, second only to the Middle East with 803 Bbbls (47%), and more than the U.S. and Canada, with a combined total of 227 Bbbls (13%).1 Latin America also has one of the world’s largest estimated endowments of shale and other unconventional resources. Its natural gas endowment is not as relatively abundant, but the region has proved reserves of 280...

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Months Needed for Additional Study of Dakota Access Pipeline

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers says additional environmental review of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline is likely to take the rest of the year. The federal agency, Texas-based pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners and energy trade groups also are advocating for keeping the line operating during the study. The $3.8 billion North Dakota-to-Illinois pipeline that’s opposed by American Indian tribes has been operating since June 1. But U.S. District Judge James Boasberg last month ordered the Corps to do more study on its impact on the Standing Rock Sioux. He’s […]

Perry Touts Energy Exports, Awaits Study on Electric Grid

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is pushing for increased exports of natural gas and other energy sources as it seeks U.S. “energy dominance” in the global market, Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Tuesday. He and President Donald Trump have offered a “comforting” message to energy companies seeking to export liquefied natural gas, or LNG at huge terminals in Texas, Louisiana and other states, Perry said: “If you meet the rules, here’s your permit.” Perry also said he has not seen a widely expected department study into the reliability of the electric grid. A draft […]

Trump Chooses Lawyer to Head FERC

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has nominated energy lawyer Kevin McIntyre to chair the vacancy-plagued commission that oversees the nation’s power grid and natural gas pipelines. Only one commissioner currently serves on the five-member Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, leaving it without a quorum and unable to make decisions on interstate pipelines and other projects worth billions of dollars. If confirmed by the Senate, McIntyre, a Republican, would lead the five-member panel. Trump has nominated Republicans Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson to the commission and has said he intends to nominate Democrat Richard Glick. The […]

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