Environment

Prospects Advance for Canada's Oil Pipelines, Challenges Still Remain

Prospects for expanding pipelines to move Canadian oil to markets have brightened, but plenty of hurdles remain for the Canadian sector, which has struggled for years with low prices and a glut in storage due to long project delays.

Pembina Withdraws Jordan Cove Application, Holds Out for Federal Approval

Pembina Pipeline Corporation (Pembina) has withdrawn its application for a state permit for the Jordan Cover natural gas pipeline and export terminal in Oregon.

North Dakota Signals No New Conditions on Dakota Access Expansion

North Dakota regulators signaled Thursday that the state would not impose conditions beyond those required by the federal government on a proposal to double the capacity of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

South Dakota Board Approves Keystone XL Water Permits

The South Dakota Water Management Board on Tuesday approved five water permit applications for Keystone XL pipeline construction.

Michigan Officials Request Line 5 Records from Enbridge

Michigan officials requested records from Enbridge Inc. on Monday in an investigation of the company's oil pipeline that runs beneath a channel linking two of the Great Lakes.

NOAA: Jordan Cove LNG Project Would Have Minimal Environmental Impact

Federal authorities have suggested the environmental impact of the proposed Jordan Cove LNG terminal and pipeline in southern Oregon would be minimal, saying the contentious project wouldn’t jeopardize protected species or adversely change their critical habitat.

White House Unveils Plan to Speed Big Projects Permits

The Trump administration on Thursday unveiled a plan to speed permitting for major infrastructure projects like oil pipelines, road expansions and bridges, one of the biggest deregulatory actions of the president's tenure.

U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Dip on Power Switch to Gas

U.S. emissions linked to climate change fell last year on a record drop in coal-fired power generation, but further declines are unlikely without rapid policy changes, according to an estimate released on Tuesday.

FERC Rules Clean Energy Sources Must Pay Higher Market Price

The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday directed the largest U.S. power grid operator to force state-subsidized solar and wind electricity providers to raise prices, a move that opponents called a partisan attempt to protect fossil fuels.

Leviathan Gas Field to Start Up Monday; Court Lifts Injunction

Israel's energy ministry gave its final approval for the start of production at the giant Leviathan gas field and said the wells will open early on Monday after a court lifted a temporary injunction granted over environmental concerns.

Energy Firms Fight Surprise Court Order Blocking Leviathan Gas Output

Companies developing the huge natural gas field Leviathan will try to convince an Israeli court to remove an injunction that threatens to delay production due to environmental concerns.

Dominion Energy Partnership to Convert Manure to Natural Gas

Richmond-based Dominion Energy announced that it is launching a $200 million effort to convert methane from cow manure into natural gas.

Canadian Pacific Crude Train Derails, Catches Fire in Saskatchewan

A Canadian Pacific Railway train hauling crude oil derailed west of Guernsey, Saskatchewan, causing a fire at around midnight local time, railway and police officials said on Monday.

Six Dead in Gas Explosion at Polish Ski Resort

Six people died after a three-story building in the southern Polish ski resort of Szczyrk collapsed following a gas explosion, authorities said

Enbridge Starts Service on Canadian Section of Line 3

Enbridge has begun commercial operation of the Canadian section of its Line 3 pipeline, even as it continues to navigate Minnesota regulators for the U.S. portion of the $9 billion replacement project.

Corps: No More Dakota Access Pipeline Study Needed

The Army Corps of Engineers has determined that no further environmental study is needed on the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Officials Study Fire at California Storage Site after Quake

Officials are trying to determine Wednesday if a 4.5 magnitude earthquake triggered an explosion at an ethanol storage facility in the San Francisco Bay Area that started a fire and kept thousands of people in their homes for hours because of potentially unhealthy air.

India Investing $60 Billion on National Gas Grid by 2024

India, one of the world's largest consumers of oil and coal, is investing $60 billion to build a national gas grid and import terminals by 2024 in a bid to cut its carbon emissions, the oil minister said on Sunday.

Judge Weighs Renewed Keystone XL Arguments

A Montana judge must decide whether to once again block the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline or side with U.S. government attorneys who want him to uphold President Donald Trump's permit to cross the U.S.-Canada border.

Brazil's Mystery Oil Spills May Have Criminal Source: President

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Tuesday the oil spills that have been contaminating the northeastern coast since the beginning of September appeared to involve crimes.

Lawsuit: Poor information about pipeline led to fatal blast

A federal lawsuit accuses a major pipeline company based in Georgia of failing to tell work crews where a major underground pipeline was located before they ruptured the line, touching off a deadly explosion in Alabama.

Trump Administration Drops Obama-Era Water Protection Rule

The Trump administration on Thursday revoked an Obama-era regulation that shielded many U.S. wetlands and streams from pollution but was opposed by developers and farmers who said it hurt economic development and infringed on property rights.

New York Vows to Fight FERC Ruling on Consitution Pipeline

The New York regulatory agency that failed to act on a water quality certification for Williams' planned Constitution Pipeline said it will fight a federal ruling that it waived the decision through inaction. Some analysts, however, predicted the project may move ahead to completion by 2021.

Ruptured Nigerian Pipeline Spilled Oil: NNPC

A pipeline that ruptured on Friday in Nigeria's Delta state spilled oil, but has been contained, the head of state oil company NNPC said.

INGAA Responds to Proposed Methane Rule

INGAA responded to the EPA's proposed methane rule by citing the strong commitment its members have made to maintain pipeline integrity and safety, emphasizing their their determination to minimize environmental impact even if regulations are relaxed.

EPA Calls for Rescinding Methane Rules for Oil & Gas Industry

The Trump administration moved Thursday to revoke Obama-era regulations on climate-changing methane leaks from oil facilities, a proposal that environmental advocates said would renounce key federal legal authority to regulate the gas' outsize damage to the climate.

EQM Stops Some Work on Mountain Valley Pipeline

EQM Midstream Partners LP has told U.S. federal regulators the company would stop some work on its long-delayed Mountain Valley natural gas pipeline from West Virginia to Virginia as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reviews a couple of permits.

Author Tisha Schuller, Ex-Gas & Oil Group CEO, Discusses Environmentalism

The former president and CEO of the Colorado Gas & Oil Association (COGA) sits down with P&GJ’s Editor Joe Hollier and shares her experiences heading the Association and the details of her new book, “Accidentally Adamant.”

Activist Groups Urge Insurers to Drop Coverage of Oil Sands Pipeline

A coalition of 32 environmental and indigenous groups on Thursday urged insurers to stop underwriting the Trans Mountain pipeline to pressure Canada to cancel its plan to expand the project which carries crude from Alberta's oil sands to British Columbia's Pacific coast.

Enbridge Reports Gap Opens Beneath Great Lakes Oil Pipeline

Erosion has created a gap in a key Great Lakes channel beneath Enbridge’s Line 5 oil pipeline that's wider than allowed under an agreement with the state of Michigan, the company said Wednesday.