Environment

California Oil Spill Cause Probed; Storm Threatens Cleanup

Federal and state investigators were focusing on a 41-year-old pipeline as the likely source of an oil spill that killed wildlife and fouled the coast of southern California, and an approaching storm threatened cleanup efforts.

Future-Proofing US Pipelines with Hydrogen

The construction of additional natural gas, crude oil and fuel pipeline across North America is being challenged by environmental and climate action measures by the public as well as politicians.

Oil Spill Washes Ashore in California, Killing Wildlife

A large oil spill off the California coast began washing ashore at Huntington Beach over the weekend after an oil rig pipeline was breached, leaving dead fish and birds strewn on the sand.

Kinetrex Energy and Wabash Valley Power Announce Construction on 3 RNG Facilities

The new RNG facilities are designed to capture methane produced from landfills and convert that methane into pipeline-quality natural gas.

U.S. Appalachian Gas Pipeline Projects Go by the Wayside

Many of the proposed pipelines to deliver gas to the Appalachian region have been scuttled in recent years, running into opposition to fossil-fuel infrastructure, regulatory problems, or protests from environmental groups.

EU Lawmakers Back Clampdown on Potent Greenhouse Gas Methane

The European Parliament's environment committee on Tuesday rallied behind EU plans to make companies and countries cut their methane emissions.

Enbridge Announces Low-Carbon Fuel Deals with Vanguard, Shell

Enbridge Inc. said on Tuesday it had signed partnerships with Royal Dutch Shell and Vanguard Renewables to make low-carbon fuels, as the Canadian pipeline operator aims to cut its greenhouse gas emissions.

Tallgrass to Track, Measure Emissions on U.S. Interstate NatGas Pipeline

Tallgrass Energy Partners will begin monitoring emissions, including methane and other greenhouse gases, on its Rockies Express Pipeline, making it the first U.S. company to do so an interstate natural gas pipeline.

Trapil Adapting French Pipeline for Low-Carbon Fuel Transport

Trapil, a French refined product pipeline transport company, is strengthening its commitment to the energy transition by adapting one of its pipelines to facilitate transport of low-carbon liquid fuels such as bioethanol.

Texas Railroad Commission: Statewide Gas Flaring Falls to Lowest Rate in Years

In July, the statewide flaring rate in Texas fell to its lowest rate in years according to Railroad Commission data, falling by more than 75% since August 2019.

Perspective: How Soon Could Carbon Capture Solve Industry CO₂ Shortages?

It may seem surprising that CO₂ – the greenhouse gas heating our world – also keeps certain essential industries functioning. How can there be a shortage of something we’re desperately trying to emit less of?

Summit Midstream Partners Plead Guilty in Largest U.S. Inland Spill from Oil Drilling

Pipeline operator Summit Midstream Partners pleaded guilty in federal court in Bismarck, North Dakota, to criminal water pollution charges stemming from what prosecutors call the largest-ever land-based spill from oil drilling.

Tennessee Gas Pipeline, Southwestern Energy Announce Methane Emission Reduction Plan

Tennessee Gas Pipeline, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, and Southwestern Energy announced the initiation of a responsibly sourced natural gas strategic agreement, which should further reduce methane emissions across the natural gas value chain.

Tribes Say Dakota Access Oil Pipeline's Environmental Review is Biased

Native American Tribes including the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe told the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that the environmental study on Dakota Access oil pipeline is biased and urged the Biden administration to bring in the U.S. Interior Department.

ROSEN to Study Hydrogen Pipeline Transportation with Expanded Material Testing Capabilities

ROSEN Group is expanding its existing material testing capabilities and dedicating a separate section to the topic of hydrogen to help ensure the hydrogen economy will have the safe and efficient infrastructure it will need to function.

GTI’s Hydrogen Technology Center to Research U.S. Clean Energy Distribution

Kristine Wiley was recently named vice president of GTI’s Hydrogen Technology Center, which will facilitate increased use of hydrogen in an integrated energy system to meet the challenges of decarbonization.

Dakota Access Pipeline Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Scrap Environmental Study Order

Dakota Access asked the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit whether the largest pipeline out of the North Dakota oil basin requires additional environmental review.

Perspective: 30% Methane Emissions Cuts Crucial, and Can Pay for Itself

Cutting methane emissions is a big deal for efforts to slow climate change – and for health. While methane isn’t as abundant as carbon dioxide, it’s a far more potent greenhouse gas at warming the planet and a source of unhealthy air pollution.

Enbridge Fined $3.32 Million for Failings in Line 3 Replacement Project

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources fined Enbridge Inc. $3.32 million, citing the Canadian company's failure to follow environmental laws during the construction of its Line 3 oil pipeline replacement.

Carbon Capture and Storage Gains Wide Industry Support in Houston

Eleven companies have agreed to begin discussing plans that could lead to capturing and safely storing up to 50 million metric tons of CO2 per year by 2030 and about 100 million metric tons by 2040.

Russian Diamond Producer Tests CO2 Capture Potential by its Ore

State-controlled diamond producer Alrosa has teamed up with Russian scientists to test the ability of its processed ore to absorb carbon dioxide, the company said, adding that initial results of the study have been promising.

Colonial Pipeline Partially Resumes as Nicholas Brings Rains, Wind

The largest U.S. fuel line resumed partial operations Tuesday as oil and gas facilities weathered hurricane Nicholas' landfall in Texas, suffering less damage than in Hurricane Ida two weeks earlier.

Canadian First Nation Demands Enbridge Reroute Gas Pipeline After 2018 Explosion

A Canadian First Nation in northern British Columbia said on Tuesday it was trying to force Enbridge Inc. to reroute a natural gas pipeline off its reserve lands after the line exploded in 2018, causing residents to flee their homes.

US, EU Pursuing Global Deal to Slash Planet-Warming Methane, Documents Show

The United States and the European Union have agreed to aim to cut emissions of methane by around a third by the end of this decade and are pushing other major economies to join them, according to documents seen by Reuters.

Colonial Pipeline Shuts, Power Outages Rise as Nicholas Brings Rains, Wind

The largest U.S. fuel line shut down on Tuesday due to power outages caused by Nicholas, which made landfall as a hurricane before weakening on Tuesday, the second U.S. Gulf storm in as many weeks.

Kinder Morgan, Neste to Retrofit Tank and Piping for Green Fuels Feedstocks

Pipeline operator Kinder Morgan Inc. plans to convert some Louisiana tank and piping infrastructure to hold used cooking oil and other feedstocks for Finnish renewable-fuels giant Neste, the companies told Reuters.

Chevron, Enterprise Explore Carbon Storage Business Opportunities

Projects resulting from the evaluation would seek to combine Enterprise’s extensive midstream pipeline and storage network with Chevron’s sub-surface expertise to create opportunities to capture, aggregate, transport and sequester carbon dioxide.

Norway Offers Two New Offshore Areas for CO2 Storage

Norway is offering two new offshore areas for companies interested in developing carbon dioxide storage, the oil and energy ministry said on Friday.

Offshore Operators Face Big Ida Losses as Insurers Trim Cover

Offshore energy firms are likely to face greater financial losses from Hurricane Ida than from previous storms in the Gulf of Mexico because of reduced coverage offered by insurers, risk modeling firm RMS said on Thursday.

Stronger Storms Test Aging U.S. Offshore Oil Facilities

Stronger hurricanes threatening the U.S. Gulf Coast energy hub are elevating the risks of oil spills from damage to area refineries, oil platforms and subsea pipelines, experts say.