Environment

White House Climate Czar and Big Oil Meet, Talk Cooperation

Representatives from the oil and gas industry and national climate adviser Gina McCarthy struck a cooperative tone following a meeting where the two sides discussed how companies can align with the Biden administration's ambitious climate goals.

FERC Approves Northern Natural’s Pipeline Replacement Project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved Northern Natural Gas Company’s request to replace 87 miles of natural gas pipeline, agreeing that the project’s greenhouse gas emissions would not be significant.

NYC Natural Gas Ban Costs Potentially ‘Astronomical’

A New York City ban on natural gas connections in new buildings by 2030 and announced policies to ban natural gas and other fossil fuels in large buildings by 2040 could cost New York City households upwards of $25,000, a study shows.

Deb Haaland Becomes First Native American U.S. Cabinet Secretary

U.S. Representative Deb Haaland was confirmed on Monday as Secretary of the Interior, becoming the first Native American to lead a cabinet agency and securing a central role in President Joe Biden’s sweeping plans to fight climate change.

Line 3 Pipeline Replacement Opposition Asking Biden to Stop Project

Opponents to Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement oil pipeline are urging President Joe Biden to stop the project, leading some to compare it to Keystone XL.

Kinder Morgan Forms Energy Transition Ventures Group

Pipeline company Kinder Morgan said on Friday it had formed a new Energy Transition Ventures group to focus on low-carbon energy initiatives.

Perspective: 'Blockadia' Helped Cancel the Keystone XL Pipeline

Sustained political pressure was a notable contributing factor to Biden’s decision to cancel the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Reusing Gas Infrastructure for Hydrogen Transportation

The EU’s “Hydrogen Strategy for a Climate-Neutral Europe” of July 2020 is only the latest in a series of programs designed to foster the use of hydrogen to decarbonize and integrate the energy system.

INGAA Chairman Emphasizes Climate Goals, Importance of Natural Gas

As a president and chief operating officer of DTE Midstream, David Slater is not only well suited to be INGAA chairman but is also eager to serve in the position he was recently elected to by the association’s Board of Directors.

Duke Energy Begins Replacing Aging Gas Pipeline

Construction got underway on the 12-mile Central Corridor replacement pipeline designed to run though Hamilton County, Ohio, which is in the southeast corner of the state and contains the city of Cincinnati.

CERAWEEK: Natural Gas Can Help Solve Climate Change, Industry Reminds Policymakers

The energy industry wants policy makers to remember that natural gas can and should be part of the solution in solving climate change, executives said at a conference.

U.S. Climate Czar Urges Oil Industry to Hasten Transition to Renewables

U.S. climate envoy John Kerry on Tuesday urged oil and gas companies to do more to diversify and adopt low-carbon technologies to tackle climate change.

Banks Urged to Steer Clear of East Africa Oil Pipeline Financing

More than 260 charities on Monday urged banks not to finance a $3.5 billion oil pipeline in East Africa, concerned the project could lead to the loss of community land and livelihoods, environmental destruction and surging carbon emissions.

U.S., Canada Move Past Keystone XL Toward Achieving Net Zero Emissions by 2050

U.S. President Joe Biden said that he and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau agreed to work toward achieving net zero emissions by 2050.

Historic U.S. Interior Pick Tests Senate Support for Biden on Climate

Deb Haaland, the first Native American ever picked for a U.S. cabinet post, was grilled by Republican Senators who want an Interior Secretary more welcoming of oil and gas drilling on federal lands.

Siemens Energy Agrees to Build Innovative Waste Heat-to-Power Facility in Canada

The facility will capture waste heat from a gas-fired turbine operating at a pipeline compression station and convert it into emissions-free power.

Army Corps Attorneys Withdraw from Dakota Access Pipeline Case

An attorney at Earthjustice who represents the tribe said they hope the Biden administration will seek to close the line, but the departure of these attorneys should not necessarily be seen as a signal of that happening.

Senate Energy Leader Urges Biden to Reverse Keystone XL Opposition

The head of the U.S. Senate energy committee, Joe Manchin, urged President Joe Biden to reverse his opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline, saying the project provides union jobs and is safer than transporting the oil via trucks and trains.

Multiple Bids to Stop Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement Rejected

A federal judge and the Minnesota Court of Appeals both within the span of a week rejected attempts by tribal and environmental groups to stop construction on Enbridge’s Line 3 oil pipeline replacement, the Associated Press reported.

Biden's EPA Pick Plans to Consult with Stakeholders, States in Climate Fight

U.S. President Joe Biden's choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency told lawmakers he will consult with states and other stakeholders as the agency determines how to deliver on the administration's plans to tackle climate change and clean up pollution hotspots.

Michigan OKs Great Lakes Oil Pipeline Tunnel Permits

The decision, a victory for Enbridge Inc., comes as the Canadian company resists Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's demand to shut down its 68-year-old line in the Straits of Mackinac.

EQT and Project Canary Launch Responsibly Sourced Natural Gas Pilot Project

EQT Corporation announced its commitment to a pilot project to demonstrate the production of responsibly sourced natural gas (RSG) for use in domestic and international energy markets.

Industry Leaders, Biden Admin Disagree on Expected Impact of Climate Executive Actions

President Joe Biden signed a new raft of executive actions to combat climate change, including pausing new oil and gas leases on federal land and cutting fossil fuel subsidies, as he pursues green policies he billed as a boon for job creation.

INGAA Sets Net-Zero Emissions Goal for 2050

The Interstate Natural Gas Association of America set a goal for the industry to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions from natural gas transmission and storage by 2050, the organization announced along with other commitments to address climate change.

Policy Implications for Satellite-Based Methane Detection

Regulatory processes on opposite sides of the Atlantic highlighted a critical climate protection challenge: How can the oil and gas industry – and the regulators who oversee it – best detect and address methane emissions to protect the environment and the climate in particular?

DTE Midstream Aims for Net Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050

DTE Midstream announced its goal to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 with 30% of this carbon emissions reduction in the next decade.

Solar Plant to Directly Power Major Pipeline Compression Station

Sustainable infrastructure company Merit SI has completed development and construction of the first solar power plant in the U.S. designed to directly help power an interstate natural gas pipeline compressor station.

France’s Total Dropping API Membership Over Climate, Political Differences

Total assesses the main industry associations of which it is a member to ensure they are aligned with the Group’s climate positions and found key differences with the American Petroleum Institute.

No Intention to Shut Down Michigan Pipelines, Enbridge Says to State

Enbridge responded to Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer's attempt to terminate an easement and thereby close Enbridge's Line 5 dual pipelines, saying the lines in the Straits “are safe and in full compliance with the federal pipeline safety standards that govern them."

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.