Community & Environment

Rebound in Global Gas Demand Threatens International Climate Targets - IEA

A rebound in global gas demand to 2024 following a record fall last year is poised to knock the world off track for a climate goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2050, the International Energy Agency said on Monday.

'Eye of fire' in Mexican Waters Blamed on Gas Pipeline Leak

Pemex said that a fire on the ocean surface west of Mexico's Yucatan peninsula Friday was caused by a gas leak from an underwater pipeline. Videos of the blaze went viral.

EBRD Stops Investing in Upstream Oil and Gas to Align with Paris Goals

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development will stop investing in upstream oil and gas projects as part of plans to align its activities with the goals of the Paris Agreement, but will continue to finance select projects in the midstream and downstream sectors.

Ecuador Races to Move Oil Pipelines, Protect Power Plant from Raging River

Two dozen workers using six excavators cleared a strip of heavy forest in the foothills of Ecuador's Reventador volcano on an overcast June morning, rushing to carve a new route for an oil pipeline in hopes of avoiding a repeat of the country's worst oil spill in decades.

U.S. Natural Gas Companies Put Hydrogen to the Test

At least two dozen U.S. energy firms, including Dominion Energy Inc and Sempra Energy, have started producing hydrogen or testing its viability in natural gas pipes to take advantage of existing infrastructure as the world prioritizes lower-carbon fuels.

Brightmark Breaks Ground on Three Renewable Natural Gas Projects in Michigan

Brightmark, a waste solutions provider, today broke ground on three renewable natural gas (RNG) projects in Michigan. The projects are owned by and will be operated through subsidiaries of Brightmark RNG Holdings, a partnership with Chevron U.S.A.

Pipeline Research Council Establishes Emerging Fuels Institute

The institute will provide PRCI members the opportunity to execute the research needed to ensure the safe transportation and storage of the next generation of energy, such as hydrogen, renewable natural gas, and other potential gas and liquid fuel sources.

Enbridge Raises Funds from Sustainability Bonds in Climate-Goal Push

Enbridge Inc said it has closed its inaugural sustainability-linked bond, the first company in the midstream sector to raise sustainable bonds in North America, as it moves a step closer to its environmental goals.

EU Countries Approve Landmark Climate Change Law

European Union countries on Monday gave the final seal of approval to a law to make the bloc's greenhouse gas emissions targets legally binding, as EU policymakers prepare a huge new package of policies to fight climate change.

Following Senate, U.S. House Reverses Trump Rollbacks of Methane Rules

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 229-191 to nullify the Trump administration's 2020 rollback of regulations to curb the emissions of greenhouse gas methane from oil and gas infrastructure, following a similar move by the Senate in April.

Brussels Region to Ban Diesel Cars by 2030, Petrol Cars by 2035

The ban will also apply to vehicles running on compressed-natural gas, liquefied natural gas and hybrids from 2035 in an effort to meet the European Union's carbon neutrality goal by 2050.

Enbridge Says Additional Permit Requirements Will Delay Start of Line 5 Tunnel Project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' decision to undertake a tougher environmental review of Enbridge Inc's proposed oil pipeline tunnel under the Great Lakes will delay the start of construction on the project, the company said.

Trans Mountain Allowed to Resume Tree Clearing for Oil Pipeline Project

The Canada Energy Regulator this week lifted a stop work order on Trans Mountain Corporation that restricted tree clearing and mowing across the oil pipeline project to protect the environment and migratory birds.

Federal Court Closes Dakota Access Pipeline Case, But Allows for Fresh Challenges

A U.S. district court closed a long-running case against the Dakota Access oil pipeline but allowed for Native American tribes and other opponents of the line to file additional actions against it, court documents showed.

PipeChina Aims for Peak Carbon Emissions Before 2030

China Oil and Gas Pipeline Network, or PipeChina, aims to bring its carbon emission and energy consumption to a peak before 2030, a company manager said.

Report Shows Safety, Reliability Improvements Among Pipelines

Liquids pipeline incidents affecting people or the environment decreased 38% over the last five years, while total pipeline incidents were down 21%, according to government pipeline safety data.

TECO Peoples Gas, Alliance Diaries Partnering to Bring Florida RNG

TECO Peoples Gas, Florida's largest natural gas distribution utility, has reached an agreement with Alliance Dairies to build, own and operate a renewable natural gas facility on the dairy’s property in Trenton near Gainesville.

Australia Rejects $36 Billion Wind, Solar, Hydrogen Project

The Australian government has rejected plans for a $36 billion wind, solar and hydrogen project in a remote area of Western Australia, leaving what would have been one of the world's largest green energy projects in limbo for now.

Morocco Targets $1.7 Billion in Non-Phosphate Mining Revenue by 2030

With 72% of global reserves, Morocco is the world's largest phosphates exporter and last year its state-owned phosphates company OCP reported revenue of 56.1 billion dirhams. Morocco is a major producer of renewable energy but also relies on gas imports, including through a pipeline running from natural gas producer Algeria through Morocco to Spain.

Pembina and TC Energy Creating Carbon Capture, Sequestration Infrastructure Network in Alberta

By leveraging existing pipelines and a newly developed sequestration hub, the Alberta Carbon Grid represents the infrastructure platform needed for Alberta-based industries to manage their emissions and contribute positively to Alberta's lower-carbon economy.

EagleClaw Midstream Targeting Net Zero GHG Emissions by 2050

EagleClaw Midstream announced it has issued its first Environmental, Social and Governance report and identified bold steps in its plan to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

1,200 Mile CO2 Pipeline to Create Positive Ripples in its Community

Navigator CO2 Ventures’ planned 1,200-mile carbon capture pipeline system across the U.S. Midwest should prevent up to 12 million metric tons of hydrocarbon from being released into the atmosphere each year.

Greenlane Renewables Makes Landfill Gas Pipeline-Ready and Profitable

Greenlane Biogas North America is contracted for an $8.1 million (C$9.8 million) deal to supply equipment for a renewable natural gas (RNG) project which will upgrade gas from a large landfill in the Midwest to pipeline-specification RNG for direct injection into the local gas grid.

EU Countries Meet to Tussle Over Gas Project Funding

European Union energy ministers meet in Luxembourg on Friday to debate prolonging EU support for some cross-border natural gas projects, despite the European Commission saying such funding should end to meet climate change goals.

National Poll Finds Strong Support for Oil and Gas Pipelines

By a margin of more than 3-to-1, Americans believe pipelines are the best option to transport oil and gas compared to the alternatives of truck and train, both of which present additional risk and produce higher levels of carbon emissions.

Oil Falls on Weak Summer Kickoff for U.S. Fuel Demand

The poor weather up and down the U.S. East Coast may have reduced consumption, following a period of gasoline hoarding that artificially boosted demand during the Colonial Pipeline outage last month from a ransomware attack.

U.S. to Insist on 'Real Steps' to Mitigate Russian Pipeline Impact

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Tuesday that Washington was working with Germany to try to mitigate any effects of the completion of the Russian Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline.

Protesters Clash with Police at Enbridge Pipeline Construction Site in Minnesota

Environmental protesters clashed with police after occupying a pump station as they rallied against Enbridge Inc's Line 3 pipeline in Minnesota, while Enbridge said it had evacuated 44 workers from its site.

Blinken: U.S. Able to Mitigate Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Effects

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday the completion of the Russian Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline was a "fait accompli,” defending the U.S. decision to waive some sanctions and vowing a response if Moscow tries to use gas as a weapon.

U.S. Pipeline Operators Should Prepare for Methane Curbs

The U.S. Department of Transportation's pipeline regulator on Monday sent an advisory to oil and gas pipeline operators directing them to update their inspection and maintenance plans for curbing the release of potent greenhouse gas methane, as part of the Biden administration's broader effort to combat climate change.