Community & Environment

Climate-Fueled Permafrost Thaw Threatens Up to Half of Arctic Infrastructure

From satellite imagery, scientists estimate at least 120,000 buildings, 40,000 km (24,850 miles) of roads, and 9,500 km (5,900 miles) of pipelines could be at risk.

US Senators Say Cruz Sanctions on Nord Stream 2 Could Harm Relations with Germany

Several Democratic senators said they believe sanctions on Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline backed by Republican Senator Ted Cruz could harm relations with Germany.

US Voices Misgivings on EastMed Gas Pipeline, Greek Officials Say

The United States has expressed misgivings on a subsea pipeline designed to supply Europe with natural gas from the eastern Mediterranean.

New England Power Prices Jump to 4-Year High as Region Freezes

Power prices in New England jumped to their highest since January 2018 as homes and businesses cranked up their heaters to escape the region's coldest day of the winter.

Worrying About Moving More Swiftly than Usual

In January 2020, Russia’s government approved a number of acts concerned with rendering new economic benefits and subsidies to businesses or investors willing to engage in projects in the country’s High North.

Russia Making Moves Affecting the Arctic’s Hydrocarbon Future

This is Part 2 of PGJ's article on Russia’s moves under its Strategic Development Act. The strategy gives particular significance to Murmansk Oblast, emphasizing a broad range of complex and multifaceted transformative measures targeting this province.

German Social Democratic Party Official Defends Pro-Nord Stream 2 Policy

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline to bring Russian gas to Germany should not be mixed up with political and human rights disputes with Moscow, a senior official from the Social Democratic Party said.

Mexico Attorney General Seeks Up to 39 Years Prison for Ex-Pemex Boss

Mexico's attorney general has requested a prison sentence of up to 39 years for the former chief executive of state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos for his role in a corruption scandal.

Gas Prices Rise as Russian Pipeline Stays in Reverse After Three Weeks

A pipeline that usually sends gas from Russia to Europe was stuck in reverse after three weeks on Monday, pushing up prices in Europe at a time of political tension.

US Northeast Power, NatGas Prices Jump as Snowstorm Batters Region

Northeast power and natural gas prices jumped to their highest since January 2018 as homes and businesses crank up their heaters during the region's first big snowstorm.

US Worried Nord Stream 2 Sanction Plan by Cruz Would Undermine United Front

The State Department is worried that a vote to slap sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline would undermine the united front in response to Russia.

Extreme Cold Grips Much of Western Canada, Hits Restart of Key Pipeline

Icy weather across western Canada has hampered efforts to restart a key oil pipeline and will persist at least until Friday before temperatures rise, weather forecasters said on Thursday.

Caspian Pipeline Consortium Says it is Operating Normally

The Caspian Pipeline Consortium, a group which runs Kazakhstan's crude oil blend to export terminals, continues to operate normally amid the state of emergency.

Russian Gas Transit Via Ukraine Fell 25% in 2021

The volume of Russian gas transported via Ukraine to Europe fell 25% last year, reducing a key revenue stream for Ukraine's struggling economy.

Gas Flows Eastward Via Russian Yamal Pipeline Jump

Natural gas supplies via the Yamal-Europe pipeline, which usually sends Russian gas west into Europe, jumped on Tuesday in direction of Poland from Germany.

Ukraine's Naftogaz Calls for EU Anti-Monopoly Action Against Gazprom

EU competition chief Margrethe Vestager said the bloc asked questions of major energy companies "to understand if there is foul play in the energy market," but it was too early to reach any conclusions.

APGA Urges US Cities and Towns Not to Follow New York City’s Mistake

APGA is saddened and disappointed by the New York City Council’s decision to eliminate the direct use of natural gas in newly constructed homes and buildings.

Texas Approves More Power Market Rules to Avoid Repeat Freeze

During the February freeze, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas ordered rolling blackouts to prevent the grid from collapsing as extreme cold shut power plants and froze gas pipelines.

Coast Guard Monitoring Potential Spill Off California

The U.S. Coast Guard and state officials were monitoring a sheen about a half-mile offshore from the Bolsa Chica State Beach in California, the U.S. Coast Guard of Southern California said on Twitter.

New PHMSA Rule Strengthens Pipeline Standards for Great Lakes, Coastal Waters

PHMSA issued an Interim Final Rule that designates the Great Lakes, coastal beaches, and marine coastal waters as “Unusually Sensitive Areas,” extending more stringent requirements to hazardous liquid pipelines near such areas.

United States Grand Jury Accuses Amplify Energy of Negligence in Oil Spill

A federal grand jury has accused Amplify Energy and two of its subsidiaries of illegally and negligently discharging oil during a pipeline break in California in October.

Enbridge Removes Michigan's Oil Pipeline Lawsuit to Federal Court

Enbridge Inc. removed to U.S. federal court a lawsuit filed by Michigan's attorney general against its Line 5 oil pipeline, the latest in a long-running dispute between the Canadian company and the Midwestern state.

British, EU Gas Prices Soar as Less Russian Gas Expected on Friday

British and European wholesale gas prices closed at record highs after data indicated Russian gas exports to Germany through the Yamal pipeline were not expected on Friday.

New York City Bans Natural Gas in New Buildings

The New York City Council voted on Wednesday to ban the use of natural gas in new buildings, following in the footsteps of dozens of smaller U.S. cities seeking to shift from fossil fuels to cleaner forms of energy.

Investor Group Faults New Exxon Board Members on Climate Transition Plan

A coalition of Exxon Mobil Corp. investors wants the oil company to replace its chief executive officer and move more aggressively to slash greenhouse gas emissions.

Report: High Rates of Methane Spewing from Permian Oilfield Operations

Methane continues to escape at a high rate from oil and gas operations in the Permian Basin, according to an aerial survey released Tuesday.

Plains All-American Hoping to Replace Ruptured Oil Pipeline in California

Plains All American Pipeline is applying for a replacement pipeline project in California, showing the state still has potential to host fossil fuel infrastructure even as it takes significant measures to curb climate change.

Belarus Oil Firm Cancels 2022 Druzhba Pipeline Exports to Germany After EU Sanctions

Belarusian oil company Belorusneft has cancelled its 2022 export plans to Germany via the Druzhba pipeline following new European Union sanctions on the company.

Carbon+Intel: Enterprise Products Could Repurpose Pipelines for Carbon Projects

Pipeline operator Enterprise Products Partners could repurpose some of its vast U.S. network of energy pipelines for carbon capture and sequestration projects, co-Chief Executive Jim Teague said.

Plastic Pipe Continuing to Play Key Role in Energy Industry

Much of today’s energy piping infrastructure is made of polyethylene, polyamide, and spoolable composite piping. More and more new piping systems are made from plastic pipe, but there is a lot of work to be done on the renewable energy front.