Climate Change

Biden Says U.S. Fossil Fuel Production to Continue, While Energy Issues Not Touched in Trump Forum

Biden Says U.S. Fossil Fuel Production to Continue, While Energy Issues Not Touched in Trump Forum

Democratic presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden Jr. reaffirmed Thursday that he will not ban hydraulic fracturing (fracking) if elected and said his ambitious climate change goals do not mean ending fossil fuel production, while energy and climate issues were not raised in President Trump’s separate town hall. Thursday initially was scheduled to be a combined…

October 16, 2020
Gulf Coast Sequestration Takes ‘Significant Step’ Toward Massive Carbon Capture Project

Gulf Coast Sequestration Takes ‘Significant Step’ Toward Massive Carbon Capture Project

Gulf Coast Sequestration (GCS), a Lake Charles, LA-based company created to partner with industrial customers to capture and contain carbon dioxide (CO2) underground, said this week it launched the process to obtain U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approval. The initial step involved filing a detailed technical submission to delineate its Area of Review – an…

October 15, 2020
‘Joe Biden Will Not Ban Fracking,’ Says Harris in VP Debate

‘Joe Biden Will Not Ban Fracking,’ Says Harris in VP Debate

A Biden administration will not ban hydraulic fracturing (fracking) if he wins the November election, his vice presidential candidate, Sen. Kamala Harris (CA), said repeatedly during a debate with Vice President Pence Wednesday night. Energy and climate change figured more prominently during Wednesday’s contest in Salt Lake City than in the chaotic presidential debate that…

October 8, 2020
Natural Gas Suppliers Urge Cutting Methane Emissions to Maintain Social License to Operate

Natural Gas Suppliers Urge Cutting Methane Emissions to Maintain Social License to Operate

The Natural Gas Supply Association (NGSA), which last year called for carbon pricing to be enacted, has now adopted principles that commit members to reducing methane emissions.   Among other things, creating “an effective market mechanism could incentivize broader participation from all sectors” to reduce emissions, the national group said. NGSA members are some of the…

October 6, 2020
Onshore Natural Gas, Offshore Oil Said Most Vulnerable to Federal Drilling Curbs if Biden Wins

Onshore Natural Gas, Offshore Oil Said Most Vulnerable to Federal Drilling Curbs if Biden Wins

Curtailed oil and natural gas drilling on federal property under a Joseph R. Biden Jr. presidency would mainly affect production of onshore natural gas and offshore oil, according to new analysis by Moody’s Investors Service. Onshore acreage accounted for 69% of natural gas output from federal leases in 2019, while the Gulf of Mexico (GOM)…

October 6, 2020
Energy Sector Job Losses Said Unlikely to Return Until Late 2021

Energy Sector Job Losses Said Unlikely to Return Until Late 2021

The downturn in the U.S. energy sector caused by the Covid-19 pandemic is “truly like no other” as 70% of the jobs lost this year may not come back until the end of 2021, the Deloitte consultancy said Monday. However, the economic devastation presents opportunities for the oil and gas industry to accelerate its transformation…

October 5, 2020
Hydrogen-Natural Gas Plant Tracking to Bloom in Utah Desert

Hydrogen-Natural Gas Plant Tracking to Bloom in Utah Desert

A project to transform a public sector coal-fired power plant in Delta, UT, into a combination hydrogen-natural gas generation facility that would move power to Los Angeles is being heralded as a breakthrough. Utah’s Intermountain Power Agency (IPA), which serves 21 municipal power utilities, contracted Mitsubishi-Hitachi Power Systems to build a gas turbine system to…

October 5, 2020
Colorado’s Ambitious GHG Reduction ‘Roadmap’ Targeting Energy, Transport Sector Emissions

Colorado’s Ambitious GHG Reduction ‘Roadmap’ Targeting Energy, Transport Sector Emissions

Colorado is proposing a Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Pollution Reduction Roadmap for the next decade, with fossil fuel use by cars and methane emissions from oil and gas operations squarely in the crosshairs. The draft plan issued Wednesday targets a 26% reduction in total GHG pollution from 2005 levels by 2025, and a 50% reduction by…

October 1, 2020
FERC Gathering Input on Carbon Pricing as Natural Gas Industry Voices Support

FERC Gathering Input on Carbon Pricing as Natural Gas Industry Voices Support

FERC is seeking input on potential carbon pricing mechanisms for wholesale electricity markets under its jurisdiction, a policy path that has the support of natural gas industry players who envision a fruitful partnership with renewables in mitigating climate change. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission held a technical conference Wednesday to “discuss considerations related to state-adoption…

October 1, 2020
Alberta Launches Oil, Natural Gas Methane Reduction Effort Funded by Emissions Penalties

Alberta Launches Oil, Natural Gas Methane Reduction Effort Funded by Emissions Penalties

A methane emissions cleanup drive has begun in Canada’s top oil and gas-producing jurisdiction, with the bills paid by levies imposed on companies that miss provincial carbon reduction targets. The Alberta government announced that the methane control campaign will use C$52 million ($39 million) from a banked waste carbon penalty fund called TIER, short for…

September 29, 2020
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