Environmental

Restoring Lands Impacted by Scuttled Appalachian Natural Gas Pipelines to Cause Minimal Impacts, FERC Affirms

Restoring Lands Impacted by Scuttled Appalachian Natural Gas Pipelines to Cause Minimal Impacts, FERC Affirms

Restoration projects for the now canceled Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) and Supply Header Project (SHP), which would have carried 1.5 Bcf/d from Appalachia, are unlikely to cause significant environmental impacts based on the mitigation measures planned, according to FERC. Dominion Energy and joint venture partner Duke Energy last year canceled the 600-mile, 1.5 Bcf/d ACP,…

December 27, 2021
FERC Proposes $40M Fine Over Alleged Rover Pipeline Violations; Steps Up Industry Enforcement

FERC Proposes $40M Fine Over Alleged Rover Pipeline Violations; Steps Up Industry Enforcement

FERC plans to fine Energy Transfer Partners LP and subsidiary Rover Pipeline LLC $40 million over alleged violations during work on a 2017 horizontal directional drill (HDD) at the Tuscarawas River in Stark County, OH. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission handed down a show cause order during last week’s monthly meeting, formalizing its intent to…

December 20, 2021
Alberta Enacts More Stringent Rules to Seal Backlog of Idle Oil, Natural Gas Wells

Alberta Enacts More Stringent Rules to Seal Backlog of Idle Oil, Natural Gas Wells

Alberta’s oil and natural gas firms are set to make a C$2.3 billion ($1.8 billion) start to seal a backlog of 95,524 inactive wells over the next five years under rules enacted Wednesday by the province’s production watchdog agency. The requirements translate the more stringent environmental legislation into “tools we need to begin to move…

December 5, 2021
Diversified to Expand Appalachia Upstream Methane Detection by 500%

Diversified to Expand Appalachia Upstream Methane Detection by 500%

Diversified Energy Co. plc reported Tuesday that it is expanding methane emissions detection capability across its Appalachian upstream field operations. The independent said it would deploy another 500 methane emissions detection devices to its field operations team, building upon a 100-unit pilot project it has conducted in the region. The pilot project “proved to be…

November 12, 2021
FERC Accused of ‘Shirking’ Environmental Review for Alaska LNG Authorization

FERC Accused of ‘Shirking’ Environmental Review for Alaska LNG Authorization

Environmental groups have asked a federal court to order FERC to vacate its authorization for the proposed Alaska liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, arguing the Commission did not adequately review the development’s environmental impacts. In a petition filed last week in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (DC), the Center for…

September 21, 2021
Federal Judge Deals Another Setback to Oil, Natural Gas Development in Ohio National Forest

Federal Judge Deals Another Setback to Oil, Natural Gas Development in Ohio National Forest

A federal judge has halted oil and gas development in Ohio’s Wayne National Forest (WNF) after a ruling last year found the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) failed to adequately consider the impact of unconventional development when they opened the land for drilling. The U.S. District Court for the…

March 11, 2021

Enbridge Line 5 Secures Michigan Water Permits, but Fight to Avoid Shutdown Still Looms

Enbridge Inc. won an environmental round in Michigan on Friday to keep its 540,000 b/d Line 5 oil pipeline running by securing state water permits to bury the pipe leg across the Straits of Mackinac. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) approved the $500 million conduit. Regulators said “the proposed tunneling…

January 29, 2021
Controversial Wyoming Oil, Gas Project in PRB Moving Forward After Favorable BLM Decision

Controversial Wyoming Oil, Gas Project in PRB Moving Forward After Favorable BLM Decision

A Bureau of Land Management (BLM) decision to allow year-round oil and natural gas drilling within 1.5 million acres of federal and Wyoming state land has ended a six-year stalemate among a consortium of producers and regulators. The BLM decision allows the exploration and production (E&P) companies to drill on 1,500 multi-well pads within the…

January 5, 2021
California Resources Garners Climate Accolades; CEO Departing at Year-End

California Resources Garners Climate Accolades; CEO Departing at Year-End

California’s largest oil producer, which cleared Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization earlier this year, has gained national recognition for its decarbonization efforts just as its CEO Todd Stevens, 53, is leaving. Under the global environmental disclosure system administered by the non-profit Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), California Resources Corp. (CRC) has received an “A-” rating for its…

December 28, 2020
Energy Industry Stands to Benefit as Interior Relaxes Migratory Bird Protections

Energy Industry Stands to Benefit as Interior Relaxes Migratory Bird Protections

In a potential boon for energy companies, the Trump administration is using its final few weeks in power to advance a new regulation that would explicitly limit a federal law protecting migratory birds to exclude those killed accidentally or unintentionally.  The proposed regulation would clarify what types of actions are prohibited under the 1918 Migratory…

November 30, 2020
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