Environmental

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
Canada Said to Need Low-Carbon Tech, Policy Changes to Meet Net-Zero Emissions Goal

Canada Said to Need Low-Carbon Tech, Policy Changes to Meet Net-Zero Emissions Goal

Canadian oil and gas production will climb for another 20 years without policy changes to help meet the federal government’s new target for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, the Canada Energy Regulator (CER) said. In the report “Canada’s Energy Future 2020” issued on Tuesday, a CER reference scenario of business as usual forecasts a 47%…

November 30, 2020
Colorado’s Updated Oversight of Oil, Gas Development Called ‘Watershed Moment’

Colorado’s Updated Oversight of Oil, Gas Development Called ‘Watershed Moment’

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) has completed hearings to address sweeping changes to its mission, from “fostering” to “regulating” the industry.   The changes, which among other things also address wildlife mitigation impacts, were required by the state Senate Bill (SB) 19-181 signed into law last year. Hearings began in August to address…

November 23, 2020
MVP Earns Court Victory as Fourth Circuit Denies Stay of Endangered Species Permits

MVP Earns Court Victory as Fourth Circuit Denies Stay of Endangered Species Permits

Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC (MVP), a project that has faced implacable opposition in the courts, secured a legal victory Wednesday when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld the natural gas conduit’s revamped Endangered Species Act approvals. The Fourth Circuit, a venue that has not shown much sympathy toward MVP in recent…

November 20, 2020