Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) officials on Monday defended their enhanced preparedness for lowering the risks of wildfires this year after being criticized at a hearing of the California Senate’s Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee.
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New York Power Demand Plummets Amid Coronavirus Shutdown
Efforts to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 caused daily weekday electricity demand in New York state to fall by 11-14% in March and April compared to expected demand, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) said Wednesday.
Murkowski Urges BLM to Rescind NPR-A Mitigation Plans
As the Obama administration heads into its final days, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) is urging the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to rescind proposed mitigation requirements covering the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPR-A).
SRBC Announces Proposed Rulemaking, Schedules Public Hearings
The Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) has unveiled a proposed rulemaking to amend its current regulations, including its consumptive water use mitigation policy, and scheduled four public hearings to discuss the changes.
California to Tighten NatGas Leak Detection, Repair Practices
As a requirement of a state law enacted two years ago (AB 1371), California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) staff has published a set of best practices (BP) for natural gas utilities for finding and fixing leaks.
UN Panel: Tougher Mitigation Efforts Needed to Curb Global Warming
Despite an increasing number of policies worldwide designed to reduce the effects of climate change, global emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) have risen to unprecedented levels and grew faster between 2000 and 2010 than in each of the three previous decades, according to members of a science panel that works under the United Nations (UN).
Interior Unveils Plan to Improve Mitigation Practices
The Department of Interior (DOI) unveiled a strategy for improving mitigation policies and practices on Thursday as it seeks to simultaneously encourage infrastructure development and protect natural and cultural resources.
Oversight of Colorado Spill Mitigation Changes
Colorado state authorities agreed over the weekend that going forward the mitigation of a natural gas liquids (NGL) spill near Parachute Creek will be led by the state Department of Public Health and Environment (DPHE). The Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (OGCC) will no longer be the lead agency.
Multi-Well Pads to Drive a Summer Surge in Bakken Production
While both oil and gas production rates in the Bakken Shale set records in February, there’s much more to come. With a large increase in multi-well pad operations, North Dakota’s chief oil and natural gas regulator expects to see “a big surge in production” in the Bakken Shale starting in June.
Colorado’s New Distant Drilling Setbacks Could Have Economic Impact
Over some industry opposition, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) Monday approved final setback requirements for oil and natural gas wells. Industry representatives criticized the action as “going too far,” and potentially hurting the state’s economy.