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Colorado Health Department Launches Airborne Methane Emissions Monitoring

Colorado Health Department Launches Airborne Methane Emissions Monitoring

Last week, Colorado’s Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) went airborne to survey methane emissions at major oil and gas sites in the Denver-Julesburg Basin.  This was the first of many flights scheduled for 2021, according to CDPHE. Aerial monitoring will continue over Boulder, Weld and Larimer counties, with more concentrated aerial surveys in…

July 23, 2021
TSA Adds More Stringent Cybersecurity Requirements for U.S. Natural Gas, Oil Pipelines

TSA Adds More Stringent Cybersecurity Requirements for U.S. Natural Gas, Oil Pipelines

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on Tuesday handed down another set of directives aimed at protecting critical pipelines that transport hazardous liquids and natural gas against cyber attacks. The second security directive, issued two months after the initial orders were put out, requires owners and operators of TSA-designated critical pipelines to implement specific mitigation measures…

July 23, 2021
Quebec Quashes Energie Saguenay LNG Terminal on Environmental Grounds

Quebec Quashes Energie Saguenay LNG Terminal on Environmental Grounds

Quebec upheld its reputation as no-go territory for fossil fuel projects Wednesday by denying environmental approval for a US$10.6 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) export plan. GNL Quebec’s proposed Energie Saguenay terminal and Gazoduq pipeline failed to prove it would cut global greenhouse gas emissions, provincial Environment Minister Benoit Charette said in announcing the rejection.…

July 22, 2021
PG&E Equipment Potentially Linked to Raging Dixie Fire

PG&E Equipment Potentially Linked to Raging Dixie Fire

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) on Sunday told California regulators that its equipment may have been involved in the ignition of the now raging Dixie Fire in part of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Northern California. A PG&E field employee reported a blown fuse on PG&E’s Bucks Creek 1101 12-kV overhead distribution circuit,…

July 21, 2021
Canadian Regulator Approves Route Change for Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion

Canadian Regulator Approves Route Change for Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion

Trans Mountain Corp. has won approval from Canadian federal authorities for a route detour to end a prolonged Indigenous territorial and environmental dispute that threatened to delay its C$12.6 billion ($10 billion) Trans Mountain Expansion crude pipeline project (TMX). The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) on Monday authorized the construction change, observing that no opposition had…

July 21, 2021
Consumers Energy Kicks Coal, Shifts to Natural Gas with Big Plans for Renewables in the Future

Consumers Energy Kicks Coal, Shifts to Natural Gas with Big Plans for Renewables in the Future

In a move to lower its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, Michigan public utility Consumers Energy announced it would purchase four natural gas-fired power plants as it aims to transition away from coal by 2025.  Pending state and federal regulatory approvals, Consumers Energy has proposed purchasing the 1,176 MW natural gas-fired combined cycle Covert Generating Station…

July 21, 2021
Mexico’s CFE in Dispute with WhiteWater Midstream Over Natural Gas Contracts

Mexico’s CFE in Dispute with WhiteWater Midstream Over Natural Gas Contracts

Mexican state utility Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) said it is looking into possible corruption related to natural gas contracts with WhiteWater Midstream LLC. CFE said that natural gas contracts signed in 2016 and 2017 under the previous Mexican administration are under investigation on both sides of the border for potential corrupt practices including influence…

July 20, 2021
Canadian Heavyweights Launch CCUS, Financial Efforts as Carbon Tax Increase Looms

Canadian Heavyweights Launch CCUS, Financial Efforts as Carbon Tax Increase Looms

A rising Canadian carbon tax, scheduled to jump more than four-fold by 2030, has triggered a campaign by fossil fuel industry heavyweights to turn the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions penalty into commercial opportunities. The efforts so far include TC Energy Corp., Pembina Pipeline Corp., Shell Canada Ltd., Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC), Sproule Associates,…

July 20, 2021
Forty California Jurisdictions Restricting Natural Gas in New Buildings

Forty California Jurisdictions Restricting Natural Gas in New Buildings

Permits have been issued in 40 cities and counties across California under new building code restrictions for natural gas, according to the state regulators. Restrictions vary within each jurisdiction, with exemptions for restaurants, laboratories, emergency shelters and others, the California Energy Commission (CEC) said. Longer term, CEC engineers plan to use data on the permitting…

July 20, 2021
​​Mexico to Continue Nationalistic Energy Agenda Through 2024, Expert Says

​​Mexico to Continue Nationalistic Energy Agenda Through 2024, Expert Says

“The electricity bill, the purchase of the Deer Park refinery in Houston and the granting of Zama to Pemex hint that President López Obrador is more than determined to ramp up his energy nationalism stance during the next three years,” Adrián Duhalt, postdoctoral fellow in energy studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute and seasoned expert…

July 16, 2021