Pennsylvania: Family that Lost Hundreds of Trees to Failed Pipeline Project Settles with Company, Gets Land Back

Photo: Angela Vogel https://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/2020/07/03/family-lost-hundreds-of-trees-to-failed-pipeline-project-settles-with-company-gets-land-back/ By Susan Phillips, State Impact Pennsylvania, July 3, 2020 A Northeastern Pennsylvania family who watched as work crews, accompanied by armed federal marshals, destroyed their budding maple tree farm to make way for the failed Constitution Pipeline has settled with the company Williams for an undisclosed amount. A federal court hasContinue reading “Pennsylvania: Family that Lost Hundreds of Trees to Failed Pipeline Project Settles with Company, Gets Land Back”

DEVELOPING STORY: Court orders a shut down and removal of oil from the Dakota Access Pipeline

Photo: Amy Sisk/Inside Energy https://indiancountrytoday.com/news/court-orders-a-shut-down-and-removal-of-oil-from-the-dakota-access-pipeline-KkDdhNzafUONvPvkmBc66A Order says Dakota Access assumed much of its economic risk knowingly, and the potential harm each day the pipeline operates. Indian Country Today, July 6, 2020 A federal judge has ordered the Dakota Access Pipeline to shut down and remove all oil within 30 days, a huge win for StandingContinue reading “DEVELOPING STORY: Court orders a shut down and removal of oil from the Dakota Access Pipeline”

Energy Companies Abandon Long-Delayed Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Photo: Steve Helber, AP file photo https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/atlantic-coast-pipeline-canceled/2020/07/05/da1c0f40-bef5-11ea-b178-bb7b05b94af1_story.html By Erin Cox and Gregory S. Schneider, Washington Post, July 5, 2020 The two energy companies behind the controversial 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline on Sunday abandoned their six-year bid to build it, saying the project has become too costly and the regulatory environment too uncertain to justify further investment. The natural-gasContinue reading “Energy Companies Abandon Long-Delayed Atlantic Coast Pipeline”

Columbia Gas Sentenced in Connection with September 2018 Gas Explosions in Merrimack Valley

Photo: Nina Flores and jliss 1979 via CNN June 23, 2020 U.S. Department of Justice Press Release Company to sell its business in Massachusetts and pay $53 million fine, the largest criminal fine ever imposed under the Pipeline Safety Act BOSTON – Columbia Gas of Massachusetts (CMA) was sentenced today in connection with the gasContinue reading “Columbia Gas Sentenced in Connection with September 2018 Gas Explosions in Merrimack Valley”

Feds Green Light Use of Trains to Transport LNG

Photo: Chart Inc. 2013 https://www.ecori.org/renewable-energy/2020/6/26/lng-train-shipping-approved June 27, 2020 By Tim Faulkner, ecoRI News President Trump has followed through on his pledge to allow trains to transport liquefied natural gas (LNG), a decision opposed by environmental groups and 15 states, including Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued theContinue reading “Feds Green Light Use of Trains to Transport LNG”

NTSB Pipeline Preliminary Report: Enbridge Inc. Natural Gas Pipeline Rupture and Fire in Hillsboro, KY on May 4, 2020

Fleming County, Kentucky hillside burnt by gas pipeline rupture and fire on May 4, 2020. Photo: Screencapture Via WLEX https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Pages/PLD20LR001-preliminary-report.aspx Executive Summary The information in this report is preliminary and will be either supplemented or corrected during the course of the investigation On May 4, 2020, at 4:36 p.m. local time, a 30-inch-diameter natural gasContinue reading “NTSB Pipeline Preliminary Report: Enbridge Inc. Natural Gas Pipeline Rupture and Fire in Hillsboro, KY on May 4, 2020”

Supreme Court Clears Way for Atlantic Coast Pipeline to Cross Appalachian Trail

Photo: Big Schloss, George Washington National Forest, Virginia. Pat & Chuck Blackley/Alamy Stock Photo By Lyndsey Gilpin, Grist, June 15, 2020 The Atlantic Coast Pipeline can cross under the Appalachian Trail, the United States Supreme Court ruled on Monday. By a 7 to 2 margin, the court reversed a lower court’s decision and upheld a permit grantedContinue reading “Supreme Court Clears Way for Atlantic Coast Pipeline to Cross Appalachian Trail”

Special Report: Millions of Abandoned Oil Wells are Leaking Methane, a Climate Menace

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-drilling-abandoned-specialreport/special-report-millions-of-abandoned-oil-wells-are-leaking-methane-a-climate-menace-idUSKBN23N1NL By Nichola Groom, Reuters, June 16, 2020 SALYERSVILLE, Kentucky (Reuters) – In May 2012, Hanson and Michael Rowe noticed an overpowering smell, like rotten eggs, seeping from an abandoned gas well on their land in Kentucky. The fumes made the retired couple feel nauseous, dizzy, and short of breath. Regulators responding to the leakContinue reading “Special Report: Millions of Abandoned Oil Wells are Leaking Methane, a Climate Menace”

U.S. EPA Moves to Curb State Powers to Deny Permits for Energy Projects

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-epa-water-energy/u-s-epa-moves-to-curb-state-powers-to-deny-permits-for-energy-projects-idUSKBN238367 By Valerie Volcovici, Reuters, June 1, 2020 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler signed on Monday a rule limiting state powers to block energy infrastructure projects, setting up a fight with some Democratic governors who say Washington is stripping their ability to protect their states’ interests and combat climate change.Continue reading “U.S. EPA Moves to Curb State Powers to Deny Permits for Energy Projects”

Maryland: In Wake of Fatal Explosion, PSC Pushes for Answers on Stalled Equipment Replacement Program

In 2016, the Flower Branch Apartments in Silver Spring, Maryland explosion killed seven people and destroyed two buildings. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/Washington Post) By Vicki Warren, Maryland Matters, May 28, 2020 Four years after a fatal explosion at a Silver Spring apartment complex, the Maryland Public Service Commission is trying to find a way to remedyContinue reading “Maryland: In Wake of Fatal Explosion, PSC Pushes for Answers on Stalled Equipment Replacement Program”