Florida: EPA Launches Investigation of Massive Methane Leak

Photo: Andrew Caplan / Gainesville Sun August 21, 2020 By Carlos Anchondo, E&E News EPA is investigating a massive release of methane over northern Florida in May to see whether it violated any requirements of the Clean Air Act, the agency confirmed yesterday. EPA’s Region 4 office — which covers eight states and six tribes — said the release occurredContinue reading “Florida: EPA Launches Investigation of Massive Methane Leak”

No One Is Owning Up to Releasing Cloud of Methane in Florida

Photo: Andrew Caplan / Gainesville Sun https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-07-27/no-one-is-owning-up-to-releasing-cloud-of-methane-in-florida July 27, 2020 By Aaron Clark and Naureen S Malik, Bloomberg Green It was 12 miles wide, invisible to the naked eye and traveled across six counties to Florida’s largest city. And it’s still unclear who — or what — was responsible. The mysterious plume of methane, estimated to total 300 metric tons,Continue reading “No One Is Owning Up to Releasing Cloud of Methane in Florida”

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”

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”