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”

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”

Dakota Access: 14 States to Court: Keep Pipeline Open during NEPA Review

Sign along the path of the Dakota Access pipeline through the Iowa countryside at the edge of a farm field. Photo: Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette. https://www.eenews.net/energywire/2020/05/05/stories/1063049611 Niina H. Farah, E&E News Tuesday, May 5, 2020 Fourteen state attorneys general say a shutdown of the Dakota Access pipeline would hurt farmers and increase environmental risks if railways are forcedContinue reading “Dakota Access: 14 States to Court: Keep Pipeline Open during NEPA Review”

Natural Gas Infrastructure Threatens Shareholder Value, Contributes to Climate Breakdown

Photo: greentechmedia.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Stefanie Spear, sspear@asyousow.org, 216-387-1609 BERKELEY, CA—MARCH 4, 2020—Shareholder advocacy group As You Sow and nonpartisan policy think-tank Energy Innovation today released Natural Gas: A Bridge to Climate Breakdown, a report addressing the opportunities presented by the clean energy transition and the risk of overreliance on natural gas forContinue reading “Natural Gas Infrastructure Threatens Shareholder Value, Contributes to Climate Breakdown”

For the Ohio River Valley, an Ethane Storage Facility in Texas Is Either a Model or a Cautionary Tale

Photo: An early rendering of the Mountaineer NGL site in Ohio, MOUNTAINEER NGL James Bruggers, Inside Climate News April 10, 2020 https://insideclimatenews.org/news/09042020/ethane-plant-appalachia-mont-belvieu-texas The Trump administration and industry leaders have pointed to a major petrochemical storage complex outside Houston as a model for the upper Ohio River Valley. If only they could find a place likeContinue reading “For the Ohio River Valley, an Ethane Storage Facility in Texas Is Either a Model or a Cautionary Tale”

‘We can’t live like this’: residents say a corrupt pipeline project is making them sick

WEST CHESTER, PENNSYLVANIA – OCTOBER 6: Directional drilling machinery for a natural gas liquids pipeline is seen through a window of private residence October 6, 2017 in Exton, Pennsylvania. Many of the area’s residents complain of the incessant noise and vibration from 12-hours of drilling from the pipeline project. (Photo by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images) NinaContinue reading “‘We can’t live like this’: residents say a corrupt pipeline project is making them sick”

2020: A Year of Pipeline Court Fights, with One Lawsuit Headed to the Supreme Court

Sections of steel pipe are staged near a private residence for construction of the ETP-Sunoco Mariner East 2 pipeline in Exton, Pennsylvania on June 5, 2019. (Photo by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images) https://insideclimatenews.org/news/03012020/pipeline-lawsuits-2020-supreme-court-appalachian-trail-eminent-domain-natural-gas by Phil McKenna, January 3, 2020

New Jersey DEP rejects PennEast’s permit application, setting back the project again

October 11, 2019 | 10:18 AM Tom Johnson/NJ Spotlight  Link to StateImpact Pennsylvania article (with NJ DEP permit letter) The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has shut the door again on a bid by PennEast Pipeline to obtain crucial permits for its 120-mile interstate project. In a letter to the company dated Tuesday, theContinue reading “New Jersey DEP rejects PennEast’s permit application, setting back the project again”