Community & Environment

API Fact-Checks Presidential Debate Energy Positions

Responding with a fact-check of the presidential debate, API called for bipartisan solutions that do not force a false choice between protecting the environment and growing the U.S. economy.

Biden Calls for ‘Transition’ from Oil; GOP Sees Opening

Democrat Joe Biden’s remark that he would “transition” away from oil in the U.S. in favor of renewable energy drew quick attention Thursday night from President Donald Trump, who saw it as a boon to his election chances in key states.

French Government Asks Engie to Delay U.S. LNG Deal Over Environment Concerns — Source

According to a source familiar with the matter, the French government has asked Engie to reevaluate its U.S. LNG import deal over environmental concerns.

Army Corps Proposes New Pipeline Permit

With a federal court in Montana having thrown a monkey wrench in pipeline use of an Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) wetlands permit, the Corps is now moving to make changes in its Nationwide Permit 12 (NWP 12), which allows pipelines with construction plans that pose minimal impact on wetlands to enter a simple, quick regulatory permit approval process.

EPA Ends Methane Limits Constraint for Pipelines

The new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule freeing interstate pipelines from Obama-era rules that set volatile organic chemical (VOC) and methane emission restrictions is headed for a federal court date.

EU Considers Binding Methane Emissions Standards for LNG

The European Union has released a new draft of proposed standards on natural gas within the bloc in an effort to limit methane emissions.

U.S. Oil-Export Projects Stall as Output Slips, Opposition Builds

Several major deepwater oil export projects have stalled as the coronavirus pandemic has caused global energy demand to collapse and environmental opposition has increased.

Opposition Team Criticizes Enbridge Plans for Line 5 Tunnel

Experts who reviewed project documents on behalf of opposition groups said Enbridge's plans for drilling an oil pipeline tunnel beneath a channel linking two of the Great Lakes do not meet industry standards.

Atlantic Bridge Gas Compressor Station gets U.S. Approval

U.S. regulators have given Enbridge final approval to put its Weymouth natural gas compressor station in service.

Pipeline Rupture at India Gas Plant Sparks Fire, Halts Supply

A fire at an Oil and Natural Gas Corp plant caused by a pipeline rupture has cut gas supplies to customers including power and fertilizer companies, said a person familiar with the matter at gas marketing firm GAIL (India) Ltd.

Norway to Spend $1.8 Billion on World's First Full-Scale CCS Chain

Norway has agreed to finance nearly $2 billion for what could be the world's first full-scale carbon capture and storage project.

Dakota Access Flows Safe Through 2020 — Court Schedule

The Dakota Access pipeline will be able to continue flows until late December 2020 at the earliest, according to a federal court schedule released last week.

EPA Drops Methane Emissions Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it is dropping rules established in 2016 to limit methane emissions from oil and gas production and pipelines, a move that was applauded by the American Petroleum Institute but may have little effect on much of the industry.

Environmental Partnership Releases Report, Expands to Pipeline Companies

The Environmental Partnership expanded its membership to midstream companies and released its second annual report, highlighting the industry’s progress in reducing emissions of methane and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and working together to protect the environment.

ConocoPhillips Pulls Flaring Permit Extension Request at 41 Texas Sites

ConocoPhillips has withdrawn a request for Texas energy regulators to extend faring permits for 41 production sites in the state.

Anatomy of Frustration: Atlantic Coast and Dakota Access Pipelines

In early July, the U.S. pipeline industry faced down a one-two punch as the $8 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline was canceled and a federal judge ordered the Dakota Access pipeline shut down.

Death Toll from Bangladesh Gas Explosion Rises to 24

The death toll from a gas pipeline explosion in a mosque outside Bangladesh’s capital rose to 24 on Sunday while authorities were examining how a leakage caused the accident during evening prayers.

Italy Can be Hydrogen Hub with Pipeline Imports from Africa - Snam

Italy could become a clean energy hub for Europe by piping hydrogen produced in North Africa from solar power at 10-15% less than it costs to produce locally, according to a new study.

Underwater: Australia's Oil Industry Faces New Indigenous Heritage Test

A discovery of ancient artifacts near a planned pipeline route off Australia's west coast has opened new challenges for energy companies to conserve indigenous heritage.

Merkel Doesn't Rule Out Sanctions on Nord Stream 2

Chancellor Angela Merkel does not rule out imposing sanctions on a pipeline set to bring Russian gas to Germany in response to the suspected poisoning of a Kremlin critic with a Soviet-style nerve agent, her chief spokesman said on Monday.

Sonatrach Reports Two Leaks on OK1 Oil Pipeline

Algerian oil company Sonatrach has reported two oil leaks from its 400-mile OK1 pipeline.

U.S. Department of Interior Requests Expedited Environmental Reviews for Energy Projects from Trump Administration

The U.S. Department of Interior has asked the Trump Administration to fast track environmental reviews for several major energy and infrastructure projects, including LNG facilities and pipelines.

U.S. Army Engineers Encourage Settlement in Dakota Access Pipeline Litigation

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has urged the federal government to settle a dispute with North Dakota over the state's pursuit of $38 million to recover costs associated with the protests of the Dakota Access Pipeline in 2016 and 2017.

Hydrogen Delivers New Future for Holland’s Pipeline Network

The European Union’s ambitious decarbonization policies and plans for a green economic recovery will have repercussions on the continent’s pipeline networks, none more so than Holland’s.

Europe Faces High Hurdles to Make Hydrogen Hype Reality

The European Union's goal to increase the use of zero-carbon hydrogen faces steep challenges as the move would require billions in investments from countries already reeling from the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. Army Corps Asks Appeals Court to Reverse Dakota Access Ruling

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has asked a court of appeals to reverse a ruling against the Dakota Access pipeline which invalidated an environmental permit that allowed the pipeline to operate on U.S. land.

Williams Announces Goal of 56% Reduction in Carbon Emissions by 2030

Williams has announced its intention to reduce the company's carbon emissions by 56% from 2005 levels by 2030, putting it on track to achieve its net-zero emissions goal by 2050.

Draft of EU Methane Strategy Shies Away from Binding Emissions Standards

A draft of the European Union's strategy to reduce methane emissions in the region will not impose binding standards on natural gas imported and sold in the bloc.

Search Ends for 2 Still Missing After Texas Port Pipeline Explosion

The search ended Sunday for two crew members of a dredging boat who were missing after a pipeline explosion in the Port of Corpus. Four people died and six were injured in the blast.

4 People Missing After Natural Gas Pipeline Explosion at Texas Port

Four people are missing after a dredging vessel hit a natural gas pipeline causing an explosion at a port in Texas.