Community & Environment

FERC Again Approves TC Energy’s 1,400-Mile Northwest Pipeline Expansion Despite Opposition

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has granted final approval for TC Energy's Gas Transmission Northwest XPress project. The expansion project spans 1,377 miles and is estimated to cost $75 million.

U.S. to Introduce Carbon Offset Guidelines to Ensure Emissions Cuts Integrity

The United States will unveil in the coming days guidelines for the use of carbon offsets inside and outside of government to build confidence in the market and ensure credits reflect real emissions cuts, the top U.S. climate diplomat said on Friday.

Shell Urges Investors to Reject Climate Demands by Shareholder Group

Shell on Wednesday urged shareholders to vote against an independent resolution, co-filed by a group of 27 investors, that called on the energy company to set tighter climate targets.

Texas Regulators Fine Freeport LNG for Environmental Breaches

Texas' environmental regulator has fined LNG exporter Freeport LNG $152,173 for violating state air pollution emissions rules for periods between 2019 and 2021, the company reported on Tuesday.

TC Energy's NGTL Gas Pipeline Rupture Sparks Wildfire in Alberta

A section of TC Energy's NGTL gas pipeline system in Alberta ruptured and caught fire on Tuesday, sparking a wildfire about 25 miles northwest of Edson, Alberta, in Yellowhead County, the company said.

U.S. Finalizes Big Reforms to Federal Oil and Gas Drilling

President Joe Biden's administration on Friday finalized a range of reforms designed to boost returns and address environmental harms from oil and gas drilling on public lands.

Enterprise Products Partner's Texas Gulf Coast Oil-Export Facility License Upheld by U.S. Court

A U.S. appeals court on Thursday upheld federal approval of a deepwater oil-export facility planned off the Texas Gulf Coast, saying the proposed Enterprise Products Partners facility had met environmental review criteria.

Petronas Partners with JERA to Explore Carbon Capture and Storage Solutions

Malaysian state-run energy firm Petronas said on Tuesday it has signed a joint study agreement with Japanese power generation company JERA to evaluate the feasibility of the carbon capture and storage (CCS) value chain.

Canada's Indigenous Community Eye Big Energy Deals, Await Trudeau Loan Promise

Canada's First Nations are eyeing their biggest opportunities yet to invest in multi-billion-dollar energy projects such as pipelines, hinging on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau keeping a promise this spring to make the deals easier to finance.

Nopetro Renews Florida's Energy Landscape with Landfill Gas-to-RNG Facility

Nopetro Renewables has announced that it broke ground on Southern Florida's first landfill gas to renewable natural gas (RNG) facility in Indian River County.

Hydrogen Industry Urges Streamlined Process for U.S. Tax Credits

Some companies planning to use new U.S. tax credits to deploy hydrogen projects urged the Treasury Department this week to ease proposed environmental requirements, warning that they could hinder the nascent industry’s takeoff.

New U.S. Rules Aim to Curb Leaks from Oil and Gas Drilling on Public Lands

The policy complements efforts the Biden administration has made at other agencies to reduce emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that tends to leak from drill sites and pipelines.

Exxon, JERA to Partner on U.S. Hydrogen Production Project

Exxon Mobil has entered into an agreement with JERA, Japan's top power generator, to jointly explore the development of a low-carbon hydrogen production project in the United States.

Environmental Ruling Threatens Wyoming Oil and Gas Drilling Leases

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management did not adequately analyze the potential climate change and wildlife impacts of a major oil and gas lease sale covering roughly 120,000 acres of federal land in Wyoming, a U.S. judge has said.

Chevron, JX Ink Deal to Collaborate on Carbon Capture and Storage Development

The agreement outlines plans to explore the feasibility of exporting carbon dioxide (CO₂) from Japan to CCS projects in Australia and other Asia Pacific countries.

Shell Weakens 2030 Carbon Emissions Reduction Target, Scraps 2035 Objective

Shell weakened a 2030 carbon reduction target and scrapped a "perilous" 2035 objective, citing expectations for strong gas demand and uncertainty in the energy transition even as it affirmed a plan to cut emissions to net zero by 2050.

U.S. Grants $750 Million for Hydrogen Projects Across 24 States

The U.S. Department of Energy said on Wednesday it is granting $750 million to projects across 24 states that are building capacity to produce and use clean hydrogen.

CarbonCapture Raises $80 Million from Saudi Aramco, Others for Carbon Removal Technology

Los Angeles-based CarbonCapture, which aims to build machines that suck carbon dioxide out of the air to fight climate change, said it had raised $80 million from investors that include Saudi oil giant Saudi Aramco.

Texas Sues EPA Over Methane Emission Rules for Oil and Gas Sector

Texas sued the U.S. government over Environmental Protection Agency rules published on Friday, that crack down on the oil and gas industry's releases of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change.

U.S. Coast Guard Investigates Oil Spill Off Huntington Beach, California Coast

The U.S. Coast Guard on Friday were trying to identify the source of an oil spill off the coast of Huntington beach, California, the agency said.

BP's Carbon Emissions Increase in 2023, Ending Decline Since 2019

BP said on Friday its overall carbon emissions climbed in 2023 for the first time since 2019 as the company started up new oil and gas projects and increased its production levels.

Xcel Energy Says Its Facilities Likely Started Texas Fire, Faces Negligence Allegations

The Minneapolis-based utility, which provides power and natural gas to parts of Texas and seven other U.S. states, disputed "claims that it acted negligently in maintaining and operating its infrastructure."

HVO: Fuel for the Future

The advancement of the energy transition is leading to a growing imperative to reduce carbon emissions in challenging-to-transform sectors. Various industries are adopting alternative fuels and embracing increased electrification to promote sustainable practices within the construction and extraction sectors. In this regard, hydrated vegetable oil (HVO) represents a pioneering alternative fuel source.

Sypris Awarded Contract for Gorgon Project's Carbon Capture and Storage Systems

Sypris Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Sypris Solutions Inc., has recently received an award to supply specialty high-pressure closures for use in the Gorgon Project to support the optimization of the existing carbon capture and storage facilities.

Chevron Indefinitely Closes Two U.S. Midwest Biodiesel Plants as Profits Slip

Chevron has indefinitely idled two biodiesel production facilities in the U.S. Midwest, the company confirmed on Friday, citing poor market conditions.

EPA Excludes Existing Natural Gas Plants from Proposed Carbon Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday said it will exclude existing natural gas power plants from its proposed carbon regulations that it plans to finalize in April, narrowing the scope of the initial proposal that would have required stringent controls on those facilities.

Trans Mountain Pipeline Expects Q2 Launch, 10% Cost Increase

Trans Mountain Corp., the Canadian government-owned oil pipeline company, continues to target a second-quarter in-service date for its expansion and expects the project's cost to rise 10%, according to a filing.

EU Allocates $402 Million to Italian Energy Groups for Green Hydrogen Project

The European Commission has awarded financing of up to $402 million to set up a 'Green Hydrogen Valley' in Italy's Puglia region, the energy groups involved said.

Denmark Ends Probe Into 'Deliberate' Nord Stream Pipeline Blasts

Denmark has dropped its investigation into the explosions in 2022 on the Nord Stream pipelines carrying Russian gas to Germany, police said on Monday, becoming the second nation to do so after Sweden closed its own inquiry.

DTE Energy Seeks Developers for New Renewable Projects

The energy company, which operates a natural gas company in Michigan, is seeking proposals for renewable energy projects totaling about 1,075 megawatts (MW) to advance its decarbonization efforts.