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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Venture Global LNG Customers Challenge Permit Extension Request

Three of Venture Global LNG's major customers have asked U.S. energy regulators to address the LNG developer's request for a one-year permit extension to complete a Louisiana export facility, signaling their intention to voice concerns.

Equitrans Delays Mountain Valley Natural Gas Pipeline Again, Increases Projected Cost

U.S. energy firm Equitrans Midstream has delayed the estimated completion of its Mountain Valley natural gas pipeline from West Virginia to Virginia to the second quarter from the first quarter due in part to adverse weather in January.

Hydrogen-Blend Pipelines: Fast-Tracking Innovations Leading Fossil Fuel Resurgence

The year 2023 was a time of extremely conflicting messages for the future of fossil fuels and the sundry clean fuel alternatives to meet distance carbon-free climate change goals.

New York Pension Fund Tightens Restrictions on Exxon, Other Oil Companies

The New York State Common Retirement Fund would restrict its investments in eight integrated oil and gas companies including Exxon Mobil, after a review of the companies' readiness to transition to a low-carbon economy.

U.S. Appeals Court Rejects Renewed Challenge to Mountain Valley Pipeline

A federal appeals court has for the second time rejected a challenge by property owners to the Mountain Valley Pipeline's use of eminent domain, finding that a federal law bars the case despite a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that made it easier to sue federal agencies.

Oil Industry, Environmental Groups Challenge Biden's Offshore Drilling Plan in Court

Oil and gas companies and environmental groups on Monday filed dueling legal challenges to the Biden administration's five-year plan to offer drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico.

Saudi Arabia Attributes Oil Capacity U-turn to Energy Transition, Ensures Ample Spare Capacity

Saudi Arabia's U-turn on its oil capacity expansion plans was because of the energy transition, its energy minister said on Monday, adding that the kingdom has plenty of spare capacity to cushion the oil market.

U.S. Government Plans Funding for Methane Reduction Projects in Oil, Gas Sectors

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) released a notice of intent on Friday to help fund projects aimed at reducing methane emissions from the oil and gas sectors.

Pemex Platform in Mexico Leaked Clouds of Methane Even After UN Alert, Data Shows

State energy company Pemex released large volumes of methane from an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico last year, with leaks recurring even after a United Nations agency flagged problems there to the Mexican government, according to a Reuters analysis of previously unreported U.N. data.

Regulator Orders Trans Mountain Expansion Project to Address Deficiencies After B.C. Flooding

The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) has ordered the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project to address environmental deficiencies and noncompliances found following flooding near Abbotsford, British Columbia, the regulator said on Thursday.