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The Dallas Morning News: Texas energy jobs and projects could start to flow again with renewed energy regulation panel. A government-induced clog that’s delayed billions of dollars in pipeline projects is about to get cleared. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission this month regained its voting quorum for the first time in half a year, allowing the panel to next month finally act on approval of critical matters that range from natural gas pipelines to liquid natural gas terminals to utility mergers. And for some major Texas energy companies, the renewed flow can’t come soon enough.
The State: Could oil drilling hurt beach tourism? Lawmakers raise concerns
The politically sensitive question of whether to support oil drilling off the South Carolina coast sparked plenty of talk Tuesday as lawmakers wrestled with an issue that has divided the state. Legislators serving on a special study committee steered clear of endorsing drilling, despite testimony from a university professor and an industry advocate that lucrative oil and gas deposits might lie off the state’s coast. Some lawmakers openly questioned the need for offshore drilling.
The Chad Adams Show: Episode 334. Today on this show we had a robust discussion on offshore drilling and President Trump’s energy policy. First, we spoke with Michael Whatley (NGP Photo by Dave Harbour) from Consumer Energy Alliance. Our second guess was John Bianchi. Both guests offered their perspective on North Carolina energy needs and how the market can benefit from off shore drilling.
Reuters: U.S. Gulf Coast refiners, producers brace for tropical storm
Oil and gas producers from Mexico to Louisiana are gearing up for heavy rains and winds this week as remnants of a tropical storm circulating over Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula threaten to redevelop into a cyclone.
Washington Examiner: Environmentalists win ‘huge’ climate victory over federal pipeline approvals
A federal appeals court on Tuesday granted a major victory to environmentalists by rejecting a federal agency’s decision to approve the construction of a major natural gas pipeline, saying it did not properly weigh the effects of climate change.
E&E News: Major ruling against FERC shakes up climate law
Environmentalists are celebrating a big win after a federal court ordered regulators to take a closer look at a natural gas pipeline’s impact on climate change.
Associated Press: Company behind Dakota Access oil pipeline sues Greenpeace
The company that built the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline filed a lawsuit against Greenpeace and other groups on Tuesday, alleging that they disseminated false and misleading information about the project and interfered with its construction. In its lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in North Dakota, Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners requests damages that could approach $1 billion.
Associated Press: Delaware governor opposes offshore drilling
Gov. John Carney says he’s opposed to drilling for oil and gas in federal waters off the coast of Delaware, or elsewhere along the Atlantic coast. In a letter last week to U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Carney noted the economic importance of Delaware’s coastal areas and coastal activities.
Rhode Island Public Radio: Hundreds of Thousands Oppose Offshore Drilling in Atlantic Ocean
More than 370,000 members of a national environmental coalition have submitted comments opposing a proposal to drill for oil and gas off the East Coast. A 45-day public comment period for the National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program, which would be in effect from 2019-2024, ended last Thursday.
WTVR-TV – Richmond, VA: Thousands urge Virginia governor to stop natural-gas pipeline plan
Several groups protesting the two-proposed natural-gas pipelines brought boxes full of public comments to the Department of Environmental Quality in Richmond. The comments, collected by the Sierra Club, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Appalachian Voices, Bold Alliance, Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, and Oil Change International, urged the DEQ to deny a water permit required to begin work on the pipelines.
E&E News: With Obama EPA rule in force, compliance clash may loom
The Trump administration is giving scant details on how or whether it plans to enforce restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions from the oil and gas industry after a federal court revived the standards last month.
E&E News: State lawyers use Pruitt’s playbook against him — by suing
When Scott Pruitt was Oklahoma’s top attorney, he made a name for himself by suing the Obama administration. Pruitt teamed up with other Republican state attorneys general to launch more than a dozen court challenges to U.S. EPA rules — including multiple attacks on the high-profile Clean Power Plan, a lawsuit against EPA’s signature water regulation, and cases to combat standards on mercury and other air pollutants.
Washington Examiner: Shailene Woodley open to different role: Politician
Actress Shailene Woodley is open to the idea of running for Congress, according to a report. “There was a point last year when I was working for Bernie Sanders where I thought, ‘Huh, maybe I’ll run for Congress in a couple years,'” Woodley said when asked whether her environmental activism could dovetail into a political career. “And you know what? I’m not going to rule it out. Who knows? Life is big, and I’m young.”
Reuters: Oil prices fall on oversupply concern as Libyan output seesaws
Oil prices fell on Wednesday, weighed down by concerns about rising production from Libya feeding into an oversupplied market and a surprise increase in U.S. gasoline inventories.
Reuters: Chevron CEO Watson to step down, Wirth likely successor: source
Chevron Corp Chief Executive John Watson will step down by the end of next month and likely be replaced by Vice Chairman Mike Wirth, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Tuesday.
NPR: In Alaska, One Man Fights To Save Oil Fund As Reserves Dry Up
For decades, Alaska has saved its oil money in a sovereign wealth fund, a giant savings account. Well, now the oil and the money are drying up. And the man who pushed Alaska to create that fund is still fighting for its future. From Alaska’s Energy Desk, Jennifer Pemberton has his story.
Los Angeles Times: California sees strong results from cap-and-trade auction after program extension
California saw strong results from its latest cap-and-trade auction this month: Every pollution permit offered for sale was purchased. The auction was California’s first since Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation extending cap and trade until 2030, erasing some of the political and legal uncertainty that had dogged the program.
The Denver Post: Thornton passes strict oil, gas rules as tensions over drilling in neighborhoods rise
City leaders on Tuesday approved a set of oil and gas regulations that exceed what the state requires of energy-extraction firms, setting the stage for potential legal challenges as tensions between Front Range communities and drilling companies mount.
The Denver Post: Plan to improve oil, gas industry safety calls for capping orphan wells, but no public access to pipeline maps
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is asking oil and gas operators to pony up money to plug the 700 to 800 “orphan wells” in the state, but he is shying away from taking stances on more contentious policies, such as how close new homes can be built to existing wells.
Reuters: BHP says plenty of buyers interested in its shale assets
BHP Billiton Chief Executive Andrew Mackenzie said many parties are interested in acquiring the company’s U.S. shale business. Mackenzie earlier on Tuesday said the division was no longer a core asset for the diversified mining house and that options were being explored for divestment.
UPI: Texas sees Mexico as important gas export market
The state economy for Texas is capitalizing on cross-border movements of natural gas to Mexico, a director at a state energy regulator said. Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos served as the moderator of a bilateral energy forum that counted members of a Mexican energy trade association and Mexico Energy Regulatory Commissioner Guillermo Garcia Alcocer among its panelists.
Houston Chronicle: To lower costs, drillers adding West Texas sand
Ten miles east of this community of 6,000 sandwiched between booming West Texas oil fields, heavy trucks have begun lining up at the region’s first sand mine as it churns out ammo by the ton for U.S. frackers.
OilPrice.com: Shale Drillers Head North as The Permian Fills Up
Just as the Permian Basin is showing some wear and tear, there is growing interest in a separate shale play to the Permian’s north. The Anadarko shale region, located mostly in Oklahoma, has seen a sharp increase in investment and drilling activity in recent years.
Greater Baton Rouge Business Report: While industry is encouraged by regulation postponements, DEQ fears funding cuts might slow permitting
The person leading the EPA’s Region 6 in Dallas is nearly as important to Louisiana industry and the state’s Department of Environmental Quality as the appointment of Scott Pruitt to the agency’s top administrative post. After all, that’s who they typically deal with on a day-to-day basis.
The Philadelphia Inquirer: Sunoco to dismiss 94 employees at its former Delco HQ
Sunoco LP has notified 94 employees at its Newtown Square offices that they will lose their jobs ahead of the company’s planned divestiture of most of its fuel stations to 7-Eleven Inc. by the end of the year.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Pa. bill might make it harder for landowners to get better deal for their oil
A provision in a Pennsylvania budget bill designed to clarify divergent court opinions could end up making it harder for landowners with depleted oil and gas wells to negotiate more lucrative terms with modern drillers who hold old leases.
Fox 43 – York, PA: Sen. Scott Martin introduces bill to hold violent protesters accountable
When a protest turns violent, damages and medical costs tend to fall on the tabs of taxpayers. A new bill in Pennsylvania seeks to hold those convicted of protest-related crimes responsible for the costs. Under Senate Bill 754 or The Commonwealth Cost Reimbursement Act, anyone convicted of a felony or misdemeanor related to the protest may have to foot the bills related to damages and response costs. Republican State Senator Scott Martin drafted it with the Dakota Pipeline protests in mind.
The Republican: Federal court upholds state’s right to stop natural gas pipeline under the Clean Water Act
Fossil fuel foes are claiming victory after a federal appeals court on Friday upheld New York’s move to block a federally permitted interstate natural gas pipeline that failed to meet state water quality standards. The judicial review “carries nationwide implications, as it will invariably influence states’ decisions to block pipelines under the Clean Water Act across the country,” said the Natural Resources Defense Council in a statement.
Jersey Shore Online: Pinelands Pipeline Protested, As Vote Approaches
Environmentalists again protested the Southern Reliability Link proposed to be built in parts of Manchester and Plumsted, and county representatives again said that the issue is up to the Pinelands Commission. The Southern Reliability Link has been proposed by New Jersey Natural Gas.
Natural Gas Intelligence: Cove Point Seeking FERC OK to Introduce Feed Gas, Ship Loading Equipment
Dominion Energy Cove Point LNG LP has filed a request for authorization from FERC to introduce hazardous fluids at its liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility on the Chesapeake Bay in Lusby, MD.
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Juneau utility’s new owners say company not for sale
The company buying Alaska Electric Light & Power Company’s parent corporation said in a letter it is not interested in selling Juneau’s electric utility any time soon.
Feds review annual whaling quotas for Alaska Native hunters
Federal officials are reviewing annual catch limits for 11 Alaska Native communities whose subsistence hunters are authorized to harvest bowhead whales.
New AEL&P owners have ‘no interest’ in selling
The new owner of Juneau’s electric utility has “no interest” in selling it to local owners.