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The Southern Herald: Energy a Linchpin for Mississippi Families
The start of a new school year signifies the kickoff of the college football season and a near-record low state unemployment rate. The one thing they all share, and it’s a big one: Energy. The historically high levels of employment in Mississippi would not be possible without affordable energy, which allows businesses to keep costs down and hire and retain more workers. More jobs have allowed more families to better afford the necessities of life, such as back-to-school supplies. Lower fuel costs also make it more affordable for households to drive or carpool to the big game and tailgate with family and friends.
The Hill: Washington’s fall agenda: EPA to focus on new power plant, water rules
Congress and the White House are facing several important issues this fall. But the clock is ticking with the November midterms looming and the end of the year fast approaching.
E&E News: Manufacturing group warns of ‘staggering’ pipeline risk
A manufacturing industry trade group is urging Congress to hold oversight hearings on the security of the nation’s natural gas pipeline network, citing the risk of “staggering” economic harm.
S&P Global: Proclamation on trade quotas seen to ease burden on E&P industry
Representatives of the oil and gas upstream industry on Thursday praised a move by the Trump administration to exempt from quotas imports of steel and aluminum products from three countries, but they called for a greater loosening of quotas and tariffs that are claimed to create a drag on the industry’s growth.
Engineering News-Record: Trade War Threatens Construction of Up to 20 LNG Terminals
The trade war between the United States and China is placing at risk the multi-billion-dollar construction market for new liquefied natural gas terminals around the U.S.
The New York Times: Canadian Court Halts Expansion of Trans Mountain Oil Pipeline
A Canadian court on Thursday froze plans to expand an oil pipeline that the government is about to purchase, ruling that the government’s National Energy Board had not adequately consulted with Indigenous people along the pipeline’s route or assessed the project’s potential effects on the waters off British Columbia.
BloombergQuint: Oil Seen Getting $4 a Barrel Boost on Tough New Ship-Fuel Rules
New regulations to curb pollution from the world’s shipping fleet could lift crude prices by $4 a barrel when the measures come into effect in 2020, according to a Bloomberg survey of 13 oil industry analysts.
E&E News: Calif. lawmakers pass bill countering federal leasing plans
California lawmakers sent a bill to Gov. Jerry Brown (D) yesterday aimed at blocking the Trump administration’s attempts to open the state’s offshore waters to oil and gas drilling.
The Press Democrat: Bills aimed at stopping offshore oil drilling go to governor
Offshore oil drilling foes, including state Sen. Mike McGuire, on Thursday hailed final legislative approval of two bills as California’s best defense against a Trump administration campaign to pull more petroleum from beneath the ocean floor.
The Republic: Trump eases U.S. methane rules as Colorado says state’s work
The Trump administration is rolling back some U.S. regulations on climate-changing methane pollution, calling them expensive and burdensome, but Colorado says its rules are working — and they have industry support.
Reuters: Colorado to vote in November on proposal to toughen oil drilling rules
A Colorado ballot initiative that would sharply increase the required distance between new oil wells and populated areas will go before voters in November, Colorado officials said on Wednesday.
The Coloradan: Proposal to limit oil, gas drilling gets on Colorado ballot
A contentious proposal to tightly restrict the location of new oil and gas wells in Colorado attracted more than enough petition signatures to qualify for the November ballot, election officials said Wednesday.
Houston Public Media: Texas Companies Keeping Eyes on Colorado’s New Fracking Battle
In Colorado, voters will soon decide whether to significantly limit oil and gas drilling near homes and businesses, a brewing battle with ramifications for Texas companies and, possibly, the state’s own economy.
U.S. News & World Report: A War Over Water in the Southwest
Few laws embody the frontier spirit – the mythos of rugged individualism and government non-intervention – quite like the Texas “rule of capture.” Any landowner in the Lone Star State, the measure declares, can use or sell as much oil, gas, water or other resource that lies beneath his or her land – regardless how the deposit might spread across property lines. It’s a law that has some in neighboring New Mexico seething.
Reuters: Texas’ oil output drops in June for first time since Feb. 2017
Texas oil production fell in June from a year earlier for the first time in 16 months, according to figures released on Thursday by the state’s energy regulator, a fresh sign that a lack of pipeline space in the nation’s largest shale field may be curbing production.
Houston Chronicle: Report: Pipeline constraints could curtail $1.4 billion in Permian completions
Upwards of $1.4 billion in completions of oil and gas wells in West Texas’ Permian Basin could be delayed or reallocated to other shale plays through 2019 due to pipeline constraints, a new report says.
Associated Press: Several Line 3 oil pipeline protesters detained in Bemidji
Dozens of opponents of Enbridge Energy’s plan to replace its aging Line 3 crude-oil pipeline across northern Minnesota blocked an intersection in downtown Bemidji for nearly four hours as they called on Gov. Mark Dayton to stop the project.
Michigan Public Radio: “You’ve gotta do it yourself”: Grand Traverse Tribe collects sonar images of Line 5
Frustrated by what they say is inadequate information provided to them by Enbridge, the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians sent their own tribal research vessel to the Straits of Mackinac on Thursday to take sonar imagery of the company’s Line 5 pipelines.
Michigan Public Radio: Michigan tribes to paddle the Mackinac Straits in protest of Line 5
This Saturday, a flotilla of kayaks, paddleboards, and birch bark canoes will paddle out into the Straits of Mackinac between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. It’s the fourth annual Pipe Out Paddle Protest against the pair of oil and liquid natural gas pipelines known as Line 5 that lie beneath the Straits.
Associated Press: Utility to close coal power plants in Ohio, Pennsylvania
An Ohio-based energy company said it is closing its last coal-fired power plants in Ohio and Pennsylvania, a move decried by the coal industry and called inevitable by environmentalists.
StateImpact Pennsylvania: Environmental groups say they’ll sue Brunner Island plant to stop pollution
Four environmental organizations are threatening to sue the owner of a York County coal-fired power plant over pollution they say is discharging into the Susquehanna River. The groups say the plant is discharging toxic pollutants including arsenic, boron, sulfate, and lithium from its unlined coal ash waste ponds.