Pennsylvania grand jury blasts DEP, DOH over fracking

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the Pennsylvania Health Department both failed to protect the public health during the state’s Marcellus Shale natural gas boom, according to a scathing new report from a state grand jury. The two-year investigation “uncovered systematic failure by government agencies in overseeing the fracking industry and fulfilling their responsibility … Read more

Minnesota regulator reaffirms Line 3 approvals

A Minnesota regulator has reaffirmed its support for Enbridge’s Line 3 Pipeline replacement project, Kallanish Energy reports By a 4-1 vote, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has voted to deny petitions for reconsideration filed last May by several Ojibwe bands, environmental groups and the state Department of Commerce. Instead, the commission upheld the project’s certificate … Read more

Testing electrochemical technology for turning CO2 into RNG

Three companies have announced that they have demonstrated further advancement of a new cutting-edge electrochemical technology that converts carbon dioxide in raw biogas to pipeline-quality renewable natural gas (RNG). That is a critical improvement in the science of upgrading waste emissions to RNG, said Southern California Gas (SoCalGas), Pacific Gas & Electric, and Opus 12 … Read more

Myanmar enters LNG importing arena

Myanmar has become the newest country to start importing liquefied natural gas (LNG), as the fuel is adopted as the fastest solution to recent power shortage and increased power demand. The Asian nation received its first LNG cargo on June 6. The small-scale, 0.6 billion cubic feet (Bcf) LNG vessel arrived at the industrial port of … Read more

New gas-fired power plant begins operations in Pennsylvania

There is a new 1,000-megawatt power plant fueled by natural gas in western Pennsylvania, Kallanish Energy reports. The Hickory Run Energy Center in Lawrence County near New Castle, Pennsylvania, began commercial operations in mid-May. It can produce enough electricity to power 1 million homes and is being fueled with natural gas from the Marcellus and … Read more

Sakhalin Energy granted 5-year license extension

Russia’s Sakhalin Energy, the operator of the Sakhalin-2 LNG plant, said on Thursday its oil and gas licenses have been extended for another five years, Kallanish Energy reports. The joint venture between Gazprom, Shell, Mitsui, and Mitsubishi was granted an extension on its development licenses for the Piltun-Astokhskoye and Lunkskoye fields in the Sea of … Read more

ExxonMobil Takes Action: Slashes Guyana Oil Output to Address Flaring Concerns

ExxonMobil, one of the largest multinational oil and gas companies, has taken decisive action to address concerns over flaring in Guyana’s oil fields. The company announced a significant reduction in oil output in an effort to control flaring rates and minimize environmental impact. This proactive move by ExxonMobil comes amid growing scrutiny and public outcry … Read more

Chevron, Shell lead industry’s resilience at $30/Bbl Brent: WoodMac

Chevron and Shell’s upstream portfolios are the most resilient at oil price at $30 a barrel and offer the highest cash margins at $70/Bbl, according to analysts at Wood Mackenzie. Tom Ellacott and the Corporate Analysis team at the consulting firm have studied the resilience of the seven oil and gas majors: BP, Shell, Chevron, … Read more

New Mexico utility to allow nuclear leases to expire

A New Mexico utility will exit current leases for nuclear power and will instead develop renewable power by 2040, Kallanish Energy reports. PNM said it will allow leases for 114 megawatts of electricity power from the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station in Arizona to expire. Replacing that reduced capacity will allow PNM “to integrate more renewable … Read more

Massachusetts to investigate natural gas transition

Attorney General Maura Healey wants Massachusetts to formally assess the future of natural gas in the state, Kallanish Energy reports. “In order to combat the climate crisis and meet our clean energy goals, we must transition away from fossil fuels and change the way gas utilities do business in our state,” Healey said in a … Read more

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