Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said Monday that the US Army Corps of Engineers' decision to halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline does not send a "policy signal" that the Obama administration opposes all pipeline projects. "I think this is just a signal that issues have been raised that are of great concern to many people, and it's appropriate that we use the current system to make sure that we're looking at all environmental impacts," she said.
The US has begun shifting to a renewable energy economy and will continue to do so regardless of politics or ideology, writes former Vice President Al Gore. The costs associated with wind and solar continue to fall and both energy sources are becoming increasingly popular around the world, but the race is on to develop these technologies and put them into effect before climate change can truly take its toll, he argues.
Google will be sourcing 100% of its energy from renewable sources by 2017. The company says it has been able to harness more than three times the computing power it did during 2011 while using the same amount of electricity.
Outgoing Environmental Protection Administration Administrator Gina McCarthy expressed optimism for the future of her agency once the Trump administration takes control. She said the EPA is a nonpartisan organization, and she would not judge the incoming leadership by comments made during the campaign, noting that the current marketplace will likely influence future decisions.
Toyota Motor Corp. will use the next five years to expand its gasoline-hybrid technology in an effort to lower engine emissions. The company also is planning to develop longer-range battery-powered cars and implement 19 lower-emission powertrain components by 2021.
Cheniere Energy has put up for sale $1.5 billion worth of senior notes due in 2025 and plans to use the money raised to pay off part of its debt linked with the Corpus Christi liquefied natural gas export facility. The Corpus Christi LNG project in Texas will have an annual production capacity of about 14.9 million tons and is expected to become operational in 2018.
The Southwest Clean Air Agency has issued a draft air quality permit to Northwest Innovation Works' proposed $1 billion methanol plant at the Port of Kalama in Washington state, noting the company has managed to minimize emissions at the site using the latest technology. The facility would convert natural gas to methanol.
Chesapeake Energy on Monday announced it has reached a deal with a private company to sell 78,000 net acres in Louisiana's Haynesville Shale for $450 million. The asset contains 250 wells producing about 30 million cubic feet of natural gas per day.
An oil well operated by Smith Oil blew out in Hardin, Texas, on Monday as seven employees were packing it with drilling mud. Four workers were injured, and the company is trying to determine the cause of the incident.
The American Petroleum Institute and the MAIN Coalition are appealing to President-elect Donald Trump to reverse the US Army Corps of Engineers' decision to block the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline when he assumes office. Trump has not revealed what he plans to do about the pipeline, but spokesman Jason Miller said the incoming administration would review the action.
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