US District Judge James Boasberg on Thursday ruled that the North Dakota Petroleum Council can have a say on whether the Dakota Access Pipeline should be shut down while the US Army Corps of Engineers conducts a new environmental review. Other national energy and manufacturing groups could also be allowed to offer their input on the matter.
A subsidiary of Alterra Power has ordered 100 Vestas V110 2-megawatt turbines for its 200-MW Flat Top 1 project in Texas, according to the companies. Vestas added that it would begin delivering the units in the fourth quarter of the year.
Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., has a stormwater-management system that includes six nearby biofiltration systems to deter contaminated runoff. The stadium, which hosts the NFL's San Francisco 49ers, was certified LEED Gold when it opened in 2014.
Logistics company DHL is looking to promote sustainability in its supply chain and is sponsoring pro-sustainable events such as Formula E's electric-powered car races.
The White House Office of Management and Budget on Thursday published the Trump administration's first regulatory and deregulatory agenda, which provides details about the planned repeals of several environmental regulations. The agenda mentions plans to roll back or revise the Clean Power Plan, the Clean Water Rule, methane limits for oil and natural gas drilling and rules on hydraulic fracturing, among others, as well as details on how and when the administration will repeal or amend these regulations.
SoCalGas' Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility in California, which was at the center of a major methane leak, has received permission from regulators to resume operations at reduced capacity. "The extensive testing, retrofits and new safety measures ensure the wells are in sound operating condition today," State Oil & Gas Supervisor Ken Harris said.
Kinder Morgan could boost the capacity of its El Paso Natural Gas pipeline, which carries gas to the Waha hub in Texas, by 500 million cubic feet per day, Kinder Morgan President and CEO Steve Kean said. The expansion would require little investment because much of the required infrastructure is already in place.
ExxonMobil is suing the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control after being fined $2 million for breaching anti-Russia sanctions when it signed deals with Rosneft Chairman and CEO Igor Sechin for oil and natural gas projects in Russia. "OFAC seeks to retroactively enforce a new interpretation of an executive order that is inconsistent with the explicit and unambiguous guidance from the White House and Treasury," Exxon argued in the lawsuit.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday expressed his disapproval of the Trump administration's plans to allow oil and natural gas drilling in Atlantic waters off his state's coast. Cooper said he would fight the efforts and directed the state Department of Environmental Quality to submit comments to the Interior Department explaining North Carolina's position.
Avangrid Renewables has been awarded a site-certificate amendment that would allow it the flexibility to use up to 3.6-megawatt turbines with rotor diameters of 136 meters at its Montague Wind Power Facility in Oregon, said the company. The turbines could be the largest of their kind in the Pacific Northwest. Apple has reported it has a power purchase agreement with Avangrid at Montague.
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