The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded millions of dollars to programs to improve Michigan's drinking water, general water quality and related infrastructure, Administrator Andrew Wheeler said Wednesday during a visit to the state. The EPA has added $95 million to a state revolving loan fund for water infrastructure and is giving the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy $681,000 to test child care programs' drinking water for lead, he noted.
Using green infrastructure to manage stormwater benefits society, the environment and the economy -- and can also help cities recover financially from the pandemic while fighting climate change, writes architect Richa Parmar of GharPedia. "When it comes to disaster management, one of its best practices is building back better to increase resilience at the community level as well as in the country," she writes.
US oil producers pumped 10.984 million barrels per day in July, marking a 538,000-bpd increase from June that was driven by gains in Texas, North Dakota and the offshore US Gulf of Mexico, according to the Energy Information Administration. Gross natural gas production in the contiguous US also climbed by 1.9 billion cubic feet per day from June to 100.8 Bcf/d.
Grappling with reduced demand for pipeline space due to oil downturn, US pipeline operators such as Energy Transfer, Magellan Midstream Partners and Enterprise Product Partners have started to offer more favorable terms on existing and new contracts and lower rates for crude oil shipment in an effort to retain customers. Pipeline operators' revenues could plummet by as much as 50% this year as the oil demand collapse caused drillers to scale back oil production, analysts say.
CME Group Senior Economist Erik Norland covers seasonal consumption patterns for oil going into winter amid anemic demand by the transportation sector due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Uncertainty regarding future consumption will make matching oil production and demand a challenge.
November West Texas Intermediate crude jumped 2.4% on Wednesday to settle at $40.22 per barrel, while December Brent was up 1.8% to close at $42.30 per barrel, after the Energy Information Administration reported a 2-million-barrel drop in US crude inventories, versus expectations for a 1.9-million-barrel climb. Distillate supplies also fell by 3.2 million barrels, while gasoline stockpiles added 700,000 barrels.
NextDecade has recommitted to a 2021 deadline for making a final investment decision on its Rio Grande liquefied natural gas export project in Texas, said James MacTaggart, the company's senior vice president of LNG marketing for Asia and the Middle East. Commercial efforts have taken longer than expected, "but I think we'll be there next year," MacTaggart added.
The Bureau of Land Management will be taking public comments between October 5 and 19 on a proposed April 14, 2021, oil and natural gas lease sale of six parcels covering about 536 acres in New Mexico's Lea and Chaves counties and Oklahoma's Dewey County. "The BLM will consider all substantive comments received during the public scoping period to ensure that the potential environmental consequences are analyzed in a manner that allows the BLM to make an informed decision about the proposed competitive lease sale," the agency said.
Kansas has the ability to become a national clean energy leader and welcomes Invenergy's plan to build a section of the Grain Belt Express transmission project in the state, said Gov. Laura Kelly. "The Grain Belt Express will be instrumental in helping to power Kansas and other states, and will bring nearly 1,000 jobs and billions in economic investment and energy savings to our state," she said.
The calendar flips to October today, and that means it's time for AWEA's annual safety campaign. This year the theme is "Stand Tall," with a focus on sprains and strains from working in the nacelle. AWEA's safety data shows the top injuries in the wind turbine generator are sprains and strains from handling, lifting or carrying.
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