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Delayed by shutdown, US offshore drilling rule changes likely to be challenged by states

Work on controversial revisions to a US offshore drilling safety rule is currently being held up by the ongoing partial government shutdown, but when ultimately finalized, the changes will be challenged in court by multiple states, sources said.

Coastwide
Energy

Oil, Gas Industry Increasingly Nervous as Government Shutdown Drags On

Representatives from the oil and gas industry are beginning to worry that the partial shutdown of the federal government, now the longest in U.S. history, could impact drilling on federal lands and blunt permitting for infrastructure, including pipelines and liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facilities.

International
Energy

Seismic survey approved west of Kangaroo Island

Australia’s national offshore oil and gas regulator, NOPSEMA, has approved an application by oil and gas exploration services company PGS to conduct seismic surveys west of Kangaroo Island.

Hawaii & Alaska
Energy

Arctic Oil & Gas Development: BLM Offers Alternatives

The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for development of oil and gas (O&G) resources on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) Coastal Plain. The DEIS is required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and would cover leasing only; actual development would be subject to additional NEPA review and is not likely to begin for many years.

Hawaii & Alaska
Energy

Canada, First Nations express concern over U.S. Arctic drilling plans

The concerns are over the United States over plans to open the calving grounds of a large cross-border caribou herd to energy drilling, despite international agreements to protect it.

Northeast
Energy

Only one wind project proposed in waters off LI, filings show

Five developers are vying for a state contract for off-shore wind energy. The other sites would be off Massachusetts/Rhode Island and New Jersey.

Gulf
Energy

Coastal News Roundup: BP Finds Lots Of New Oil In Gulf, And More

This week on the Coastal News Roundup, WWNO’s Travis Lux talks with Mark Schleifstein, environment reporter for Nola.com/The Times-Picayune, about a big new oil find in the Gulf of Mexico. Plus, the latest on a lawsuit related to Hurricane Katrina damages.

International
Energy

Andrews government rules out re-routing Great Ocean Road at risk of erosion

The Andrews government has ruled out re-routing key sections of the Great Ocean Road that experts say are at risk of being washed away within years.

West Coast
Energy

Views wanted on plan for offshore wind farms along San Luis Obispo County's coast

A federal agency is currently taking public comment on plans to lease areas off California’s coast to wind energy development. Proposed for areas of the ocean roughly 20 miles offshore, the wind farms would consist of dozens of connected floating turbines generating electricity, conveyed to shore—and the energy grid—via a seafloor cable.

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Energy

State lawmakers join forces against offshore drilling

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A group of nine Democratic state lawmakers from different coastal states announced Tuesday that they are going to use their coming legislative sessions to try to block attempts at offshore drilling.

Gulf
Energy

U.S. Drilling Permitting Finishes Strong, but Slow Start in New Year

Permits to drill in the U.S. onshore hit their second highest level for 2018 in December at 5,647, behind only November, Evercore ISI said Tuesday.

Gulf
Energy

Corpus Christi Opposition to Offshore Oil Terminal Increases

Nueces County commissioners have joined a chorus of public opposition to a proposed crude oil loading terminal planned for the Gulf of Mexico. A resolution officially opposing Switzerland-based Trafigura’s proposal to build an offshore loading dock for crude oil was approved Jan. 7 during the commissioner’s first meeting of the new year.

Northeast
Energy

New Hampshire eager to join Northeast offshore wind club

January 8 (Renewables Now) - New Hampshire Governor Christopher Sununu has approached the US federal government with a request to set up an intergovernmental offshore renewable energy task force for the state.

Southeast
Energy

South Carolina joins offshore drilling lawsuit

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina will join a federal lawsuit opposing the Trump administration’s plans to conduct offshore drilling tests, becoming the latest coastal state to take legal action against the proposal.

Southeast
Energy

SC attorney general joins lawsuit to stop seismic testing, offshore drilling

COLUMBIA, SC -- S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson joined a lawsuit Monday against the Trump administration to block seismic testing for oil and gas off the South Carolina coast.

Northeast
Energy

Shell's entrance could transform the US offshore wind industry

Last month's blockbuster Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) triple auction in Massachusetts had significant implications for the wider US offshore wind industry.

Hawaii & Alaska
Energy

'Extreme' lack of sea ice, fall heat mark 2018 weather

A stunning shortage of Bering Sea ice in spring and record warmth in autumn marked what scientists say will be one of the warmest years recorded in Alaska, raising questions about everything from the future of commercial fishing to new agricultural opportunities.

Northeast
Energy

Record offshore wind interest off of New York

Five developers have told New York that they will submit bids in the state's current solicitation for offshore wind projects targeting 800 megawatts of new capacity. The level of interest is greater than in several other states seeking to take the lead on offshore wind and is expected to support Gov. Andrew Cuomo's goal of securing 2,400 megawatts of offshore wind by 2030.

Northeast
Energy

A key approval for the $2-billion off-shore wind project is set for Jan. 22

NARRAGANSETT — Less than three weeks before Rhode Island coastal regulators are set to vote on a key approval for its $2-billion offshore wind farm, Vineyard Wind has yet to come forward with a compensation package for the state’s commercial fishermen who say that the layout of the company’s 84 turbines will block access to valuable Atlantic Ocean fishing grounds.

Mid-Atlantic
Energy

TOURISM AND OFFSHORE WIND TURBINES

UD professors survey beachgoers on potential implications for offshore wind farms. As the United States moves closer to developing offshore wind farms, one of the most important questions for coastal communities is how those wind farms are going to affect recreation and tourism.

Northeast
Energy

OFFSHORE-WIND DEVELOPERS AND OFFICIALS WON’T REVEAL KEY DETAILS OF PROPOSALS

There’s a lot at stake for utility customers who may end up subsidizing projects to the tune of billions of dollars

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Energy

Offshore Wind Coming of Age

Eight competitive lease sales for offshore wind acreage have generated almost half a billion in revenue for the U.S. federal treasury. A dozen official leases have been awarded, with three more to be awarded following anti-competitive review on the heels the sale of three leases offshore Massachusetts in mid-December.

Mid-Atlantic
Energy

Governors, attorneys general join fight against seismic testing

North Carolina’s Attorney General Josh Stein, along with attorneys general from Maryland, Delaware, Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maine, Virginia and New York have moved to take their own action stop the proposed use of airguns to survey the Atlantic Ocean floor for oil and gas.

Coastwide
Energy

Offshore wind is (finally) coming to America

“It’s nearly here. It’s just around the corner!” shared American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) CEO, Tom Kiernan, at the opening session of 2018 AWEA Offshore Wind Conference in Washington, D.C. last October. He’s referring to the message relayed over the last few years that the offshore wind is coming to the United States. “That’s no longer just a message. This is an exciting, transformative time where offshore wind is happening now.”

Mid-Atlantic
Energy

Maryland, 8 more AGs join lawsuit against Mid-Atlantic seismic tests

Attorneys general from nine Mid-Atlantic coastal US states are joining environmental and other organizations’ lawsuit against the federal government for issuing incidental harassment authorizations to five geophysical contractors seeking to conduct the first offshore oil and gas seismic tests in the region since the 1980s, Maryland AG Brian E. Frosh (D) announced on Dec. 20.

Hawaii & Alaska
Energy

BLM releases draft environmental impact statement for ANWR leasing

The US Bureau of Land Management released a draft environmental impact statement for oil and gas leasing on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Coastal Plain a year after President Donald J. Trump signed federal tax legislation which included a mandate for the US Interior secretary to establish such a program.

International
Energy

Scotland - How can Suffolk’s nature coast and energy coast co-exist?

With a number of major energy related projects proposed for the coast, how do we ensure a balance between development and preserving Suffolk’s natural assets?

International
Energy

ScottishPower Renewables means jobs boost for Lowestoft

A jobs boost is on the way for Lowestoft, with a number of newskilled jobs on the East Anglia ONE windfarm, being developed by ScottishPower Renewables off the Suffolk coast, now available.

Gulf
Energy

Delving into deepwater rig repair

The Greater Lafourche Port Commission (GLPC) has announced plans to develop the next generation of deepwater port facilities at Port Fourchon, Louisiana. How do you go about constructing such a port and what impact will it have on the surrounding area? “Our goal is to use every speck of sand we dredge beneficially, and in the first cut of this deepening we’re going to generate about 20 million cubic yards of material.”

Gulf
Energy

The dawn of offshore mega-terminals (And the Battle for Port Market Share)

The US is becoming a major exporter of oil, and it needs increasingly bigger and better infrastructure to keep the commodity flowing. As a result, the country is looking to build offshore shipping terminals big enough to handle the size and volume of a new generation of mega-tankers. There are several challenges the project will need to overcome before this titan can become a reality. The Port of Corpus Christi, a nearby conduit for oil exports, has filed a letter asking to delay Texas Gulf Terminals’ application.

Hawaii & Alaska
Energy

Groups protest plans for possible lease sale in Beaufort

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Federal regulators are preparing an environmental review for a possible offshore lease sale in Alaska’s Beaufort Sea and environmental groups are calling foul.

Northeast
Energy

Record-breaking auction expands Massachusetts’ offshore wind potential

A highly-competitive auction for three offshore wind lease areas off the coast of Massachusetts concluded today with winning bids totaling a record-breaking $405 million dollars from Equinor; Mayflower Wind Energy, a joint venture between Royal Dutch Shell and EDP Renewables; and Vineyard Wind. Earlier this year, Massachusetts doubled its offshore wind goal to 3.2 GW by 2035 – one of the most ambitious offshore wind policies in the nation.

Southeast
Energy

Bidding underway for Massachusetts offshore prize

Another company has dropped out of the running for three new lease areas off the coast of Massachusetts. Six developers remain. In round 13 of the BOEM auction, two of them bid $30m for lease zone one, and another three bid $25m on zone three.

Hawaii & Alaska
Energy

BOEM extends EIS comment period for proposed Beaufort Sea lease sale

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has extended the public comment period for a proposed environmental impact statement (EIS) relating to a proposed 2019 Beaufort Sea oil and gas lease sale, the agency’s Anchorage office said on Dec. 11.

Gulf
Energy

Texas now an exporter of LNG

The Lone Star State is now an exporter of liquefied natural gas. A tanker named the Maria Express left Cheniere Energy’s Port of Corpus Christi facility with the terminal’s first cargo of LNG on Tuesday morning. The destination is not immediately known, but the voyage marks the first LNG export shipment from Texas.

Northeast
Energy

First major offshore wind project in jeopardy of being blocked

The warming waters south of Cape Cod have decimated the region’s lobster fishery. But it’s an ambitious effort to fight climate change that has lobstermen like Lanny Dillinger concerned for their livelihoods.

West Coast
Energy

Hundreds of wind turbines could sprout off San Luis Obispo County. Learn the plan.

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will host a meeting in San Luis Obispo this week to share information on the possibility of offshore wind developments along the California coast. This includes plans to add hundreds of 700-foot-tall floating turbines on sites off Diablo Canyon and Piedras Blancas.

Northeast
Energy

Offshore wind industry looks to Gulf expertise

Since it organized four years ago, the non-profit Business Network for Offshore Wind has been working to bring together U.S. companies and talent to build a new supply chain for offshore wind energy.

Northwest
Energy

As Alaska Warms, The Y-K Delta Heats Up Even Faster

Alaska is warming twice as fast as the rest of the U.S., and the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta is seeing the impacts faster than than most of the state.

Hawaii & Alaska
Energy

CLIMATE CHANGE: Permafrost Melt Could Destroy a Third of All Arctic Infrastructure, Affecting as Many as 4 Million People

All the glue that has held the Arctic together for millennia is being dissolved by climate change, right down to the ground beneath millions of people’s feet.

Southeast
Energy

Environmental groups to sue over offshore drilling tests

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Environmental groups plan to sue the Trump administration over offshore drilling tests, launching a legal fight against a proposal that has drawn bipartisan opposition along the Atlantic Coast, two people with direct knowledge of the pending litigation told The Associated Press on Monday.

Southeast
Energy

Environmental groups will join 16 SC cities to sue over offshore drilling tests

Nine conservation groups and 16 South Carolina coastal communities are expected to sue the Trump administration Tuesday to stop leases to explore for natural gas and oil offshore. The 16 municipalities are Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Isle of Palms, Folly Beach, Edisto Island, Seabrook Island, Kiawah Island, James Island, Beaufort, Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, Port Royal, Awendaw, Pawleys Island, Briarcliffe Acres and North Myrtle Beach. Also part of the litigation is the S.C. Small Business Chamber of Commerce.

Southeast
Energy

SC governor and attorney general ‘in complete agreement’ against offshore drilling

COLUMBIA — With political pressure mounting, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and Attorney General Alan Wilson spoke last week about their opposition to President Donald Trump’s effort to open up the Atlantic Ocean to offshore drilling.

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Energy

Like The Apollo Missions, Offshore Drilling Represents America’s Innovative And Exploratory Potential

Although offshore drilling may not be as landmark of an event as the Apollo spaceflights and subsequent Moon landings, just like Apollo, it will help humanity explore more of the planet hidden by oceans.

Mid-Atlantic
Energy

Editorial: Seismic testing's real threat to the region

THE TRUMP administration’s decision last month to allow seismic air gun testing in the Atlantic Ocean — a substantial step toward opening the area for oil and gas exploration — represents a profound threat to the economy and life of Hampton Roads.

Southeast
Energy

Editorial: Make voices heard on seismic surveying

The oil explorers are readying their seismic air guns to sound out deposits off the Georgia coast. As our time to sound off against the practice runs short, we must pump up the volume.

International
Energy

Opinion: The first shots in the climate wars

In launching their now successful protests against President Emmanuel Macron’s gas hike, the French gilets jaunes (yellow jackets) have revived their country’s reputation for rebelling against monarchial rule. It may well foreshadow a bitter, albeit largely avoidable, battle over how to address the issue of climate change.

Northeast
Energy

Working Group Nears Consensus on Transit Lanes for Fishing Vessels in Northeast Wind Energy Areas

The Responsible Offshore Development Alliance (RODA), which consists of regional fishing industry representatives from Maine to North Carolina, convened an Offshore Wind Transit Lane Working Group meeting on December 3rd at the Hotel Viking in Newport, R.I.

West Coast
Energy

Coastal power plants get dramatic upgrades, but how do they fit with California’s renewable energy future?

Up and down the California coast, aging power plants are being replaced by sleeker, more efficient and more environmentally sensitive units — or are being shut down altogether.

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Energy

Eight Power Sector Takeaways from the Climate Report

Despite increased resilience actions, extreme weather events due to climate change are projected to increasingly threaten the nation’s energy infrastructure, and create fuel availability and demand imbalances, the Trump administration’s sprawling climate report released on November 23 suggests.

Gulf
Energy

Proposed $8.5 billion Plaquemines LNG terminal and pipeline faces environmental review

The environmental impacts caused by the construction and operation of a proposed $8.5 billion Venture Global Plaquemines LNG Terminal will be discussed during a public meeting hosted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Belle Chasse on Tuesday (Dec. 11.)

Northeast
Energy

NJ politicians, environmentalists oppose seismic testing for offshore oil

While New Jersey is not the immediate target, there’s concern that Trump approval of controversial process could open the door to offshore drilling in the region

Gulf
Energy

Nueces County has 'deep concerns' about Trafigura's proposed offshore oil terminal

Nueces County could be joining the Port of Corpus Christi in opposing a proposed offshore oil terminal that would be located near the Padre Island National Seashore.

Southeast
Energy

Dare County, NC leaders send letter protesting approval of seismic testing

Already on record as opposing offshore drilling for oil and natural gas, the chairman of the Dare County Board of Commissioners and Nags Head’s mayor have sent a letter protesting the National Marine Fisheries Service’s recent decision to approve seismic testing for undersea reserves.

Northeast
Energy

BOEM to Issue Notice of Availability for Vinyard Wind DEIS

The United States’ Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has announced that it will issue a Notice of Availability for Vineyard Wind’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement. The DEIS was prepared by BOEM as part of the agency’s review of Vineyard Wind’s proposed 800-MW wind farm to be constructed in federal waters south of Martha’s Vineyard and approximately 34 miles south of the Cape Cod mainland. Vineyard Wind, based in New Bedford, Massachusetts, is 50 percent owned by funds of Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) and 50 percent by Avangrid Renewables.

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Energy

Peak Oil Review 3 December 2018

Total US oil reserves in 2017 exceeded a … 47-year-old record, highlighting the importance of crude oil development in shales and low permeability plays, mainly in the Southwest.

Coastwide
Energy

Shell To Become First Oil Major Linking Emissions With Executive Pay

Royal Dutch Shell plans to set short-term emission reduction targets and link these targets with executive pay, the oil major said on Monday, yielding to growing investor pressure about establishing short-term emission goals.

Hawaii & Alaska
Energy

In the Blink of an Eye, a Hunt for Oil Threatens Pristine Alaska

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — It is the last great stretch of nothingness in the United States, a vast landscape of mosses, sedges and shrubs that is home to migrating caribou and the winter dens of polar bears.

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Energy

Opinion: Offshore Wind Prices Have Fallen 75% Since 2014 – Here's How To De-Risk Projects Even Further

Offshore wind could be America's biggest bipartisan clean energy success story in the next two years. But how policymakers design related policies will determine how fast project costs fall.

Mid-Atlantic
Energy

US approves oil, gas seismic testing in Atlantic Ocean

After months of delays, the Trump administration announced Friday that it had approved seismic testing for oil and natural gas reserves along the US East Coast, a necessary step in opening US Atlantic waters to drilling.

Coastwide
Energy

The psychology of climate change: Why people deny the evidence

'This is not a time to be passive and allow this calamity to happen to us,' says one psychologist

Coastwide
Energy

Four Ways To Bet On Climate Change's $291B Economic Destruction

On Nov. 23, 13 federal agencies issued “Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA),” a scientific report that predicted climate change will slash 10% from the U.S. economy’s gross domestic product by the end of the century. We will need to take action -- and four industries could be at the forefront -- creating opportunities for investors.

Mid-Atlantic
Energy

Administration OKs seismic tests that could harm many thousands of dolphins, whales

n addition to harming sea life, acoustic tests - booms 10 to 12 seconds apart for days and sometimes months - can disrupt thriving commercial fisheries. State officials on the East Coast say drilling threatens beach tourism that has flourished in the absence of oil production.

Hawaii & Alaska
Energy

‘We have no choice:’ Climate expert say Hawaii has to reach for renewable energy goals

WAILUKU — With its abundant use of solar power and ambitious renewable energy goals, Hawaii is becoming a model for other states — but some of the most difficult steps lie ahead, says Chip Fletcher, a professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and vice chairman of the Honolulu Climate Change Commission.

Northeast
Energy

More questions than answers emerge from New York wind meeting

A horde of New Bedford fishermen and representatives from the city’s Port Authority shared a train ride down to New York City for a meeting involving an offshore wind project south of Long Island.

Mid-Atlantic
Energy

NOAA issues Mid-Atlantic OCS incidental harassment authorizations

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s fisheries division issued long-awaited incidental harassment authorizations to five geophysical contractors to conduct the first oil and gas seismic evaluations on the US Mid-Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf since the 1980s. Oil and gas associations welcomed the agency’s Nov. 30 move while environmental organizations strongly criticized it.

Southeast
Energy

Seismic testing approved, moving South Carolina towards offshore drilling

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — Offshore drilling is one step closer to reality and it’s created a lot of political noise along the East Coast.

Gulf
Energy

Exxon To Power Oil Production With Renewable Energy

Exxon has inked a 12-year deal with Danish renewable energy company Orsted to buy 500 MW of electricity produced by solar and wind farms to power its oil production in the Permian, Bloomberg reports.

Gulf
Energy

Oil and gas flow to Texas coast spawns building, tensions

PORT ARANSAS, Texas (AP) — To the east, the Gulf of Mexico stretches out, blue-green and sparkling. To the west and north, flounder and trout meander in a chain of bays. People flock here to fish. Others come to this beach town near Corpus Christi to kayak, parasail or admire the hundreds of bird species on the barrier island, which is deep into rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Harvey damaged or destroyed 85 percent of the buildings here last year.

Northeast
Energy

Wind “stakeholder” group meets in New Jersey

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities will hold three Public Stakeholder Meetings in December focused on the state’s offshore wind development, even if state fishing “stakeholders” didn’t all get the invite

Gulf
Energy

Testimony continues in the Bayou Bridge eminent domain lawsuit

In St. Martin Parish, testimony in the 16th Judicial District Court continues in the Bayou Bridge eminent domain lawsuit.

Coastwide
Energy

Supply chain positioning for emerging wind market

The oil and gas supply chain is positioning for what appears to be an emerging US offshore wind market. There are at least 12 projects in various stages of development in the US that could deliver about 10 GW of power by 2030.

Gulf
Energy

Amid Industrial Boom, Corpus Christi Officials Look To Meet Growing Water Demand

As more oil and gas facilities come online in the Coastal Bend, the city and port of Corpus — and a handful of private companies — are planning to build a bevy of seawater desalination plants.

International
Energy

Colombia Puts a Tax on Carbon

In Colombia, one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, the government introduced a tax on fossil fuels of $5 USD per ton of carbon dioxide by late 2016. The regulation was set to start working in 2017.

Northeast
Energy

Energy storage plans moving forward in Provincetown, on Vineyard

Eversource is moving forward with energy storage projects in Provincetown and Oak Bluffs the utility says will help increase reliability and supplement the electric infrastructure for Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard.

Gulf
Energy

Chemicals used to fight BP spill were ineffective and toxic, study says

The undersea use of chemical dispersants during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster likely did more harm than good, a new study says.

Northeast
Energy

Vineyard Wind Project Hit with Setbacks as Deadline Approaches

PROVIDENCE — The influx of offshore wind energy isn’t without its hiccups as developers negotiate with regulatory agencies and fishermen to get their projects approved as deadlines approach.

West Coast
Energy

BOEM hosting California forum on offshore wind planning

The U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced that it will share information on current planning activities for possible offshore wind development along the California coast during a public information meeting on December 13, 2018, in San Luis Obispo, California.

Gulf
Energy

Cheniere's Corpus Christi Liquefaction opens, puts Texas in play for LNG

It's official — Corpus Christi Liquefaction is open for business.

Southeast
Energy

FERC issues draft environmental impact statement for Eagle LNG’s Jacksonville Project

The staff of the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has prepared a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Jacksonville Project proposed by Eagle LNG Partners Jacksonville LLC.

Northeast
Energy

New Bedford Port Authority to become fisheries rep to offshore wind

NEW BEDFORD — The New Bedford Port Authority has reached an agreement with all offshore wind developers operating in the Massachusetts/Rhode Island market to serve as the designated Fisheries Representative of the commercial fishing industry to each of the development companies, according to a news release.

West Coast
Energy

BOEM Hosting California Offshore Wind Forum Dec. 13

The U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will share information on current planning activities for possible offshore wind development along the California coast during a public information meeting on Dec. 13 in San Luis Obispo, California.

Northeast
Energy

Vineyard Wind loses backing of a fishing board, decision may have serious consequences for proposed offshore wind farm

NARRAGANSETT -- Vineyard Wind is facing an uphill battle to secure a key approval from Rhode Island coastal regulators for its 800-megawatt offshore wind farm after a state fishing board refused to back the $2-billion project.

Hawaii & Alaska
Energy

BOEM to prepare EIS for potential 2019 Beaufort Sea lease sale

The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement in support of a potential 2019 oil and natural gas lease sale in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska’s north coast, Kallanish Energy reports.

Coastwide
Energy

Opinion: Federalism “Collisions” in Energy Policy

Differences between federal and state energy regulations will likely require judicial intervention.

Northwest
Energy

For Orcas, Task Force recommends dam removal study

A state task force has released recommendations on how to increase the population of Southern Resident killer whales, including further study of removing the four lower Snake River dams.

Northeast
Energy

Offshore wind energy cable base planned for New England

Subsea power provider JDR Cable Systems and McAllister Towing and Transportation Co., Inc. are planning to develop a cable service base in the northeast United States to serve the emerging offshore wind energy industry.

Mid-Atlantic
Energy

North Carolina's climate change fight

Earlier this month, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report urging immediate action to limit global temperature increases to 1.5 degrees Celsius in an effort to avoid environmental harm.

Northeast
Energy

BOEM outlines New York Bight wind energy areas

Up to 9.6 gigawatts of offshore wind energy could be generated on lease tracts in the New York Bight outlined by the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the agency says.

Northwest
Energy

U.S. To Assess Holding Oil, Gas Lease Sale In Offshore Arctic

The U.S. Department of the Interior said on Thursday that it intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a potential 2019 oil and gas lease sale in the Beaufort Sea in federal Arctic waters.

Northwest
Energy

US oil firm's bid to drill for oil in Arctic hits snag: a lack of sea ice

Plans to establish the first oil drilling operation in US Arctic waters have hit an ironic snag – a lack of sea ice caused by rapid warming in the region.

Mid-Atlantic
Energy

Offshore oil drilling worth extra $1.6 billion to South Carolina, industry says

On the heels of a political setback in the November election and public sentiment rekindled against offshore drilling, an oil industry group released a report saying the work could bring South Carolina $1.6 billion in tax revenue alone.

Gulf
Energy

Louisiana to get $91 million in fiscal year 2018 federal oil and gas revenue

Oil and gas produced from federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico and on federal land in Louisiana in fiscal year 2018 will add $91 million to the budgets of the state and coastal parishes, the Interior Department announced recently, with much of the money dedicated to state coastal protection and restoration.

Northeast
Energy

New York state launches solicitation for 800 MW of offshore wind

Washington — New York state has officially published its solicitation for 800 MW of offshore wind capacity, a major step forward for the Empire State's ambitious plan to become an industry leader in the domestic offshore wind industry.

Northeast
Energy

Fisheries Researchers Create Comprehensive Habitat Database for Offshore Wind-Energy Areas

With large areas off the Northeast coast designated for offshore wind energy development, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) researchers are helping people better understand how construction and operation of offshore wind facilities can affect ocean bottom habitats and the fishery species they support.

Northwest
Energy

Study: Kalama methanol project would help fight climate change but disputes continue

KALAMA — A new study of the proposed $2 billion methanol refinery draws a surprising conclusion: From a global climate change perspective, it’s better to build the plant than not to build it.

West Coast
Energy

Federal Judge Halts Fracking Offshore California Including Santa Barbara Channel

A federal judge has issued an order declaring the federal government violated environmental protection laws when it approved permits for fracking and acidizing (otherwise referred to as well stimulation treatments, or WSTs) from platforms offshore California.

Gulf
Energy

GE expanding wind energy offshoot with 100 jobs at Michoud site

LM Wind Power, a subsidiary of GE, is bringing a wind turbine testing center to the NASA Michoud complex in New Orleans East. The expansion includes hiring 100 people and converting an existing building on the campus that was most recently used as a movie sound stage.

Gulf
Energy

Hess Corp. to pay $8.7 million for 12-barrel Breton Sound oil spill in 2005

The company agreed to pay $8.7 million for natural resource projects and reimbursement of federal and state cleanup costs in an agreement filed in federal court Friday

Southeast
Energy

Solar Power Is About to Boom in the Sunshine State

Florida has lagged in renewable energy use, but declining solar costs are set to change that