Energy

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

Texas. Bridge to Nowhere - Near Brownsville, a trio of proposed liquefied natural gas plants endangers a fragile ecosystem and puts Texans' health at risk.

Where the Texas Gulf Coast meets Mexico, a trio of fossil fuel companies is planning an industrial complex the likes of which Texas’ Rio Grande Valley has never seen.

Arctic & Antarctica
Energy

Arctic: Russia’s Floating Nuclear Plant Arrives in Pevek

Russia's first floating nuclear power plant has reached its final destination in the country's remote Far East after a three-week, 5,000-kilometer journey.

Northeast
Energy

Rhode Island: Fishermen unsatisfied with wind turbine plans

NARRAGANSETT — When Rhode Island commercial fishermen sat down a year ago with offshore wind developers, they say they made it clear that for the sake of navigational safety the minimum spacing of any turbines installed in ocean waters needs to be at least one nautical mile in every direction.

Coastwide
Energy

Wind power prices now lower than the cost of natural gas

In the US, it's cheaper to build and operate wind farms than buy fossil fuels.

Coastwide
Energy

U.S. House votes to block offshore drilling expansion; White House threatens veto

WASHINGTON — U.S. House lawmakers approved bipartisan legislation Wednesday that would block new offshore drilling off the majority of the nation’s coast, including Virginia, despite pushback from many Republicans.

International
Energy

Dumping Fukushima's Radioactive Water Into Pacific Ocean Is 'Only Option', Japan Says

Japan's environment minister says contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear plant may have to be released into the ocean because storage space will run out in 2022.

Northeast
Energy

BOEM Delays Vineyard Wind Until 2020

Construction of the country’s first commercial scale offshore wind farm off Massachusetts’ coast will be delayed until at least next year while the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management determines the cumulative effect of construction of multiple wind farms in the region, the agency said in a recent update.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

Deepwater Horizon oil buried in Gulf Coast beaches could take more than 30 years to biodegrade

Golf ball-size clods of weathered crude oil originating from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon catastrophe could remain buried in sandy Gulf Coast beaches for decades, according to a new study by ecologists at Florida State University.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

Is an Offshore Gulf of Mexico Oil & Gas Rebound on the Horizon?

President Trump’s America-First Offshore Energy Strategy hopes to open up the 94 percent of the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) that has been off limits to oil and gas leasing and exploration.

Northeast
Energy

Massachusetts: Vineyard Wind Delays Hold Up Other Offshore Projects

The Vineyard Wind project is a major test of the offshore wind industry. The 84-turbine project is hailed as the first large utility-scale power source, after the five-turbine Block Island Wind Farm went on-line in December 2016.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

Texas: Port of Corpus Christi files lawsuit against City of Port Aransas in oil terminal battle

According to the lawsuit, the city is violating Texas law which currently prohibits cities from taking any action to regulate an oil and gas operation.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

Texas: In Emergency Action, Port Aransas Imposes Moratorium on Harbor Island Industrial Permits in Oil Terminal Battle

The Port Aransas City Council is pumping the brakes on efforts to further industrialize Harbor Island. An emergency ordinance was approved by the council on Thursday, Aug. 29, placing a two-month moratorium on issuing property development permits or approvals for development of any Harbor Island properties for heavy industrial uses.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

Freeport LNG ships first commissioning cargo

Freeport LNG has shipped the first LNG commissioning cargo for Train 1 from its liquefaction facility located on Quintana Island in Freeport, Texas.

Mid-Atlantic
Energy

“De-Risking” Virginia Offshore Wind

In its original incarnation a few years back, the two-turbine wind project Dominion Energy proposed to build off the Virginia Beach coast was billed as a “research” project. In the hope of winning a $40 million federal research grant, Dominion wanted to see how well the two wind turbines held up in hurricane conditions of the mid-Atlantic before committing to a large-scale wind farm.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

Eight-Year Study Quantifies How Oiling is a Continuing Stressor on the Marsh Ecosystem

The authors published their findings in Environmental Pollution: Oiling of the continental shelf and coastal marshes over eight years after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Hawaii & Alaska
Energy

Alaska: Hilcorp holds Homer meeting on seismic testing; questions and comments get heated

A public meeting last Friday night on Hilcorp Alaska LLC’s plan to start seismic testing in lower Cook Inlet moved from information to indignation as some people asked pointed questions and someone blew an air horn.

Northeast
Energy

Why collaboration is critical to offshore wind and port success

New York recently announced the largest procurement of offshore wind power in U.S. history: to develop 9.0 GW of projects by 2035. New Jersey has set a goal of 3.5 GW by 2030. Barely a year after Massachusetts pledged to at least 1.6 GW of offshore wind, the Department of Energy Resources released a report recommending the Commonwealth doubled that commitment. Connecticut has signed on for 2.0 GW of offshore wind. There are others.

Northeast
Energy

Connecticut offshore wind may face some rough seas

As Connecticut races to get its first offshore wind projects on track for construction, a collision of factors appear to be working against them.

Pacific Northwest
Energy

BOEM Oregon to host renewable energy task force meeting

The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is holding a BOEM an Oregon Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force meeting on September 27.

Northeast
Energy

Connecticut’s first offshore wind bidding war applauded

A fishing vessel travels Dec. 20, 2016, in Block Island Sound, with a 6-megawatt wind turbine generator, comprising the first offshore wind farm in the United States, the 30 megawatt, five-turbine Block Island Wind Farm by Deepwater Wind, in the background. Environmentalists and offshore wind companies are applauding Connecticut's first bidding war devoted to offshore wind. The request for proposals includes stipulations to protect marine wildlife and the fishing industry.

Coastwide
Energy

U.S. To “Drown The World” In Oil

The U.S. could “drown the world in oil” over the next decade, which, according to Global Witness, would “spell disaster” for the world’s attempts to address climate change.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

US Gulf of Mexico Oil & Gas Lease Sale Draws $159.4 million for 835,006 acres

A U.S. Gulf of Mexico lease sale held Wednesday morning yielded almost $159.4 million in high bids for 151 tracts, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) reported. The auction offered 77.9 million acres (31.5 million hectares), of which 835,006 acres received bids, according to preliminary data from the BOEM. Of the 151 tracts that received bids, 117 were in water more than 800 meters (2,625 ft) deep.

Caribbean
Energy

BPC to use Seadrill rig for Bahamas drilling. Might do it without farm-in partner

Bahamas Petroleum Company has entered into a framework agreement with drilling contractor Seadrill, setting the terms for the potential use of Seadrill’s drilling rig for its first exploration well in the Bahamas in 2020.

International
Energy

World’s longest wind turbine blade arrives in the UK!

EARLIER THIS WEEK OUR TEAM IN CHERBOURG, FRANCE SAID GOODBYE TO THE FIRST 107-METER BLADE PRODUCED AT THE FACTORY. TODAY, WE’RE PROUD TO CONFIRM THAT THE BLADE HAS COMPLETED ITS VOYAGE TO THE UK!

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

NextDecade delays Rio Grande LNG FID

US LNG export project developer NextDecade Corporation has pushed its expected final investment decision on its Rio Grande LNG project in Brownsville, Texas, to the fourth quarter of the year.

Northeast
Energy

Federal delay sends chill through offshore-wind industry

In recent days the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, or BOEM, a subsidiary of the Department of the Interior, delayed an 800-megawatt wind project off the coast of Massachusetts indefinitely.

Northeast
Energy

Industry Association: Decision to delay Vineyard Wind undermines U.S. energy dominance agenda

Last week, the U.S. Department of the Interior made the formal decision to delay Vineyard Wind, a proposed large-scale offshore wind project, to conduct a supplemental study.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

Opinion: Public Policy Via Lawsuits Delivers Zero Dollars For Louisiana Coastal Restoration

Of all the various tactics used by oil and gas industry opponents to block its activities, one of the most noteworthy has been the incessant, decades-long stream of class-action lawsuits in Louisiana. Unfortunately, that cottage industry has been successful in depressing the state’s oil and gas sector and in enriching plaintiffs' firms while failing miserably in its’ stated objective of raising funds to help with the pressing problem of the ongoing loss of lands and wetlands throughout the Mississippi River delta region.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

Environmental groups sue to stall latest Gulf of Mexico oil lease sale

Environmental groups have filed a new complaint against the federal government in an attempt to stall the sale of offshore Gulf of Mexico oil and gas leases, arguing that coastal residents haven't had their say as required by environmental law, especially since the Trump administration began rolling back regulations that were put in place after the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Coastwide
Energy

Drill, baby, drill: Worldwide offshore rig count in July up 45 rigs year-over-year

The worldwide offshore rig count in July 2019 went up by 10 units compared to June, and 45 year over year, according to monthly rig count reports by Baker Hughes, a GE company.

Southeast
Energy

South Carolina Congressman seeks permanent offshore drilling ban

U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham, D-Charleston, on Thursday introduced a bill seeking to ban offshore drilling and seismic testing in the Atlantic and Pacific. His opposition to the practice was a centerpiece issue in his congressional campaign.

Northeast
Energy

Offshore wind deal pushing forward at New London State Pier

New London, Connecticut — Key players in the $93 million public-private investment to establish an offshore wind hub here say the deal has not been delayed by recent shakeups in Connecticut Port Authority leadership.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

Report: Two workers killed aboard Shell’s Auger platform in Gulf of Mexico

Two offshore workers have reportedly been killed in an incident aboard Shell’s Auger platform in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

Northeast
Energy

U.S. Offshore Wind Project Awards Push Market Boundaries

Set for construction off the coast of Atlantic City, the estimated $1.6-billion wind farm is the country’s largest offshore capacity award.

Northeast
Energy

Atlantic Offshore Wind: Favorable Winds for Maritime

Now that the United States finally can envision steady winds blowing from the Atlantic Seaboard due to a pipeline of offshore wind farms on the horizon, the maritime industry can finally step up and earn some of the benefits. This includes shipbuilding, port construction, and worker training. This article reviews the key developments and forecasts the growth in maritime jobs.

Southeast
Energy

South Carolina environmental agency reverses course, deals blow to oil exploration off coast

South Carolina environmental officials have dealt a blow to one of the companies wanting federal approval to explore for oil and gas off the state’s coast in the face of widespread opposition.

Mid-Atlantic
Energy

Vineyard Wind Project faces new delay

Vineyard Wind plans to build its 800-megawatt project (in yellow) 15 miles south of Martha's Vineyard.

Mid-Atlantic
Energy

U.S. Offshore Wind Project Dealt Two Blows: Edgartown Commission Rejects Cables, Feds Delay EIS

The Edgartown conservation commission, in a 5-1 vote, has denied a permit for cables that would pass through the Muskeget Channel.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

U.S. to offer all available areas in next Gulf of Mexico lease sale

The U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) has said that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will offer 77.8 million acres for a region-wide lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico scheduled for August 21, 2019.

Northeast
Energy

New York Signs Biggest Offshore Wind Project Deal in the Nation

New York has signed the biggest-ever deals for offshore wind power in U.S. history, a key part of the state’s plan to get all of its power from emissions-free sources by 2040.

Hawaii & Alaska
Energy

Hawaiian Electric makes push toward renewable energy

The Hawaiian Electric Companies announced Wednesday its plans to put out requests for proposals for its largest and most ambitious push for renewable energy ever.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

Freeport Texas: LNG’s Train 1 Terminal enters final commissioning stage

Energy is big business on the Texas coast and the infrastructure to support it is massive and expensive. It's good to take note when another piece of the energy puzzle falls into place.

Hawaii & Alaska
Energy

With ANWR drilling on its doorstep, an Alaska Native village is poised to profit

After Congress opened the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling in 2017, the Kaktovik Iñupiat Corp. (KIC) should have been poised for a new era of prosperity.

International
Energy

Scotland's largest offshore windfarm opens to power 450,000 homes

Scotland's largest offshore windfarm - which will save eight million tonnes of carbon emissions over its lifetime and generates enough energy to power 450,000 homes - has been officially opened by The Duke of Rothesay. The Beatrice windfarm located eight miles off the coast of Wick is the fourth largest in the world and the largest ever single private investment in Scotland at £2.5bn. It has been in planning for a decade.

Mid-Atlantic
Energy

North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission Passes Resolution Opposing Offshore Drilling

North Carolina joins Florida and South Carolina to officially oppose offshore oil and gas exploration and drilling,

West Coast
Energy

Is California next in line for offshore wind?

In 2018, policymakers set a goal of 100% clean energy in California by 2045. One way to meet or beat that timeline? Offshore wind. An American Jobs Project report finds that offshore wind industry could support over 17,500 jobs in 2045, however, developers will first have to abide by state and federal regulations for permitting and construction.