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Energy has always been big business in Texas. And, it just got bigger.
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.
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.
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.
In the US, it's cheaper to build and operate wind farms than buy fossil fuels.
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.
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.
Federal government downplays the findings
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As Connecticut races to get its first offshore wind projects on track for construction, a collision of factors appear to be working against them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Two offshore workers have reportedly been killed in an incident aboard Shell’s Auger platform in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.
Set for construction off the coast of Atlantic City, the estimated $1.6-billion wind farm is the country’s largest offshore capacity award.
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.
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.
The Edgartown conservation commission, in a 5-1 vote, has denied a permit for cables that would pass through the Muskeget Channel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
North Carolina joins Florida and South Carolina to officially oppose offshore oil and gas exploration and drilling,
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.