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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Last month's blockbuster Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) triple auction in Massachusetts had significant implications for the wider US offshore wind industry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There’s a lot at stake for utility customers who may end up subsidizing projects to the tune of billions of dollars
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'This is not a time to be passive and allow this calamity to happen to us,' says one psychologist
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In St. Martin Parish, testimony in the 16th Judicial District Court continues in the Bayou Bridge eminent domain lawsuit.
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.
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.
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.
The undersea use of chemical dispersants during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster likely did more harm than good, a new study says.
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.
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.
It's official — Corpus Christi Liquefaction is open for business.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Florida has lagged in renewable energy use, but declining solar costs are set to change that