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Corporations want a stable business climate, and climate chaos is bringing them anything but that. That’s why companies have issued a call for action on the climate crisis, including an economy-wide carbon pricing policy.
Energy systems are changing around the world, as both public and private sectors seek sustainable energy sources that also reduce CO2 emissions. Shell, perhaps most known for its wide-ranging international oil and gas projects and developments, say that it is working to understand these shifting energy landscapes and offshore wind energy is a key component of this mix.
As sea ice continues to melt, northern shipping is forecast to increase. A spill is a tragedy that can, and must, be averted.
CARTERET COUNTY — At noon Saturday, environmentalists at Fort Macon State Park in Atlantic Beach and at Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier in Emerald Isle joined hands in a gesture of opposition to offshore oil and gas exploration and support for protecting the coastal environment.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) reported Thursday that it has approved the construction of the Train 4 expansion at the Freeport LNG export facility, located on Quintana Island near Freeport, Texas.
A view of the Walney Extension offshore wind farm operated by Orsted off the coast of Blackpool, Britain, Sept. 5, 2018. Offshore wind in the United Kingdom is booming, approaching 10% of the electricity supply there. Credit: Phil Noble/Reuters
The Connecticut House of Representatives has approved legislation that would authorize the significant procurement of offshore wind in the state.
Interior Secretary David Bernhardt told the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee that the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management remains working on seismic airgun testing permits — a key prerequisite to offshore oil and gas drilling — while issues regarding the legality of the Trump administration’s offshore leasing plan work their way through the federal court system.
Offshore oil and gas drilling has been a contentious issue in California for 50 years, ever since a rig ruptured and spilled 80,000 to 100,000 barrels of crude oil off Santa Barbara in 1969. Today it’s spurring a new debate: whether to completely dismantle 27 oil and gas platforms scattered along the southern California coast as they end their working lives, or convert the underwater sections into permanent artificial reefs for marine life.
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality denied a water quality certification for the proposed Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal and its feeder pipeline, the Pacific Connector pipeline, though the agency left the door open for the company to reapply.
CHARLESTON, SC — In a court filing late Thursday, the federal government said it is “simply evaluating all its options,” when it comes to its drilling plan, appearing to soften previous comments from Interior Secretary David Bernhardt that an Alaska court decision had put on hold the Trump administration’s push to open the Atlantic Ocean and other waters to offshore oil rigs.
Three members of the Florida delegation--Democrat U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist and Republican U.S. Reps. Vern Buchanan and Francis Rooney--are looking to codify safety regulations about offshore drilling which the Trump administration is looking to change.
Massive pods of 700-foot floating wind turbines off the coast of California are edging closer to becoming a reality, now that the state has firm applications from several companies hoping to realize the vision.
Dominion Energy will begin construction on the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project in the coming weeks, the Virginia-based energy company’s chairman, president, and chief executive officer Thomas F. Farrell said.
In the past decade the UK has emerged as a world leader in offshore wind energy. And some of the biggest winners from the multi-billion pound investment look set to be coastal towns searching for their industries of the future.
All 10 U.S. senators in coastal New England reintroduced a proposal Friday to bar oil and gas drilling from the region's shores.
Things sure are happening fast around the US offshore wind power scene. Up until last week it looked like wind development along the Pacific coast would be a long time coming. Well, that was then. All of a sudden, no less than 14 companies are duking it out for the right to power up wind farms in the waters to the west of California.
Offshore wind companies spent unprecedented sums on influencing state policies last year, in response to official incentives promoting the renewable technology. "We are witnessing the first of a brand-new American energy industry," said Sopko. "The industry recognizes the importance of having a seat at the table."
The White House has approved the Interior Department's rewrite of offshore drilling standards that the Obama administration had imposed in response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo today signed legislation aimed at fighting back against the federal government’s plan to radically expand offshore drilling in U.S. coastal waters.
The Interior Department is reviewing permits from companies interested in exploring the coast for potential sources of oil, despite the agency announcing a pause in its offshore drilling plans, Reuters reported Monday.
NEW ORLEANS -- A proposed $2.5 billion, 20-million-barrel crude oil export terminal to be built in Plaquemines Parish adjacent to the state’s planned $1.4 billion Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion “is not inconsistent” with the coastal Master Plan, state coastal officials have decided.
OFFSHORE DRILLING: The Trump administration backs off plans to expand offshore drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic after a recent ruling by a federal judge in Alaska. (New York Times)
While the only commercially operating wind farm offshore the US is off the country’s tiniest state – Rhode Island – many of the larger and more populous states, particularly in the Northeast, are committed to power generated by offshore wind farms.
The Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) allows any state with a coastal management programs approved by NOAA to review all federal and federally permitted activities that have the potential to impact the state’s coastal resources. This “consistency review” process is a critical component of the CZMA, but the ANPR requests suggestions for altering this well-established process and proposes limiting the ability of states to defend their consistency determinations.
University of Rhode Island to partner with organizations to address needs of offshore renewable energy industry
Transatlantic Media Fellowship The reason: the party of climate change deniers is beginning to see that green can also be the color of money.
Offshore wind could bring cheap power to Massachusetts and help turn the state into a green tech hub. But before the turbines start turning, a variety of stakeholders, including the state’s iconic fishing industry, need to be brought on board. Elizabeth Turnbull Henry ’11, president of the Environmental League of Massachusetts, talked to Yale Insights about making the argument that economic development goes hand in hand with environmental sustainability.
The South Carolina Senate voted this week to ban the infrastructure needed for offshore drilling and seismic blasting, showcasing the state’s ongoing and bipartisan resistance to the Trump administration’s plans to open the Atlantic Ocean to petroleum companies.
The Nantucket Select Board tonight held a public hearing to discuss possible financial compensation the town could receive from Vineyard Wind’s proposed offshore wind-energy project. That project would add 84 turbines 14 miles southwest of Madaket, and would run a cable, partly through town waters, from the project site to Covell’s Beach in Barnstable.
Washington — The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday granted certificate approval to the Driftwood LNG and Port Arthur LNG export terminals, bolstering prospects for two projects in the second wave of US LNG development.
Three Brunswick County beach communities continued their fight against offshore oil and gas drilling by joining a South Carolina lawsuit that seeks to block private companies from conducting seismic airgun tests in the Atlantic Ocean.
A new alliance seeks to collect and share information on the relationships between fisheries and wind development.
NEW YORK — Looking for a place to assemble offshore wind farms on the East Coast? New York officials say their 63 acres at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal could be just the place.
A pair of British fishermen told a room full of South Fork commercial fishermen last week that they went through the same sort of battles with wind farm developers 10 to 15 years ago that Northeast fishermen are just beginning to wade into now.
A bipartisan group of senators is pushing for funding at the "highest possible levels" for carbon capture technology development.
UK-based Ensco has completed its merger with smaller rival Rowan to create the world’s largest offshore drilling firm by fleet size.
North Carolina-based Duke Energy said it will build, own and operate a 200 megawatt wind project in Starr County in South Texas, marking the company’s fourth wind generation facility in the county that sits between Laredo and McAllen.
Offshore wind is poised to become a major source of power for the most densely populated area of the United States. Nine building blocks are needed to meet growth milestones and successfully scale the industry.
WASHINGTON - At this year's International Arctic Forum in St. Petersburg, Russian leaders made the most peaceable statements to date about Moscow's long-term plans for the a rapidly melting Arctic.
Finally achieving some traction with federal regulators, the commercial fishing industry is working to solidify its place at the table with the U.S. offshore wind energy industry.
Supporters say the proposals would keep more homes and businesses out of the dark when future hurricanes inevitably wreak havoc on the state. The legislation may result in higher bills for customers, whether power lines go underground in their neighborhoods or not.
The American wind industry emerged from 2018 stronger than ever, now able to power 30 million American homes after 8% capacity growth last year. The newly released U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report, Year Ending 2018 reveals that U.S. wind power supports a record 114,000 American jobs, over 500 domestic factories, and more than $1 billion a year in revenue for states and communities that host wind farms.
UK fishermen tell locals of their experiences in Europe with offshore wind farms and how to organize.
Eversource advanced plans to install a 25 MW / 38 MWh lithium-ion battery in Provincetown, Massachusetts, after residents approved a lease for the project last week, the utility announced on Friday.
OFFSHORE DRILLING CONTINUES TO DRAW ATTENTION CONTROVERSY AND LEGAL ACTION
An estimated $70 billion will be spent on offshore wind development by 2030 providing rich picking for OSV operators, despite Jones Act limitations
After the timeframe for submitting comments on the draft Environmental Impact Statement for drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) has closed, the organization Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) claims that essential information was withheld from the public. Several sources also argue that the potential revenue from drilling is greatly overstated.
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Republican congressman who for years has touted the potential benefits of expanded oil drilling off the U.S. East Coast is now asking the Trump administration to exclude his home state of Georgia from its offshore energy plans.
While the East End has been focused on the development of the South Fork Wind Farm, a 130-megawatt offshore turbine installation about 30 miles off the coast of Montauk, the offshore wind industry has been gearing up for major expansion up and down the eastern seaboard.
The Morrison Government is delivering more than $3.8 billion for a better environment in the 2019-20 Budget, including Australia’s biggest ever direct investment in emissions reduction.
Mayor Latoya Cantrell on Friday announced the lawsuit, which alleges that pipeline work has caused massive damage to Louisiana's wetlands and "threatened the safety of our people."
The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management (BOEM) to date has auctioned 16 U.S. offshore wind energy areas (WEAs) designated in federal waters for offshore wind development. Each area has been leased to a qualified offshore wind developer.
The U.S. Gulf Coast is set to become a net crude oil exporting region for the first time in a quarterly basis, signaling a shift in global oil flows that has been in the making for a while. This means the patterns of trade using Very Large Crude Carriers are also set for a change, Lloyds’ List reports.
RALEIGH, N.C. — Almost two years after lawmakers put a halt to new wind farms in the state, Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown on Wednesday filed a bill to get wind energy blowing again in parts of North Carolina – but not in an area that most needs the development.
The latest region-wide Gulf of Mexico lease sale, held Mar. 20 in New Orleans by the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, generated $244.3 million in apparent high bids for 227 tracts. There were a total of 14,699 tracts offered in the gulf’s federal waters.
How can we manage environmental risk across 1 979 179 km² of the ocean and 100 915 km of coastline? How can we make a contingency plan to protect this vast area? And how can we make a new plan every fourth year with comparable results? That’s what the Norwegian Coastal Administration had to figure out.
The port of Corpus Christi in Texas is pulling out all the stops to capitalize on America's soaring energy export ambitions: giant new oil pipelines, terminal expansions and dredging -- but at risk of environmental damage.
It’s a common assumption that the Florida Supreme Court has the last word about law and justice in this state. But a deeply disturbing decision to allow an exploratory oil well in the Everglades shows that impression is largely false.
COLUMBIA, SC - Not only do most South Carolina residents oppose oil drilling off the coast, but they also are against blasting the ocean with loud noises to locate petroleum deposits, a new Winthrop poll says.
Shell Oil is continuing its investment in the Terrebonne and Lafourche region with the construction of two new facilities in Houma.
A cadre of 30 oil and gas producers submitted 257 total bids in Wednesday’s Gulf of Mexico (GOM) region-wide auction, with the Mississippi Canyon drawing the highest bid and a unit of Royal Dutch Shell plc far and away outbidding everybody. Of the 78.5 million acres on offer in Lease Sale 252, BOEM received bids on 1.3 million acres.
SALEM (AP) — Oregon state lawmakers on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a permanent offshore oil drilling ban as the Trump administration forges ahead with a plan that could open up the Pacific coast for petroleum exploration and extraction.
The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has proposed an August 2019 region-wide oil and gas lease sale for 78 million acres (31.6 million hectares) in all available federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
Anbaric has filed a request with ISO-New England for a 1,200MW HVDC interconnection to a substation in Brayton Point, Massachusetts, that would collect energy produced by offshore wind projects.
Construction of Texas Brownsville LNG LLC’s proposed LNG project could result in adverse environmental consequences, the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said in a Mar. 15 final environmental impact statement. Impacts would be less than significant if the project sponsor’s proposed impact avoidance, minimization, and mitigation measures and the FERC staff’s additional recommendations are implemented, it added.
The U.S. offshore wind industry is expected to grow substantially over the next few years. Several offshore auctions have already taken place, ports have begun restructuring to better serve the market, and the Department of Energy recently announced up to $28 million in funding for offshore wind R&D.
WASHINGTON, D.C. March 13, 2019 – Environmental groups sued the Trump administration today to challenge an oil and gas lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico that will open up more than 78 million acres to offshore drilling without fully analyzing the risks to people, wildlife or the environment.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has proposed to offer 78 million acres for a region-wide lease sale scheduled for August 2019. The sale would include all available unleased areas in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that it is proposing possible changes in the Coastal Zone Management Act aimed at making the federal consistency process more efficient across all stages of US Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas projects from leasing through development.
Offshore wind energy developers are courting recreational fishermen in the New York Bight, who could gain dozens of new fishing spots around turbine towers, but worry about impacts of the massive projects on traditional fishing grounds.
HARTFORD — Connecticut joined seven East Coast states Wednesday in a court motion to stop the Trump administration from using seismic testing to explore the ocean floor for oil and gas.
The U.S. Interior Department's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is in the process of rolling back several offshore safety rules that were enacted under the Obama administration-era Well Control Rule. According to a new report by Politico, based on data provided by BSEE, the department has also been issuing hundreds of waivers for some of these rules, even before their repeal. (BSEE asserts that the term "waiver" is inaccurate, and it prefers "alternate compliance.")
North Carolina’s Governor Roy Cooper has set aside USD 1.5 million to boost clean energy and green businesses in the proposed 2019-2021 budget, including a study on North Carolina’s potential to host offshore wind operations and associated jobs.
Governor’s request to set up task force is a big step for Granite State
MOSCOW, March 6. /TASS/. Key topics of the upcoming Arctic: Territory of Dialogue forum, due in St. Petersburg on April 9-10, will be Costal Territories, Open Ocean and Sustainable Development, the event’s organizer, Roscongress, said in a press release on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON - Louisiana Rep. Garret Graves says he hopes to broaden the focus of a special House committee on climate change as he becomes its top Republican. Graves, who was named to the panel Thursday (Feb. 28), said the current climate debate centers on only part of the equation.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rep. Francis Rooney, a former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, cautioned that offshore drilling for oil in Florida’s coastal waters would endanger the state’s tourism-based economy should a major spill occur.
Offshore seismic testing opponents are preparing for the worst. The March 1 deadline arrived Friday that federal regulators told a judge would be the earliest that permits could be issued to allow blast-testing for oil and natural gas reserves in the Atlantic, including off South Carolina.