University of Pittsburgh’s Pitt News published
an opinion column calling for the
Dakota Access Pipeline, a 1,172 mile crude oil pipeline that runs from North
Dakota to Illinois, to be shut down as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
conducts an additional environmental impact statement (EIS) on the pipeline as ordered by a federal
judge last week. The column reads:
Until a more in-depth environmental statement is complete, we will not know the full scope of the pipeline’s risks. It’s possible that the USACE was accurate in its findings, but it’s also possible that the tribe’s concerns are valid.
CLAIM: The Chicago Tribune recently highlighted environmental activists continued opposition to the proposed optimization of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The project – which has been approved by regulators in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Iowa – is awaiting a decision from the Illinois Commerce Commission after hearings took place in early March. On March 25, a federal judge ruled the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers must conduct additional environmental review of the pipeline despite nearly three years of safe operation. The Tribune reported:
Citing the judge’s ruling, as well as possible ramifications of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic on domestic and
CLAIM: The Hill reports on a federal judge’s ruling
that the Army Corps of Engineers must once again review
environmental impacts of the Dakota Access Pipeline:
The controversial Dakota Access Pipeline hit another roadblock Wednesday when a federal judge struck down permits for the pipeline and ordered a full workup of the environmental impacts of the project. … Judge James Boasberg said the environmental analysis by both the companies behind the pipeline and the Corps were severely lacking.
“In projects of this scope, it is not difficult for an opponent to find fault with many conclusions made by an
CLAIM: The New Yorker claims that protests against
the Keystone XL pipeline have been successful
in protecting the environment:
The Keystone fight was successful in stopping that
pipeline, at least so far. … The delay has been very useful: it has meant
eight hundred thousand barrels a day of the dirtiest oil on earth not flowing
down through Nebraska.
Refusing to build the Keystone XL pipeline will do absolutely
nothing to protect the environment or reduce the demand for oil. In fact, it
will make transporting the oil that is taken from the ground more …
CLAIM: The Houston Chronicle today reported environmental groups have employed yet another tactic in their attempts to stop construction of Commonwealth LNG’s proposed export facility in Cameron, Louisiana:
Environmentalists plan to sue the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to protect a rare marsh bird whose coastal habitat is being lost to urbanization, agriculture, climate change and some say, the liquefied natural gas industry.
The Arizona-based Center For Biological Diversity and the New Orleans environmental group Healthy Gulf plan to sue the agency and U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to protect the eastern black rail, a shy marsh bird that can
In the Democratic presidential debate Sunday night, former
Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders touched on energy policy –
and reiterated their positions on fracking (against) and focus on climate
But Biden, the new frontrunner after the latest primaries, said
Number one, no more subsidies for the fossil fuel industry,
no more drilling on federal lands, no more drilling, including offshore, no
ability for the oil industry to continue to drill, period, ends, number
We don’t believe Biden is really calling for a complete ban
on drilling for oil, but it does …
The voters of Exeter, New Hampshire, voted to urge their
town leaders to express
opposition to the Granite Bridge natural gas pipeline under review by the
state’s Public Utilities Commission.
“The safety risks of gas pipelines is evident in the
recent leaks and explosions in Keene and Lawrence, Massachusetts,” Article 25
stated. “Furthermore, this fossil fuel project with its methane emissions and
carbon dioxide is in opposition to the principles of Exeter’s ‘Right to a
Healthy Climate Ordinance’ passed in 2010 and the Select board’s vote to
support the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.”
the growing political and regulatory challenges to indigenous
opposition that recently led to hundreds of train delays and cancellations
across Canada this past month, one thing is clear: building a pipeline or any
type of energy facility in Canada is no easy feat. And unfortunately, energy
companies and investors are growing weary over the regulatory hurdles and vocal
opposition to new energy development.
the latest rail blockades and pipeline protests made international headlines –
it begs the question: what are the economic ramifications of Canada’s
increasing unfriendliness towards energy investment?
$150 billion, according to a recent
The Washington Post recently highlighted
concerns regarding President Trump’s proposal to allow railroads nationwide to
transport liquefied natural gas (LNG) – a largely untested practice that poses
unique risks. The proposal comes as the United States continues to produce
records amount of natural gas in the Marcellus Shale formation in Pennsylvania
and the Permian Basin in Texas.
The Post reports:
A proposed Transportation Department rule allowing liquefied natural gas, or LNG, shipments and imposing no additional safety regulations has drawn widespread criticism from local elected officials, attorneys general from 15 states and the District of Columbia, firefighters’ organizations, unions
With Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren dropping out of
the presidential race, Democrats are left with two primary candidates – Senator
Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden – in the running to face
President Trump in the November election.
The new electoral dynamics offer a useful time to look at
where the two contenders stand on energy issues – specifically, their views on
fracking, which has helped the United States achieve energy independence while
keeping energy prices low.
Sanders’ position is straightforward. In January, he
introduced the Ban
Fracking Act, which would issue an immediate ban on all …