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Office Decommissioning: Landfill Waste or Recycle and Reuse?

Office decommissioning has the potential to generate huge amounts of waste — or to recycle and divert potential waste from landfills while investing in the community. Calgary-based energy company Enbridge chose the later, partnering with Green Standards on a renovation project to ensure that its office decommission — the clearing … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: GHG Reporting, Russian Pipeline, Chemical List

The EPA is proposing revisions and confidentiality determinations for the petroleum and natural gas systems source category and the general provisions of the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule. In particular, the EPA is proposing to revise or clarify certain definitions, calculation methods and data reporting requirements, and correct certain technical and … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Chemical Spills, Beijing Plant Ban, Enbridge

Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA), chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, have written the Chemical Safety and Drinking Water Protection Act, a bill aimed at ensuring industrial facilities are properly inspected by state officials. Inspired by the January 9 chemical spill in West … Read more »

Enbridge Sustainability Report: Mixed GHG Results

Enbridge Sustainability Report: Mixed GHG Results

Canadian energy distribution, transmission and generation company Enbridge has released its 2013 corporate social responsibility report. GHGs The company cut direct GHG emissions from its Canadian operations by 21 percent below 1990 levels by 2011. For Enbridge’s liquid pipelines business, scope 1 emissions fell from 2011 to 2012, and scope … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Shell Drilling, Bee Vote, Enbridge Cleanup, $2.5m Pharma Penalty

Shell must provide a detailed plan addressing safety and operational issues that thwarted its efforts to extract oil in the Arctic Ocean last year if it wants to resume drilling off the coast of Alaska, the Interior Department said. Shell has already announced that it will not return to the Arctic … Read more »

Enbridge Stalls on Kalamazoo River Cleanup

Enbridge is resisting the EPA’s order to dredge Michigan’s Kalamazoo River for oil that remains nearly three years after the company’s million-gallon spill there, InsideClimate News reports. In October 2012, EPA ordered the Canadian oil firm to intensify cleanup efforts along the western Michigan river, where the company’s 30-inch pipeline … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: EU Nuclear Safety, Alaska-Asia Pipeline, EIA Budget, Kalamazoo Cleanup

Most of the EU’s 130 active nuclear reactors need safety improvements, repairs or upgrades, at a cost of up to $32 billion, a European Commission review finds. The EC conducted a nuclear safety review after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The assessment found that agreements on extensive … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Biofuels Producers Coordinating Council, California ETS, Carbon Bill

Eight biofuels groups are forming a coalition, the Biofuels Producers Coordinating Council, in reaction to calls to limit a federal mandate for renewable fuels because of the drought. The coalition aims to defend the renewable fuel standard, which requires 15 billion gallons of corn-based ethanol to be blended into traditional … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Romney Wind Credit Stance, Enbridge Line 14, Airline Bill Passed

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney would allow the wind energy tax credit to expire. President Obama is in favor of extending the credit, which is estimated to cost the federal government $1.6 billion this year. This costs less than the combined tax subsidies for oil, coal and natural gas by … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Shell-BASF Compensation Fund, Navy Biofuel, Enbridge Fined

Local subsidiaries of Shell and BASF in Brazil have been ordered to pay $382 million into a compensation fund that would cover costs for about 1,000 workers who allege they were contaminated and sickened at an agricultural chemical plant. BASF acquired the chemical plant, originally owned by Shell, through a … Read more »