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41 Oil & Gas Companies Agree to Cut Methane Emissions

Duke Energy, National Grid and TransCanada Pipelines are among the 41 energy companies that have agreed to voluntarily reduce their methane emissions as part of an EPA partnership program launched last week. The Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge Program builds upon the Natural Gas STAR Program, a voluntary partnership between … Read more »

RobecoSAM’s Sustainability Yearbook 2016: Who Made the List?

RobecoSAM’s Sustainability Yearbook 2016: Who Made the List?

The world’s most sustainable companies are located in Europe, according to RobecoSAM’s Sustainability Yearbook 2016. The investment specialist today announced which companies made the annual list from each of the 59 industries analyzed. The Yearbook looks back at companies’ sustainability performance in 2015 and includes the best 15 percent per … Read more »

GE turbine

GE Launches 16.5 MW Gas Turbine, Signs MOU with TransCanada

General Electric has launched a 16.5 MW gas turbine for mechanical drive and power generation applications in the oil and gas industry that GE says can reduce emissions between 20 percent and 100 percent. Developed by GE Oil & Gas, NovaLT16 combines the best technology from GE turbines and benefits … Read more »

Keystone XL: One Leg Open, But Bigger Battle to Come

Keystone XL: One Leg Open, But Bigger Battle to Come

The southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline is now up and running, taking crude from Cushing, Okla., to Nederland, Texas. Developer TransCanada says the 487-mile leg will help relieve a bottleneck of crude in Cushing, the world’s biggest oil storage hub. The southern leg can ship up to 830,000 … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: State Dept. on Keystone, TX Water Projects, Polar Bears Protected

The State Department issued a revised environmental impact statement for the Keystone XL pipeline, presenting no conclusive environmental reason it should not be built. But the study says that tar sands oil produces 5 percent to 19 percent more greenhouse gas emissions than other crude, depending on what oil was … 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 »

Exxon, Microsoft, Target Added to Dow Jones Index; IBM Dropped

Exxon, Microsoft, Target Added to Dow Jones Index; IBM Dropped

Exxon, Microsoft, Canadian National Railway and Target are among the largest companies added to, and IBM, GlaxoSmithKline and United Technologies among those dropped from, one of the world’s leading sustainability indices. Swiss-based investment firm SAM and Dow Jones Indexes released the 2012 Dow Jones Sustainability Index review, which tracks the … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Chinese Wind Tower Ruling, Keystone Approval, DOE Finds Conflict of Interest

The Commerce Department issued a preliminary ruling in an antidumping case, finding that Chinese manufacturers have been illegally selling steel towers for wind turbines below the cost of production and will have to pay duties of 20.85 to 72.69 percent on imports. The department also said Vietnamese companies face duties … Read more »

Contract Wins: Navy, Phigenics and Argo, AEI and ACE, Shell and TransCanada

Water management products firm Phigenics and program management and engineering company Argo Systems are to provide water management services for seven US Navy bases. The companies will be providing the service at the Naval Academy, Washington DC Navy Yard, Naval Support Activity Bethesda, Joint Base Anacostia Bolling, and Naval Support … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Australia Carbon Tax, Japanese Nuclear, More Fracking Rules

The Australian government’s preliminary list of companies facing a carbon tax included 248 names, much lower than the expected total of 500. Those on the list – primarily power generators, mining companies and heavy industry firms – will pay $23 per ton of carbon beginning in July, the Sydney Morning Herald said. … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Keystone XL, Korea ETS, Fracking Rules, Clean Energy Standard

TransCanada is expected to reapply for its US permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline as soon as today, with a new route planned through Nebraska. The company has previously disclosed plans to construct a segment from Cushing, Okla., to Port Arthur, Texas, which does not require a presidential permit, … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Fracking Controls, China Aviation Plan, CVS Settlement

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Fracking Controls, China Aviation Plan, CVS Settlement

The Obama administration has set national standards to control air pollution from gas wells drilled using hydraulic fracturing, but with a delayed implementation to appease the oil and gas industry. The rule will require companies to install pollution-reducing equipment at the wellhead by 2015, and in the interim reduce pollution … Read more »