The decisions of Canada’s top court clarify when the duty to consult is triggered; confirmed that the Crown can discharge its duty to consult through the project approval process undertaken by the regulatory body; and illustrated how to, and how not to, discharge the duty. The Supreme Court of Canada has unanimously clarified several features of the crown’s duty to consult with and accommodate indigenous populations before project approvals are granted.
In response to questions from lawmakers on whether federal law adequately provides for the prosecution of "criminal activity against infrastructure," the Department of Justice recently committed to "vigorously" prosecute those who damage "critical energy infrastructure in violation of federal law." Water management for upstream will transform over the next few years. In many cases, more-effective water management will only be possible with water infrastructure.
The ruling protects half a million acres of land in the Amazon forest on which the Waorani have lived for centuries from being earmarked for oil drilling, campaigners said. A parade of hundreds of Waorani, members of an indigenous nation in a remote part of the Amazon, marched triumphantly through the streets of Puyo, Ecuador, celebrating a court ruling that held that the Ecuadorian government could not auction off their land for oil exploration without their consent.
The program includes water-filtration systems and water health and hygiene education in 10 Indonesian villages. The US Environmental Protection Agency recently requested public comments on whether pollutant discharges that reach "waters of the United States" are subject to regulation under the Clean Water Act and require National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits. Water management for upstream will transform over the next few years. In many cases, more-effective water management will only be possible with water infrastructure.
A US appeals court overturned a district court’s preliminary injunction that prevented construction on part of Energy Transfer Partners' Bayou Bridge crude oil pipeline in the Atchafalaya Basin of Louisiana. The Texas Supreme Court ruled late in April that the Railroad Commission of Texas, the state’s oil and gas regulator, does not have exclusive jurisdiction over environmental contamination cases, which can be settled in court.
The Trump administration is set to reduce the number of federally regulated waterways protected under the US Clean Water Act in a bid to help the energy and agriculture industries, according to a media report. The 1972 Clean Water Act has driven significant improvements in US water quality, according to the first comprehensive study of water pollution over the past several decades by researchers at UC Berkeley and Iowa State University.
Royal Dutch Shell outlined a scenario in which, by 2070, we would be using far less of the company’s own product—oil—as cars become electric, a massive carbon storage industry develops, and transportation begins a shift toward a reliance on hydrogen as an energy carrier. The chair of SPE’s Climate-Change Task Force provides an overview of the process by which it developed the society’s strategy to address the emission goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
Up to 1,000 gallons of oil per day are being removed from the site of the Taylor Energy spill, says the owner of the company that installed a containment system. On 30 October 2017, the British Columbia Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy repealed and replaced the Spill Reporting Regulation. The new regulation expands the circumstances under which spill reports must be provided to the province and increases the information they must contain.
Emissions of methane from the industrial sector have been vastly underestimated, researchers from Cornell University and the Environmental Defense Fund have found. Proposed changes would modify EPA's August 2016 final rule, "Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Emission Standards for New, Reconstructed, and Modified Sources." The proposal has been submitted for publication to the Federal Register. Following that publication, the EPA will accept comments for 60 days.
The House voted 218–195 to strip funding for an Obama-era EPA effort to limit methane emissions from new oil and gas drilling sites. Eleven Republicans voted against the amendment, and three Democrats voted to block funding for the regulation. A federal appeals court is letting the Trump administration put on hold an Environmental Protection Agency methane pollution rule for oil and natural gas drilling. Public interest groups and local stakeholders at a public hearing on 10 July urged the Environmental Protection Agency to continue to enforce methane regulations. The Trump administration asked a federal appeals court on 7 July to allow it to delay enforcement of an Obama administration rule to limit methane pollution from oil and natural gas drilling.