Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere surged at a record-breaking speed in 2016 to the highest level in 800,000 years, according to the World Meteorological Organization's Greenhouse Gas Bulletin. The abrupt changes in the atmosphere witnessed in the past 70 years are without precedent. The Netherlands will reduce production of its Groningen gas field by 10% from October to limit the risk of earthquakes, the country’s economy minister said in a letter to parliament on 18 April.
The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has issued a final environmental impact statement (PEIS) for proposed geological and geophysical surveys of the Gulf of Mexico regarding possible oil and gas development. Because marine seismic surveys are critical in finding offshore oil and gas, The International Association of Oil and Gas Producers and the International Association of Geophysical Contractors have collaborated on a position paper that assesses the effect of such work on marine mammals.
Environmental advocates say some of America's most iconic species are getting squeezed under policies intended to boost American energy dominance. Trump administration officials counter that they are taking reasonable steps to protect wildlife while opening up public lands to more drilling. The US Interior Department on 7 August launched an overhaul to an Obama-era plan to protect sage grouse that it says aims to preserve the species of bird while expanding opportunities for oil development in western states where they live.
Is a New Treaty Governing Ocean Biodiversity on the Horizon? A new treaty governing biodiversity and the use of nearly 50% of the world’s oceans is inching closer to realization. Your chopped-off locks could help clean up oil spills in oceans, according to scientists who suggest that human hair waste from salons may be a valuable asset to remediate maritime disasters.
Additional environmental review of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline is likely to take the rest of the year to complete, US officials said in court documents in which they also advocate for keeping the line operating during the study. A federal judge ruled on 14 June that the environmental review for the Dakota Access pipeline was, in part, inadequate and must be reconsidered, handing tribal opponents of the 1,170-mile pipeline project a key legal victory.
Researchers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, performed a life-cycle assessment for training several common large AI models. They found that the process can emit more than 626,000 lbm of carbon dioxide equivalent—nearly five times the lifetime emissions of the average American car. Southwest Research Institute is working to improve the accuracy of pipeline leak detection using sensors, artificial intelligence, and deep learning.
San Antonio-based Petro Waste Environmental (PWE) announced the opening of its newest state-of-the-art nonhazardous oil and gas waste landfill facility in Howard County, Texas. Milestone Environmental Services has announced the ground breaking for its new oilfield waste-disposal facility south of Midland, Texas.
The Netherlands will reduce production of its Groningen gas field by 10% from October to limit the risk of earthquakes, the country’s economy minister said in a letter to parliament on 18 April. The Pawnee Nation filed a lawsuit on 3 March in tribal court in Oklahoma against 27 oil and gas producers, seeking damages for an earthquake they said was caused from man-made activity related to hydraulic fracturing.
Gassnova has assigned Statoil to evaluate the development of carbon storage on the Norwegian continental shelf. This will be the first storage site in the world receiving carbon dioxide from several industrial sources. Has your company or organization invested in carbon offsets? Carbon offsets are proving an important tool for companies that want to reduce the effect of their carbon footprint.
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.