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The $30.5-billion project is expected to produce 18 mtpa of LNG once it starts up; commissioning is expected sometime in the mid-2020s. Canada’s investment includes $160 million to fund energy-efficient turbines, which the government says will minimize greenhouse gas emissions. After years of near-misses, a Shell-led partnership is building the first liquefied natural gas export facility in Canada. It creates a much-needed export market for producers facing a gas glut, but more is needed.
It’s no secret that oil majors are among the biggest corporate emitters of pollution. What may be surprising is that they’re reducing their greenhouse-gas footprints every year, actively participating in a trend that’s swept up most corporate behemoths. The Canadian and Alberta governments and three energy companies said on 11 May that they will spend CAD 70 million (USD 51.14 million) to develop three new clean technology projects, aimed at cutting costs and carbon emissions in the country’s oil sands.
The Alberta Energy Regulator has suspended a wide array of environmental monitoring requirements for oilsands companies over public health concerns raised by the COVID-19 pandemic. After years of negotiations, the province announced that it had reached a preliminary agreement with the federal government that it calls a “major step toward providing Alberta’s oil and gas industry a single set of strong rules to reduce methane emissions and protect the environment.” An improved occupational health and safety system comes into effect on 1 June to better protect Alberta workers and ensure they have the same rights as other Canadians. The Alberta Energy Regulator has issued two draft directives that will require upstream oil and gas operators to reduce methane emissions from upstream oil and gas sites by 45% from 2014 levels by 2025. On 16 June 2017, the Alberta Oil Sands Advisory Group released its report Recommendations on Implementation of the Oil Sands Emissions Limit Established by the Alberta Climate Leadership Plan.
New Mexico state regulators vowed to keep the oil and gas industry in check during the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent market collapse, as some groups worried that shut-in wells and other cost-saving measures could lead to operators flouting environmental regulations. The Alberta Energy Regulator has suspended a wide array of environmental monitoring requirements for oilsands companies over public health concerns raised by the COVID-19 pandemic. As the oil industry faces bankruptcies and shutdowns, a new analysis uncovers low inspection rates and almost no financial penalties—with a handful of exceptions. The Bureau of Land Management may stop studying how its long-term blueprints for millions of acres of public lands would affect the environment. OSHA still has a lot of items on its regulatory agenda for 2017-2018, despite President Trump's plans to shrink the agency.
The oil and gas major has set aside $100 million to fund projects that will deliver new greenhouse gas emissions reductions in its upstream oil and gas operations. The emissions intensity of upstream Canadian oil sands production will continue to decline in coming years, falling to 30% below 2009 levels by 2030, a new report by business information provider IHS Markit says. On 26 April 2018, Canada's minister of environment and climate change announced new regulations under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, to reduce methane emissions in the oil and gas sector by almost half.
The Texas Railroad Commission’s chairman has said the commission will look into policies to “drastically reduce” natural gas flaring from the state’s shale patch as investors become increasingly sensitive to climate-change concerns. The combined effect of COVID-19 and an ongoing oil price war has ushered in one of the worst downturns for the energy industry in modern history. Yet, a bright side is shining through; flaring levels in the Permian Basin have fallen sharply and will continue to decline, a Rystad Energy report shows. The new group, the Texas Methane and Flaring Coalition, will also use data and other evidence to communicate why and when flaring is necessary. Flaring has roughly tripled in 2 years in the Permian.
The White House’s Office of Management and Budget detailed when and how agencies plan to repeal numerous Obama administration rules regarding air and water pollution, fossil fuel extraction, and more. 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. 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. A federal appeals court in Washington ruled on 3 July that the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) overstepped his authority in trying to delay implementation of an Obama administration rule requiring oil and gas companies to monitor and reduce methane leaks. In the 4 months since he took office as the Environmental Protection Agency’s administrator, Scott Pruitt has moved to undo, delay, or otherwise block more than 30 environmental rules.
Deirdre Michie, chief executive for OGUK, and David Clark, Lloyd’s Register’s energy director, discuss how OGUK’s Roadmap 2035 is being delivered to help achieve net zero greenhouse-gas emissions and what is required with regard to policy, people, and technology. The Lloyd's Register Safety Accelerator is designed to bring together technology companies and industry to test innovative digital solutions to critical safety and risk challenges.
Deirdre Michie, chief executive for OGUK, and David Clark, Lloyd’s Register’s energy director, discuss how OGUK’s Roadmap 2035 is being delivered to help achieve net zero greenhouse-gas emissions and what is required with regard to policy, people, and technology. Safety champions of the North Sea have been recognized at the 2019 Offshore Safety Awards in Aberdeen for striving to improve safety across offshore operations on the UK continental shelf.
The Texas Railroad Commission’s chairman has said the commission will look into policies to “drastically reduce” natural gas flaring from the state’s shale patch as investors become increasingly sensitive to climate-change concerns. The new group, the Texas Methane and Flaring Coalition, will also use data and other evidence to communicate why and when flaring is necessary. One of Texas’ oil and gas regulators defended the state’s high rate of natural gas flaring but named companies that burn off the most gas and said he would hold public meetings on the controversial practice. Texas continues to lead the nation in oil and gas production, but communities in the state’s main energy production areas have also seen a rise in deaths on the road accounting for close to half of all traffic fatalities in Texas, according to the state’s transportation department. 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.