Unveiling the Public Health Burden of Natural Gas

Union of Concerned Scientists

Energy Clean Energy Jobs natural gas overreliance on natural gas public healthEnvironmental health has always been of concern to me, as it is to many of us.

Methane Madness: 5 Reasons Why Natural Gas Doesn’t Belong in a Clean Electricity Payment Program

Union of Concerned Scientists

The Senate just released a federal budget resolution that includes a measure that could subsidize the production of natural gas. Here are 5 reasons why we shouldn't do that.

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BP to Use Renewable Natural Gas Processed from Poultry Litter

Environmental Leader

bp and CleanBay Renewables announced a 15-year agreement where bp will purchase renewable natural gas (RNG) processed from poultry litter—a mixture of manure, feathers and bedding—and sell it as fuel for the US transportation sector.

States Prohibiting Natural Gas Bans Feign Concern for “Energy Choice”

Law Columbia

Flickr: Natural Gas Plant. As Senior Fellow Amy Turner documented last year , a number of local governments around the country have moved to prohibit natural gas hookups in buildings. Energy Natural GasBy Hillary Aidun and Claire Hodges, .

California Restaurant Association v. Berkeley and Local Natural Gas Restrictions

Law Columbia

The federal law claims asserted that EPCA preempted the Berkeley Ordinance because the Ordinance effectively prohibits the use of natural gas appliances and therefore “concern[s] the… energy use” of covered building appliances. By Amy Turner. Yesterday, the U.S.

BP to Use Renewable Natural Gas Processed from Poultry Litter

Environmental Leader

bp and CleanBay Renewables announced a 15-year agreement where bp will purchase renewable natural gas (RNG) processed from poultry litter—a mixture of manure, feathers and bedding—and sell it as fuel for the US transportation sector.

Pittsburgh International Airport is the First in the World to be Completely Powered by Natural Gas and Solar

Environmental Leader

Today, Pittsburgh International Airport became the first airport in the world to be completely powered by natural gas and solar energy as part of its newly live microgrid.

DOE invests $45 million to decarbonize the natural gas power and industrial sectors using carbon capture and storage

Environmental News Bits

Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $45 million in funding for 12 projects to advance point-source carbon capture and storage technologies that can capture at least 95% of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions generated from natural gas power and industrial facilities that produce commodities like cement and steel. The U.S.

PUC Approves UGI Renewable Natural Gas Pilot Project

PA Environment Daily

On October 21, UGI Utilities received approval from the Public Utility Commission to purchase renewable natural gas as part of a five-year pilot program. The pilot, the first of its kind in Pennsylvania for a utility, is intended to explore how UGI Utilities can integrate renewable natural gas (RNG) into its supply portfolio to produce economic and environmental benefits for its Purchased Gas Cost (PGC) customers.

I Toured “the Best Damn Plant in the Fleet.” Two Years Later It Exploded.

Union of Concerned Scientists

Energy California explosion grid reliability natural gas Power PlantTwo years ago, I went on a tour of the Russell City Energy Center. Two months ago, the power plant exploded.

Producing renewable natural gas from manure could change future of power

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story from Wisconsin State Farmer. As farmers continue to innovate in environmental sustainability and find greener alternatives to traditional energy sources, manure digesters are becoming an increasingly important way to convert waste into reusable power. Read more → Agriculture Waste to energy

Piñon Midstream Sour Gas, Carbon Capture Facility Nears Capacity

Environmental Leader

Piñon Midstream's sour gas and carbon capture facility is at capacity and the company is growing to provide more services to midstream operators. The post Piñon Midstream Sour Gas, Carbon Capture Facility Nears Capacity appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

Inside clean energy: Which state will be the first to ban natural gas in new buildings?

Environmental News Bits

As California’s new building code stops short of gas ban, here’s what other states are doing. Read the full story at Inside Climate News. Read more → Energy Green building Regulation

Shell Plans to Expand Natural Gas Business Despite Climate Pledge

Yale E360

Shell has set new carbon emissions goals to become a net zero carbon energy company by 2050, but will continue to grow its gas business by more than 20 percent in the next few years.

Pittsburgh International Airport Operates First Microgrid With Natural Gas & Solar Energy To Power The Entire Facility

PA Environment Daily

On July 14, the Pittsburgh International Airport became the first airport in the world to be completely powered by natural gas and solar energy as part of its newly live microgrid.

DEP Terminates Proposed Beech Hollow Natural Gas-Fired Power Plant's Air Quality Permit In Washington County

PA Environment Daily

On September 29, the Department of Environmental Protection terminated the air quality permit for the proposed Beech Hollow natural gas-fired power plant in Robinson Township, Washington County at the request of the company. On September 28, 2021, the groups had also sent a letter to DEP presenting evidence—which the operator had failed to disclose to DEP—that showed that Robinson Power did not intend to proceed with the Beech Hollow gas plant.

Piñon Midstream Sour Gas, Carbon Capture Facility Nears Capacity

Environmental Leader

Piñon Midstream's sour gas and carbon capture facility is at capacity and the company is growing to provide more services to midstream operators. The post Piñon Midstream Sour Gas, Carbon Capture Facility Nears Capacity appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

Permitting Natural Gas Pipelines

Vermont Law

In 2017, environmental advocates and some states like New York who have long been concerned with the climate change impacts associated with new liquefied natural gas (LNG) pipelines had reason for optimism. Permitting Natural Gas Pipelines.

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Port of Long Beach waives pollution fee for natural gas trucks as it targets supply chain emissions

Environmental News Bits

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners approved an exemption from the Clean Truck Fund Rate “for the cleanest” natural-gas-powered trucks, according to an announcement Monday. Read the full story at Supply Chain Dive. The rate, which has been set at $10 per TEU for any non-zero-emissions truck at the Port of Long Beach and the Port of Los… Read more → Supply chain Transportation

Pittsburgh International Airport is the First in the World to be Completely Powered by Natural Gas and Solar

Environmental Leader

Today, Pittsburgh International Airport became the first airport in the world to be completely powered by natural gas and solar energy as part of its newly live microgrid.

IFO Report: Quarterly Natural Gas Production Increases 7.8%, Strongest Growth In Nearly 2 Years

PA Environment Daily

On August 24, the Independent Fiscal Office issued a report on second quarter natural gas production which increased 7.8 percent from the second quarter in 2020, the strongest year-over-year growth for a quarter in nearly two years. The second quarter growth was largely driven by June production, which grew by 10.0 percent from June 2020. Year-over-year growth in quarterly production has now accelerated notably through the first half of 2021.

PA Consumer Advocate: Heating With Natural Gas Will Cost Residential Consumers About 20% More This Winter; No Impact On PA Consumers Of PennEast Pipeline Cancellation

PA Environment Daily

On October 4, Interim Acting PA Consumer Advocate Christine Maloni Hoover told the Senate Community Development and Environmental Committees residential consumers heating with natural gas will see a 20 percent increase or so in their heating bills this winter, if current natural gas prices hold. natural gas pricing has moved up considerably from pandemic-era lows. Natural gas futures pricing has remained stable."

House Environmental Committee Fails To Discuss Poor Compliance, Record $55 Million In Penalties Imposed On Natural Gas/Hazardous Liquid Pipelines In Last 5 Years

PA Environment Daily

Instead, the hearing served as a showcase for the benefits of natural gas to the economy and to address climate change and a platform for protests by the Better Path Coalition against fossil fuels.

Natural Gas, Hazardous Liquid Pipelines Are NOT Required To Carry Insurance Or Show They Can Pay For Damages If They Explode, Leak Or Kill Someone

PA Environment Daily

The PA Environment Digest prepared a policy paper on the issue of requiring natural gas and hazardous liquid pipelines to have insurance or financial assurance in place to cover property damage, bodily harm and environmental cleanup resources if a leak or explosion happens.

FracTracker Alliance Releases Digital Atlas Showing The Impacts Of Natural Gas Development In Lycoming Creek Watershed

PA Environment Daily

The FracTracker Alliance has released a digital atlas showing the impacts of natural gas development in the Lycoming Creek Watershed located primarily in Lycoming County. Oil and gas drillers reported generating 9,064,377 barrels (380.7

US Supreme Court Holds Pipeline Companies May Exercise Federal Eminent Domain to Acquire State Land Under Natural Gas Act

MGKF Law

On Tuesday, June 29, 2021, the United States Supreme Court reversed the Third Circuit and held that Section 717f(h) of the Natural Gas Act authorizes Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) certificate holders to “condemn all necessary rights-of-way, including land in which the State holds an interest.”

Senate Committees Hold Oct. 4 Hearing On Failure To Invest In PA’s Natural Gas Infrastructure; Hearing Set After PennEast Announced NJ Part Of Its Project Would Not Go Forward, But PA Part Might

PA Environment Daily

The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy and Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committees are scheduled to hold a hearing October 4 on the “consumer and economic impacts of failing to invest in Pennsylvania’s natural gas infrastructure."

Save PA’s Forests Coalition Hosts Aug. 25 Webinar On Watersheds And Wilderness At Risk From Natural Gas Development

PA Environment Daily

On August 25, the Save Pennsylvania’s Forests Coalition will host a webinar starting at Noon featuring the FracTracker Alliance and their efforts to document the footprint of natural gas drilling in three iconic Pennsylvania Watersheds, Pine Creek, Loyalsock Creek, and Lycoming Creek.

Surging Energy Prices May Not Ease Until Next Year

IMFBlog

Soaring natural gas prices are rippling through global energy markets—and other economic sectors from factories to utilities. Natural gas production in the United States, for example, remains below precrisis levels. Weather has also exacerbated gas market imbalances.

Susquehanna River Basin Commission Hosts Oct. 14 Webinar On Revised Regulations, Policies, Updated Natural Gas Program

PA Environment Daily

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission will host an October 14 webinar on Revised Regulations and Policies to Make Its Permit Processes More Efficient starting at 1:00 p.m. Anyone with a regulated groundwater withdrawal project should attend this webinar!

Ohio River Valley Institute: Poll Finds PA Voters Want Tougher Regulation Of Natural Gas Drilling Wastes; Support Community Regulation Of Drilling; Favor Clean Energy Sources

PA Environment Daily

On July 29, the Ohio River Valley Institute released a new poll of Pennsylvania voters which found by wide margins they support tougher regulation of the natural gas drilling industry, community regulation of drilling and the development of clean energy sources.

TribLive Editorial: Why Do Pennsylvanians Have To Pay A Higher Price For Natural Gas? For Producing Energy?

PA Environment Daily

Pittsburgh-based Peoples Natural Gas Co. and Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, based in Canonsburg, were slated to file with the state Public Utility Commission for price increases. Pennsylvanian natural gas bills average around $100 a month and tend to hover around the middle of the national numbers. The Keystone State produces more natural gas than any state but Texas. That’s not just bad news for the half of Pennsylvania homes that heat with gas.

Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania Holds that Natural Gas Act Does Not Divest the Environmental Hearing Board of Jurisdiction Over Appeals of Agency Actions

MGKF Law

In doing so, the Court held that Section 717r(d)(1) of the federal Natural Gas Act, which provides that federal courts have exclusive jurisdiction over “civil actions” for review of an approval or denial of a permit or approval required by federal law, does not preclude state administrative agency review of state permitting decisions. This Blog Post was authored by Timothy Johnson, a summer associate.

Louisiana Federal Court Allows Injunctive Relief Under FERC Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity

Energy & the Law

Coach Eaux congratulates the Tigers for reading Energy and the Law Resistance was futile for defendants opposing a temporary injunction sought by a party armed with a FERC Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity that includes condemnation rights under the Natural Gas Act.

CONSOL Energy Sets Goals Of Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions By 50% By 2026, Achieve Net Zero Emissions By 2040; Coal Mining Produces More GHG Emissions Than Natural Gas Production In PA

PA Environment Daily

In addition, the Company announced its long-term efforts to achieve net zero direct operating greenhouse gas emissions by 2040 or sooner if feasible. CONSOL’s scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions totaled 8.164 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2019.

PUC Seeks Comments On Proposed Changes To Safety Regulations For Customer-Owned Natural Gas Pipeline System Service Lines

PA Environment Daily

The Public Utility Commission published notice in the August 21 PA Bulletin inviting comments on proposed changes to state pipeline safety regulations covering the operation and maintenance of customer-owned service lines for natural gas or other gas by pipelines. The customer would be responsible for repairs or renewals downstream of the meter, and the public utility could shut off gas service until such repairs are made to ensure safe and reliable gas service.

DEP: Olympus Energy Natural Gas Driller Fined $175,000 For Water Quality Violations In Allegheny County

PA Environment Daily

Numerous erosion and sedimentation BMPs were improperly implemented and/or maintained and some BMPs were not constructed in accordance with the operator’s erosion and sedimentation control general permit authorization for earth disturbance associated with oil and gas exploration, production, processing, or treatment operations or transmission facilities (ESCGP-2). Olympus has paid a $175,000 civil penalty into the Oil and Gas Program Fund.

PJM Successfully Clears Capacity Auction To Ensure Reliable Power Supply; Renewables, Nuclear, Natural Gas Saw Greatest Increases, Coal Saw Largest Decrease

PA Environment Daily

Renewables, nuclear and new natural gas generators saw the greatest increases in cleared capacity, while coal units saw the largest decrease. Newer, more efficient combined-cycle natural gas plants also saw a significant increase, adding more than 3,414 MW of capacity.

Chart of the WeekFour Factors Behind the Metals Price Rally

IMFBlog

Energy commodities (oil, coal, and natural gas), in particular, sit only a few percentage points above pre-pandemic levels. Market participants seem to expect a peak in metals prices relatively soon, as factors (1) and (2) are supposedly temporary in nature.

Environmental Groups Appeal Air Permit Extension For Proposed Liquefied Natural Gas Plant In Bradford County That Would Emit 1 Million Tons Of Greenhouse Gases A Year

PA Environment Daily

PennFuture , Clean Air Council , and Sierra Club appealed a second extension of the air pollution permit the Department of Environmental Protectionissued for the Bradford County Real Estate Partners Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility proposed near the Susquehanna River in Wyalusing Township in Bradford County. Every step of the way, from extraction to liquefaction and export, fracked gas poisons our communities and exacerbates the climate crisis.