The United States Congress passed a $1.1 trillion budget bill last week with relatively little drama. Included was a controversial provision that prohibits the Department of the Interior from issuing Endangered Species Act rules regarding four species of sage grouse in eleven states in the West. The rider pulled the rug out from under the… Full Story
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From the Energy Center Blog
With concern growing that leaking natural gas pipelines may trigger deadly explosions, threaten public health and worsen climate change, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is looking at new ways to support pipe repair and replacement. Late last month, FERC proposed new rules that would allow operators of interstate natural gas pipelines to recover certain… Full Story
There has been much talk in recent weeks about the need for clean energy development to mitigate climate change. Last Wednesday, President Obama and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, announced a new deal aimed at limiting emissions of climate damaging pollutants, including by expanding the use of non-fossil energy sources. Under the deal, the Obama… Full Story
Unlike with oil, there is no unified global market for natural gas. Instead, there are numerous regional markets that are oriented around pipeline networks and increasingly connected to each other through liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker shipments. In the last several years, the surge of shale gas production in the United States has driven down… Full Story
This past summer, the Department of Energy Office of Fossil Energy (DOE/FE) revised the procedure it uses when considering whether to allow certain exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG). The new procedure establishes a timeline that turns on the completion of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process, which has always been essential to decisions… Full Story