A study published today in Environmental Science & Technology confirms official figures from the Environmental Protection Agency showing that an enormous amount of methane – about 80 billion cubic feet per year – is escaping from thousands of key nodes along the nation’s natural gas interstate pipeline system. This equals the 20-year climate impact of… Keep reading →

Major Expansion Of EPA Rules For Underground Storage Tanks


On July 15, 2015, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a final rule significantly expanding its program for underground storage tank (UST) systems that store petroleum or hazardous substances.

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The historic conundrum of developing Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as a marine fuel has a chicken versus egg element to it. Vessel operators interested in LNG are hesitant to make the commitment to build and/or convert ships to LNG without a guaranteed fuel supply. There is plenty of capital willing to build LNG liquefaction facilities,… Keep reading →

Energy & Environment Update – July 2015 #2

As Default Deadline Nears, Congress Continues Debate Debt Ceiling Plan

The House and Senate have a full schedule for the remaining three weeks of the summer session before the August recess.


Another data point in the continuing public discussion of EPA’s plan to make the nation’s standards for ozone more restrictive, even as the existing standards have ozone levels falling 18 percent from 2000 to 2013 (chart below) – and giving every indication levels will continue to fall. A new study by the Center for Regulatory… Keep reading →

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On June 29, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Mercury and Air Toxins (MATS) rule, ruling that the agency unreasonably overlooked the costs associated with the regulation. While the decision dealt a significant blow to the environmental agenda of the Obama administration and provided a rare win for the reeling… Keep reading →


Methane emissions from vast oil and gas operations in the densely populated Barnett Shale region of Texas are 50 percent higher than estimates based on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) greenhouse gas inventory, according to a series of 11 new papers published today in Environmental Science & Technology. The majority of these emissions are from… Keep reading →


California public school teachers. Religious charities. New York police officers and firefighters. What do all of these groups have in common? Investors representing them — who manage $1.5 trillion in retirees, current employees’, and others assets – are standing together and calling for strong rules limiting harmful methane emissions from the oil and gas sector.… Keep reading →

Energy & Environment Update – June 2015 #5

Balance Of Power At Stake As Midterm Elections Draw Near

The House and Senate are in recess for the Independence Day holiday before returning next week for the July work period.


Last Friday, the incoming head of the International Energy Agency (IEA), Faith Birol, provided a briefing to U.S. stakeholders about IEA’s new special report on climate change, which found that global emissions could peak by the end of this decade without reducing economic growth. The report outlines five key pillars for turning the emissions corner by… Keep reading →

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