CA Federal Court Invalidates Trump Rollback Allowing Methane Pollution on Federal Lands

CA Federal Court Invalidates Trump Rollback Allowing Methane Pollution on Federal Lands

A federal court in California on Wednesday tossed out the Trump Administration’s rollback of an Obama administration rule that limited wasteful venting, flaring, and leaking of gas from drilling operations on federal and tribal lands. The Judge re-instated the prior Obama Administration rule beginning in 90 days.

Why This Matters:  Once again, the Trump Administration’s flagrant disregard for democratic principles of government and the rule of law came back to bite them.

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Methane Emissions Reach Historic Highs

Methane Emissions Reach Historic Highs

New research has found that global emissions of methane have reached the highest levels on record. As the San Francisco Chronicle reported, the data shows that the rate at which methane is now being released into the atmosphere, much of it from belching cows and leaky oil and gas wells, tilts the odds toward a […]

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Satellite Data Reveals Major New Methane Gas Leaks Along Pipelines

Satellite Data Reveals Major New Methane Gas Leaks Along Pipelines

Last fall, satellites operated by the European Space Agency detected enormous methane leaks coming from Yamal pipeline that carries natural gas from Siberia to Europe. As Reuters reported, it was estimated that one leak alone was releasing 93 tons of methane every hour, meaning the daily emissions from the leakage were equivalent to the amount […]

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Big Flares, Big Bankruptcy, Big Relief?  Oil Sector Experiencing “Tectonic Shift”

Big Flares, Big Bankruptcy, Big Relief? Oil Sector Experiencing “Tectonic Shift”

A study by researchers at Harvard and the Environmental Defense Fund published yesterday in the journal of Science Advances found that ail and gas operations in the Permian Basin of Texas are flaring off more than twice the amount of methane emissions than previously estimated, according to CBS News. 

Why This Matters:  Several industry analysts continue to paint a dark picture for the future of the oil and gas industry.

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Energy Down: Clean Energy Job Losses Total 106,000 and Texas Weighs Oil Production Cuts

Energy Down: Clean Energy Job Losses Total 106,000 and Texas Weighs Oil Production Cuts

More signs emerged of deep trouble for the energy sector.  Clean energy companies shed 106,000 jobs in March according to an industry analysis of figures from the Labor Department’s tally of unemployment claims.  And on Tuesday, the Texas agency that regulates the oil and gas industry held a public hearing to consider whether the industry should cut production to keep oil prices from falling further, a drastic step aimed at preventing a slew of bankruptcies and permanent job losses.

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New Source Of Methane Leaks Identified—Eastern Cities

New Source Of Methane Leaks Identified—Eastern Cities

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) flew reconnaissance flights over major metropolitan areas on the East Coast – Boston, Providence, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. and found that those cities were emitting nearly 950,000 metric tons of methane gas into the atmosphere, which was more than twice what EPA had estimated.

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