A&WMA Newswire
Jul. 15, 2015

Methane emissions from oil and gas could be higher than EPA says
A series of new studies find that methane emissions from oil and gas operations in the Barnett Shale are actually 50 percent higher than what the EPA has estimated. The studies, published in Environmental Science & Technology, paint a varied picture, however. The source of methane emissions come from an array of sites, and could be a larger problem than many thought. However, plugging the leaks is largely possible with available technology and monitoring.More

EPA Clean Power Plan analysis takes a page from the history books
Market-based mechanisms likely to develop under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan will spark an industry response that makes available a wide array of cost-competitive compliance options. That is according to an Advanced Energy Economy Institute report based on a review of prior EPA regulations that allowed for market-based compliance, such as emission reduction credit trading.More

In Delaware, pollution goes green with research
The Daily Times
The banks of the Delaware River, long home to oil refineries, could someday see a green revolution thanks to the work of a local researcher. That is green as in algae, which is used to make biofuels and plastic. Jennifer Stewart, a researcher at the University of Delaware, has been perfecting a way to feed algae greenhouse gases, boosting the plant's growth while preventing pollution.More

Canadian premiers set to fast-track oil pipelines while cutting regulatory red tape
The Globe and Mail
Canada's premiers are poised to sign an agreement to fast-track new oil sands pipelines while watering down commitments to fight climate change. The Canadian Energy Strategy will be finalized and unveiled at a premiers' conference in St. John's beginning July 15. But The Globe and Mail has obtained a draft of the plan that reveals the key points and stumbling blocks.More

Utilities to White House: 'Too much too soon'
Washington Examiner
Coal utilities are urging the White House in an eleventh-hour plea to push back the Obama administration's timeline for cutting carbon emissions at existing power plants, saying the aggressive deadlines pose a threat to electric reliability. The Environmental Protection Agency's proposed plan simply does not give enough time to build the transmission lines and other resources needed to make up for the power plant losses already taking place under other EPA regulations, said Melissa McHenry, director of communications for American Electric Power.More

Proposed rule would expand installation of pipeline safety valves
Natural Gas Intelligence
The Department of Transportation's (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration announced a proposed rulemaking to expand the use of excess flow valves for natural gas distribution lines. Meanwhile, the American Petroleum Institute said it has developed a recommended practice with input from PHMSA, the DOT's National Transportation Safety Board and other stakeholders. More

Court: North Carolina tardy in challenging air pollution standards
A federal appeals court has tossed North Carolina's challenge to pollution standards put in place by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ruling that the state waited too long before protesting the rules. The EPA in 2010 issued new regulations for tiny particles in air pollution, and the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources argued that the agency was wrong in treating the particles as a new type of pollution and should have just adjusted the standards already set for larger particles.More

Carbon Tracker Initiative report casts doubt on Canada's LNG ambitions
The Canada Press via Calgary Herald
A new report by the Carbon Tracker Initiative is throwing some cold water on Canada's liquefied natural gas ambitions. It identifies $283 billion in possible projects worldwide that may not be needed, including $82 billion in Canada over the next decade in a low-demand scenario. The report factors in a so-called carbon budget that would keep global warming within the two-degree Celsius United Nations target.More

Germany moves to idle coal plants, set up 'capacity reserve'
Five of Germany's largest lignite power plants will be mothballed to allow the country that is already phasing out nuclear power to meet ambitious climate goals by 2020. In what it called a "milestone decision," the government on July 2 agreed to scrap plans to impose a controversial climate tax for conventional power plants in an attempt to reduce carbon dioxide emissions nationwide.More