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    In a move one green group said shows the Trump EPA’s approach is “manifestly inconsistent with the agency’s legal obligations” and with science, the agency is under fire for preparations to roll back methane rules for U.S. oil and gas producers. Before Friday, the New York Times reported, the EPA is expected to unveil two new rules regarding methane, a greenhouse gas with 80 times the heat-trapping power of carbon dioxide in the first two decades after emission. One would eliminate federal regulation of methane emissions from oil and gas wells across the country and would prevent future regulation at sites built before 2015, and another would weaken remaining requirements for companies, including one directing them to locate and fix leaks in wells. With the new rules in...
    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators are close to adopting a set of rules focused on wastewater produced during oil and gas operations. The Oil Conservation Commission is expected during its meeting in early September to vote on the final language after hashing out a draft during a virtual public meeting last week. The rules would require additional reporting to better track the types and volumes of water used within the industry. The measure would also clarify the jurisdictions of the Oil Conservation Division and the state Environment Department when it comes to produced water. Environmental groups have been critical, saying the proposed rules do not address concerns about the toxicity and the risks of reusing the water....
    There are 2.6 million miles of pipelines crisscrossing the US that will one day retire. Even in their afterlives, these zombie pipelines will be able to spill toxic materials. It’s happened in the past. There’s also the risk of a pipe one day rising from its grave, exposed by floodwaters or erosion. Or, devoid of oil and gas that once coursed through them, they might accidentally drain bodies of water or do the opposite — pollute them. The COVID-19 pandemic rattled the fossil fuel industry, which saw oil prices turn negative for the first time ever. The industry will also need to grapple with the looming climate crisis and environmental campaigns that have won recent, high-profile victories against the...
    As Congress debates how to address the economic calamity we are facing, we have an unprecedented opportunity to put people to work addressing the climate crisis — and we should start by hiring laid-off oil and gas workers to help lead the way. The fact is, the U.S. oil and gas sector was in trouble even before the pandemic struck. Last year more than three dozen producers declared bankruptcy, hobbled by declining energy prices and rising debt. The pace of filings has quickened with the spread of the coronavirus, and even after the virus threat subsides — which is unlikely to be anytime soon — cheap renewables will drive more firms under. This turmoil has hurt oil and gas workers...
    London (CNN Business)BP is planning to slash oil and gas production and pour billions of dollars into clean energy as part of a major strategic overhaul unveiled on Tuesday alongside a huge second quarter loss and dividend cut. The London-based company said that it plans a 10-fold increase in annual low carbon investments to $5 billion by 2030 as it tries to deliver on its promise of net zero emissions by 2050."This coming decade is critical for the world in the fight against climate change, and to drive the necessary change in global energy systems will require action from everyone," BP said in a statement.BP's oil and gas production is expected to fall by at least one million barrels a...
    Washington (CNN)Last week, President Donald Trump visited Midland, Texas, a region deep in the heart of the West Texas oil patch. Ostensibly there for a fundraising event, Trump gave a speech in which he essentially claimed victory over the crash in oil prices that have throttled much of the US oil and gas industry this year. "And now we're back," Trump told the audience at Double Eagle Energy, "and now we're just going to keep expanding. ... We did a great job."Trump cast himself in a leading role in the supposed resurgence -- touting the negotiations earlier in the year between OPEC and Russia to cut production and raise prices.As usual in his presidency when it comes to economic matters,...
    By MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration is seeking to ease more rules for oil and gas drilling that were adopted under the Obama administration, with the latest changes projected to save energy companies more than $130 million over the next decade. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management proposal would streamline requirements for measuring and reporting oil and gas produced from federal lands. The administration’s critics said it marks yet another instance of Trump backtracking on rules that were meant to ensure companies drill responsibly and that the public gets fairly paid for energy extracted from public lands. Under Trump, federal agencies looking to boost domestic energy production have systematically rolled back industry restrictions —...
    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration is seeking to ease more rules for oil and gas drilling that were adopted under the Obama administration, with the latest changes projected to save energy companies more than $130 million over the next decade. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management proposal would streamline requirements for measuring and reporting oil and gas produced from federal lands. The administration’s critics said it marks yet another instance of Trump backtracking on rules that were meant to ensure companies drill responsibly and that the public gets fairly paid for energy extracted from public lands. Under Trump, federal agencies looking to boost domestic energy production have systematically rolled back industry restrictions — from offshore safety...
    President Donald Trump sought to give a morale boost to the beleaguered Texas energy industry during a visit Wednesday to the Permian Basian, while also rallying oil-and-gas workers against Democrats ahead of the November election. "We are telling the Washington politicians trying to abolish American energy: Don't mess with Texas," Trump said during an afternoon speech at Double Eagle Energy in Midland, following an oil rig tour and fundraiser in nearby Odessa. Trump's comments doubled as part campaign speech, part policy announcement, as he repeatedly assailed Democrats' energy proposals and predicted their presumptive presidential nominee, Joe Biden, would not "do too well in Texas" as a result. Polls continue to show a close competition in the once-solidly red state. As...
    Flaring gas at an oil production site outside Williston, North Dakota. Andrew Burton/Getty Images If you’ve driven through an area where companies extract oil and gas from shale formations, you’ve probably seen flames dancing at the tops of vertical pipes. That’s flaring – the mostly uncontrolled practice of burning off a byproduct of oil and gas production. Over the past 10 years, the U.S. shale oil and gas boom has made this country one of the world’s top five flaring nations, just behind Russia, Iran and Iraq. It’s a dubious distinction. Routine flaring gives the industry a black eye. I am an atmospheric scientist studying trace gases – chemicals that make up a small fraction of Earth’s atmosphere, but...
    On July 23, Boulder County commissioners said they would not put a measure on November's ballot that would mandate a moratorium on oil and gas development. The move was a pre-emptive strike against a petition and formal letter that 350 Colorado planned to submit to Boulder County commissioners that same day. Over fifty organizations and nonprofits representing 130,000 Boulder County residents had signed the petition and letter, which called for a .05 percent sales-and-use tax for five years that would cover the costs of implementing and supporting the moratorium, among other things. Boulder County's current moratorium on fracking is slated to expire on December 31. “While we sincerely appreciate the tremendous thought, effort, and support behind this proposal—and we agree...
    Tara Lohan July 26, 2020 12:00AM (UTC) This article originally appeared on The Revelator. When Dominion Energy and Duke Energy unexpectedly cancelled plans to build the Atlantic Coast Pipeline on July 5, environmental advocates throughout the Southeast cheered. But even a few days later, Mark Sabath, senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center, still seemed a bit shocked by the victory. His organization worked for six years to stop the 600-mile-long pipeline, which would have transported fracked gas through West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. : "We were surprised in terms of it happening when it did," he says of the companies' decision. "But it was certainly something we were thinking for a long time should happen." Of course, should and would are often a...
    Tottenham confident of landing Pierre-Emile Højbjerg This abandoned time capsule home has been rescued from ruin It is going to be brutal: What to expect as oil and gas majors unveil their second-quarter results "Big Oil" companies witnessed a historic fall in oil and gas prices during the second quarter as coronavirus lockdown restrictions coincided with an unprecedented demand shock. "I think it is going to be brutal and ugly," Kathy Hipple, an analyst at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), told CNBC via telephone. Dividend payouts to shareholders will also be an area of focus for energy market participants. © Provided by CNBC A Surgutneftegas worker near pumpjacks in Surgut Region of the...
    A Surgutneftegas worker near pumpjacks in Surgut Region of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area - Yugra, in the West Siberian petroleum basin.Alexei Andronov | TASS via Getty Images Oil and gas majors are likely to report "horrendous" second-quarter results over the next two weeks, energy analysts have told CNBC, with the three-month period through to the end of June widely expected to mark the "low point" of 2020. "Big Oil" companies, referring to the world's largest oil and gas majors, witnessed a historic fall in oil and gas prices during the second quarter as coronavirus lockdown restrictions coincided with an unprecedented demand shock. Norway's Equinor will report second-quarter earnings on Friday, with Austria's OMV, Italy's Eni, France's Total and Anglo-Dutch company...
    The oil and gas industry is touting voluntary efforts of companies to cut emissions of methane, a greenhouse gas more potent than carbon, as it tries to make the case against regulations. The American Petroleum Institute is releasing its second progress report Wednesday on a voluntary program it started with 26 oil and gas companies in 2017 called the Environmental Partnership, which it created to limit leaks of methane and reduce emissions of related pollutants called volatile organic compounds. The report showed how the partnership, which has grown to 83 members, including 36 of the largest 40 oil and gas producers, has implemented a methane leak detection and repair program. Not all companies participating in the partnership are API members....
    Dharna Noor2 minutes ago•Filed to:joe bidenjoe bidenbernie sandersclimate policyfossil fuelsSaveFormer Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event in Delaware.Photo: Alex Wong (Getty Images) On Wednesday, a task force made up of supporters of Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign (RIP) and presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden sent 110 pages of policy recommendations to the Democratic National Committee for its consideration drafting the national platform. The document includes 14 pages of climate proposals. There’s a lot to like in those 14 pages, including language to strengthen adherence to Indigenous treaty rights, ensure jobs in the renewable energy sector are unionized, and reduce emissions from American agriculture. But the recommendations still leave Biden and national Democrats with no plan to phase out...
    Yessenia FunesA minute ago•Filed to:ENDANGERED PIPELINESENDANGERED PIPELINESOIL AND GASPIPELINESRIPSaveNative Americans and indigenous rights activists march and hold up signs in protest during a Native Nations March in Denver, Colorado, on March 10, 2017. Image: Jason Connolly / AFP (Getty Images) The end of fossil fuels is nigh. This week alone, we’ve seen three major pipelines get smacked TF up. First, a judge ordered the Dakota Access Pipeline to be shut down and emptied of all crude oil in 30 days. Then, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline was canceled due to its endless delays and increasing costs. Just hours after that, the Supreme Court upheld the rejection of a permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline. This comes after months of fossil fuel...
    A Trump administration overhaul of requirements that developers conduct environmental reviews for major infrastructure projects isn't likely to help oil and gas pipelines if federal agencies continue to cut corners to try to speed construction, analysts say. The Dakota Access and Atlantic Coast pipelines faced major setbacks in recent days because the Trump administration skirted environmental review requirements, leading to unfavorable court rulings that either blocked the projects or made them uneconomical. Those procedural missteps matter because the requirements to conduct environmental reviews would remain in place even with pending Trump administration changes to the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA, regulations seeking to shorten and streamline the process, analysts say. In addition, the White House’s proposal, the first major...
    New York, Jul 6 . .- The price of Texas intermediate oil (WTI) closed this Monday with a rise of 0.7%, to $ 40.93 a barrel, motivated by lower production among the oil companies. the country’s shale and the confidence of operators that the economic recovery is proceeding at a good pace and that there will no longer be severe restrictions to contain the virus. At the end of trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange (Nymex), WTI futures contracts for August delivery totaled $ 0.28 from the previous session on Thursday, as Friday was a holiday in the United States. Prices of “black gold” rose in a volatile session, also driven by improvements in European and Asian markets, especially...
    Emily Pontecorvo July 6, 2020 1:00AM (UTC) This post originally appeared on Grist. Grist is a nonprofit news agency working toward a planet that doesn't burn and a future that doesn't suck. Sign up to receive Grist's top stories in your inbox. One of the biggest liabilities on the world's climate balance sheet right now is all of the oil, gas, and coal sitting in the ground, discovered, but not yet dug up. For more than a decade, environmentalists and scientists have argued that we're going to need to practice some restraint and keep those fossil fuels buried if we want a livable planet. Now, the "keep it in the ground" movement may be getting its most significant victory to...
    Royal Dutch Shell expects to slash the value of its assets by as much as $22 billion as the coronavirus crisis roils energy markets. The oil and gas giant announced the massive write-down Tuesday as it cut its energy price forecasts to account for the pandemic, which has led to worldwide lockdowns that have restricted travel and depressed demand for fuel. Shell plans to lop up to $9 billion off the value of its integrated gas operations, which include the world’s largest floating liquefied natural gas facility in Australia. The Netherlands-based company will also write down its oil refining portfolio by as much as $7 billion while its oil and gas production assets will take a hit as large...
    LONDON (AP) — Energy producer Royal Dutch Shell warned Tuesday it will slash the value of its assets by $22 billion to account for lower oil and gas prices amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The company predicted the write-down for the quarter and said it continues “to adapt to ensure the business remains resilient” in challenging times. Earlier this month, its competitor BP, also cut the value of its own assets by up to $17.5 billion. Shell predicted prices for Brent crude, the international oil benchmark, would be at $50 dollars a barrel in 2022. Earlier it had predicted a price of $60 a barrel. On Tuesday, it was trading near $41 a barrel. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved....
    LONDON (AP) — Energy producer Royal Dutch Shell warned Tuesday it will slash the value of its assets by $22 billion to account for lower oil and gas prices amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The company predicted the write-down for the quarter and said it continues “to adapt to ensure the business remains resilient” in challenging times. Earlier this month, its competitor BP, also cut the value of its own assets by up to $17.5 billion. Shell predicted prices for Brent crude, the international oil benchmark, would be at $50 dollars a barrel in 2022. Earlier it had predicted a price of $60 a barrel. On Tuesday, it was trading near $41 a barrel. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights...
    A detailed view of a Shell gas station sign showing the low price of $1.69 per gallon, the result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on March 31, 2020 in Jacksonville, Fl.David Rosenblum | Icon Sportswire | Getty Images Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell said on Tuesday it will write down the value of its assets by up to $22 billion in the second quarter, after revising down its long-term outlook for oil and gas prices. It comes after the energy company announced in mid-April an ambition to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. Shell said in a statement to investors that it had reviewed a significant portion of its business given the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the...
    London (CNN Business)BP has agreed to sell its petrochemicals business to Ineos for $5 billion, the latest in a series of asset sales by the UK oil company as it tries to refocus on cleaner energy. Ineos will pay an initial deposit of $400 million, BP said in a statement Monday. The UK chemicals company controlled by billionaire Jim Ratcliffe will deliver a further $3.6 billion on completion of the sale, with the final $1 billion due before June 2021.The recession is much worse than the IMF expected and the hit to jobs catastrophicBP's petrochemicals business has interests in 14 plants in Asia, Europe and the United States, producing 9.7 million tonnes of petrochemicals last year for use in products...
    OKLAHOMA CITY (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Chesapeake Energy, a global energy powerhouse known in North Texas for its pioneer drilling in the Barnett Shale, has filed for bankruptcy protection. The Oklahoma City-based company said Sunday that it was a necessary decision given its debt. Its debt load is currently nearing $9 billion. It has entered a plan with lenders to cut $7 billion of its debt and said it will continue to operate as usual during the bankruptcy process. The oil and gas company was a leader in the fracking boom, using unconventional techniques to extract oil and gas from the ground, a method that has come under scrutiny because of its environmental impact. Other wildcatters followed in Chesapeake’s path, racking up...
    New York (CNN Business)Fracking pioneer Chesapeake Energy Corporation on Sunday became the largest oil-and-gas company to file for bankruptcy protection during the coronavirus pandemic.Chesapeake was once the nation's No. 2 natural gas producer, thanks to early bets on fracking. Aubrey McClendon, Chesapeake's late founder and CEO, was considered one of the leaders of the shale boom that transformed the United States into the world's largest oil and natural gas producer. But more recently, bankruptcy rumors had swirled around Chesapeake (CHK) as the company grappled with depressed energy prices, a poorly timed push into oil and a mountain of debt. The coronavirus crisis exacerbated those challenges. Despite a recent recovery to $40 a barrel, the price of oil has fallen sharply...
    Safe and Healthy Colorado is now collecting signatures for Initiative 174, which calls for bigger fracking-well setbacks across the state. If it makes the November ballot, Coloradans will vote on whether to require a 2,500-foot safe zone between homes, schools and waterways and any new oil and gas development. (See the full text here.) Two weeks ago, Colorado Rising stopped gathering signatures for the same ballot initiative, owing to health concerns raised by the coronavirus pandemic. But climate activists Anne Lee Foster and Suzanne Spiegel then formed the grassroots group Safe and Healthy Colorado in order to continue gathering signatures — virtually, this time. “Our initial effort was put in jeopardy during the pandemic, but then Governor Jared Polis...
    At a hearing on June 24, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission completed its transition from a nine appointee volunteer group to the five-member professional panel created by Senate Bill 181, which Governor Jared Polis signed into effect last year. That law launched an extensive rule-making process to develop environmental protections for oil and gas operations around the state, which required more hands-on staff. Members of the volunteer commission would meet for a day or two every six weeks, but the five new commissioners will be full-time salaried state employees, each receiving $150,000 a year starting July 1. About an hour into the hearing, Governor Jared Polis gave videotaped thanks to the volunteer commissioners who'd stepped up last year, and also lauded the...
    (CNN)Most of Alaska's 23 million acre National Petroleum Reserve would be open for oil and gas leasing under a new Trump administration plan. The Bureau of Land Management plan announced on Thursday would open 18.6 million acres for leasing, about 82% of what the Interior Department said is the nation's largest area of federally managed land. The government's draft plans, released in November, had considered opening at most 18.3 million acres. It considered opening smaller tracts, too, including maintaining only the 11.8 million acres already available. Located in Alaska's remote North Slope, the NPR-A is separate from the nearly 20 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The Trump administration has also moved toward opening a swath of ANWR...
    (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's Interior Department has approved about half as many wind and solar energy projects on federal lands as the Obama administration had at the same point in its first term, according to a report published on Thursday. The numbers reflect the administration's soft-pedaling of renewable energy development while favoring expansion of oil and gas drilling, the study by the liberal think tank Center for American Progress said. Trump's "energy dominance" agenda aims to reduce regulatory red tape to boost domestic energy production. Drilling for oil and gas on federal lands is a key part of that strategy, though the administration has said it favors an "all of the above" approach to energy. The CAP analysis, based...
    The state of Minnesota on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the American Petroleum Institute, Exxon Mobil Corp and Koch Industries for what it called a decades-long campaign to deceive the public about climate change. The lawsuit is the latest in a series of legal challenges by states, cities, and citizen groups targeting fossil fuel companies over their role in global warming. It is also the first naming the API, the nations main oil and gas industry lobby group, as a defendant. Attorney General Keith Ellison said the state believed the API, Exxon and Koch violated Minnesota laws barring consumer fraud, deceptive trade practices and false advertising. The complaint alleges the companies and industry body "strategized to deceive the public" about...
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Hilcorp Energy Co. was the only bidder in Alaska’s annual Cook Inlet oil and gas lease sale for the fourth year in a row, officials said. The Alaska Division of Oil and Gas received three bids from the Houston-based producer, The Alaska Journal of Commerce reported Monday. The state made nearly $179,000 for the sale of 7,146 acres (11.1 square miles or 29 square kilometers) of land leased. Hilcorp’s bids averaged $26.76 per acre. Hilcorp is the primary oil and gas operator in the area and has been the only company to bid in the state’s spring Cook Inlet leases sale since 2016, when there were no bids submitted. The company acquired 17 tracts of land...
    ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's president has reshuffled the government to try to fix growing economic problems linked to the country's dependence on oil revenues and fallout from virus-related restrictions on production, travel and trade. State news agency APS announced the changes by President Abdelmadjid Tebboune late Tuesday. Algeria's central bank chief, Aymene Benaberahmane, is taking over the Economy Ministry at an especially sensitive time, as Algeria struggles with a drop in oil prices. A former CEO for state gas and oil company Sonatrach, Abdelmadjid Attar, is now energy minister. The reshuffle includes the creation of a new Department of Energy Transition and New Energies, as Algeria tries to diversify away from the oil and gas that have long dominated...
    ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria’s president has reshuffled the government to try to fix growing economic problems linked to the country’s dependence on oil revenues and fallout from virus-related restrictions on production, travel and trade. State news agency APS announced the changes by President Abdelmadjid Tebboune late Tuesday. Algeria’s central bank chief, Aymene Benaberahmane, is taking over the Economy Ministry at an especially sensitive time, as Algeria struggles with a drop in oil prices. A former CEO for state gas and oil company Sonatrach, Abdelmadjid Attar, is now energy minister. The reshuffle includes the creation of a new Department of Energy Transition and New Energies, as Algeria tries to diversify away from the oil and gas that have long dominated...
    MILAN/LONDON (Reuters) – Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi wants to turn the 67-year-old Italian oil and gas firm into a greener business, focusing on clean low-carbon products to build a huge customer base which he believes can steady the ship and attract investors more than ever.  FILE PHOTO: Claudio Descalzi, CEO of Italian energy company Eni talks to media at the Presidential Palace in Nicosia, Cyprus April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Yiannis Kourtoglou The veteran oil executive, reappointed as Eni (ENI.MI) chief for a third time in May, told Reuters he wants to ensure Eni will play a role in the energy transition which he believes has accelerated in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. “In these next 3 years I want...
    MILAN/LONDON (Reuters) – Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi wants to turn the 67-year-old Italian oil and gas firm into a greener business, focusing on clean low-carbon products to build a huge customer base which he believes can steady the ship and attract investors more than ever.  FILE PHOTO: Claudio Descalzi, CEO of Italian energy company Eni talks to media at the Presidential Palace in Nicosia, Cyprus April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Yiannis Kourtoglou The veteran oil executive, reappointed as Eni chief for a third time in May, told Reuters he wants to ensure Eni will play a role in the energy transition which he believes has accelerated in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. “In these next 3 years I want to...
    The anti-fracking group Colorado Rising has decided to stop gathering signatures for a handful of initiatives geared to the November ballot, all of which involve placing setbacks around oil and gas wells. According to Joe Salazar, the former legislator who is now Colorado Rising’s executive director, the decision to stop this year's effort was prompted by health concerns around COVID-19, and not made lightly. Many of his board members live close to oil and gas operations — but the virus does not have boundaries. “We have-health care professionals on our board who were very concerned — and still are concerned — that if we are forced to do signature gathering, then we will serve as a vehicle for...
    BILLINGS, Mont. — The Trump administration has awarded energy companies hundreds of breaks on payments for oil and gas extraction from US lands and the Gulf of Mexico during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a government database and federal officials. The temporary breaks on royalty and rental payments are intended to help companies with workforce problems or other issues after government-imposed shutdowns due to the pandemic caused fuel demand to plummet worldwide. Critics argue the breaks on government fees are unnecessary industry handouts that in some cases are benefiting companies with histories of environmental violations or past failures to pay royalties. Prices for oil have rebounded in recent weeks, topping $39 a barrel for West Texas crude on Wednesday after...
    LONDON (AP) - Energy company BP said Monday that its global workforce will be trimmed by 10,000 jobs as the COVID-19 pandemic slams the oil and gas industry. Chief Executive Bernard Looney said that the roles will be office-based and come mostly this year. The company’s current global workforce is 70,000. The changes are expected to significantly impact senior levels, cutting the number of group leaders by a third. The company said it will make the senior structure flatter. TOP STORIES Abraham Lincoln monument torched in Chicago: An absolute disgraceful act Bigger than life: George Floyd known for big heart, good works, struggles with drugs, crime Lincoln Memorial, WWII Memorial defaced by vandals in rioting The job cuts come...
    Proximity to active oil and gas wells has been linked to adverse birth outcomes for mothers in rural areas, according to a recent study. The study analyzed almost 3 million births to mothers living about six miles away from at least one oil or gas well in California from 2006 to 2015. CORONAVIRUS IN THE US: STATE-BY-STATE BREAKDOWN In previous studies, other researchers found several oil and gas development-related environmental exposures were linked to lower birth weight and gestational age, like air pollution and noise. Pumpjacks operate at the Kern River Oil Field, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, in Bakersfield, Calif. A new study shows proximity to active oil and gas wells is linked to adverse birth outcomes for mothers in rural areas....
    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece said Monday that it is determined to oppose plans by Turkey to expand oil-and-gas exploration in the Mediterranean Sea, in a deepening regional dispute over mineral rights. “Greece stands ready to deal with this provocation should Turkey decide to implement this decision,” Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said in a statement. Turkish authorities over the weekend published an outline of the exploration licensing procedure for state-run Turkish Petroleum in areas that Greece says would violate its sovereign rights. The planned expansion follows a maritime boundary agreement signed last year between Turkey and Libya that is strongly opposed and considered illegal by Greece and regional allies Cyprus and Egypt. NATO allies Greece and Turkey have longstanding...
    BILLINGS, Mont. — Federal courts have delivered a string of rebukes to the Trump administration over what they found were failures to protect the environment and address climate change as it promotes fossil fuel interests and the extraction of natural resources from public lands. Judges have ruled administration officials ignored or downplayed potential environmental damage in lawsuits over oil and gas leases, coal mining and pipelines to transport fuels across the US, according to an Associated Press review of more than a dozen major environmental cases. The latest ruling against the administration came Thursday when an appeals court refused to revive a permitting program for oil and gas pipelines that a lower court had canceled. Actions taken by the courts...