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The company is also facing legal action from North Carolina’s Department of Environmental Quality after last summer’s leak. The spill was one of the state’s worst, according to Michael Regan who led the NCDEQ before becoming the EPA Administrator.
Pipeline Construction Status Check: Despite the multiple layers of risk, the U.S. is still moving forward with the construction of new pipelines, although some have successfully been stopped. That’s a shift after an active decade of construction.
Yet it’s a difficult predicament of a Democratic administration. Many unions support the construction of pipelines and the jobs they bring. Unions are an important political constituency for Democrats to stay in office and continue to deliver action on climate change.
Dakota Access Pipeline: This May, a federal judge ruled that the pipeline can keep operating while its environmental review moves forward, and last month dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe challenging the operation of the pipeline. The review isn’t expected until March 2022.
Line 3 Pipeline: Last month, the Biden administration backed the oil pipeline that would threaten “Minnesota’s delicate watersheds,” as the New York Times writes, replacing an old pipeline that’s prone to leaks from Canada into the U.S. There are multiple legal challenges to the project, including one by Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians and the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, along with several environmental groups.
Keystone XL Pipeline: The tar sands pipeline was ‘inevitable’ until it wasn’t. On his first day in office, President Biden denied the project a necessary permit and the energy company behind it canceled, stopping 800,000 barrels of oil a day from flowing from Alberta, Canada.
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Last year, the average American household experienced eight hours without power, as storms hammered electrical systems built with less erratic climate conditions in mind. That average outage time is double what it was five years ago. But only looking at the average obscures the experience of people who lived […]
We sat down with Rep. Sean Casten (D-Ill.) to talk about the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) or “Hot FERC Summer,” as we like to call it. According to Rep. Casten, though FERC is often thought of as “a sleepy agency that is, frankly, kind of nerdy” — it can be a powerful force to […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor A new study published by the UN Environmental Program (UNEP) reports that the world must cut its coal, oil, and gas production by more than half by 2030 to limit global temperature rise and meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. The world’s fossil fuel industry currently plans to […]
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