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Reducing Natural Gas Pipeline Emissions 83%

The ECOreport looks at the role a Google Street View mapping car had reducing New Jersey’s natural gas pipeline emissions 83%

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Some of PSE&G’s (PSE&G) natural gas  pipelines were laid down a century ago. The New Jersey utility continued using cast iron until the 1950s. Now there is approximately one methane leak for each of the pipeline’s 3,900 miles. Though PSE&G intends to replace the entire cast iron and unprotected steel infrastructure, this is too costly ($1.5 million to $2.0 million per mile)to do overnight. With the help of new technology developed by Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Google and Colorado State University. PSE&G is natural gas pipeline emissions by 83% in the area surveyed area, while replacing about 1/3 less mileage to do so.

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Joint Statement on Climate, Energy & Arctic Leadership

The ECOreport reposts the US-Canadian Joint Statement on Climate, Energy & Arctic Leadership

Originally Published on the Prime Minister of Canada

President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau share a common vision of a prosperous and sustainable North American economy, and the opportunities afforded by advancing clean growth. They emphasize and embrace the special relationship between the two countries and their history of close collaboration on energy development, environmental protection, and Arctic leadership. The two leaders regard the Paris Agreement as a turning point in global efforts to combat climate change and anchor economic growth in clean development. They resolve that the United States and Canada must and will play a leadership role internationally in the low carbon global economy over the coming decades, including through science-based steps to protect the Arctic and its peoples. Canada and the U.S. will continue to respect and promote the rights of Indigenous peoples in all climate change decision making. Furthermore, the leaders emphasize the importance of the U.S. and Canada continuing to cooperate closely with Mexico on climate and energy action and commit to strengthen a comprehensive and enduring North American climate and energy partnership.
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How far has the Vancouver Declaration taken us?

The ECOreport looks at the First Minister’s meeting. How far has the Vancouver Declaration taken us?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMAfter two days of sometimes heated meetings behind closed door, Canada’s first ministers emerged with an agreement as to their overall goals for a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy.  The contentious issues, like carbon pricing mechanisms, emissions caps and oil pipelines, have been left for another First Ministers meeting in the fall. So How far has the Vancouver Declaration taken us?

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Does BC Still Have A Cap On LNG Emissions?

As the province clears the way for a massive build-out, , the ECOreport asks, Does BC still have a cap on LNG emissions?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Years before Premier Christy Clark dreampt of the billion dollar opportunity to frack British Columbia, the province set a cap on LNG emissions. As of Jaunary 1, facilities can produce higher emissions than was previously allowed “by purchasing offsets or buying funded units.” 1 Does BC still have a cap on LNG emissions?

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Can You Frack AND Fight Climate Change?

Though the Energydesk is writing the UK, many of the arguments are  equally applicable in both Canada and the United States. Can You Frack AND Fight Climate Change?

Originally Published on Greenpeace’s Energydesk

By Christine Ottery

One of the arguments around shale gas extraction in the UK has been about whether or not it is compatible with the UK’s aim of preventing catastrophic climate change by limiting emissions from fossil fuels.

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BC’s Climate Leadership Plan

Recommendations for specific government actions from the Pembina Institute’s comments on BC’s Climate Leadership Plan

Originally Published on the Pembina Institute

Introduction

The Pembina Institute is pleased to offer our comments on the government’s Climate Leadership Plan discussion paper. The goals and approaches outlined in the discussion paper provide a framework for B.C. to update its strategy on combating climate change. We look forward to specific details on implementing the Climate Leadership Plan in order to meet the plan’s goals and B.C.’s climate targets.
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Does Ernst & Young’s LNG Report Vindicate BC?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1There are credible experts who believe that, with proper regulation and enforcement, it is possible to have a trustworthy fracking industry. They also say this does not yet exist in North America. Personally, I think the industry is out of control and BC’s government is desperate to get in bed with it. Last week the government released a report from Ernst & Young (EY) which the Minister of Natural Gas Development says “British Columbians can have confidence they are benefiting from a clean, well regulated natural gas industry.” Does Ernst & Young’s LNG report vindicate BC?

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Staking Our Future On Natural Gas

Some of the biggest companies in the World were at the World Gas Conference in Paris. They believe  gas will be the world’s “fuel of choice”, because it is “the cleanest fossil fuel”, “abundant” and “competitive”. In the article that follows Karel Beckmen argues they may be “betting on the wrong horse” and staking our future on natural gas. 

Originally Published on Energy Post

By Karel Beckmen

“The question before us today defines our industry and perhaps our society in the 21st Century.” The “question” that Robert Franklin, President of Exxon Mobil’s Gas and Power Marketing Company, was referring to, during a panel debate at the World Gas Conference in Paris (1-5 June), was that of “how to meet the world’s energy demand while reducing the risk of climate change”. The answer to both sides of this question, he said, increasingly was: natural gas.

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LNG, climate change and marine biodiversity

Ultimately, all fossil fuels need to be phased out concurrently to avoid the worst of climate disasters Connecting the dots between LNG, climate change and marine biodiversity

By Dr. Alejandro Frid

Q/ What is liquefied natural gas (LNG)?

Natural gas is a fossil fuel composed primarily of methane (85% or more)[a]. Industry ‘liquefies’ natural gas into LNG to improve transport and storage efficiencies. The liquefaction process is very energy-intensive and often fueled by natural gas. In BC there is an intention to increase the use of electricity from dams, such as Site C, for liquefaction[b].

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US Emissions are Far Worse than we Thought

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Only months ago, US GHG emissions seemed to be shrinking. Apologists for natural gas productions seized upon this as proof LNG is a transition fuel to a greener economy in the future. The latest U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) report shows this trend has reversed itself. CO2 emissions from fossil fuels are up 2.74%, compared to 2013. As this figure does not include methane, which is 20 times more potent than CO2 over time, US emissions are far worse than we thought.

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