Day: January 7, 2020

Can you dig it? Heather Fitzenhagen seeks fines for contractors who don’t call 811

It has been months since state Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen’s office handled a near-miss where a constituent nearly dug up their utilities. Heading into the 2020 Legislative Session, she wants to make sure more calls don’t follow. The Fort Myers Republican filed a bill (HB 1095) putting significant fines in place for digging without checking first…read more

Rerouting pipeline away from ‘sacred lands’ seen as pragmatic

A weekend pledge by President López Obrador to reroute a natural gas pipeline away from “sacred hills” in Puebla could ultimately help finish the project, according to experts. López Obrador told indigenous residents of the Sierra Norte in Puebla on Saturday that his government will not allow the Canadian company TC Energy to build the …

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Excavator speaks out, Gold Shovel Standard fails

Fenton Twp. — At the Monday, Jan. 6 meeting, the Fenton Township Board of Trustees voted 6-0 against adopting an ordinance that would have required contractors to provide proof that they participate in the Gold Shovel Standard (GSS) to do underground work. The Genesee County Drain Commissioner’s Water and Waste Services Division (GCDC) recently joined …

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As pipeline battle heads to Supreme Court, PennEast asks for more time on construction

PennEast Pipeline Co. LLC’s federal approval expires Jan. 19, with the start of construction still on hold as a fight over state permits appears headed for the U.S. Supreme Court. The consortium of natural gas companies asked the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Dec. 30 to extend to Jan. 19, 2022, its deadline to complete …

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Spotlight: Chile’s 2020 diesel, renewable and hydro pipeline

Despite a plan to phase out carbon-based generation, and even though it is becoming less useful for the system, Chile’s diesel generation park keeps growing. According to energy watchdog CNE, considering projects for which it already has a connection date, 4,618MW of new capacity are expected to enter operation in 2020. Of this, 441MW are from diesel backup …

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Russia Launches Into New Export Territory With TurkStream Natural-Gas Pipeline

When Vladimir Putin visits Istanbul on January 8, the Russian president will be doing more than officially opening a new export pipeline — he will be getting some more closure on his longstanding dream to end Moscow’s dependence on archrival Ukraine in getting natural gas to Europe. Russia has been seeking to cut gas transit …

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Mexican President Decides To Re-Route Crucial Pipeline

A plan announced by Mexico’s President to re-route a pipeline under construction in order to go around indigenous lands has sparked concern among some in the industry regarding future energy projects. BNN Bloomberg cites analysts as saying the plan could create a risky precedent for indigenous communities that are already protesting a number of pipeline projects. …

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