Canada Declares Climate Emergency, then Approves Pipeline Expansion

Trudeau doesn’t seem to understand what ‘climate emergency’ means. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is riding a rollercoaster of public opinion these days. Many Canadians were pleased with the House of Commons’ declaration of a climate emergency on Monday, a motion put forward by Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine …

Study on 14-Year-Old Disaster Finds Oil Still Leaking into Sea

It’s been more than 14 years since Hurricane Ivan made landfall on the Gulf Coast of the United States as a Category 3 storm, with wind speeds approaching 200 kilometers per hour and a destructive storm surge. Worse is what’s still happening offshore, where an oil platform that collapsed during …

Norway Approves Extension to Giant Oil Field

Authorities in Norway have formally approved the development and operation of the second phase of the giant Johan Sverdrup oil field. Developer Equinor says the extension to the field, with planned start-up in 2022, will increase production from 440,000 barrels of oil per day to 660,000 barrels per day. Johan …

Cambridge University Agrees to Explore Fossil Fuel Divestment Plan

The former archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has welcomed an “urgent change” by Cambridge University, after it agreed to provide fully costed plans setting out how it could divest multibillion-pound endowments from fossil fuel corporations. The university’s management accepted a motion, known as a grace, which urged Cambridge to “set …

UK Offshore Oil and Gas Production up by a Fifth over past Five Years

UK offshore oil and gas production has increased by a fifth over the past five years, following 14 years of decline. That’s according to a new report from Oil and Gas UK (OGUK), which suggests momentum is again building around exploration activity, with up to 15 exploration wells expected in …

Could US Overtake Saudi Arabia as World’s Top Oil Exporter?

The US will start exporting more oil than Russia and could potentially overtake Saudi Arabia as the world’s top exporter in the next five years. The forecast from the International Energy Agency (IEA) comes after a “spectacular growth” of 2.2 million barrels per day (mb/d) of oil in the US …

Mysterious Oil Spill on Massachusetts’ Charles River Spurs Major Emergency Response

An oil spill on Massachusetts’ Charles River drew a major emergency response Wednesday night, as several fire trucks and emergency vehicles, including a hazmat team, raced to help with the cleanup, 7 News Boston WHDH reported. The spill was detected in Waltham, a town about 12 miles west of Boston. Authorities were alerted …