Foundations Launch Campaign to Divest from Fossil Fuels

By Andrea Vittorio
Feb. 3, 2014 — A coalition of 17 foundations, representing almost $1.8 billion in investment, plans to divest from fossil fuel companies in its portfolios and invest more in clean energy, leaders of the effort said Jan. 30.

The Wallace Global Fund, the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation, the Educational Foundation of America and others hope their “historic step,” the first divestment campaign led by a group of foundations, will encourage other philanthropies to follow suit.

Southcross Begins Work on $125M Pipeline in Eagle Ford

By Collin Eaton
HOUSTON, Jan. 31, 2014 – Southcross Energy Partners has started to build a 94-mile pipeline in a natural gas-rich region in the Eagle Ford Shale, a $125 million project expected to begin transporting gas later this year.

The 24-inch-diameter pipeline is expected to transport 300 million cubic feet of natural gas per day northeast from Webb County to another pipeline in Tilden, Texas. The Tilden line moves south to a processing facility near Corpus Christi.

Pivotal Keystone XL Study Reignites Battle Over Pipeline’s Impact

By Jennifer A. Dlouhy
WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2014 — The State Department on Friday said the Keystone XL pipeline is unlikely to dramatically boost demand for Canada’s oil sands, delivering a verdict that disappointed environmentalists even as it gave President Barack Obama the ammunition he needs to approve the controversial project.

EnVen Loses Control of Natural Gas Well in Gulf of Mexico

By Nathanial Gronewold, E&E reporter
HOUSTON, Jan. 31, 2014 -- Another offshore natural gas well has sprung a leak in the Gulf of Mexico, the federal government reported late yesterday.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement and the U.S. Coast Guard are responding to an incident 100 miles southwest of Lafayette, La. Officials reported that a well began spewing natural gas while a jack-up rig was drilling above a producing oil and gas platform.

EPA, Texas Reach Deal on Clean Air Plan

By Terry Wallace/Associated Press
DALLAS, Jan. 29, 2014 - Federal and state environmental officials said Wednesday that they've reached an agreement on portions of the Texas clean air plan that for years have been points of contention.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the conditional agreement on state permits will allow some operating flexibility to major air-pollution sources, such as oil refineries.

Texas Tops Nation in New Wind Power Construction

By Jennifer A. Dlouhy
WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2014 — Energy companies were installing a record level of wind turbines as 2013 came to a close, with most of the new capacity coming in Texas, according to new figures released Thursday.

More than 12,000 megawatts of wind power were under construction across 20 states during the fourth quarter of 2013, according to the American Wind Energy Association’s industry market report. The trade group says that’s enough to power 3.5 million homes.

Big Oil, Small Jobs: New Report Looks at the Oil Industry’s Job Claims

By Mari Hernandez
WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2014 - The oil and gas industry is one of the most lucrative industries in the United States. Its five largest companies—BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, and Shell—have earned more than $1 trillion in profits over the past decade. Yet this industry still fights tooth and nail to cling to its special tax provisions, worth at least $40 billion per decade. One of Big Oil’s most repeated rationales for keeping its exceedingly generous tax breaks, despite oil companies’ enormous profits, is its contribution to the U.S. employment numbers.

Report: U.S. Solar Jobs Grew 20% Since Last Year, Adding 900+ Jobs in Texas

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2014 - The Solar Foundation on January 27 released its National Solar Jobs Census 2013, which found that the U.S. solar industry employed 142,698 people as of November 2013—adding nearly 24,000 workers since September 2012, a growth rate of nearly 20%. According to the nonprofit industry group's census, 77% of the nearly 24,000 new solar jobs are new jobs, rather than existing positions that have added solar energy to their responsibilities.

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Water Lawsuit Against New Mexico Can Proceed

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2014 - The U.S. Supreme Court Monday ordered that Texas’ complaint against New Mexico be filed, ruling that Texas can proceed with its lawsuit against New Mexico. Texas initiated its original action against New Mexico in 2013 alleging that New Mexico has violated and continues to violate the Rio Grande Compact, an interstate water contract between Texas, New Mexico and Colorado, by allowing illegal and unauthorized diversions and use, in New Mexico, of water apportioned to Texas.

Trillion-dollar Border Bonanza in Store Thanks to Mexico Oil Reform, Say Economists

By Nathanial Gronewold, E&E reporter
HOUSTON, Jan. 29, 2014 - The opening of Mexico's oil and gas industry will bring more than $1 trillion to Texas and northern Mexico's economy and could even significantly reduce illegal border crossings by Mexican job seekers, a new economic report predicts.


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