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DOE seeks input on water supply challenges; EPA's NSR to ease review process

DOE seeks input on water supply challenges, including for energy sector

The U.S. Department of Energy is asking for information and ideas on key barriers to long-term and affordable access to water supplies, including challenges the energy sector faces.

EPA's NSR guidance will curtail lengthy review processes for some projects

Seeking to further clarify its New Source Review, or NSR, program, a March 13 memo from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will streamline the two-step process that industrial facilities such as power plants must go through before construction can begin on any upgrade project that may increase emissions.

Moody's sees increasing climate change risks for insurance companies

Climate change poses several threats to the insurance industry, particularly to the property and casualty insurance and reinsurance sectors, Moody's Investors Service said in a March 15 report.

National Academies say more real examples needed in upcoming climate assessment

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recommended the Trump administration expand the forthcoming national climate assessment to include more examples of how the private and public sector are adapting to and mitigating the impacts of climate change.

Siemens official: Companies must take 'intelligent risks' on early technologies

Energy companies and manufacturers should take "intelligent risks" on emerging technologies to remain competitive, a Siemens official said, explaining how that strategy has saved the company time and money.

Asset managers could have changed outcome of 10 climate disclosure proposals

Two of the biggest global asset managers had enough sway behind their votes that they could have ensured that a significantly larger number of shareholder proposals on climate change gained majority support in the 2017 proxy season, according to a new report.

W.Va. court grants injunction against Mountain Valley pipeline protesters

A West Virginia county court granted an injunction against protesters of the the EQT Corp.-led Mountain Valley pipeline who were occupying trees along the route of the 2-Bcf/d natural gas transportation project, The Register-Herald of Beckley, W.Va., reported March 14.

W.Va. agency orders Rover Pipeline to stop construction for water violations

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection ordered Rover Pipeline LLC to halt construction activities on its 3.25-Bcf/d natural gas pipeline project due to water permit violations.

Work halted again on Mariner East 2 pipeline as more drilling fluid spills occur

Energy Transfer Partners LP's affiliate Sunoco Pipeline LP was ordered March 16 to halt construction of the Mariner East 2 NGL pipeline in two central Pennsylvania counties after releasing drilling fluid while horizontally drilling parts of the pipeline's underground route.