Newsletter: Feds Urged to Suspend PennEast Review; Green Jobs Surpass Fossil Fuels

Posted June 2, 2016

A look at the latest news, facts and figures on fossil fuels, pipelines, renewable energy, energy efficiency and progress on stopping the PennEast pipeline. 

In the News

Groups Call on Feds to Stop Review of $1.2 Billion Pipeline

By Keith Brown, NJ.com 

Federal review of the $1.2 billion PennEast pipeline application should stop immediately because the company has repeatedly failed to provide critical data, according to a letter sent by environmental groups Thursday.

Lawyers for the New Jersey Conservation Foundation and the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association requested that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission cease its review of the PennEast application because the company has not provided data requested by several state and federal agencies, including the energy commission. Read more.

In Other Pipeline News

Kinder Morgan Formally Withdraws Federal Application for Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline

By Mary Serreze, MassLive.com

Kinder Morgan today formally withdrew its federal application for Northeast Energy Direct, the 420-mile pipeline which would carry Marcellus Shale gas from Pennsylvania into New England, meaning that the controversial project, as proposed, will not be built. Read more.


Clean-Energy Jobs Surpass Oil Drilling for First Time in U.S.

By Anna Hirtenstein, Bloomberg

The number of U.S. jobs in solar energy overtook those in oil and natural gas extraction for the first time last year, helping drive a global surge in employment in the clean-energy business as fossil-fuel companies faltered.

Employment in the U.S. solar business grew 12 times faster than overall job creation, the International Renewable Energy Agency said in a report on Wednesday. About 8.1 million people worldwide had jobs in the clean energy in 2015, up from 7.7 million in 2014... Read more.

In Other Renewable Energy News

By the Numbers

  • $1.7 billion
    Shell’s investment in a new division for developing renewable energy and low carbon power.
    Source: The Guardian
  • 5 percent
    Solar workforce growth rate in 2015.
    Source: Bloomberg
  • 40 years
    “If you build a pipeline in 2016, the investment will be amortized for 40 years or more. It is designed to… carry coal slurry or gas or oil well into the second half of the 21st century. It is… designed to keep us extracting carbon, the very thing scientists insist we simply can’t keep doing and survive.”
    Source: L.A. Times

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