The “Keep It in the Ground” activists have been making a lot of noise in their effort to shut down Enbridge Line 5, the critical pipeline system that brings in light crude and natural gas liquids (NGL) from Canada to help Michigan and the Great Lakes region meet its energy needs. But recently, other voices have been making themselves heard, including elected officials, business organizations, local and national unions, and even the media.Read More
Following the denial of yet another pipeline permit in New York state, National Grid—the nation’s second largest utility—has stopped processing requests for new natural gas hookups in New York City.
This is the second utility to put a hold on natural gas permits in the greater New York City area in two months. Last March, Con Edison imposed a moratorium on new natural gas hookups in Westchester County, just north of New York City, because it would soon face more demand for gas “than the existing interstate system can bring into our area.”Read More
Like many states, Michigan is in dire need of infrastructure upgrades.
In its 2018 Infrastructure Report Card, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave Michigan a D+ and recommended “upgrading energy pipelines” among several measures to “meet future needs, avoid energy disruptions, and lower the risk of future increased energy costs.”Read More
The recent ruling by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals dismissing a petition to overturn FERC’s approval of the Mountain Valley Pipeline was more than just a victory of common sense over “Keep It in the Ground” activism. It highlighted the enormous disparity between how pipelines—and our current energy infrastructure—are judged (focus on the costs while minimizing the benefits), versus how the Green New Deal is being judged (focus on the benefits while ignoring the costs).Read More
Two years ago, “Keep It in the Ground” activists clashed violently with law enforcement in a futile effort to shut down construction of the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota. During weeks of violent #NoDAPL protests, anti-pipeline activists shot at police; pelted them with rocks, bottles, and Molotov cocktails; and burned vehicles and construction equipment.Read More
There is a growing movement among environmental extremists and their apologists to redefine just how violent protesters can be in petitioning the government for a redress of their grievances.Read More