The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on April 22 that the United States will end all exceptions for countries currently purchasing oil from Iran. As he specifically, said the country will no longer grant any exceptions. ‘We’re going to zero across the board’. Countries that had previously bought Iran’s crude oil have been transitioning to new suppliers.
The Port of Long Beach has implemented aggressive goals for zero emissions goods movement. The 2017 Clean Air Action Plan Update set the Port of Long Beach on the path to zero-emission goods movement, with a target of transitioning terminal equipment to zero emissions by 2030 and on-road trucks by 2035.
North Carolina ports announced on Monday, April 22, that it welcomed its first ever 12,000 TEU vessel to the Port of Wilmington. The Kota Pekarang vessel is the largest capacity-wise to call the port. It is operated by ZIM in collaboration with 2M Alliance, linking Asia to Wilmington.
On April 16, the County and Derecktor Shipyards announced that they signed a long-term agreement for the development and operation of a megayacht maintenance, repair and refit facility at the Port Of Ft. Pierce, Florida. The new shipyard will be the first facility in the US designed and built specifically to accommodate power and sailing yachts in the 200 ft. plus range.
Sempra Energy announced that its subsidiary, Port Arthur LNG, LLC, received authorization from the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to site, construct and operate its natural gas liquefaction-export facility under development in Jefferson County, Texas.
According to US’s Virgin Islands Governor, Albert Bryan, the US Virgin Islands aim to be placed as the number one tourism destination in the Caribbean by employing robust public-private partnerships. The port Authority is also experiencing a progress with the permanent repairs of its 119 facilities damaged in the hurricanes of September 2017.
The US Department of Energy announced up to $39 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development projects in order to improve oil and natural gas technologies. Selected projects will fall under two DOE Office of Fossil Energy funding opportunity announcements. The National Energy Technology Laboratory will manage the projects under both FOAs.
The staff of the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has prepared a final environmental impact statement for the Gulf LNG Liquefaction Project proposed by Gulf LNG Liquefaction Company, Gulf LNG Energy, and Gulf LNG Pipeline. The FERC staff concluded that approval of the proposed Project, with the mitigation measures recommended in the EIS, would have some adverse environmental impacts. However, these impacts would be avoided or reduced to less-than-significant levels.
The European Council voted to begin talks concerning the Trans-Atlantic Investment Partnership (TTIP), revealing the possibility that the US and EU could sign a new trade deal. The vote took place on April 15, and was passed despite France opposing to the US’s position on climate change, and specifically President Trump’s decision to be excluded from the Paris Agreement.
On Wednesday, South Carolina’s Senate advanced a measure that would require the state to block new infrastructure to transport or process offshore oil and gas. This comes as state lawmakers fear the Interior Department will open the Atlantic coast to offshore drilling.
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