Belarus leader floats idea of cutting gas to Europe in migrant standoff

Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko on Thursday raised the possibility he could shut down the transit of natural gas to Europe via Belarus in retaliation against any new European Union sanctions imposed over his country’s handling of migrants. The EU on Wednesday accused Belarus of mounting a “hybrid attack” on the bloc by encouraging thousands ofContinue reading “Belarus leader floats idea of cutting gas to Europe in migrant standoff”

Jitters in Europe as Russia shows no sign of increasing gas supplies

Putin ordered supply increase once domestic storage full No physical flows between Poland, Germany on Yamal-Europe pipeline Gazprom makes no additional requests via Ukraine Russia showed no sign on Monday of carrying out an order by President Vladimir Putin to pump more gas to Europe, deepening European concerns about tight supplies, high prices and energyContinue reading “Jitters in Europe as Russia shows no sign of increasing gas supplies”

Russia’s remote permafrost thaws, threatening homes and infrastructure

The old airport in the Siberian settlement of Churapcha has been unusable for years, its runway transformed into a swampy field of puffed-up mounds and reliefs. Like cities and towns across northern and northeastern Russia, Churapcha is suffering the consequence of climate change thawing the permafrost on which everything is built. “There isn’t a single settlement inContinue reading “Russia’s remote permafrost thaws, threatening homes and infrastructure”

Enbridge ordered to pay $3 million for Line 3 groundwater leak

Minnesota regulators have ordered Enbridge to pay more than $3 million for allegedly violating state environmental law by piercing a groundwater aquifer during construction of the Line 3 oil pipeline replacement. The state Department of Natural Resources said Enbridge, while working near Clearbrook in January, dug too deeply into the ground and pierced an artesianContinue reading “Enbridge ordered to pay $3 million for Line 3 groundwater leak”

Shell to pay $111m over decades-old oil spills in Nigeria

Company maintains oil spills in 1970 were caused by third parties during civil war Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to pay around €95m (£80.4m/$111.6m) to communities in southern Nigeria over crude oil spills in 1970, lawyers involved in the case have said. The decision is the latest involving Opec-member Nigeria’s oil-producing south where communities haveContinue reading “Shell to pay $111m over decades-old oil spills in Nigeria”

Exclusive: Zelensky “surprised” and “disappointed” by Biden pipeline move

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says he learned through the press — not any direct heads-up — that President Biden had decided to stop trying to block a Russian pipeline that Ukraine sees as a dire national security threat. Driving the news: Zelensky used an hourlong Zoom interview with Axios on Friday to beseech Biden to meetContinue reading “Exclusive: Zelensky “surprised” and “disappointed” by Biden pipeline move”

A leaky pipeline operates illegally on tribal land. Will the White House please speak up?

Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline is threatening the Great Lakes and treaty-protected land. Biden needs to back his promises to Indigenous communities. The Biden-Harris administration has been incredibly vocal in its commitments to rebuilding the federal government’s fractured relationship with Indigenous communities since before taking office. During his campaign, Biden committed to “restoring tribal lands, addressing climate change,Continue reading “A leaky pipeline operates illegally on tribal land. Will the White House please speak up?”

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