- A natural-gas-infrastructure project slated for southern New England came to a screeching halt June 29, when Houston-based Spectra Energy Partners announced that the controversial Access Northeast project is being suspended. The Algonquin natural-gas pipeline included a series of extensions between New York and Massachusetts. [ecoRI news]
- Lately, crude oil hasn’t looked like a great investment. The Keystone XL pipeline’s operator, TransCanada, is struggling to track down oil producers and refiners who want to invest in transporting crude oil from Canada to the United States. When it proposed the pipeline extension in 2008, a barrel of crude cost $130. Now it’s down to $45. [Grist]
- Hawaiian Electric Companies submitted a draft of its plan to modernize the power grids on the five Islands it serves to bring more renewable resources online. The plan shows how the gird modernization will help achieve a consolidated renewable portfolio standard of 48% by 2020. The state mandated RPS calls for 30% by 2020. [Pacific Business News]
- A landmark lawsuit by a group of children against the Trump administration over climate change is headed to trial. The plaintiffs include 21 children and young adults who originally sued in 2015, arguing that the federal government encourages use of fossil fuels despite knowing about the dangers of climate change. [Scientific American]
- A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine said premature deaths resulting from air pollution are occurring in areas where levels are within National Ambient Air Quality Standards. It said that even a modest reduction in PM2.5 pollution particles could prevent about 12,000 premature deaths annually. [Yale Environment 360]
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