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U.S. LNG exports soar

United States

Figures released yesterday by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) show that monthly U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports reached record highs in the first half of 2021, averaging 9.6 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d). This average marks an increase of 42%, or 2.8 Bcf/d, compared with the same period in 2020 (according to… Read More

Coastal Zone Management Act and its Impact on Offshore Wind Development

United States

Twentieth-century legal battles between state and federal authorities over offshore mineral leases led Congress to enact laws that address which activities, and which locations, give rise to state and federal control (e.g., the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA), the Submerged Lands Act, and the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA)). As the United States prepares… Read More

Municipalities launch protests against York City wastewater treatment system sale

PA, United States

Five municipalities have filed protests against the sale of York’s wastewater treatment system, alleging the deal is inherently flawed and will increase rates. The five townships, which form the York Area Regional Sewer Authority, join another protest filed by the state Office of Consumer Advocate with the Public Utility Commission over the $235 million sale to Pennsylvania American Water… Read More

Governor Wolf Announces $97 Million Investment in Clean, Lead-Free Water Infrastructure Projects in 19 Counties

PA, United States

Governor Tom Wolf today announced the investment of $97 million for 25 drinking water, wastewater, stormwater, and non-point source projects across 19 counties through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) furthering his commitment to a lead-free Pennsylvania. “Historic investments in clean water infrastructure like the ones made today continue to underscore our commitment to safe… Read More

County looks to help pay for Barcelona Harbor dredging

NY, United States

Chautauqua County is looking to help pay for the dredging of Barcelona Harbor. During the Chautauqua County Legislature’s Audit and Control Committee meeting Thursday, committee members unanimously agreed to a resolution to spend up to $20,000 for dredging costs to reimburse the town of Westfield. The county’s Planning and Economic Development Committee backed the resolution… Read More

United States: Governor Murphy Makes An Investment In The Future Of New Jersey’s Offshore Wind Industry

NJ, United States

New Jersey has set an ambitious goal to supply 7,500 MW of offshore wind energy to the State by 2030. In order to meet this goal, New Jersey will be required to provide port services to support the development of offshore wind farms. To that end, Governor Murphy included $200 million in the State’s budget… Read More

What this Biden administration ruling could mean for New Hanover beach town renourishment projects

NC, United States

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – Beach nourishment projects in New Hanover County could soon be even more complicated because of a new interpretation of a federal law known as the Coastal Barrier Resources Act (CBRA). The purpose of CBRA, in part, is to limit development on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. “In the early 1980s, Congress… Read More

Rudolph: New federal sand policy doesn’t threaten local nourishment, dredging projects, for now

NC, United States

EMERALD ISLE — A recent U.S. Interior Department interpretation that reverses a policy that has allowed beach towns to easily use sand from federally protected areas for beach nourishment won’t have any immediate impact on Carteret County. County Shore Protection Office Manager Greg Rudolph said Thursday the county hasn’t used any sand from federally protected… Read More

Hard times: Voices from the Great Depression on NC coast

NC, United States

Coastal Review is featuring the work of North Carolina historian David Cecelski, who writes about the history, culture and politics of the North Carolina coast. Cecelski shares on his website essays and lectures he has written about the state’s coast as well as brings readers along on his search for the lost stories of our coastal past in… Read More

Sewage spill triggers beach closure; repairs may take 3 nights, township customers asked to conserve water

MI, United States

TRAVERSE CITY — Swimmers who prefer to cool off in West Grand Traverse Bay at the Bryant Park beach in Traverse City are advised to splash into a different spot for now, following a major break in a major sewer line. Local health and city officials confirmed an accidental release of raw sewage Monday evening… Read More

Beach Restoration Program Offered To Communities On Lake Huron

MI, United States

A Green Ribbon Champion program is being offered to the communities living along the shorelines of Lake Huron to help maintain their beaches. Organized by The Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation, it is a charitable organization with the aim of protecting and restoring Lake Huron’s coastal lines, according to Coastal Stewardship Coordinator, Daniela Klicper…. Read More

State offers $10 million in case Portland Harbor dredging grant denied

ME, United States

Portland is again looking for $24 million to remove silt from harbor wharves, and Maine lawmakers will back part of the project if federal money doesn’t come through. Regional officials will try again to get federal funding for a $30 million Portland Harbor dredging project, this time with an additional $10 million of state money… Read More

Commencement of Work by Edwin A. and John Crandell, Inc. at the Chesapeake Beach Dredge Material Placement (DMP) Site

MD, United States

July 26, 2021 (Chesapeake Beach, MD)– The Town of Chesapeake Beach, in partnership with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), has commenced rehabilitation work at the Chesapeake Beach Dredge Material Placement (DMP) Site. Edwin A. and John O. Crandell, Inc. is mobilized to complete the work necessary to prepare the DMP site in preparation for… Read More

State’s top environmental official urges investment to prepare Massachusetts for climate change

MA, United States

BOSTON – With temperatures climbing back toward 90 degrees in parts of the state, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides on Monday pressed the administration’s case with senators to begin investing immediately in infrastructure and ecological restoration that will prepare Massachusetts for the impacts of climate change. Theorharides said this summer’s high temperatures and… Read More

Want Proof We Need a Civilian Climate Corps? Look No Further Than Louisiana

LA, United States

“For an alternative view, DredgeWire suggests the following lead editorial by the Wall St Journal: https://www.wsj.com/articles/civilian-climate-corps-democrats-ed-markey-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-sunrise-movement-evergreen-action-11627337295 Gulf Coast communities are on the frontline of climate change. A program now being debated in Congress could put people to work building a more resilient South The January family calls their house “the Ponderosa,” after the home at… Read More

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