Outdoor Updates: Dominion Energy strikes deal to turn cow manure into energy

first_imgDominion Energy strikes deal to turn cow manure into energy Goldman Sachs says it will not finance new oil projects in the Arctic The WSJ reports that the gas extracted from cow manure, called biogas, is in high demand among consumers, businesses, and local governments that want to lower their emissions. Although producing biogas is more expensive than producing natural gas from shale, it can generate carbon offset credits for buyers, making biogas profitable for energy companies.  Dominion Energy has entered into a $200 million pact with a renewable energy producer and the Dairy Farmers of American Inc. to extract natural gas from cow manure, the Wall Street Journal reports. The utility will fund construction of organic-waste processing facilities, connect the facilities to natural gas distribution pipelines, and sell the gas.center_img This week, Goldman Sachs announced it would not finance new oil drilling or exploration projects in the Arctic, the Sierra Club announced. It’s the first time a US bank has made such a commitment. The move comes after the bank revised their environmental policy. The commitment also includes a ban on financing for new thermal coalmines around the world. The bank made the shift citing “potential impacts to critical natural habitats for endangered species” as well as the negative effects drilling can have on Indigenous communities. Previous to Goldman Sachs announcement, US banks have been some of the top financiers of fossil fuel projects.last_img read more

Mexican president vows justice for massacre victims

first_imgNovember’s gangland attack on a remote stretch of road in northernSonora state killed three mothers and six children when their vehicles cameunder heavy gunfire then were torched. Two rival gangs, factions of the Sinaloa and Juarez cartels, are knownto fight over lucrative cross-border smuggling routes in the area.    La Mora, like other northern Mexican settlements where relatives of thelarge families live, was founded decades ago by breakaway Mormon leaders whofled the US, seeking a safe haven for their beliefs.(Reuters) Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador gestures as he speaks during his visit to the Mexican-American Mormon community in La Mora, Sonora, Mexico on Jan. 12. REUTERS/CARLOS JASSOcenter_img President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador promised to keep relativesappraised of the investigation into the ambush carried out by cartel gunmen twomonths ago. LA MORA – Mexico’s president pledged on Sunday that those behind amassacre that killed nine members of a United States (US)-Mexican family ofMormon origin will be punished.last_img read more