Pluto Expansion Could Start 2021: Woodside

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“Woodside is well positioned to capitalise on an expected increase in demand from emerging Asian markets,” its CEO Peter Coleman told the company’s annual investor briefing day May 23, disclosing plans to expand its Pluto LNG complex in 2021.

“Our portfolio offers exciting prospects for growing shareholder value that will coincide with rising global demand for gas and an anticipated supply shortfall,” he said, adding that a possible Pluto LNG expansion and Senegal oil development could generate significant cash in 2022-26.

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‘My worst nightmares are coming true’: Europe’s last primeval forest on ‘brink of collapse’

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Polish government is accused of pushing Białowieża forest ecosystem to point of no return with state-sanctioned logging in Unesco world heritage site

Scientists and environmental campaigners have accused the Polish government of bringing the ecosystem of the Białowieża forest in north-eastern Poland to the “brink of collapse”, one year after a revised forest management plan permitted the trebling of state logging activity and removed a ban on logging in old growth areas.

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¿Por qué la obsesión de Latinoamérica por las represas?

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Son símbolos de orgullo nacional, pero dado el aumento en las protestas y los costos medioambientales ahora se cuestiona el futuro de las mega represas

Durante abril de 2014, las lluvias fueron monumentales. Para principios de mayo, los operadores de la represa de 219 MW Cachoeira Caldeirão, que estaba construyéndose en el remoto estado de Amapá en Brasil, sabían que los niveles del río Araguari se encontraban peligrosamente altos. Si no se retiraba algo de agua de inmediato, la represa entera podría colapsarse. No habría ningún peligro para la población porque toda la escorrentía sería absorbida por otras dos represas río abajo, pensaba la compañía de energía hidráulica.

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The missed opportunity of a tiny, tidy life

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Meet your neighbors” should be a rather benign request. You share many trappings of your life with them, after all: A street, a building stairwell, a bodega where you see each other buying the exact same flavor of taquitos at two in the morning. See! You have so much in common.

Recent reader responses to this very suggestion revealed its perceived outrageousness. They covered a remarkable variety of objections: claims of being too shy, accusations that yours truly is a “Cheeto follower,” and the colorful declaration that “my neighbor can go pound sand” (which I had to Google).

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Dakota Access pipeline and a feeder line leaked more than 100 gallons in March

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There were two leaks – one because of a leaky part, the other after an above-ground valve failed – as crews prepared disputed $3.8bn pipeline for operation

The Dakota Access pipeline and a feeder line leaked more than 100 gallons of oil in North Dakota in separate incidents in March as crews prepared the disputed $3.8bn pipeline for operation.

Related: Dakota Access pipeline has first leak before it’s fully operational

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Too fast, too soon: how China’s growth led to the Tianjin disaster

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The 2015 warehouse explosion in Tianjin was one of the worst manmade disasters in Chinese history – and exposed the darker side of rapid urbanisation

It was almost midnight on a summer Wednesday in 2015 when Hu Xiumin was jolted awake by a loud noise. Her apartment building in the affluent Harbour City development was shaking violently. She ran from the bedroom to find her husband standing in the study, looking out of the window.

From here they could see out over the port of Tianjin; one of the warehouses was on fire. They backed away from the window just moments before the warehouse exploded in one of the worst manmade disasters in China’s history.

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UK bathing water ranks next from last in EU beach table

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20 sites fail safe bathing criteria stoking fears UK will once more be ‘dirty man of Europe’ after Brexit

The UK is second bottom in a league table ranking EU countries on the quality of their bathing water, stoking fears that the “dirty man of Europe” could be on his way home after Brexit.

96.4% of British beaches were found safe to swim in last year, but 20 sites failed the assessment in the annual survey by the European Environmental Agency (EEA) released on Tuesday. Only Ireland had a higher percentage of poor quality bathing waters at 4%.

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Iran to Sign Firm Contract with Tubacex May 24

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Iran will sign a contract worth $550mn with Spanish Tubacex May 24 to produce corrosion-resistant alloy (CRA) pipelines, needed for South Pars.

This will be the first agreement in Iran’s oil and gas sector to be signed with a foreign company after the elimination of nuclear sanctions in January 2016. Iran has signed dozens of memoranda of understanding with foreign companies, but none of them has developed into an agreement yet.

According to a report, released by the oil ministry, the buyer is Iran’s Mobarakeh Steel Company and Tubacex will supply 600 km of CRA pipes needed for Pars Oil and Gas Company, operator of giant South Pars.

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Sound Bullish About East Morocco Play

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UK-based Morocco gas explorer Sound Energy said May 23 it has almost doubled its in-house estimate of its deep level TAGI resource in eastern Morocco, based on its TE-8 well there.

Two months ago it said the TE-8 well had established that an Algerian geological play extends into eastern Morocco. Now it has said that sandstones at TE-8 have gas shows that are “likely to be producible with mechanical stimulation”; but the firm has yet to conduct any flow test on the well.

CEO James Parsons on May 23 said TE-8 was “the definitive Paleozoic play opener with thick Westphalian sands which should be producible across the region”; the gas-water contact was confirmed at 1,350 metres sub sea-level but the TAGI reservoir was “relatively tight.”

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10 minutes with Aaron Stash, United Airlines

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This column is about the people of sustainable business. What makes them tick? What have they learned? What do they do for fun? Next up in this series is Aaron Stash, manager of environmental strategy and sustainability at United Airlines.

Bob Langert: What made you switch from your 16-year career and education in marketing? Sustainability is a long way from being a brand manager of the MileagePlus Program.

Aaron Stash: It started with building a LEED Platinum Certified Home for my family. We were looking to save money on our bills. We were also looking to increase our indoor air quality. Both my daughter and I have a lot of allergies. My allergist told me I was born on the wrong planet.

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