DEC defense of Toxics Release Inventory data challenged

The Cordova Times | March 10, 2020

Alaska Commissioner of Environmental Conservation Jason Brune says the majority of reported toxic releases in the state consist of naturally occurring trace minerals in waste rock and tailings excavated from mine sites. Mining waste rock and tailings are disposed of in state-permitted, engineered and monitored disposal sites, Brune said, in recent comments about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s released analysis of the annual Toxics Release Inventory data for 2018. “Big mines like Red Dog move a significant amount of material as part of their daily operations, but such actions do not adversely impact human health and the environment,” Brune said, in a statement released by DEC in mid-February. “Characterizing such releases as toxic is disingenuous at best.”

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Verra Opens the Door to Engage Blockchain Climate Initiatives

BICOWG | December 28, 2021

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Plastic Energy and TotalEnergies Sign an Agreement for an Advanced Recycling Project in Spain

Plastic Energy and TotalEnergies | January 11, 2022

Plastic Energy and TotalEnergies have announced a new agreement to promote the development of advanced plastic recycling. Under this agreement, Plastic Energy plans to build a second advanced recycling plant in Sevilla, Spain, in addition to their existing operational plant, which will transform end-of-life plastic waste into a recycled feedstock called TACOIL using Plastic Energy’s patented recycling technology. TotalEnergies will convert this raw material into virgin-quality polymers, which can be used for food-grade packaging. The plant will process and convert 33,000 tons of post-consumer end-of-life plastic waste yearly, that would otherwise be destined for landfill or incineration. The plant is expected to become operational in early 2025, with TACOIL to be used for the manufacturing of high-quality polymers in TotalEnergies’ European-based production units, following a successful processing experimentation in TotalEnergies’ petrochemical platform in Antwerp. With identical properties to virgin ones, the recycled polymers will be suitable for use in food-grade applications, such as flexible and rigid food packaging containers. Plastic Energy and TotalEnergies are both firmly committed to develop plastics recycling to address the issue of plastic waste, and to build a circular economy in Europe and globally. In line with this commitment, TotalEnergies and Plastic Energy have announced in September 2020 a joint venture to build a plastic waste conversion facility with a capacity of 15,000 tonnes per year at the TotalEnergies Grandpuits zero-crude platform in France. The project is expected to be operational in 2023. Additionally, Plastic Energy, Freepoint Eco-Systems and TotalEnergies announced a strategic partnership in October 2021 for a similar recycling plant in Texas, U.S.A. This plant, which is a joint venture between Plastic Energy and Freepoint Eco-systems, will have the capacity to recycle 33,000 tonnes of plastic waste per year, and is expected to be operational by mid-2024. Under the agreement, TACOIL will be converted by TotalEnergies in its Texas-based production units. “I am pleased to announce another new Plastic Energy plant in Spain, and a new collaboration agreement with our partner, TotalEnergies. This new large-scale recycling plant will be an impactful addition to our existing portfolio of operational plants in Spain and will allow for an increase in the amount of end-of-life plastics that we can recycle in Europe.” Carlos Monreal, founder and CEO of Plastic Energy “This new project with Plastic Energy in Spain follows two collaboration projects already announced in France and the U.S. Those projects contribute to addressing the challenge of the circular economy and to our ambition of producing 30% recycled and renewable polymers by 2030,” said Valérie Goff, Senior Vice President, Polymers at TotalEnergies. About Plastic Energy Ltd. Plastic Energy is a global leader in chemical recycling, offering a sustainable solution to help prevent plastic waste, transforming previously unrecyclable plastic waste into a valuable resource. Our patented and proven chemical recycling technology converts end-of-life plastic waste into an optimal feedstock (TACOIL) for making virgin-quality recycled plastics. Plastic Energy currently has two chemical recycling plants that are in constant operation in Spain and is one of the few companies worldwide that has sold TACOIL from the conversion of end-of-life plastic waste to replace fossil oils in the manufacturing of new plastics. We are leading our field in the transition to a low-carbon circular economy for plastics. About TotalEnergies TotalEnergies is a global multi-energy company that produces and markets energies: oil and biofuels, natural gas and green gases, renewables and electricity. Our 105,000 employees are committed to energy that is ever more affordable, cleaner, more reliable and accessible to as many people as possible. Active in more than 130 countries, TotalEnergies puts sustainable development in all its dimensions at the heart of its projects and operations to contribute to the well-being of people.

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DarkPulse Inc Signs JV Agreement with Egyptian Infrastructure Construction and Engineering Firm

DarkPulse, Inc | March 09, 2022

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EEMW Founder & CEO, Dr. Ehab Eldemeri, one of the leading researchers and developers of fiber optic solutions in Egypt, North Africa, and the Middle East, understands the opportunities to create and deliver a new generation of fiber optic based solutions that can help improve the lives of Egyptians and people around the world. Together, both companies believe a new generation of fiber sensors will change the design, concept and implementation methods of future cities. Mr. O’Leary and Dr. Eldemeri believe this joint venture will be the first step towards opening the gates to Africa & the Middle East, since Egypt is the leading technology focused country in the region. DarkPulse & EEMW plan to deliver solutions in real estate development, infrastructure, utility management, and building information management systems coupled with new innovations based on distributed sensing fiber systems. Plans include building a research and development unit to help understand future demands and market trends of the region. “The Middle East is leading the world in the creation of smart cities. Egypt is particularly of interest with their New Cairo smart city project and an additional 16 smart cities slated to be built. These major projects rival cities such as Dubai and the planned NEOM project. Our core business is the monitoring and detection of structural anomalies in Critical Infrastructure /Key Resources. The agreement with EEMW brings DarkPulse more than 23 years of experience in engineering and building infrastructure projects while allowing DarkPulse and EEMW to perform sales and installations of our dark-pulse BOTDA systems into the Middle East and North Africa market accelerating the Company’s global market presence.” Dennis O’Leary, Chairman and CEO of DarkPulse “Selecting Egypt is the right decision for our companies as the future expansion in the region includes hi-technology fiber optics deployments with some of the largest multinational companies in the world currently operating there. 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About Egyptian Electrical & Mechanical Works Co EEMW Co. provides project management, engineering and construction supervision on refinery, liquefied natural gas, petroleum & chemical pipeline – submarine and above ground, energy and civil infrastructure projects such as ports, industrial cities and plants. It Provides Operations and maintenance activities for its client like Etisalat, British Petroleum, Bechtel, Siemens, Enal Power. The company also specializes in control system technology for Oil & Gas Industry and is pioneer in some major technologies and solutions.

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EnLink Midstream and Talos Energy Announce Complete Carbon Capture, Transportation, and Sequestration Services Solution

EnLink Midstream, LLC | February 16, 2022

EnLink Midstream, LLC and Talos Energy Inc. announced that they have executed a memorandum of understanding to jointly develop a complete carbon capture, transportation, and sequestration (CCS) solution for industrial-scale emitters in Louisiana. The joint service offering will be focused on the Mississippi River corridor from New Orleans to Baton Rouge, which is one of the largest concentrated sources of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the United States, and will utilize significant portions of EnLink's existing regional pipeline infrastructure of approximately 4,000 miles in Louisiana and Talos's recently acquired River Bend CCS site in east Louisiana, which includes approximately 26,000 acres of pore space and provides sequestration capacity of over 500 million metric tonnes in the area. EnLink and Talos have begun to market the offering to potential customers. "We are proud to offer with Talos a complete CO2 capture, transportation, and sequestration solution for customers in eastern Louisiana. We plan to utilize our existing pipeline infrastructure and expertise in building midstream infrastructure to provide cost-efficient transportation, while reducing the environmental impact compared to new pipeline construction. We believe we are uniquely positioned in this regard, given the vast extent of our pipeline infrastructure in the region. Talos not only brings sequestration sites in close proximity to our pipelines, but also the downhole expertise to develop them. I continue to be inspired by the speed and execution from our carbon solutions teams, as we execute on our vision to become the future of midstream and creating sustainable value for EnLink and our unitholders." EnLink Chairman and CEO Barry Davis "We are very happy to join forces with EnLink in the Mississippi River corridor from New Orleans to Baton Rouge to leverage their infrastructure and operational reliability as a midstream solution, initially focused on the River Bend CCS project in east Louisiana," said Talos President and CEO Timothy S. Duncan. "EnLink owns the last-mile pipe to most industrial emission sources in the region and will complement Talos' expertise in conventional geology, subsurface characterization, and track record of responsible operations. We are excited to collaborate to provide a one-stop solution that will lead to a simpler pricing model and, ultimately, accelerated decarbonization in a key industrial emissions region." Utilizing EnLink's Existing Pipeline Infrastructure EnLink and its predecessors have a long history of pipeline and processing operations in Louisiana. EnLink has identified existing pipelines to be utilized for CO2 transportation from emissions sources in the Geismar, Donaldsonville, Plaquemine, and St. Charles areas. This existing pipeline infrastructure provides a cost-efficient solution and greatly reduces the environmental impacts compared to new pipeline construction in environmentally sensitive areas. Due to optionality and redundancy in EnLink's large pipeline network in the region, EnLink does not anticipate a material impact to its existing natural gas business from the repurposing of identified pipelines to CO2 service. Talos Subsurface Expertise and Sequestration Sites Talos has recently entered into an agreement with a large landowner that will allow for multiple sequestration sites near EnLink's existing pipelines. This agreement includes sequestration rights to approximately 26,000 surface acres in Iberville, St. James, Assumption, and Lafourche Parishes. The acreage comprises three strategically located sites along the Mississippi River industrial corridor known collectively as the "River Bend CCS" project. Talos and EnLink believe the area provides excellent structural geology and rock properties for CO2 sequestration, providing cumulative capacity of over 500 million metric tonnes. Talos has also secured a right of first refusal on approximately 63,000 additional acres in the area for phased, future expansion in order to meet expected future market demand. In addition to this significant sequestration acreage position, Talos will provide its subsurface operating expertise and extensive knowledge of Gulf Coast geology. Talos will be the project manager and operator of the injection, storage, and monitoring and will be joined by its partner, Storegga Limited. 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Our purposely built, integrated asset platforms are in premier production basins and core demand centers, including the Permian Basin, Oklahoma, North Texas, and the Gulf Coast. EnLink's strong financial foundation and commitment to execution excellence drive competitive returns and value for our employees, customers, and investors. Headquartered in Dallas, EnLink is publicly traded through EnLink Midstream, LLC (NYSE: ENLC). About Talos Energy Talos Energy is a technically driven independent exploration and production company focused on safely and efficiently maximizing long-term value through its operations, currently in the United States and offshore Mexico, both upstream through oil and gas exploration and production and downstream through the development of future carbon capture and storage opportunities. 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