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  • Electricity Price Surged to All-Time Record for March

    04/16/2014 7:00:11 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    CNSNews ^ | April 16, 2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The average price for a kilowatthour (KWH) of electricity hit a March record of 13.5 cents, according data released yesterday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That was up about 5.5 percent from 12.8 cents per KWH in March 2013. ... The BLS’s seasonally adjusted electricity price index rose to 209.341 this March, the highest it has ever been, up 10.537 points—or 5.3 percent--from 198.804 in March 2013. ... per capita electricity production peaked in the United States in 2007.
  • Alaska to sue Interior Department for road to reach medical aid

    04/16/2014 6:31:16 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 7, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell announced Monday that the state will sue the Obama administration to allow construction of a 10-mile road to give residents of a remote fishing village access to emergency medical flights at an all-weather airport. Residents of King Cove, Alaska, were outraged in December when Interior Secretary Sally Jewell nixed a plan for a land swap that would have allowed the building of an unpaved road between the small town and the airport at Cold Bay. ... Since Ms. Jewell rejected the land swap, which would have given the refuge 43,093 acres of state land and 13,300...
  • Hydraulic Fracturing: Staying Afloat in Times of Tightening Water Supply

    04/16/2014 4:53:49 PM PDT · by thackney · 6 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | April 16, 2014 | Gene Lockard|
    One of the criticisms levied against hydraulic fracturing, particularly during recent periods of drought, is the amount of water used in the process. However, energy companies are seeking to reduce water use during hydraulic fracturing, even as research shows more water is used in other activities. The numbers put things into perspective. The amount of water used to frack a well varies, but most reporting entities put the figure in a range of about 3 to 6 million gallons of water. In Pennsylvania, the average amount of water per well is about 4.4 million gallons, according to State Impact Pennsylvania,...
  • Drivers aren’t picking up on natural gas-powered F-150

    04/16/2014 1:38:11 PM PDT · by thackney · 63 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | April 16, 2014 | Ryan Holeywell
    When Ford announced last summer it would sell a version of its F-150 pickup specially made to run on natural gas, many saw it as a watershed moment. Few light-duty vehicles used by everyday consumers are available in a natural gas configuration. Suddenly, the most popular model in America’s best-selling line of vehicles would come in a version that could run on the relatively cheap, clean fuel. But early sales numbers show that the public isn’t exactly clamoring for an F-150 powered by compressed natural gas. Ford readies the trucks for CNG conversion on the assembly line, and contractors later...
  • Molecules Can Store Solar Energy Indefinitely

    04/16/2014 10:07:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Mashable ^ | 04/16/2014 | TODD WOODY
    The next big thing in solar energy could be microscopic. Scientists at MIT and Harvard University have devised a way to store solar energy in molecules that can then be tapped to heat homes, water or used for cooking. The best part: The molecules can store the heat forever and be endlessly re-used while emitting absolutely no greenhouse gases. Scientists remain a way's off in building this perpetual heat machine but they have succeeded in the laboratory at demonstrating the viability of the phenomenon called photoswitching. "Some molecules, known as photoswitches, can assume either of two different shapes, as if...
  • How Fracking Could Break Colorado Democrats

    04/15/2014 7:53:51 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 22 replies
    Politico ^ | April 15, 2014 | ELI STOKOLS
    Jared Polis really doesn’t care what anyone else thinks. If you saw the Colorado congressman speaking on the House floor last month wearing a clip-on bowtie with a polo shirt under his blazer, you know what I’m talking about. He’s been this way since he first emerged on the scene. About 10 years ago, when he was just 28, Polis was one of four wealthy Colorado Democrats who pooled their considerable personal resources to create a state-of-the-art political machine that was ruthlessly effective in turning this once-red heartland state a stunning shade of blue. But Polis wouldn’t run with that...
  • How Fracking Could Break Colorado Democrats

    04/16/2014 7:36:57 AM PDT · by thackney · 9 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | April 15, 2014 | ELI STOKOLS
    Jaared Polis really doesn’t care what anyone else thinks. If you saw the Colorado congressman speaking on the House floor last month wearing a clip-on bowtie with a polo shirt under his blazer, you know what I’m talking about. He’s been this way since he first emerged on the scene. About 10 years ago, when he was just 28, Polis was one of four wealthy Colorado Democrats who pooled their considerable personal resources to create a state-of-the-art political machine that was ruthlessly effective in turning this once-red heartland state a stunning shade of blue. But Polis wouldn’t run with that...
  • Eleven Democrats Push Obama to Approve Keystone

    04/16/2014 7:30:07 AM PDT · by thackney · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Apr 10, 2014 | AMY HARDER
    Nearly a dozen Senate Democrats, including five up for re-election this year, are pressing President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, and they say they want a decision by the end of next month. Most Republicans support the pipeline, but the 11 Democrats who wrote a letter to Mr. Obama urging him to approve the project deliberately made it a one party-effort. While a set of bipartisan signatures can be a powerful thing in the art of Washington letter-writing, these lawmakers clearly want to accentuate the pressure Mr. Obama faces from his own party on this issue. “It’s...
  • Off the Grid: Ready to Pull the Plug on City Power?

    04/16/2014 12:39:56 AM PDT · by Hetty_Fauxvert · 4 replies
    Houzz.com ^ | 4/14/2014 | Jen Dalley
    "Most men appear never to have considered what a house is, and are actually though needlessly poor all their lives because they think that they must have such a one as their neighbors have. … Shall we always study to obtain more, and not sometimes be content with less?” ― Henry David Thoreau Living with less, as Thoreau described in Walden, is something many of us seek. We need a reprieve from our gadget-filled lives, so we travel deep into the wilderness, where utility services are sparse and renewable resources are necessary. But what if we want to extend our...
  • Begich Earmarked Millions for Bankrupt Green Energy Company

    04/15/2014 10:28:44 PM PDT · by lowbridge
    freebeacon.com ^ | april 15, 2014 |  Lachlan Markay
    As Sen. Mark Begich (D., Alaska) seeks to shore up his energy policy credentials, a now-bankrupt green energy company to which he steered federal subsidies could cloud his message. Begich received campaign contributions from a lobbyist for an Alaska geothermal plant after helping the company obtain federal financing. The company is now bankrupt, but Begich continues touting his support for alternative energy. The senator, who is facing reelection in November, will address the Alaska Wood Energy Conference on Wednesday. The conference brings together leaders in the state’s biomass industry. He has also promoted fossil fuel development, including effort to open areas of...
  • Court upholds EPA emission standards

    04/15/2014 1:17:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 15, 2014 4:05 PM EDT | Pete Yost
    A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's first emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants. In its ruling, the court rejected state and industry challenges to rules designed to clean up chromium, arsenic, acid gases, nickel, cadmium as well as mercury and other dangerous toxins. The EPA’s determination in 2000 that regulating emission standards is appropriate and necessary, and the agency’s reaffirmation of that determination in 2012, “are amply supported by EPA’s findings regarding the health effects of mercury exposure,” said the court. Congress did not specify what...
  • How Many Jobs Does Fracking Really Create?

    04/15/2014 1:52:51 PM PDT · by thackney · 38 replies
    National Journal ^ | April 14, 2014 | Clare Foran
    Fracking creates jobs. That's the linchpin of the oil and gas industry argument for permitting the controversial drilling practice. And it's become the industry's trump card as the debate rages—among policymakers and scientists—over whether fracking is safe for the people and environment around it. Getting an exact count of how many people collect paychecks as a result of fracking, however, is more art than science, and in many cases—particularly when it comes time for industry backers and politicians to tout the practice—a close look at the numbers shows that some of the largest estimates are based on the most generous...
  • Engaged Oil, Gas Employees is the Key to Retaining Talent

    04/15/2014 1:35:15 PM PDT · by thackney · 5 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | April 15, 2014 | Robin Dupre|
    Employees in the industry need to be motivated, challenged and awarded to be highly engaged in an industry that is witnessing recruiting and retaining challenges, a panelist discusses. - - - - - As the war for talent rages on in the oil and gas sector, employee engagement is a serious concern on the corporate agenda of every major company, remarked a panelist discussing employee engagement at a Health, Safety and Environment conference hosted by SPE International in Long Beach, California. Employee engagement or an engaged employee is defined as one who is fully absorbed by and enthusiastic about their...
  • Musings: The Oil Industry's Era of Austerity - Part Two

    04/15/2014 1:21:10 PM PDT · by thackney · 4 replies
    PPHB via Rig Zone ^ | April 15, 2014 | G. Allen Brooks
    This opinion piece presents the opinions of the author. It does not necessarily reflect the views of Rigzone. As the major oil companies struggle with how best to boost their profitability in an era of rising oilfield costs, business models are being adjusted. The changes are a reflection of managements’ attempts to change the culture of their organizations. The most popular theme is to split a company’s business into separate units with different investment and operational characterizations. For example, a popular way to split an integrated oil company is to put the most capital-intensive businesses – refining, petrochemicals, transportation and...
  • Landrieu Reenacts Committee Hearing for Campaign Ad (Phony Hearing for a Phony Candidate)

    04/15/2014 8:40:09 AM PDT · by nhwingut · 4 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 04/15/14 | Michael Warren
    Democratic senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana is in a tough reelection battle because of her support for Obamacare. So its not surprising her latest TV ad focuses on the one high-profile fight she's had with the Obama administration, over oil and gas exploration. The 60-second spot features people watching Landrieu arguing for expanding energy exploration in Louisiana and criticizing Barack Obama for its restrictionist policies. Watch the video below: Most of the clips the ad features are from her appearances on local and cable TV news. But watch the clips of Landrieu around the video's halfway point. They feature the...
  • Salazar ‘Flips the Switch’ on First Large-Scale Solar Energy Project on Public Lands [Nevada]

    04/14/2014 11:03:38 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 45 replies
    U.S. Department of the Interior ^ | April 5, 2012 | Adam Fetcher
    PRIMM, Nevada – As part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above approach to energy, today Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar “flipped the switch” on the Enbridge Silver State North solar project, the first large-scale solar energy facility on U.S. public lands to deliver power to American consumers. This milestone is in line with the administration’s broad commitment to expanding production of all sources of American made energy, including from renewable sources, such as wind and solar, which has doubled in the President’s first term, as well as domestic production of oil and gas resources, which have increased each year the President...
  • North Texas city awaits word on wastewater re-use

    04/14/2014 12:18:05 PM PDT · by topher · 58 replies
    My SanAntonio.com ^ | 13-April-2014 | AP - By BETSY BLANEY
    UBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Wichita Falls is so far behind on rainfall that city leaders are asking state regulators for permission to use treated toilet flushes as drinking water.
  • MARKET WATCH: NYMEX oil price jumps on EIA’s reduced oil production forecast

    04/14/2014 11:00:48 AM PDT · by thackney · 9 replies
    Oil & Gas Journal ^ | 04/09/2014 | Paula Dittrick
    The benchmark US crude oil futures price jumped more than $2/bbl on Apr. 8 after the US Energy Information Administration released a report saying government analysts reduced their earlier oil production forecast for this year and next. EIA estimates the US will produce 8.37 million b/d during 2014, down from an earlier forecast of 8.39 million b/d. During 2013, US oil production was 7.44 million b/d. For 2015, EIA revised its production forecast to 9.13 million b/d, down from an earlier forecast of 9.16 million b/d. US total oil consumption for 2014 was forecast at an average 18.9 million b/d,...
  • Dark side of ND's oil boom: Meth, heroin, cartels _ all part of growing drug trade

    04/14/2014 9:57:30 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 30 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 4-14-14 | Administration Propaganda
    WILLISTON, N.D. — The blood-drenched man had survived a brutal attack: Beaten with brass knuckles, shocked with a stun gun, slashed with a razor blade, then dumped 40 miles away in Montana, he staggered to a farmhouse for help. His path eventually led authorities back to a quiet backyard in this oil boom town. What they uncovered was a large-scale methamphetamine ring that had found a home in a state long known for its small-town solitude, its slow pace and peaceful pastures. The members of this violent gang were all relative newcomers to Williston. They called themselves "The Family," the...
  • Oil and gas salaries average $130,000: Survey

    04/14/2014 9:41:30 AM PDT · by thackney · 9 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | APRIL 9, 2014 | DAN HEALING
    Hays finds most employers expect to pay more, hire more in 2014 Canadian oil and gas worker salaries jumped six per cent to an average of $130,000 US in 2013 and the trend is expected to continue, according to a survey released Wednesday. Furthermore, despite ongoing worries about oil transportation bottlenecks, nearly three-quarters of employers who took part in the survey by global recruiting firm Hays Oil & Gas say they expect their companies will hire more people in 2014. “This past year, the industry has taken a pause,” said John Faraguna, global managing director of oil and gas for...
  • Arizona Yellow-Billed Cuckoo Could Be Listed As Threatened Bird Species

    04/14/2014 9:33:58 AM PDT · by george76 · 56 replies
    KJZZ ^ | April 10, 2014 | Steve Shadley
    A bird native to Arizona and other western states could be listed as a threatened species by the federal government. The Yellow-billed Cuckoo lives along the Verde, Colorado and San Pedro Rivers in Arizona. It also can be found at the Gila River and Rio Grande in New Mexico and the Sacramento and Kern Rivers in California. Federal officials said the bird’s habitat is shrinking because of dams and other construction projects on the rivers, plus cattle grazing.
  • US Pays Half Of Gazprom's Overdue Invoice With $1 Billion Ukraine Loan Guarantee

    04/14/2014 8:00:00 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 43 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 3-14-2014 | Tyler Durden
    With Ukraine no longer paying for Russian gaz, and with Gazprom making it clear Kiev has to a) first pay the overdue $2+ billion in invoice and then b) prepay some $5 billion in gas until the end of the year of Europe gets it, it was only a matter of time before the US Treasury stepped in and paid off part or all of Gazprom's demands. That time is now, when moments ago Jack Lew announced a $1 billion loan guarantee for Ukraine - very much the same way that the US provided billions in loan guarnatees for the...
  • California to see surge in oil brought in by rail

    04/14/2014 7:56:20 AM PDT · by thackney · 13 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | April 14, 2014 | Associated Press
    California is preparing for an oil boom — brought in on rail cars. There are no pipelines that bring crude oil into California. For decades, the fuel that powers the state’s 32 million vehicles has come from tanker ships or in-state production. But government regulators predict a surge in U.S. oil production will means a steep increase in the number of trains carrying it to California refineries. The Ventura County Star reported Sunday that the increase in rail traffic will happen quickly, jumping from 9,000 carloads in 2011 to more than 200,000 carloads by 2016, according to California Energy Commission...
  • Liquefied natural gas shows potential as a freight locomotive fuel

    04/14/2014 5:40:43 AM PDT · by thackney · 15 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | APRIL 14, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
    EIA projects that liquefied natural gas (LNG) will play an increasing role in powering freight locomotives in coming years. Continued growth in domestic natural gas production and substantially lower natural gas prices compared to crude oil prices could result in significant cost savings for locomotives that use LNG as a fuel source, according to EIA's Annual Energy Outlook 2014 (AEO2014). Taken together, the 7 major U.S. freight railroads consumed more than 3.6 billion gallons of diesel fuel in 2012, or 7% of all diesel fuel consumed in the United States. The fuel cost more than $11 billion in 2012 and...
  • NuStar opens new Corpus Christi dock for Eagle Ford crude (photos)

    04/14/2014 5:14:18 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | April 11, 2014 | Jennifer Hiller
    San Antonio-based NuStar Energy LP this week celebrated the opening of its new dock at the Port of Corpus Christi, built to move crude oil from the Eagle Ford Shale. NuStar now has three loading docks in the Port of Corpus Christi and has upgraded and added to the terminal’s pump systems. Its North Beach Terminal has a capacity of 400,000 barrels per day. The new dock was scheduled to be complete in the second quarter but finished early. NuStar moved its first load of crude from the new dock in mid-February. It held a ceremony Thursday with executives, employees...
  • Give up meat, coal, oil, economic growth and national sovereignty - orders new IPCC climate report

    04/14/2014 2:28:59 AM PDT · by markomalley · 43 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 4/14/2014 | James Delingpole
    The United Nations (UN) has delivered its latest verdict on the measures necessary to save the world from global warming and the news is as grim as it is predictable and wearisomely familiar: More regulation from "experts", technocrats and bureaucrats at supranational organisations, such as the one whose initials begin with U and end with N.More taxpayer subsidies for expensive, inefficient renewable energy.More nuclear power (with shale gas used as a transitional fuel to replace coal). The abandonment of fossil fuels. Less meat consumption.A single, globally-regulated price for carbon dioxide. More local-government-enforced walking, cycling and public transportation. More back-door wealth...
  • World must shift to solar & wind rapidly to avoid catastrophic global warming, say UN scientists

    04/13/2014 8:14:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 78 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | April 12, 2014 | Ben Spencer in Berlin
    A rapid shift to wind and solar power is needed if the world is to avoid catastrophic global warming, the United Nations warns in a crucial report today. Emissions of greenhouse gases need to be cut by up to 70 per cent before 2050 to control climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says. ‘Large-scale changes in energy systems’ are required, with coal power stations to be switched off and replaced by wind and solar. And the transformation needs to be made in the next 15 years or controlling climate change will become increasingly harder and more expensive....
  • Methane: The Irrelevant Greenhouse Gas

    04/13/2014 1:34:42 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 8 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | April 11, 2014 | By Dr. Tom Sheahen
    Q: I read that methane is an even worse greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, and cattle are a big source of methane emissions. How are they going to regulate that? Not just cattle, but dairy cows as well! That doubles the worry. Fortunately, there is really nothing to worry about, scientifically. The main thing to worry about is over-reacting politicians and another layer of unnecessary government regulations. To understand methane’s role in the atmosphere, first it’s necessary to understand what absorption means. When light passes through a gas (sunlight through air, for example), some molecules in the gas might absorb...
  • HARRY REID'S SON REPRESENTING CHINESE SOLAR PANEL PLANT IN $5 BILLION NEVADA DEAL

    04/11/2014 2:09:28 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 104 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/14/2012 | By Wynton Hall
    The son of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Rory Reid, is the primary representative for ENN Energy Group, a Chinese energy company seeking to build a $5 billion solar panel plant on a 9,000-acre Clark County desert plot in Laughlin, Nevada. ENN scored big when Clark County commissioners unanimously voted to sell the Chinese company the public land for just $4.5 million, despite the fact that it was appraised at $38.6 million. Sen. Reid has been one of ENN’s biggest supporters, having recruited the company during a 2011 trip to China. According to Reuters, last month Sen. Reid tried...
  • Ukraine Suspends Gas Payments to Russia

    04/13/2014 9:46:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 91 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 13, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    The crisis in Ukraine took a turn for the worse this weekend. Many distinct events are in play. Here are a few top headlines Armed Men Seize Police Station in Slavyansk The Wall Street Journal reports Pro-Russia Protests Spread, Police Station Seized. Pro-Russia protests spread Saturday in eastern Ukraine as armed men, some in unmarked, military-style uniforms, moved to commandeer more government buildings—a dramatic escalation that the Ukrainian government and Washington tied to Moscow. Ukraine's acting president called an emergency meeting of the country's top security officials in the capital, Kiev, as police clashed with attackers in several spots in...
  • How Obama Has Enabled The Russian Seizure Of Eastern Europe

    04/13/2014 9:05:58 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 4 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-13-14 | Skookum
    Our president promised us skyrocketing energy prices and a new era of "Green Energy". So far, he has been able to deliver an ever-increasing price for energy, and with the crisis in Eastern Europe, we can anticipate a continuing rise in energy prices. In an administration known almost exclusively for corruption and for its ability to lie, it is at least reassuring to see a "smidgen" of truthfulness. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNSZ62xiD4MHowever, it's Obama's combination of national self-defeatism as an energy policy and of enabling our enemies that has become more bizarre with the passage of time. His refusal to allow drilling...
  • Shocking Allegations Show Harry Reid, Chinese Company Behind Nevada Ranch Standoff

    04/13/2014 7:37:27 AM PDT · by yoe · 98 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | April 2014 | B. Christopher Agee
    The ranch, which has been in Cliven Bundy’s family for more than a century, is ground zero for a growing showdown between federal authorities and individual rights activists.VideoAs a family in Clark County, Nev. continues to face an onslaught of heavily armed federal agents determined to kick them off of their ranch, reports have surfaced that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid might be behind the entire ordeal. The ranch, which has been in Cliven Bundy’s family for more than a century, is ground zero for a growing showdown between federal authorities and individual rights activists. Despite attempting to silence protesters...
  • Nevada Militia To Feds: ‘Control Our Borders, Not Our Ranchers’

    04/13/2014 6:20:22 AM PDT · by george76 · 41 replies
    CBS LAS VEGAS ^ | April 11, 2014
    The rural Nevada showdown between federal government officials and militia members protecting rancher Cliven Bundy has evolved into a battle of government “tyranny,” with many newly arriving militiamen rolling in to draw a line in the dirt about 70 miles northeast of Las Vegas. ... “This is a better education than being in school! I’m glad I brought you. I’m a good mom,” Ilona Ence, a 49-year-old mother from St. George and Bundy relative who brought her four teenage children to the ranch, told the Las Vegas Sun. “They’re learning about the Constitution.” Ence’s teenage sons posted up a sign...
  • EPA coal rules leaving US vulnerable to power blackouts?

    04/12/2014 7:14:43 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 23 replies
    Fox ^ | 4-12-14 | Mike Emanuel
    Facing the Obama administration's so-called "war on coal," some utility officials are warning that fewer coal-fired power plants could leave the U.S. power system vulnerable to blackouts in the near future. The officials warn that intense summer heat or extreme winter cold could soon be too much for the system to handle. "I worry about the potential of brownouts and blackouts if we're ... actually depending on this generation that's going to be retired," Nick Akins, from American Electric Power, told Fox News in an interview. Pro-coal advocates say the administration's focus on its environmental agenda challenges the reliability of...
  • The Real Story Behind The Bundy Ranch Harassment

    04/11/2014 5:57:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 89 replies
    danaradio ^ | April 11, 2014
    By now you’re familiar with the standoff between the federal government, i.e. the Bureau of Land Management, and 67 year-old rancher Cliven Bundy. .. The BLM asserts their power through the expressed desire to protect the endangered desert tortoise, a tortoise so “endangered” that their population can no longer be contained by the refuge constructed for them so the government is closing it and euthanizing over a thousand tortoises. The tortoises, the excuse that BLM has given for violating claims to easements and running all but one lone rancher out of southern Nevada, is doing fine. In fact, the tortoise...
  • BLM Rangers Brought in From Out of State for Nevada Ranch ‘Emergency’

    04/11/2014 11:23:22 AM PDT · by george76 · 53 replies
    http://freebeacon.com ^ | April 10, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    They’re almost like a hired gun’. Armed Rangers were brought in from out of state by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to assist in security surrounding the Bundy Ranch, according to the family. A heated confrontation on Wednesday resulted in Cliven Bundy’s son Ammon being tasered by BLM officials and a 57-year-old protester being shoved to the ground. Stetsy Bundy Cox, Cliven’s daughter, told the Washington Free Beacon that some of the rangers had Oregon and California license plates. “You know, some of these guys don’t even know why they’re here,” she said. “A few people have talked to...
  • Liberation Of Europe From Gazprom Due To Nat Gas Exports Is Nonsense, Cheniere CEO

    04/11/2014 9:38:38 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 16 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 04/11/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Despite the ongoing propoganda machine's push for a bailout plan to 'liberate Europe from Gazprom's claws', The FT reports that the head of Cheniere Energy, which is due to become the US’s first new natural gas exporter next year, said the ability of US energy to save Europe from its dependence on Russian supplies had been overstated. Simply put, as Putin knows all too well (but Obama and his merry men in the mainstream media seem destined to perpetuate), Cheniere's CEO blasts "It’s flattering to be talked about like this, but it’s all nonsense. It’s so much nonsense that I...
  • Lower prices pull down natural gas reserves in 2012

    04/11/2014 8:07:46 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | April 11, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
    Lower natural gas prices drove down U.S. proved reserves in 2012, despite notable gains in the Marcellus and Eagle Ford shale gas plays. The decline stopped a 14-year trend of consecutive increases in natural gas reserves, according to newly published estimates in EIA's U.S. Crude Oil and Natural Gas Proved Reserves 2012. Proved reserves are volumes of natural gas that geological and engineering data demonstrate with reasonable certainty to be recoverable in future years from known reservoirs under existing economic and operating conditions. Natural gas proved reserves, estimated as wet natural gas that includes natural gas plant liquids, decreased 7%...
  • Natural gas has largest storage withdrawal on record

    04/11/2014 8:02:26 AM PDT · by thackney · 5 replies
    DROVERS CATTLENETWORK ^ | 04/10/2014 | Energy Information Administration
    (For the Week Ending Wednesday, April 9, 2014) Spot prices rose slightly at most hubs for the report week (Wednesday, April 2, to Wednesday, April 9) and went up significantly at the benchmark Henry Hub, following declines the previous week. The Henry Hub spot price rose from $4.35/MMBtu last Wednesday to $4.66/MMBtu yesterday. At the New York Mercantile Exchange (Nymex), the May 2014 contract increased from $4.364/MMBtu on Wednesday to $4.586/MMBtu yesterday. Working natural gas in storage rose to 826 billion cubic feet (Bcf) as of Friday, April 4, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) Weekly Natural Gas...
  • Russian oil firm says Asian buyers willing to use euros

    04/11/2014 12:39:28 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 3 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo! ^ | Vladimir Soldatkin and Florence Tan
    MOSCOW/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Russian state-controlled oil producer Gazprom Neft said it had received positive responses from Asian clients about the possibility of using euros as a settlement currency instead of the dollar. Company head Alexander Dyukov said this week Gazprom Neft had broached the idea of dropping the dollar, traditionally the currency of choice for the global energy sector, in response to a possible new round of Western sanctions over Russia's annexation of Crimea. He said the company had discussed with buyers the possibility of switching contracts to euros and that 95 percent had said they were ready to do...
  • Shell joins ranks in fight against climate change

    04/11/2014 2:40:07 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 15 replies
    thehill.com ^ | april 10, 2014 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell is taking the road less traveled by supporting strong cuts to greenhouse gas emissions. Shell signed a non-binding document, called the Trillion Tonne Communique, along with 70 other companies like Adidas and Unilever, which calls for ambitious timelines to bring global greenhouse gas emissions to "net zero" by the end of the century. "We recognize that over the long term, net global emissions must trend towards zero. Both of our New Lens Scenarios show that this objective can be realized by the end of this century, but not without action by governments to stimulate changes...
  • Kremlin aide says Moscow astonished by US elaborations over gas prices for Ukraine

    04/11/2014 5:44:08 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 8 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 04/11/2014 | Itar-Tass
    MOSCOW, April 11. /ITAR-TASS/. Moscow is astonished by elaborations in third countries, including the US, on the fairness or unfairness of the prices of natural gas exported to the US in the framework of silence on Kiev’s outstanding debts that are the root-cause of the problem at the moment, Dmitry Peskov, President Vladimir Putin’s press secretary said Friday. “We can only say it’s regrettable that the assessments of the situation voiced on Thursday omitted the main component part of the problem, either inadvertently or purposefully, and this component part is Ukraine’s debt for the gas already delivered,” Peskov said. “It’s...
  • Eleven Senate Democrats making a fresh push for a deadline on the Keystone XL pipeline

    04/10/2014 5:05:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/10/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    If, as he hinted not too long ago, President Obama really is planning on approving the Keystone XL pipeline before this November’s elections, he apparently has yet to let Senate Democrats in on that little secret (or, maybe he has, and they’re taking the opportunity to starkly differentiate themselves from him and his politically toxic policies regardless), but either way: For all of the raging against supposed Congressional obstructionism and gridlock that the White House does, Keystone XL is so beyond bipartisan it’s just stupid. Nearly a dozen Senate Democrats, including five up for re-election this year, are pressing President...
  • Rep. Petri (R-WI) Voted Twice in Favor of “Obama’s War on Coal”

    04/09/2014 9:16:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    media trackers ^ | April 07, 2014 | Brian Sikma
    The Wisconsin congressional district represented by Rep. Tom Petri (R) stands to lose nearly 2,000 jobs because of the Obama Administration’s “War on Coal,” but Petri has twice voted to let some of those more controversial – and burdensome – regulations stand. A nationwide analysis by the Heritage Foundation concludes that Wisconsin will lose an estimated 11,702 jobs thanks to Obama environmental regulations. The sixth district alone will lose more jobs than any other congressional district in the country the study concludes. ... Petri was the only Republican from Wisconsin to vote against suspending the rule. Voting with Petri was...
  • James River Coal pushed into bankruptcy

    04/10/2014 12:13:12 PM PDT · by thackney · 10 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | JOHN REID BLACKWELL | JOHN REID BLACKWELL
    A combination of a heavy debt load and a dramatic decline in demand and prices for coal pushed Richmond-based James River Coal Co. into Chapter 11 bankruptcy court protection. The company, which filed for Chapter 11 protection on Monday along with more than 30 of its subsidiary businesses, said in court filings Tuesday that it lost an estimated $16 million in 2013, as coal volumes and revenue dropped dramatically from 2012 to 2013. “The debtors’ businesses have reached the point of unsustainability absent utilization of the tools presented by Chapter 11,” James River Coal Chairman, President and CEO Peter Socha...
  • UPDATE 2-Russia warns Europe of gas supply cuts over Ukraine debt

    04/10/2014 9:42:11 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04/10/2014 | Alexei Anishchuk
    MOSCOW, April 10 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin warned European leaders on Thursday Russia would cut natural gas supplies to Ukraine if it did not pay its bills and said this could lead to a reduction of onward deliveries to Europe. In a letter to the leaders of 18 countries, he demanded urgent talks with Europe on pulling Ukraine's economy out of crisis but made clear his patience was running out over Kiev's $2.2 billion gas debt to its former Soviet master.
  • Transparency Lacking in ESA Grouse Listing

    04/10/2014 8:22:24 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    The Colorado Observer. ^ | April 9, 2014 | Audrey Hudson
    WASHINGTON — Colorado officials warned a House committee Tuesday that a lack of transparency in the Obama administration’s efforts to protect the sage grouse as an endangered species threatens the scientific validity of the process. Rob Roy Ramey of Nederland, an independent biologist whose career has focused on species protection, told the House Natural Resources Committee that the process has been closed to the scientific community and that federal officials refuse to share certain data being used to make a final determination. “It can be like pulling teeth to try and obtain that data,” Ramey said. “The (information) is shared...
  • Crude oil reserves at start of 2013 reach highest level since 1976

    04/10/2014 8:03:19 AM PDT · by thackney · 7 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | APRIL 10, 2014 Crude o | Energy Information Administration
    U.S. crude oil proved reserves rose for the fourth consecutive year in 2012, increasing by 15% to 33 billion barrels, according to the U.S. Crude Oil and Natural Gas Proved Reserves (2012) report released April 10 by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. U.S. crude oil and lease condensate proved reserves were the highest since 1976, and the 2012 increase of 4.5 billion barrels was the largest annual increase since 1970, when 10 billion barrels of Alaskan crude oil were added to U.S. proved reserves. Contributing factors to higher crude oil reserves include increased exploration for liquid hydrocarbons, improved technology for...
  • Houston fills with crude oil that can’t be shipped out

    04/10/2014 5:59:57 AM PDT · by thackney · 43 replies
    Bloomberg News via Fuel Fix ^ | April 10, 2014 | Naomi Christie and Dan Murtaugh
    Bloomberg article so link only My notes and highlights below
  • Summer average gasoline price expected to be close to last year's level

    04/09/2014 1:21:20 PM PDT · by thackney · 20 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | APRIL 9, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
    Drivers are expected to pay an average $3.57 per gallon for regular gasoline this summer, close to last year's level, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's April Short-Term Energy and Summer Fuels Outlook. The price for Brent crude oil—which typically accounts for about two-thirds of the retail price of gasoline—is expected to average $105 per barrel this summer driving season (April through September), which is about $2 below its level last summer. However, the benefit of lower crude oil prices is expected to be almost fully offset by higher wholesale margins compared to last summer, although expected wholesale margins...