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  • Gas-Line Explosion in Fresno Injures Multiple People, Shuts Down Highway 99

    04/17/2015 6:39:25 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    At least five people were rushed to the hospital with burns after a “major gas line explosion” at the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office gun range, a department official said. The blast occurred about 2:30 p.m. behind the range in an area under construction, said Lt. John Zanoni. The injured did not include Sheriff’s Office employees, he said. No firearms were involved in the explosion. Fresno Fire Department spokesman Pete Martinez said witnesses reported a “ball of fire” that burned multiple people.
  • Natural Gas to Wind Energy: You're Nothing Without Me

    04/17/2015 7:51:53 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/16/2015 | Jack Spencer
    Wind energy in Michigan is approximately two-thirds fossil fuels (predominantly natural gas) used in a less than efficient way, coupled with one-third wind. Most people are unaware of that reality and misinformation flourishes as a result. Case in point: a new study claims to provide comparisons between wind and natural gas by treating them as if they were two totally separate and distinct forms of energy generation. The University of Michigan and Lansing-based consulting firm 5 Lakes Energy are touting a joint study based on a “model” produced at the university. The stated purpose of the study is to provide...
  • Natural gas industry lobbyists ask feds to put LNG projects on fast track

    04/17/2015 5:21:13 AM PDT · by thackney · 1 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | April 16, 2015 | Rhiannon Meyers
    The U.S. should speed up its approval process for new liquefied gas export terminals if it wants to remain competitive against other countries eagerly preparing to supply the world with gas, a natural gas trade association argued Thursday. America’s Natural Gas Alliance on Tuesday called on the federal government to revamp its lengthy and expensive permitting process for projects aimed at exporting supercooled gas to foreign markets, arguing that such exports are in the country’s national interest. “The time is now for the U.S. to seize the day,” alliance President and CEO Marty Durbin said in a conference call with...
  • Industry Not Expected To Fight Live Offshore Viewing

    04/15/2015 5:07:03 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | April 14, 2015 | Deon Daugherty
    Access to images perhaps similar to those that captivated viewers in real time around the world during the Deepwater Horizon disaster would be standard procedure under a new set of proposed federal offshore guidelines. These include the live monitoring of deepwater and high-temperature/high pressure drilling activities, similar to what is currently used onshore. “The real-time monitoring requirement ensures that the operator has access to onshore technical expertise if needed and that there is ‘another set of eyes’ available during critical operations,” according to the statement. Houston personal injury lawyer Charles Herd, a partner at The Lanier Law Firm, which represented...
  • China to build $2 billion Iran- Pakistan 'peace pipeline'

    04/13/2015 8:37:52 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 4 replies
    albawaba ^ | 4-14-2015
    China plans to build a pipeline to transport natural gas from Iran to Pakistan in a move to alleviate the crippling burden of electricity shortage in Pakistan, a report said.  A deal is likely to be signed during the Chinese president’s visit to Islamabad this month, Pakistani officials were quoted as saying in the Tehran Times report. Pakistan has been negotiating for months for China to build the Pakistani portion of the pipeline, which will cost up to $2 billion, according to the report. “We’re building it,” Pakistani Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi told The Wall Street Journal. “The process has started.”...
  • Six natural gas plants under construction in Ohio to replace coal generators

    04/11/2015 9:59:23 AM PDT · by thackney · 52 replies
    Utility Dive ^ | April 10, 201 | Robert Walton
    Ohio's energy mix is about to change, the Cleveland Plain Dealer points out, with six gas-fired plants on the drawing board and older coal-fired generation set to retire. The accelerated retirement of many coal plants is a nationwide trend, driven by low natural gas prices and EPA pollution regulations. About 60,000 MW of coal fired generators are expected to be offline by 2020, according to the EIA, due largely to the EPA's Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS), and, once it is finalized, the carbon regulations under the Clean Power Plan. The state is also wrestling with energy efficiency standards,...
  • Wages for oil and gas workers are growing the slowest of any industry

    04/10/2015 4:50:05 AM PDT · by thackney · 8 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | April 9, 2015 | Ryan Holeywell
    Falling oil prices and a slowdown in the energy sector have meant stagnant oil and gas wages, with workers in the Houston area taking the biggest hit, according to a new study. The oil and gas industry saw the lowest annual wage growth of any industry, just 0.8 percent based on first quarter figures analyzed by PayScale Inc., which tracks wage data. That number is in stark contrast from the historic wage growth of the industry. Since 2006, oil and gas workers have enjoyed a 19 percent increase in wages, the most of any industry. Houston’s wages also showed signs...
  • Russia may give Greece pre-payment of profits from future gas pipeline project

    04/09/2015 9:44:10 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 9 replies
    CNBC/Reuters ^ | 08 April 2015
    Russia is considering soon giving Greece funds based on future profits Athens would earn from shipping Russian gas to Europe as part of an extension of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline project, a Greek government official said. Plans for the pipeline taking Russian gas from Turkey to Europe via Greece would be linked to lower Russian gas prices, the official added. Greece would pay back the Russian prepayment after the pipeline started operating, the official said.
  • Russia ready to offer Greeks cash in return for assets

    04/08/2015 6:06:39 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 31 replies
    telegraph ^ | 7 Apr 2015 | By Tom Parfitt and Mehreen Khan
    Kremlin could provide cash-strapped Greeks a credit line and discounted energy supplies as Alexis Tsipras meets with Putin Russia could offer debt-ridden Greece controversial loans and discounts on supplies of natural gas in exchange for the country's "assets", according to reports in Moscow. Alexis Tsipras, Greece’s prime minister, is due to arrive in the city on Tuesday and will meet Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, on Wednesday. Athens overtures to Moscow have raised fears the Leftist government is pivoting east in search of alternatives sources of finance as it bids to avoid bankruptcy. Ahead of his visit, Mr Tsipras condemned economic...
  • Pipeline company files suit against W.Va. landowners

    04/03/2015 4:49:03 PM PDT · by FewsOrange · 49 replies
    REGISTER-HERALD ^ | Wednesday, April 1, 2015 | Tina Alvey
    Pipeline company files suit against W.Va. landowners By Tina Alvey REGISTER-HERALD REPORTER | Posted: Wednesday, April 1, 2015 6:30 pm A company seeking to run a massive natural gas pipeline through the state has followed through on a threat to take legal action against West Virginia landowners who have thus far refused to allow access to their properties. Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC, (MVP) filed a petition Friday in U.S. District Court in Beckley asking federal authorities to force three corporations and more than 100 other property owners residing in 10 West Virginia counties to permit the developer's agents to survey...
  • How Much U.S. Oil and Gas Comes From Fracking? (info graphic)

    04/02/2015 8:46:55 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 13 replies
    wsj ^ | 4-1-2015 | MARCELO PRINCE and CARLOS A. TOVAR
  • {NYC} East Village Explosion Might Have Followed Attempt to Hide Gas Siphoning

    04/01/2015 4:46:34 AM PDT · by thackney · 69 replies
    New York Times ^ | MARCH 31, 2015 | PATRICK McGEEHAN and AL BAKER
    ...destroyed three_buildings and killed two men in the East Village last week resulted from an attempt to hide the unauthorized siphoning of natural gas for tenants in one of the buildings. Their working theory is that one or more gas lines were surreptitiously tapped over several months; then the siphoning apparatus was dismantled or hidden on Thursday before Consolidated Edison conducted an inspection. As soon as the utility inspectors left, an attempt to resume the diversion of gas went awry, setting off the explosion, according to two law enforcement sources with knowledge of this working theory. That version of events...
  • Oil industry to Obama: Stop excluding Atlantic drilling leases

    03/31/2015 4:58:56 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | March 30, 2015 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    As the Obama administration weighs where to sell offshore drilling leases from 2017 to 2022, the oil industry has a single plea: Stop ruling out potential prospects. Eight industry trade groups are delivering that message in comments set to be filed with the administration on Monday, ahead of a midnight deadline for the public to weigh in on the Interior Department’s draft proposed offshore leasing program for 2017 to 2022. “Considerable acreage has already been excluded at this early stage of the planning process, especially in the Atlantic, eastern Gulf of Mexico and Alaska outer continental shelf,” said the groups,...
  • Utility found 'hazardous situation' months before NYC blast [someone illegally tapped gas line]

    03/29/2015 7:09:19 AM PDT · by grundle · 23 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | March 29, 2015 | Jennifer Peltz
    NEW YORK (AP) — More than seven months before an explosion and fire leveled three apartment buildings in Manhattan's East Village, utility workers discovered that the gas line to a restaurant in one of them had been illegally tapped, creating a hazardous situation, according to the company. On Aug. 6, a meter reader at the restaurant detected the smell of gas and reported it, said Consolidated Edison spokesman Allan Drury. A gas crew dispatched to the site found multiple leaks in a gas line that had been tapped, Drury said, adding that the restaurant was the only customer in the...
  • An inviting opportunity for the American energy renaissance

    03/25/2015 4:44:00 AM PDT · by thackney · 1 replies
    Washington Times ^ | March 22, 2015 | William O'Keefe
    Last month the White House submitted President Obama’s annual economic report to Congress. Nestled in the findings is a compelling case for lifting the country’s antiquated ban on natural gas exports. “An increase in U.S. exports of natural gas, and the resulting price changes, would have a number of mostly beneficial effects,” the report states, for domestic employment, geopolitical security, our energy industry and the environment. The report ticks off numerous benefits — “create jobs in the short run,” “lower natural gas prices around the world,” “promote the use of cleaner energy abroad” — that make clear the question is...
  • W.Va. Finalizes Deal With Statoil To Drill Under Ohio River

    03/25/2015 4:40:04 AM PDT · by thackney · 18 replies
    The Intelligencer ^ | March 24, 2015 | CASEY JUNKINS
    For an average price of $8,732 per acre with 20 percent production royalties, the West Virginia Department of Commerce with allow Norway-based Statoil to frack for oil and natural gas thousands of feet beneath the Ohio River. The finalized lease agreement for drilling in state-owned mineral tracts under the river is in addition to those filed by Noble Energy and Gastar Exploration, which would pay the state $4.9 million and $749,000, respectively, in addition to the 20 percent royalties. These deals are not yet official, however, as the companies remain in negotiations with state leaders. "We are still finalizing agreements...
  • Saudi Arabia Looks To U.S. To Develop Shale Deposits

    03/24/2015 4:59:25 AM PDT · by thackney · 20 replies
    Manufacturing Business Technology ^ | 03/19/2015 | Andy Szal
    The boom in U.S. oil production over the past decade led thousands of workers to prairie cities from Texas to North Dakota. Now, Saudi Arabia hopes those workers—many of them casualties of the ongoing downturn in crude prices—will consider the deserts of the Middle East instead. Saudi Arabia has a long history of recruiting skilled workers from the West to develop its vast oil reserves. The country, however, also possesses shale oil deposits, and observers say the current oil market provides an opportunity for the Saudis to begin developing those resources. “With the layoffs, it’s a great time to do...
  • 100,000 Layoffs and Counting: Is This the New Normal?

    03/18/2015 5:30:12 AM PDT · by thackney · 17 replies
    Real Clear Energy ^ | March 17, 2015 | Andrew Topf
    This time a year ago, the oil industry's biggest problem was finding a way to deal with the “retirement tsunami” about to crash down on it as older oilfield workers hung up their cork boots to enjoy freedom-55. Now, with oil prices still in the doldrums, many of those same workers are lucky to be hanging onto their jobs, while others have been booted from the payroll as an ugly wave of layoffs takes hold. One of the worst-affected areas is the Canadian oil sands, where a higher per-barrel cost of production than conventional sources has oil companies scrambling to...
  • Fracking law opens North Carolina to drilling

    03/18/2015 5:21:50 AM PDT · by thackney · 1 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | March 17, 2015 | Associated Press
    Rules governing the hydraulic fracturing method for drilling natural gas are expected to take effect Tuesday, creating the potential for drilling to start later in the year. The set of 120 rules that govern issues including well construction, water testing and buffer zones was developed by the state Mining and Energy Commission over nearly two years and approved in December by a separate state panel. With the fracking rules in place, companies interested in finding natural gas can begin applying for fracking permits. A member of the Mining and Energy Commission, James Womack, said a company interested in fracking would...
  • Crony Biofuel Politics Wag the Dog

    03/14/2015 9:47:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 14, 2015 | Paul Driessen
    Talk about the Norfolk terrier tail wagging the Great Dane. If they are to have any hope of winning their party’s nomination, Republican presidential hopefuls better support ethanol mandates, Hawkeye State politicos told potential candidates at the recent Iowa Agricultural Summit in Des Moines. “Don’t mess with the RFS,” Republican Governor Terry Branstad warned, referring to Renewable Fuel Standards that require refiners to blend increasing amounts of ethanol into gasoline. “It is the Holy Grail, and I will defend it,” said Rep. Steve King, another Iowa Republican. It is vital for reducing carbon dioxide emissions and preventing dangerous climate change...
  • Legislation Filed in Texas to Move Government Vehicles to Natural Gas

    03/13/2015 4:53:30 PM PDT · by shove_it · 31 replies
    PickensPlan ^ | March 12, 2015 | T. Boone Pickens
    Statement from T. Boone Pickens on Legislation Filed in Texas to Move Government Vehicles to Natural Gas March 12, 2015 The bill that State Senator Carlos Uresti and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick announced today will provide a roadmap – literally – for other states to follow to transition their fleet vehicles from imported gasoline and diesel to cleaner, cheaper domestic alternatives, including natural gas. Getting off foreign oil and utilizing American resources is crucial to the Texas oil and gas industry because it keeps taxpayer dollars from going to OPEC, and invests them in America instead. The oil and gas...
  • Mack Trucks Updates Its Natural-Gas Powered Semi Tractors

    03/10/2015 9:50:48 AM PDT · by thackney · 23 replies
    Green Car Reports ^ | Mar 9, 2015 | Stephen Edelstein
    Natural gas still hasn't really caught on as a fuel for private passenger vehicles, but it's slowly finding more success in commercial applications. The selection of natural-gas commercial vehicles is much larger, and using the fuel in fleets makes more sense from an environmental-impact standpoint than it does for individual cars. One company catering to this market is Mack Trucks, which announced that the natural-gas versions of its Pinnacle series trucks will get a handful of updates this year. These include a new Eaton UltraShift Plus automated transmission and Wingman Advanced safety system. The latter is essentially an adaptive cruise...
  • Pennsylvania’s new Dem Governor may tax his state out of the energy boom

    03/09/2015 6:43:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/09/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Unlike its foolish neighbors to the north in New York, Pennsylvania has been enjoying the fruits of the energy boom for several years now. Natural gas drilling in particular has been paying benefits to the government and the citizens, with thousands of new jobs and all of the secondary growth which is associated with higher employment levels. In November of last year, however, the citizens of the Keystone State decided to oust incumbent Republican Governor Tom Corbett and replace him with Democrat Tom Wolf. Would anyone care to hazard a guess as to what one of the new guy’s...
  • Obama Administration Should Abide By 'All of the Above' Approach to Energy

    03/04/2015 5:10:06 AM PST · by thackney · 14 replies
    IAGC via Rig Zone ^ | March 03, 2015 | Ken Wells
    The administration released in late January its draft five-year plan for offshore oil and gas leasing, the game plan for what areas will be open for exploration and how they will be managed. By no small coincidence, opponents of offshore exploration are now beating the drum to close off areas to oil and gas and put the emphasis entirely on wind power. As a country, we cannot take an either/or approach to our energy needs by picking just one source, whether it is wind or hydrocarbons. That is why the Administration’s stated goals of an “all of the above” energy...
  • Lithuania signs US deal to replace Russian gas

    03/01/2015 6:28:08 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 31 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | 28 February 2015 | AFP
    Lithuania said Saturday it had signed a trade agreement to buy liquified natural gas from the United States in a move aimed at reducing the EU Baltic state’s heavy dependence on Russian gas deliveries. Under the deal with Houston-based Chenier Energy company, the first LNG fuel is expected to arrive in Lithuania as early as next year, state-owned company Litgas said in a statement.
  • Dresser-Rand to cut 8 percent of its workforce

    02/28/2015 7:21:12 AM PST · by thackney · 15 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | February 27, 2015 | Collin Eaton
    Diesel engine and gas turbine maker Dresser-Rand Group is cutting 8 percent of its 8,100-employee workforce around the world in coming weeks, the company said Friday, trimming operating costs as falling crude prices have crushed profits in the oil service sector. The Houston firm, which makes oil industry tools including compression equipment and steam turbines, said the plan will cost $50 million in severance and other charges as it divests assets this year. But its “flexible” manufacturing business will enable the company to start realizing savings from fixed costs this year, it said. “While current market conditions may generate discomfort...
  • Making the Moral Case for Fossil Fuels

    02/28/2015 5:27:41 AM PST · by bestintxas · 11 replies
    am thinker ^ | 2/28/15 | j levy
    In the anti-fracking film Gasland, producer Josh Fox proclaims that the process of extracting previously inaccessible oil and gas from shale pollutes water supplies, increases the incidence of cancer and leads to higher levels of seismic activity, despite ample contrary evidence. This self-proclaimed environmental watchdog and anti-fracking crusader has led extensive efforts to end or prevent fracking throughout the United States by obfuscating the truth and stopping communities from reaping the benefits of America's shale boom. Josh Fox and others like him are uninterested in looking for improvements in fracking technology and safety. Instead they seek to shut down shale...
  • Kremlin: Ukraine has natural gas until Tuesday

    02/27/2015 6:28:31 AM PST · by McGruff · 8 replies
    UPI ^ | Feb. 27, 2015 | Daniel J. Graeber
    The natural gas spigot could be closed for Ukraine as early as Tuesday unless it pays for more deliveries in advance, Russia's energy minister said Friday. Russian energy company Gazprom confirmed it received $15 million from its Ukrainian counterpart, Naftogaz, which ensures gas deliveries until Tuesday.
  • Texas Legislature Gets Down to Business

    02/27/2015 5:59:12 AM PST · by thackney · 3 replies
    Texas Alliance of Energy Producers via Rig Zone ^ | February 26, 2015 | Alex Mills
    Before the Texas Legislature got down to business a month ago, there was a strong feeling among insiders that the big issues would be water, transportation, and taxes. So far, the leadership has kept true to those projections. Already, Governor Abbott has called for a $2.2 billion reduction in property taxes and a $2 billion franchise tax decrease. Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and House Speaker Joe Straus also have stated their belief that a primary goal should be tax reduction, and funding for transportation. The House Energy and Natural Resources committees already have held a joint hearing on water and...
  • Rise in salt cavern storage capacity for natural gas offsets declines in other capacities

    02/26/2015 5:15:37 AM PST · by thackney
    Energy Information Administration ^ | FEBRUARY 26, 2015 | Energy Information Administration
    With natural gas storage at low levels in most of 2014 and production relatively high, minimal new natural gas storage capacity was built, except for salt facilities in the Producing region. Capacity in the East region of the United States fell slightly, resulting in relatively unchanged national total capacity. EIA measures natural gas storage capacity in November of each year, which is typically when storage withdrawals begin to exceed storage injections. From November 2013 to November 2014, EIA found that each of EIA's two measures of storage capacity within the Lower 48 states was virtually unchanged, as increases in salt...
  • Fracking pushes New York towns to consider secession, join Pennsylvania

    02/25/2015 5:10:42 AM PST · by thackney · 38 replies
    NEWSDAY ^ | February 22, 2015 | NEWSDAY
    ...According to WBNG in Binghamton, 15 New York towns in the southern tier of the state are considering seceding from New York and joining neighboring Pennsylvania because of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's fracking ban. A local group called upstate New York Towns Association is examining whether such a plan is possible, and if it's worth the cost. James Finch, Conklin Town supervisor, told Capital New York that "everybody over the border has new cars, new four-wheelers, new snowmobiles," because of the stronger economy in Pennsylvania, which allows fracking.
  • New York-Style Fracking Ban Defeated by Colorado Task Force

    02/24/2015 7:16:19 PM PST · by george76 · 12 replies
    Energy in Depth ^ | February 24, 2015 | Simon Lomax
    An activist who was using his position on Colorado’s oil and gas task force to push for a New York-style ban on oil and natural gas development has given up on the fringe proposal for lack of support, according to documents released by state officials overnight. The proposal’s demise is yet another defeat for national anti-fracking groups in Colorado, such as Food and Water Watch and the Sierra Club, which are desperately trying to reboot their failed campaign for an effective statewide oil and gas development ban. It’s also a reminder of how outside of New York, the “ban fracking”...
  • Study: Government’s [Unconstitutional] Control of Land Is Hurting Oil Production, Job Growth

    02/23/2015 10:11:18 AM PST · by PapaNew · 8 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | February 22, 2015 | Ben Smith
    Current government regulations imposed by the Bureau of Land Management are harming energy production and holding back the U.S. economy, a new study reveals. “While federally owned lands are also full of energy potential, a bureaucratic regulatory regime has mismanaged land use for decades,” write The Heritage Foundation’s Katie Tubb and Nicolas Loris. The report focuses on the Federal Lands Freedom Act, introduced by Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., and Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla. It is designed to empower states to regain control of their lands from the federal government in order to pursue their own energy goals. That is a...
  • Natural gas inventory exceeds five-year average for first time since November 2013

    02/20/2015 5:48:29 AM PST · by thackney · 12 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | FEBRUARY 20, 2015 | Energy Information Administration
    Working natural gas in storage has surpassed five-year average levels for the first time in more than a year. At 2,157 billion cubic feet (Bcf) as of February 13, stocks are 58 Bcf greater than the five-year average. Recent extremely cold weather may result in high stock withdrawals for the week ending February 20, which could again push stocks below their five-year average. However, natural gas production in February and March that is forecast to average 5 Bcf/day above the year-ago level is likely to contribute to healthy inventories and moderate prices as the nation moves from winter into spring....
  • Natural Gas: Saving More and Emitting Less

    02/18/2015 9:03:23 AM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 6 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 2-14-15 | John Eick
    Earlier this week, the American Gas Association released its 2015 Playbook. The report shows that natural gas continues to deliver safe, affordable, and reliable energy, while also providing environmental and energy efficiency benefits. Customers are deriving financial savings from using natural gas. For instance, households that use natural gas for space heating, water heating, cooking and clothes drying save an average of $693 per year compared to customers who use electricity to power these activities. Over the past five years, low natural gas prices have provided a total savings of almost $65 billion to natural gas customers, allowing this money...
  • The Federal Lands Freedom Act: Empowering States to Control Their Own Energy Futures

    02/18/2015 8:56:45 AM PST · by thackney · 5 replies
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | February 18, 2015 | Katie Tubb and Nicolas Loris
    Abstract The United States is now the world’s leader in both natural gas and oil production— centuries’ worth of oil, natural gas, and coal resources lie beneath private property as well as under lands owned by state governments. While federally owned lands are also full of energy potential, a bureaucratic regulatory regime has mismanaged land use for decades. The tremendous economic benefits of open energy markets and the proven track record of the individual states’ regulatory structures dictate a re-examination of the way the federal government manages resources on federal lands. The Federal Lands Freedom Act gives states the...
  • West Virginia Combined Cycle Plant Will Be First to Burn Ethane and Natural Gas

    02/18/2015 8:24:46 AM PST · by thackney · 3 replies
    Power ^ | 02/17/2015 | Gail Reitenbach
    On Monday, the West Virginia Public Service Commission (PSC) approved the siting certificate for Moundsville Power LLC to construct a 549-MW combined cycle natural gas power plant in Marshall County. It will be the first to also burn ethane. The company is also touting the project’s role in helping to offset the effect of area coal plant closings. With the PSC approval in hand, Moundsville Power’s next step is financing. Construction is scheduled to begin in late 2015, and the plant is expected to be operational in early 2018. The Moundsville Power facility will be a wholesale generator for the...
  • Why "drill, baby, drill" was right

    02/11/2015 4:35:29 PM PST · by upsdriver · 27 replies
    TribTalk ^ | February 11, 2015 | Sarah Palin
    It’s always a pleasure returning to the beautiful Lone Star State. This week I’m in Houston speaking with the industrious men and women of America’s oil patch at the North American Prospect Expo. These are the unsung heroes of our nation’s energy renaissance. In the brutal economic environment of the last six years, one sector had good news to report, and it came straight out of America’s oil patch. From 2007 to 2012, employment in the energy industry rose a dramatic 31.6 percent while employment nationwide fell 2.7 percent. U.S. oil production increased from 6.5 million barrels per day in...
  • Gov. Tom Wolf outlines 5 percent tax on natural gas drilling (It's for the Children!)

    02/11/2015 4:31:51 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 26 replies
    PennLive ^ | 02/04/2015 | Wallace McKelvey
    Gov. Tom Wolf outlined his proposal for a 5 percent severance tax on natural gas production, most of the proceeds of which will go toward education funding. "It's not like this is out of the blue," he said, in a speech from a Chester County elementary school. "We're the only state in the union with natural resources without a severance tax." The tax, which Wolf said was modeled after one in place in West Virginia, was a key component of his gubernatorial campaign.
  • Houston company postpones $100 million Nebraska plant project

    02/05/2015 4:41:56 AM PST · by thackney · 2 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | February 4, 2015 | Associated Press
    A Houston-based company that makes piping and casing for oil and gas drilling has postponed plans to build a manufacturing plant in northeast Nebraska. Tejas Tubular Products President Maximo Tejeda told the Norfolk Daily News that he remains committed to building a mill next to Nucor Steel in Norfolk....
  • EPA turning regulatory eyes to natural gas, expert says

    02/04/2015 5:30:06 AM PST · by george76 · 22 replies
    Mississippi Watchdog ^ | February 4, 2015 | Steve Wilson
    A former Environmental Protection Agency regulator warns that while the Obama administration now has coal in its crosshairs, natural gas is next in line. David Schnare cites a proposed rule on methane emissions as one of the ways President Obama and the EPA will clamp down on natural gas. The 33-year EPA veteran, who once sued utilities for coal-fired plants that didn’t meet Clean Air Act standards, is director of the Center of Energy and Environmental Stewardship at the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy. Schnare said the EPA — as part of its “Clean Power Plan” rule that would...
  • Energizing an energy policy

    02/03/2015 7:55:16 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 2, 2015 | Ed Fuelner
    If you’re like most Americans, you’re enjoying the fact that it costs a lot less to fill up your car’s gas tank these days. If you’re a fan of big government, you may feel a bit ambivalent, though. Why? Because one of the biggest drivers behind the drop in gas prices is the rise in directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) here at home. While the government is busy micromanaging the energy industry — trying to saddle it with more regulations while showering favors on so-called “green” companies — the free market is showing how to actually get things done....
  • Deliveries of liquefied natural gas take edge off region’s supply gap

    02/03/2015 5:57:35 AM PST · by thackney · 5 replies
    Portland Herald Press ^ | February 1, 2015 | TUX TURKEL
    A tanker offloaded enough liquefied natural gas at Boston Harbor last week to heat 30,000 homes for a year, bolstering New England’s tight pipeline capacity just as a new wave of below-average temperatures threatens to strain energy supplies. But some advocates say this strategic slug of LNG during the coldest days of the winter can do more: It may help lower wholesale power prices from Connecticut to Maine, helping to hold down the cost of electricity for homeowners and businesses. That’s a debatable claim, but it highlights the intensifying dispute over whether New England power customers should spend billions of...
  • Vermont just replaced its only only nuclear reactor with fossil fuels obtained from fracking

    02/02/2015 3:04:53 PM PST · by grundle · 26 replies
    wordpress ^ | February 1, 2015 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Vermont just replaced its only only nuclear reactor (which had accounted for 71.8% of the state’s electricity production) with fossil fuels obtained from fracking For the past 42 years, Vermont’s only nuclear power plant was responsible for 71.8% of the state’s electricity production. This huge amount of electricity was generated by a single nuclear reactor.Vermont has just shut down this reactor.The replacement energy source for this shut down reactor is shale gas, a fossil fuel whose combustion causes global warming, and which is obtained from fracking.And all this time, I had thought that liberals in Vermont...
  • Feds To Regulate Fake Fireplaces To Stop Global Warming

    01/31/2015 11:14:52 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 88 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 30, 2015 | Michael Bastasch
    Better go out and buy a gas fireplace and stove soon before federal regulations make them more expensive. Federal officials are looking to regulate the energy usage of fake fireplaces as part of the Obama administration’s effort to fight global warming.The Energy Department has proposed new regulations that would mandate that “gas-fired hearth products” like decorative fireplaces and stoves be more energy efficient and produce fewer carbon dioxide emissions. DOE says its rule would save $165 over the lifespan of the average hearth and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 11.1 million metric tons through 2030.The major change DOE demands is...
  • Pennsylvania reinstates drilling moratorium

    01/30/2015 11:05:46 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 27 replies
    upi.com ^ | Jan. 30, 2015 | Daniel J. Graeber
    A decision to ban oil and gas drilling on state land in Pennsylvania was met with praise and criticism, with an industry leader describing it as a "lose-lose." Louis D'Amico, president and executive director of the Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association, said the moratorium struck a blow against an industry that's already returned more than $700 million in revenue to the state in the last seven years. "This is a lose-lose for Pennsylvania's taxpayers and energy consumers," he said in a statement Thursday.
  • Dozens Recovering from Mexico City Hospital Blast

    01/30/2015 6:28:16 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 6 replies
    cbn ^ | 1-30-2015
    More than 70 victims are recovering from their injuries after a massive explosion destroyed most of a maternity hospital in Mexico City Thursday. At least one adult and two babies were killed, and several more victims were left in critical condition due to the disaster caused by a powerful gas explosion. The blast collapsed about three-fourths of the hospital, and firefighters and emergency crews raced through rubble as nurses and moms carried crying infants from the wreckage. Operation Blessing was on the scene of the tragedy within moments to offer aid. An Operation Blessing worker lives in the neighborhood, and...
  • Contributions of Horizontal Drilling and Hydraulic Fracturing to the USA Economy

    01/30/2015 5:37:01 AM PST · by thackney · 1 replies
    Oil Pro ^ | 1-29-2015 | Richard Goodwin
    Horizontal Drilling and Hydraulic Fracturing, represent technology developed in the 1980’s, are responsible for extracting Shale Gas and Shale Oil [Unconventional Liquid Hydrocarbons] from previously non-productive shale formations about one mile below the surface. As this technology was applied throughout the USA environmental upsets occurred (e.g. well water contamination in Weis County TX and Methane leaks in Dimrock PA. Recent peer review studies [Cornel, Stanford, Duke, Texas University, Penn State University and Ohio State University] have shown that these incidents could have been avoided by maintaining proper well integrity. State regulatory agencies now require adherence to industry standards, to ensure...
  • Foreign Firm Funding U.S. Green Groups Tied to State-Owned Russian Oil Company

    01/27/2015 7:59:35 AM PST · by george76 · 29 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 27, 2015 | Lachlan Markay
    Executives at a Bermudan firm funneling money to U.S. environmentalists run investment funds with Russian tycoons. A shadowy Bermudan company that has funneled tens of millions of dollars to anti-fracking environmentalist groups in the United States is run by executives with deep ties to Russian oil interests and offshore money laundering schemes involving members of President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle. One of those executives, Nicholas Hoskins, is a director at a hedge fund management firm that has invested heavily in Russian oil and gas. He is also senior counsel at the Bermudan law firm Wakefield Quin and the vice president...
  • Sasol delays $14B gas-to-liquids plant near Lake Charles during oil price slump

    01/28/2015 9:38:39 AM PST · by justlittleoleme · 9 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | January 28, 2015 at 8:59 AM | Katherine Sayre,
    South African petrochemical company Sasol is delaying a decision on whether to move forward with a proposed $14 billion gas-to-liquids facility outside of Lake Charles, the company said Wednesday (Jan. 28). Sasol said the plans are being put on hold as the company saves cash in response to falling oil prices. The gas-to-liquids facility is part of a $21 billion planned complex in Westlake, one of the largest foreign investments in Louisiana history. "Albeit at a much slower pace, we will continue to progress the U.S. GTL facility," Sasol president and CEO David Constable said in a news release. "This...