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  • Dominion, Duke, Piedmont and AGL Form Joint Venture to Own Proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline

    09/02/2014 7:52:49 AM PDT · by thackney · 9 replies
    Dominion News ^ | Sep 2, 2014 | Dominion News
    Full Title: Dominion, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas and AGL Resources Form Joint Venture to Own Proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline - $4.5 billion-$5 billion pipeline would bring 1.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day to North Carolina and Virginia - 'Transformational' project provides growing Mid-Atlantic markets a new route for access to competitive, domestic energy supplies - Investment would create thousands of jobs, promote economic development and cleaner air, increase state and local tax revenue - Pipeline expected to be in service by late 2018, pending regulatory approvals Four major U.S. energy companies – Dominion (NYSE: D), Duke...
  • Fracking report clears way for California oil, gas leasing to resume

    08/29/2014 7:15:32 AM PDT · by thackney · 15 replies
    LA Times ^ | 8/28/2014 | JULIE CART
    The federal government will resume oil and gas leasing in California following a report released Thursday that found little scientific evidence that fracking and similar extraction techniques are dangerous. The Bureau of Land Management said the report — and additional environmental reviews — will allow it to begin leasing on public land next year. The announcement is welcome news for energy companies that have been shut out of the oil-rich San Joaquin Valley and Central Coast. But critics, including environmental organizations whose lawsuits led to a judge's order to halt leasing last year, said the analysis was rushed by the...
  • Exclusive: Morgan Stanley plans natural gas export plant in new commodities foray {CNG}

    08/29/2014 7:04:41 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Aug 29, 2014 | ANNA LOUIE SUSSMAN
    Morgan Stanley has quietly filed plans to build and run one of the first U.S. compressed natural gas export facilities, the first sign the bank is plunging back into physical commodity markets even as it sells its physical oil business. In a 23-page application to the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy submitted in May, the Wall Street bank outlined a proposal to build, own and operate a compression and container loading facility near Freeport, Texas, which will have capacity to ship 60 billion cubic feet a year of compressed natural gas (CNG). While the size of the...
  • Drilling Furiously: Chinese Energy Giants Turn Upbeat on Shale Gas

    08/29/2014 5:23:49 AM PDT · by thackney · 4 replies
    Reuters via Rig Zone ^ | August 29, 2014 | Charlie Zhu
    China's energy heavyweights Sinopec Corp and PetroChina have upgraded their outlook on the country's shale gas industry, citing steadily declining costs, but stopped short of predicting a near-term boom. China, estimated to hold the world's largest technically recoverable shale resources, is hoping to replicate the shale boom that has transformed the energy landscape of the United States. Industry experts caution that it would be much more difficult for China to monetise its shale gas reserves than the U.S. as it faces serious challenges from water shortages to complicated geological structure and a lack of infrastructure. But top executives at China's...
  • Kemp: Free Cash Flow Says Little About The Future Of Shale

    08/28/2014 12:48:01 PM PDT · by thackney · 2 replies
    Reuters via Rig Zone ^ | August 28, 2014 | John Kemp
    The independent companies at the forefront of the U.S. shale boom will finally earn enough from selling oil and gas to cover their capital expenditures next year, for the first time since 2008. Free cash flow, which measures operating cash flow minus capital spending, for the 25 leading independent oil and gas producers is expected to show a surplus of $2.4 billion in 2015, according to a consensus forecast in the Financial Times. That compares with a shortfall of around $9 billion in 2013 and $32 billion in 2012. ("Shale oil and gas producers' finances lift growth hopes" FT, Aug...
  • Pickens: Pennsylvania natural gas production approaching that of Texas

    08/27/2014 5:55:28 AM PDT · by thackney · 13 replies
    Pittsburgh Business Times ^ | Aug 25, 2014 | Sam Kusic
    The oil and gas industry is the most dynamic industry in the U.S. and will remain so for a long time, according to T. Boone Pickens, chairman of BP Capital Management, who spoke Monday during Gov. Tom Corbett's Jobs 1st Summit in Pittsburgh. "What an opportunity for our country with 30 of our states being producing states," he said. Pickens said the country should take advantage of its energy resources and convert its fleet of commercial heavy-duty trucks over to natural gas. And it should form a strategic energy alliance with Canada and Mexico. Those two things he said could...
  • Slow Going for Natural-Gas Powered Trucks

    08/26/2014 6:14:13 AM PDT · by thackney · 38 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug. 25, 2014 | BOB TITA
    ...Higher purchase prices compared with diesel trucks, improved diesel fuel economy and continued scarcity of fueling stations are damping natural-gas-powered truck demand. About 10,480 of the heavy-duty trucks are expected to be sold this year, up 20% from the 8,730 sold last year, according to Power Systems Research. However, some forecasters had expected sales to about double to 16,000 vehicles this year amid the trucking industry's enthusiasm for natural gas a year ago. What happened? A big roadblock remains the premium for a heavy-duty gas truck—$50,000 more than the about $150,000 for a new diesel-powered truck. In theory, the payback...
  • Inside North Dakota's latest fracking problem

    08/25/2014 3:41:20 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 26 replies
    CNBC/Reuters ^ | 22 August 2014 | Brad Quick | Morgan Brennan
    From his driveway, Tom Wheeler's view of North Dakota's sprawling grasslands seems endless. Fields of soy, wheat and canola stretch to the horizon in all directions. But as drillers flock to the state to cash in on North Dakota's booming shale play, that horizon has become increasingly marked by natural gas flares. Flaring is the burning of natural gas that can't be processed or sold. All those flares, meanwhile, are adding up. They burn so brightly that NASA astronauts have taken pictures of their glow from space. For some landowners like Wheeler, it's not the noise or light pollution that...
  • 'Widespread methane leakage' from ocean floor off US coast

    08/24/2014 6:59:06 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 62 replies
    BBC News ^ | 8/24/14 | Matt McGrath
    Researchers say they have found more than 500 bubbling methane vents on the seafloor off the US east coast. The unexpected discovery indicates there are large volumes of the gas contained in a type of sludgy ice called methane hydrate. There are concerns that these new seeps could be making a hitherto unnoticed contribution to global warming. The scientists say there could be about 30,000 of these hidden methane vents worldwide. Previous surveys along the Atlantic seaboard have shown only three seep areas beyond the edge of the US continental shelf.
  • Petroleum Engineers See Highest Increase in Median Average Salary

    08/21/2014 12:00:52 PM PDT · by thackney · 1 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | August 21, 2014 | Karen Boman
    Petroleum engineers experienced the highest increase in median annual salary since 2011, according to a recent report from the American Geosciences Institute (AGI). In 2013, the median average salary for petroleum engineers was $132,000, and had increased by more than $10,000 since 2011, according to the Aug. 12 report, which quoted data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Since 2011, all geoscience occupations – with the exception of atmospheric and space scientists, geographers, environmental science and protection technicians, engineering postsecondary teachers, and atmospheric, earth, marine and space sciences post-secondary teachers – recorded increases in their median annual salaries, while...
  • Turn natural gas into gasoline for $1 per gallon

    08/21/2014 8:50:09 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 73 replies
    peakoil.com ^ | August 21, 2014
    Turn natural gas into gasoline for $1 per gallon The clear liquid flowing from a collection of pipes and wires in a Hayward industrial park smells just like gasoline, and for all practical purposes, it is.But it wasn’t made from crude oil. Instead, it came from natural gas, the fuel whose sudden abundance in America is reshaping the country’s energy landscape.Siluria Technologies says it can produce large quantities of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and chemicals at a lower cost than traditional refineries and chemical plants. At today’s natural gas prices, Siluria’s technology could make gasoline at roughly $1 per gallon, according to...
  • Ukraine 'may cut Russia energy for Europe'

    08/14/2014 4:51:52 AM PDT · by thackney · 9 replies
    The Australian ^ | AUGUST 10, 2014 | DPA
    Ukraine has warned it might cut Russian oil and gas flows to Europe and ban Russian airlines from crossing its airspace, as Moscow criticised the country for suspending a ceasefire at the crash site of MH17. The measures are part of a sanctions bill targeting Russia that will be submitted to parliament, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said in Kiev. Yatsenyuk explained it could include complete or partial bans on transit of all manner of resources, including energy resources and overflights. Ukraine is the key country for the transport of Russian oil and gas to Europe. Previous energy disputes have resulted...
  • Ukraine Promises Smooth Russian Gas Transit to Europe

    08/12/2014 11:28:17 AM PDT · by thackney
    Rig Zone ^ | August 11, 2014 | Reuters
    kraine state gas grid Naftogaz said it would continue uninterrupted pumping of Russian gas exports to Europe through its territory even if Ukraine imposes its own sanctions on Russia. "Naftogaz affirms its readiness to continue smooth transit of natural gas to European consumers," Chief Executive Andriy Kobolev said in a statement on Monday. Ukraine Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said last week that parliament would debate sanctions against Russia on Tuesday, which could include bans on Russian gas and sanctions against Russian banks. Russia halted gas supplies to Ukraine in June due to disagreements over pricing, but Russian gas transit through...
  • Douglas-Westwood: 'Australian LNG - A Lost Cause?'

    08/12/2014 5:19:09 AM PDT · by thackney · 4 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | August 12, 2014 | Douglas-Westwood
    Douglas-Westwood, a UK-headquartered provider of energy business strategy, research and commercial due-diligence services, commented on "Australian LNG - A Lost Cause?" in its latest edition of DW Monday. DW MONDAY: "AUSTRALIAN LNG - A LOST CAUSE?" Recent news headlines on the liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector in Australia seem to be centered around its unsustainable rising costs. Woodside Petroleum had to ditch plans last year for its Browse LNG plant, which had gone way over budget at an estimated cost of $80 billion. In the interest of continuing the development, Woodside and its partners have now turned to floating LNG...
  • Ukraine may force changes in Russian gas transit to Europe.

    08/11/2014 6:48:17 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 13 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo! ^ | Pavel Polityuk
    KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine said European companies would have to agree on a major revision of gas contracts with Russia if Kiev imposes sanctions on Moscow and Gazprom, a measure that may lead to disruption in gas transit to Europe. Ukraine Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said last week that parliament would debate sanctions against Russia on Tuesday, which could include bans on Russian gas and sanctions against Russian banks. Ukraine gas grid Naftogaz said on Monday that the sanctions could limit or even exclude some companies from piping gas through the country, which would allow other firms to take over...
  • Does the Ukrainian Crisis Revolve Around This Pipeline?

    08/11/2014 9:11:33 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 3 replies
    whowhatwhy.com ^ | Jul 23, 2014 | Sylvia Todorova
    Now that all eyes are on Ukraine and the potential of a bigger war looms, there’s never been a more important time to understand what is at stake. As WhoWhatWhy readers know, the real reasons surrounding a conflict are often buried under the headlines and rhetoric. So it shouldn’t come as any surprise that, behind the scenes, oil and natural gas are driving a big piece of the U.S. response to Russian involvement in Ukraine. If you want to understand where the rubber meets the geopolitical road in the Ukraine war, you need to learn about the 1,480-mile South Stream...
  • Obama opens rift with greens: Moving toward opening the Atlantic Ocean to drilling

    08/11/2014 2:22:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/11/2014 | Laura Barron Lopez
    President Obama is moving toward opening the Atlantic Ocean to drilling in a major shift in U.S. policy that cuts against the administration's efforts to reduce global warming. Environmental groups applauding the president's pursuit of new power plant rules meant to reduce climate change are now preparing for a major battle over authorizing drilling in the Atlantic, and possibly the Arctic and Pacific oceans. President Obama is moving toward opening the Atlantic Ocean to drilling in a major shift in U.S. policy that cuts against the administration's efforts to reduce global warming. Environmental groups applauding the president's pursuit of new...
  • Kinder Morgan to unite a house divided in $44 billion deal

    08/11/2014 5:27:27 AM PDT · by thackney · 5 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | August 10, 2014 | Collin Eaton
    Houston billionaire Richard Kinder is fusing all the pieces of his fragmented pipeline empire into one company, Kinder Morgan Inc., in a $44 billion transaction that ranks among the largest in U.S. history. In a move that would end nearly two decades of delegating its main operations to subordinate firms, Houston-based Kinder Morgan said Sunday it is planning to buy out three companies it controls indirectly for $44 billion in cash and stock, bringing its network of North American pipelines and energy storage terminals under one corporate roof. It also will assume $27 billion in debt. Taken together, the three...
  • Companies take a big step toward LNG export plant in Louisiana

    08/08/2014 11:16:42 AM PDT · by thackney · 9 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | August 7, 2014 | Ryan Holeywell
    Sempra Energy, GDF Suez and other investors in the Cameron LNG project have made their final investment decision on the project and intend to move forward with it, the companies announced this week. The facility will be located at Sempra Energy’s existing Cameron LNG import terminal in Hackberry, La. It is expected to cost around $10 billion. “Today’s commitments from our project sponsors and international banks put us one step closer to delivering domestic natural gas to America’s trading partners in Europe and Japan,” Sempra LNG president Octavio M.C. Simoes said in a statement. The facility will have three liquefaction...
  • Battle of the Fuels: Will Natural Gas Replace Diesel?

    08/08/2014 4:28:32 AM PDT · by thackney · 22 replies
    Motely Fool ^ | July 28, 2014 | Jonathan Cook
    The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) administrator, in his March report to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the U.S. Senate, stated that EIA analysis shows that during the next 25 years, natural gas will grow dramatically in use by freight trucking and other commercial transportation modes. Source: EIA, Annual Energy Outlook 2014.The New York Times profiled the freight truck natural gas conversion process in an April 2013 article and recently reported plans by the Obama Administration to impose tough new fuel efficiency standards for big trucks, potentially reducing diesel's competitiveness.In addition, NGV Today, the publication for the...
  • Ukraine Will Destroy Itself w/o Russia

    08/08/2014 4:17:08 AM PDT · by thackney · 17 replies
    Real Clear Energy ^ | August 8, 2014 | James Stafford
    Ukraine doesn’t need Russia to take it down—Kiev is doing fine destroying itself, most recently with a new tax code that doubles taxes for private gas producers and promises to irreparably cripple new investment in the energy sector at a time when reform and outside investment were the country’s only hope. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on August 1 signed off on a new tax code that effectively doubles the tax private gas producers in Ukraine will have to pay, calling into question any new investment, as well as commitment from key producers already operating in the country. The stated goal...
  • Mexican lawmakers approve overhaul ending Pemex monopoly

    08/07/2014 12:23:57 PM PDT · by thackney · 12 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | August 6, 2014 | Robert Grattan
    The Mexican Congress has passed sweeping legislation intended to revitalize the country’s anemic energy industry by opening it to private competition and ending a 75-year state monopoly. After weeks of debate and a constitutional amendment, legislators approved this week the majority of the new laws and are expected to finalize the remaining items in the coming days. The energy overhaul is the most sweeping of a broad set of economic measures promised by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. Mexico’s oil and gas industry has been largely left out of the latest oil boom, despite the general consensus that the country...
  • Marcellus Region’s natural gas production reaches record high

    08/05/2014 8:44:47 PM PDT · by shove_it · 3 replies
    FuelFix/ ^ | 5 Aug 2014 | Robert Grattan
    HOUSTON — Natural gas production in the Marcellus Region exceeded 15 billion cubic feet per day in July, the most productive period ever recorded there, according to a government analysis. The Marcellus Region, located largely in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, now accounts for almost 40 percent of U.S. shale gas production. The field’s rapid growth has had a major effect on the surrounding markets for gas and isn’t expected to ebb soon, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The Marcellus Region’s natural gas productivity has surged since 2010, when production totaled 2 billion cubic feet per day. New wells...
  • Marcellus Region production continues growth

    08/05/2014 5:04:27 AM PDT · by thackney · 2 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | 8/5/2014 | Energy Information Administration
    Natural gas production in the Marcellus Region exceeded 15 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) through July, the first time ever recorded, according to EIA's latest Drilling Productivity Report. The Marcellus Region, mostly located in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, is the largest producing shale gas basin in the United States, accounting for almost 40% of U.S. shale gas production. Marcellus Region production has increased dramatically over the past four years, increasing from 2 Bcf/d in 2010 to its current level. The rig count in the Marcellus Region has remained steady at around 100 rigs over the past 10 months. Given...
  • Shale gas: 'The dotcom bubble of our times'

    08/04/2014 5:51:58 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 33 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 04 August 2014 | Tim Morgan
    On the one hand, many environmental and conservation groups are bitterly opposed to shale development. Ranged against them are those within and beyond the energy industry who believe that the exploitation of shale gas can prove not only vital but hugely positive for the British economy. Rather oddly, hardly anyone seems to have asked the one question which is surely fundamental: does shale development make economic sense? My conclusion is that it does not. That Britain needs new energy sources is surely beyond dispute. Between 2003 and 2013, domestic production of oil and gas slumped by 62pc and 65pc respectively,...
  • Small gas-to-liquids plant planned for former Houston power plant site

    08/04/2014 12:29:41 PM PDT · by thackney · 7 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | August 4, 2014 | Rhiannon Meyers
    Biofuels Power Corp. plans to build a small-scale plant to convert natural gas to synthetic crude on a former power plant site south of downtown Houston as it looks to capitalize on abundant supplies of cheap natural gas, the company announced Monday. The gas-to-liquids plant is a pilot project, the first step in the Humble-based company’s plans to build several small plants at oil fields across the U.S. to capture and convert natural gas now stranded at well sites that don’t have processing or transportation infrastructure to carry the gas to market. Advances in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have...
  • Network Plans To Bring Shale Power To East Coast (Electricity)

    08/01/2014 11:19:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — PPL Corp. said Thursday it wants to spend billions of dollars to build a 725-mile system of electric transmission lines that will bring energy from the booming Marcellus Shale natural gas fields to customers on the heavily populated Eastern Seaboard. The Allentown-based utility said the 500-kilovolt line would span much of Pennsylvania and reach into New York, New Jersey and Maryland, although the route has not been determined. The cost was expected to exceed $4 billion, and it could take more than a decade to build....
  • Russia And Germany Allegedly Working On Secret "Gas For Land" Deal

    08/01/2014 12:28:39 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 17 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 31 July 2013 | Tyler Durden
    Thanks to the Independent, we may know the answer, and it is a doozy, because according to some it is nothing shy of a sequel to the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact: allegedly Germany and Russia have been working on a secret plan to broker a peaceful solution to end international tensions over the Ukraine, one which would negotiate to trade Crimea's sovereignty for guarantees on energy security and trade.
  • "We Cannot Continue The Operations There"- Shell Declares Force Majeure In Ukraine

    08/01/2014 7:14:03 AM PDT · by thackney · 7 replies
    Oil Pro ^ | 7/31/2014 | Fydor Przyborski
    Shell announced today that it has declared force majeure on its unconventional gas exploration activities in eastern Ukraine, near the site where flight MH17 crashed. However, it's too early to tell what impact the latest round of EU and US sanctions on Russia for its actions in Ukraine will have on the Anglo-Dutch major, sources said. Shell has been engaging in shale gas exploration in Ukraine and its Russian assets include a stake in Sakhalin-2, one of the largest LNG projects in the world, where it is working with Gazprom to expand the project. Shell CEO Ben van Beurden was...
  • US DOE approves Oregon project to export LNG

    07/31/2014 1:23:54 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies
    reuters.com ^ | July 31, 2014 | Timothy Gardner
    WASHINGTON, July 31 (Reuters) - The U.S. Energy Department on Thursday approved Oregon LNG to export liquefied natural gas, as the Obama administration works through applications to export fuel from the domestic drilling boom to markets in Asia and Europe. Oregon LNG, which is controlled by Leucadia National Corp , has been authorized by the department to export up to 1.25 billion cubic feet per day of the fuel for 20 years. It hopes to begin exporting LNG in 2017. The Astoria, Oregon-based project still needs approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which will review the project's environmental...
  • Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad

    07/28/2014 8:04:43 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 16 replies
    WRAL ^ | 7/28/14 | Dina Cappiello
    As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off dirty fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America's unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world where they could create even more pollution. This fossil fuel trade threatens to undermine President Barack Obama's strategy for reducing the gases blamed for climate change and reveals a little-discussed side effect of countries acting alone on a global problem. The contribution of this exported pollution to global warming is not something the administration wants to measure, or even talk about.
  • Feds OK first-in-decades oil studies off East Coast

    07/18/2014 11:21:43 AM PDT · by thackney · 17 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | July 18, 2014 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    The Obama administration on Friday gave the oil industry the green light to use air guns and sonic sensors to search for possible oil and gas under Atlantic waters, overriding environmentalists concerned that the seismic research can harm whales and other marine life. Although geophysical research companies will still have to apply for individual permits to conduct seismic studies along the south- and mid-Atlantic coast — and undergo more rigorous environmental scrutiny of their specific plans — the Interior Department’s formal decision opens the door for the activity. Friday’s move also helps pave the way for possible drilling off the...
  • BLM: More money needed for inspections

    07/18/2014 7:30:16 AM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    Albuquerque Business First ^ | Jul 18, 2014 | Gary Gerew
    Bureau of Land Management Director Neil Kornze said that increased drilling and a shortage of staff are behind his agency’s request for a fee system to increase the agency’s inspection capacity. ... BLM is focused on a range of inspections, including drilling and production inspections. ... Irregular and declining budgets have hindered our ability to move out aggressively in this area. Through the President’s 2015 budget proposal, we are now seeking to fund inspections through a fee system that will allow us to be much more responsive to the needs of industry and, importantly, to meet the foundational safety and...
  • Voters should not make engineering decisions

    07/16/2014 11:20:36 AM PDT · by thackney · 19 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 16, 2014 | Chris Tomlinson
    Denton late Tuesday night became the latest jurisdiction to announce a referendum on a drilling technique, joining Colorado and New York in allowing voters to decide where hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas may take place. This a deeply worrying trend that mixes misinformation with a not-in-my-backyard attitude that too often ignores science, engineering and the nation's need for energy. In many ways, though, the drilling companies and state regulators have themselves to blame for public outrage by failing to quickly and transparently address the concerns of local residents. First, let me say I've spoken to a lot of people...
  • Op-Ed: The Arctic's Huge Store of Methane Gas: 'Ticking time-bomb?' (Methane Gas New Evil)

    07/13/2014 9:13:51 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 39 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | July 13, 2014 22:12 GMT | Karen Graham
    Some climate change proponents are saying the huge amounts of methane gas, stored under the Arctic ice is a potential "ticking time bomb." They claim that we must stop extracting fossil fuels that put more CO2 into our atmosphere or face disaster. Methane is only one of a number of gases called greenhouse gases (GHG) that can absorb and emit infrared radiation, or in other words, this means they can trap and absorb heat. The most abundant GHG is water vapor, followed by carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, ozone and CFC's. By measuring atmospheric infrared radiation, climatologists are able to...
  • Houston pay tops nation on oil, gas strength

    07/11/2014 5:06:41 AM PDT · by thackney · 4 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | July 10, 2014 | Collin Eaton
    Houston outpaced every city in the nation in annual wage growth during the second quarter, thanks largely to a bump in oil and gas-industry pay, according to PayScale. The Seattle-based pay tracker said the city’s 3 percent rise in annual wages beat the national average of 1.8 percent from April to June. That’s the second consecutive quarter that Houston wage-earners beat the national average, after a sluggish 2013 that saw pay in the energy capital flatten. (Average wage earners weren’t the only ones who had flat paydays last year: Some compensation packages for the chief executives of oil and gas...
  • Leaked paper: EU wants ‘guaranteed’ access to US oil and gas

    07/09/2014 11:07:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 07/09/14 @ 09:27 | Benjamin Fox
    The EU wants the US to lift its restrictions on exporting gas and crude oil as part of ongoing trade talks, according to a leaked European Commission document. The strategy paper by the EU executive, obtained by the Washington Post, calls for “a legally binding commitment … guaranteeing the free export of crude oil and gas resources”. EU and US trade officials will hold their sixth round of talks on an ambitious Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) in Brussels next week, which officials argue could be worth €100 billion per year, equivalent to an additional 0.5 percent of EU...
  • Surge of industrial projects could lift U.S. gas demand by 19 percent

    07/09/2014 5:25:40 AM PDT · by thackney · 7 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | July 8, 2014 | Collin Eaton
    A wave of gas-to-liquids investments and other U.S. industrial projects will likely boost demand for natural gas by 19 to 31 percent through the end of the decade, a new study shows. After shale gas flooded U.S. markets, chemical makers and other firms planned enough gas-intensive industrial projects – now under construction or obtaining permits – to boost daily industrial gas demand from 19.6 to 23.5 billion cubic feet of gas per day in 2020, according to the University of Texas’ Center for Energy Economics. All told, that’s an $83 billion venture. If all 144 proposed industrial projects are built,...
  • Saudi Gas Development Plans Hit..

    07/07/2014 9:39:07 PM PDT · by Rabin · 10 replies
    Rigzone ^ | July 07, 2014 | Rania El Gamal; editing by Sami Aboudi and John Stonestreet
    Royal Dutch Shell is ending investments in a gas development project in Saudi Arabia. The emergence of the shale gas industry has opened up more lucrative opportunities for energy companies elsewhere. Shell has decided to end further investment in the Kidan area of the Empty Quarter, the sea of sand dunes that cover south-east Saudi Arabia. Italy's ENI, Spain's Repsol and France's Total - have already abandoned the search for commercially viable gas deposits in that part of Saudi Arabia. Kidan, rich in sour gas...
  • Philippines Considers LNG Import Receiving Options

    07/04/2014 6:23:35 AM PDT · by thackney · 1 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | July 04, 2014 | Cheang Chee Yew|
    Like most of its Asian neighbors, the Philippines has been a net energy importer for decades. The country’s dependence on hydrocarbons is relatively lower as compared to South Korea or Singapore as it has alternatives such as geothermal, hydropower and other renewable sources for electricity generation. But rising energy consumption and the expected depletion of gas resource at the offshore Malampaya field – the country’s major gas development – in a decade’s time has induced the Philippines to seek alternative energy supplies. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) import, together with the accompanying gas receiving facilities, is one of the options being...
  • Holyoke farmers mkt to get visit from bicyclists highlighting concerns about proposed…Gas Pipeline

    07/03/2014 10:38:38 AM PDT · by matt04 · 6 replies
    ix members of the Climate Summer 2014 Team Western Mass. have been bicycling across the state and will be at the farmers' market here Thursday (July 3) to highlight concerns about the proposed expansion of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline. The expansion of the pipeline in the Northeastern United States is believed to include a route through Franklin County, though a company spokesman said routes haven't been finalized and the company is committed to public safety and protection of the environment. Tennessee Gas Pipeline is part of the Kinder-Morgan company of Houston, Texas. The proposed mainline route of the company's Northeast...
  • New ND Flaring Regs Make Statoil's Nat Gas Container System Timely

    07/03/2014 5:45:05 AM PDT · by thackney · 18 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | July 02, 2014 | Gene Lockard
    Statoil ASA recently announced a container system to reduce flaring in the Bakken. The company’s timing could not have been better, considering that North Dakota just approved new flaring regulations. More restrictive regulations covering flaring on existing wells were passed by the North Dakota Industrial Commission – the state’s regulating entity for oil and gas – July 1. The goal of the commission is to reduce flaring to 26 percent by the fourth quarter of 2014, 23 percent by the first quarter of 2016, and 10 percent – with the potential of 5 percent – by the fourth quarter of...
  • The First Crisis Hits Shale Drilling {hyperbole}

    07/02/2014 5:37:06 AM PDT · by thackney · 10 replies
    Real Clear Energy ^ | July 1, 2014 | Dave Forest
    "Crisis" may be a little hyperbolic. But shale production of oil and gas in America suddenly got a lot riskier this week. That's because of a landmark decision from one of the highest state courts in the land. Upholding the right of individual towns to regulate shale drilling, trumping state or federal regulatory regimes. The ruling came down yesterday in New York. Where the State Court of Appeals voted 5-2 to reject challenges to fracking rules imposed on the oil and gas industry by two municipalities in the state: Dryden and Middlefield. The saga started in 2011. When the two...
  • Officials say power grid is on the brink {New England}

    07/02/2014 4:36:24 AM PDT · by thackney · 74 replies
    SeacoastOnline ^ | July 01, 2014 | Deborah McDermott
    New England states are united in proposing that a tariff be imposed on electricity rates throughout the region to fund more natural gas pipelines and increased transmission infrastructure — to reverse electricity costs that are among the highest in the nation. The proposal is a necessary step because the region has limited gas pipeline capacity despite a demand that has grown from 6 percent in 2000 to 46 percent in 2013, energy experts said at a forum sponsored by The New England Council at St. Anselm's College in Manchester Monday. At the same time, more and more coal-fired, oil and...
  • Worker Safety Remains the First Priority for Oil, Gas Companies

    06/30/2014 1:00:14 PM PDT · by thackney · 18 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | June 30, 2014 | Gene Lockard
    Safety is first among every oil and gas company. Regardless of whether an employee works in the field, on a rig, or in a high-rise office, they will be reminded time and time again just how important the safety of every employee is to the company, and to the industry. But as more young workers are hired into the industry, the issue has taken on an increased importance. Younger workers differ from older ones by having fewer fatalities, but more total injuries and more serious injuries, according to safety and injury incident research from the Center for Disease Control and...
  • New York top court OKs local gas-drilling bans

    06/30/2014 7:36:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 30, 2014 10:20 AM EDT | Michael Hill
    New York’s top court handed a victory to opponents of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas Monday by affirming the right of municipalities to ban the practice within their borders. The state Court of Appeals affirmed a midlevel appeals court ruling from last year that said the state oil and gas law doesn’t trump the authority of local governments to control land use through zoning. […] The court in a 5-2 decision stressed that it did not consider the merits of fracking, but only the “home rule” authority of municipalities to regulate their land use. The court said the towns of...
  • Local Western Mass. Residents On Edge Over Natural Gas Pipeline Proposal

    06/27/2014 5:19:08 AM PDT · by thackney · 43 replies
    WBZ-TV, CBS ^ | June 24, 2014 | Joe Shortsleeve
    Plans to build a natural gas pipeline through central and western Massachusetts are running into opposition from residents in the communities affected. The pipeline begins in Troy, Pennsylvania and runs through Wright, New York before entering Massachusetts in Richmond. It would run through dozens of communities before ending in Dracut. But few residents expect to see any benefits from the pipeline plan. “It would go in front of our house. It would go through this hay field,” said Pat Worth, one of those residents. Worth is afraid her 25-acre farm in rural Royalston will be ruined if a natural gas...
  • Advocates See US Gas Exports Spurring Major Job Growth

    06/27/2014 4:56:29 AM PDT · by thackney
    MNI ^ | JUNE 24, 2014 | Jon Hurdle
    The United States plans to export abundant supplies of liquefied natural gas could generate tens of thousands of new jobs in industries that supply producers of the fuel, according to industry participants and a new study. But critics claim that increased demand from energy-hungry overseas customers would drive up domestic natural gas prices, causing manufacturers' costs to rise, and deterring job creation. As Congress considers bills that would speed government approval of applications to build LNG export terminals, a trade association representing manufacturers and others that service the shale gas industry projected that the construction and operation of the multi-billion-dollar...
  • Putin says US trying to derail gas pipeline plan

    <p>VIENNA (AP) — The U.S. is trying to derail a project to build a gas pipeline that bypasses Ukraine to supply Europe, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday after Russian and Austrian energy firms agreed to build the pipeline's western end.</p>
  • With Putin in Vienna, Gazprom signs Austria pipeline deal

    ienna (AFP) - Coinciding with a visit to Vienna by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russian energy giant Gazprom on Tuesday signed a deal with Austria's OMV approving the EU country's section of the controversial South Stream pipeline. The crisis in Ukraine has made the planned pipeline bringing Siberian gas to the European Union -- bypassing Ukraine -- a new focus of tensions between Moscow, Brussels and Washington. EU member Bulgaria earlier this month said it was suspending work on building its section of the multi-billion-euro (-dollar) project following pressure from the EU and the United States. The European Commission has...