Natural Gas

DOE approves broader Cheniere LNG exports

The Energy Department on Tuesday issued a final authorization for Cheniere Energy to export liquefied natural gas from a Texas facility to countries without a Free Trade Agreement with the U.S.

The authorization will allow the company to ship up to 2.1 billion standard cubic feet per day over 20 years from its Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project, after DOE concluded that the exports wouldn't be “inconsistent with the public interest,” and are "likely to yield net economic benefits to the United States."

Clarification for story about water contamination in Pennsylvania

In a story published by EnergyGuardian May 5, The Associated Press reported on research that found drilling fluids likely leaked into a drinking water supply in Pennsylvania. The story should have noted that one of the study's authors, Garth T. Llewellyn, was a consultant for affected homeowners who sued the driller. That information was not included on a pre-publication version of the study provided to reporters by the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, but it was later added to the published version.

Cook Inlet LNG plant to be built by Japanese

Source: 
Platts

Resources Energy Inc. is moving to final engineering plans for an LNG plant in Cook Inlet, Alaska that can process up to 1.5 million metric tons per year for export to Japan, Platts reports.

Atlantic Council panel on hydraulic fracturing

Washington, May 11, 2015, 3:00 pm

The Atlantic Council to host panel discussion on the future of the hydraulic fracturing industry in a low-price oil and gas environment.

LetterOne prepares to sell North Sea gas fields as UK demanded

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

Bowing to pressure from London, which fears that Ukraine-related sanctions could sideline a chunk of North Sea gas production, Russian Mikhail Fridman's LetterOne Group is preparing to sell the fields it recently purchased, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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Russia and China sign natural gas deal

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian gas giant Gazprom signed a memorandum of understanding with China's CNPC Friday to build a gas pipeline to China and sell up to 30 billion cubic meters of gas. The details have yet to be hammered out.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is hosting Chinese President Xi Jinping in Moscow this week, said that Russia would welcome the involvement of Chinese companies in tapping the giant Vankor oil and gas fields in eastern Siberia, adding that specifics are being worked out.

U.S. tries to counter Russian move to pipe gas through Greece

Source: 
The New York Times

Washington is leaning on Athens to reject a Russian project to pipe natural gas through Greece, and opt instead for a western-backed supply line from Azerbaijan, The New York Times reports.

Cassidy proposes giving Interior power to OK pipelines on NPS lands

Source: 
The Hill

Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., has introduced a bill removing Congress' role in approving the construction of natural gas pipelines on National Park Service lands, The Hill reports.

Enviros sue DOE to stop Cove Point LNG export facility

Source: 
The Hill

Even as the Energy Department issued its final authorization for Dominion Cove Point LNG to export liquefied natural gas from its Maryland terminal - even to countries that don't have Free Trade Agreements with the U.S. - environmental groups sued to try to block the decision, The Hill reports.

GAO: Gov't waste of natural gas costing taxpayers millions

WASHINGTON (AP) — Significant amounts of natural gas on federal lands are being wasted, costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars each year and adding to harmful greenhouse gas emissions, a congressional investigation has found.

The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office also said the Bureau of Land Management failed to conduct production inspections for hundreds of high-priority oil and gas wells — roughly 1 out of 5 — to ensure full payment of royalties to the U.S.

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