Natural Gas

Utility: No leaks found in California gas line that exploded

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A gas pipeline that exploded at a sheriff's gun range in Central California, injuring 11 people, had been inspected twice in April for gas leaks, and no leaks were found, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said Sunday.

PG&E said its crews did a ground survey of the pipe on April 1 and an aerial survey on April 16.

Routine flaring to end at thousands of sites by 2030

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

Routine flaring of natural gas will end by 2030 under a pledge by 25 major oil companies, oil-producing countries and international institutions, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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Oil

EIA: U.S. becoming net energy exporter, emissions staying below 2005 levels

The United States is on track to become a net energy exporter by 2030 while keeping its energy-related carbon emissions below 2005 levels - even without new regulations on power plant emissions, a new report says.

The Energy Information Administration's 2015 Annual Energy Outlook, which forecasts trends through 2040, projected that under several scenarios the U.S. would become a net natural gas exporter within the next two years.

Energy Transfer Partners sues Michigan landowners

Source: 
The Associated Press

A subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners is suing landowners in Michigan to get access to their land so it can conduct surveys for a proposed natural gas pipeline, The Associated Press reports.

Texas nearing decision to kill local bans on fracking

Source: 
The Associated Press

The Texas legislature is considering a proposal to prevent local governments from banning hydraulic fracturing, The Associated Press reports.

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Oil

U.S. to become net natural gas exporter in 2017, EIA projects

The Energy Information Administration, in its annual forecast of U.S. energy trends, projects that the U.S. will become a net exporter of natural gas by 2017.

In its Annual Energy Outlook for 2015, EIA said total net U.S. energy imports would continue to decline over the coming years, and will ultimately end by 2030, as domestic gas and oil production expands and consumption sees modest growth of .30 percent through 2040.

Though the agency expects domestic production growth to decline after 2020, petroleum imports would account for just 17 percent of total supply in 2040, down from 33 percent in 2013.

The report, which forecasts energy trends through 2040, also addressed energy-related carbon emissions, projecting that U.S. levels would stay below 2005 levels. The report did not take into account the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan. 

Five years after deadly blast, audit questions California's pipeline oversight

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Five years after a deadly natural-gas explosion in suburban San Francisco, California's oversight of utilities' gas pipelines still suffers from a lack of focus on safety by top state regulators, a new audit says.

The audit finds widespread breakdowns in performance by state-appointed utilities commissioners and by the state Public Utilities Commission overall since a fiery pipeline breach killed eight people in San Bruno, California, and heightened scrutiny of state regulation of California's 100,000 miles of natural-gas lines.

Gazprom CEO warns common EU price for natgas means higher prices

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

The head of Russia's Gazprom says if European leaders insist that his company charge all EU members the same price for natural gas, it will be "the highest price" rather than "the lowest", The Wall Street Journal reports.

2nd major gas pipeline would link Pennsylvania, Northeast

SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (AP) — New York landowners along the planned 124-mile Constitution Pipeline are getting details of a second major natural gas pipeline proposed to cut through their property, this one a 325-mile link from Pennsylvania to New England.

Construction workers in economically distressed southern New York are ecstatic about the job possibilities, but landowners who have been fighting the first pipeline for three years are dismayed at the prospect of going through the whole process a second time.

California utility hit with record penalty for deadly blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — On the heels of a record $1.6 billion penalty against Pacific Gas & Electric Co., California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Picker said he will study whether the state's biggest power utility should be broken up to improve safety.

The penalty, and the warning that even tougher action might be coming, occurred Thursday, as the commission meted out the utility's punishment in a fiery 2010 gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people in a San Francisco suburb.

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