BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An American Indian tribe in Montana has taken the rare step of breaking off formal talks with the U.S. government and a Louisiana company that has been seeking for decades to drill for natural gas on land considered sacred by the Blackfeet people.
Blackfeet tribal leaders said that after three rounds of negotiations, they remain steadfast in their opposition to drilling in the Badger-Two Medicine area outside Glacier National Park and see no benefit to further discussions.
News Thursday that Gazprom has canceled its contract with Italian firm Saipem to lay pipe under the Black Sea appears to be a setback for Russia’s plans to build a major gas pipeline to Europe through Turkey, The New York Times reports.
Pennsylvania’s Independent Fiscal Office says the state appears on track to bring in less than $200 million in revenue from gas drilling in 2015, which would be the lowest amount since it started collecting impact fees three years ago, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
With state and federal permits in place and local building approvals being finalized, G2X Energy hopes to start construction later this year on a big methanol production plant in Lake Charles, Louisiana, The Times-Picayune reports.
Methane emissions from operations in the Barnett Shale in Texas were in some instances more than two times greater than levels reported by the Environmental Protection Agency, according to a study partly funded by the Environmental Defense Fund, E&E reports.
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) — Turkmenistan's oil and gas ministry has accused Russian state gas company Gazprom of failing to pay for deliveries in a sign of friction between the two major gas producers.
The Central Asian nation's ministry said in a statement that Gazprom "has failed to pay under its contracts for buying and selling natural gas" since the start of the year. Global economic problems and international sanctions against Russia are the cause, the ministry said.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Obama administration moved Wednesday to significantly expand a requirement for utilities to install inexpensive safety valves on natural gas lines across the U.S. to reduce the risk of deadly explosions.
The Transportation Department proposal would cover new or replaced gas lines serving multi-family dwellings, small businesses and homes not already covered under a 2009 mandate.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A newly built Qatari offshore rig will need several months of repairs and maintenance after an accident off the Gulf nation's coast, its owner said Tuesday.
The accident involved the jack-up accommodation rig "Rumailah" and happened Sunday in the al-Shaheen oil field, off Qatar's northeastern coast, according to a statement from Doha, Qatar-based Gulf International Services.
Businesses pledging to do their part to fight climate change see “the logic” of a strong international agreement on the issue, adviser Brian Deese said Monday after the White House unveiled the plans, The Hill reports.
The Bureau of Land Management and the Agriculture Department have taken major steps to protect the sage grouse and its habitat ahead of a decision on whether to list the bird as endangered, and environmental groups tell E&E it's because of a couple of settlements they reached with the Obama administration four years ago.
The price of gasoline at the pump would rise as much as 14.5 cents per gallon if the U.S. lifted its ban on crude exports, according to a study commissioned by Consumers and Refiners United for Domestic Energy, which wants to see the ban stay in place, The Hill reports.
Plunging Chinese stocks took oil prices with them Monday, as crude continues to plumb depths not seen since March. Light, sweet crude for September delivery lost 75 cents to settle at $47.39 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London, Brent slumped $1.15, or 2.1 percent, to $53.47, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Oilfield services companies Halliburton and Baker Hughes are cutting up to 7,500 more more jobs than they had projected in April, in moves to help the companies cope with the continued slide in oil prices, FuelFix reports.
Nevada’s Public Utilities Commission on Thursday will review the agreement to keep Switch as a customer of NV Energy in exchange for providing the data firm with electricity from a solar project, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
A proposal before Iowa regulators to allow MidAmerican Energy to add 552 megawatts of energy generated by wind would mean the utility would be getting 57 percent of its capacity from renewable sources, CEO Bill Fehrman told The Des Moines Register,
Alstom is cutting the purchase price for its energy assets by nearly $330 million to help buyer GE cope with the concessions the European Union is demanding to approve the deal, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A new study says education, an understanding of how human activity can affect the environment, and whether local temperatures have changed are three of the biggest factors driving people’s awareness of, and concern about, climate change, The Washington Post reports.