Natural Gas

California alleges BP overcharged for natural gas

The Associated Press

California has formally joined a lawsuit accusing BP of overcharging the state by up to $300 million for natural gas, charging the company inflated market prices in a $2 billion contract and made three times more profit than the deal allowed, The Associated Press reports.

Fracking accident kills 1, injures 2 in Colorado

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — An accident at a hydraulic fracturing site in northern Colorado killed one worker and seriously injured two others Thursday, authorities said.

The three men were trying to heat a frozen high-pressure water line at the oil or gas well site when it ruptured, Weld County sheriff's Sgt. Sean Standridge said. One man was hit by a stream of water or fracking fluid and died from the impact.

Halliburton launches 'war room' to track sand for fracking

The Wall Street Journal

Halliburton Co. has launched a new "war room" designed to track shipments of sand used in hydraulic fracturing in an effort to ensure consistent deliveries to drilling sites, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Study: Some additives in fracking fluid also in ice cream, toothpaste

The Washington Post

A study of a component of hydraulic fracturing fluid, conducted by researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder, found chemicals commonly found in toothpaste and ice cream, The Washington Post reports.

Residents file suit against Illinois agency for fracking rules

The Associated Press

A group of Illinois landowners filed a lawsuit against the state's Department of Natural Resources over its hydraulic fracturing rules, alleging the agency didn't follow proper procedures in its efforts to implement the rules, The Associated Press reports.

Stronger inventories seen cutting natural gas prices, EIA says


The Energy Information Administration projected that natural gas prices would stay relatively low this winter if normal forecasts hold, based on stronger-than-expected inventories, Platts reports.

Hoeven, Moniz working together on LNG exports legislation

Sen. John Hoeven is delaying until next year his bill to speed up liquefied natural gas exports to non-free trade agreement countries, hoping to secure the support of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.

The legislation by Hoeven, R-N.D., was to get a vote in the Senate's energy committee on Thursday. Hoeven said Moniz called him on Wednesday to say the bill would deprive him of environmental impact information the Energy Department needs to make a national interest determination on export proposals.

EIA: LNG exports could boost growth but raise consumer prices


The Energy Information Administration in an analysis said that liquefied natural gas exports could lead to an increase in production and expanded economic growth, but also raise consumer prices, FuelFix reports.


Jamaica signs deal to search for offshore oil, gas

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica's petroleum firm has signed an agreement with a British oil company, clearing the way for oil and gas exploration in offshore blocks south of the island.

The "production sharing agreement" was signed with London-headquartered Tullow Oil, which has a 100 percent operating interest.

High potential for LNG-fueled trains, but limited investment yet


Analysts project railroad companies could potentially reap large savings by switching from diesel fuel for trains to liquefied natural gas, though the high initial investment to upgrade locomotives has hindered the switch, FuelFix reports.


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