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Montana tribe breaks off talks over drilling on sacred land

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.

Problems for Black Sea pipeline project as Gazprom ditches contractor

The New York Times

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 revenue from gas drilling to sink: State analysis

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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.

G2X Energy methanol plant slated for southern Louisiana

The Times-Picayune

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.

Study finds Barnett methane emissions underreported by EPA


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.

Turkmenistan says Russia's Gazprom has failed to pay for gas

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.

Feds propose more safety valves for gas lines

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.

Qatar offshore rig faces months of repairs after accident

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.

Natural gas storage numbers give prices a lift


A smaller-than-expected increase in the amount of natural gas in storage helped support prices Thursday, FuelFix reports.

Alaska governor expands Interior Energy Project

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

The Fairbanks area in Alaska will be able to get gas from places outside of the state’s North Slope, under legislation signed Tuesday by Gov. Bill Walker, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports.


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