STAFFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Utility workers are restoring service to a New Jersey neighborhood after a natural gas explosion destroyed a home and injured 15 people, including two critically.
New Jersey Natural Gas employees have been going door-to-door to about 300 homes in the Oak Avenue and Cedar Run section of Stafford Township, where residents spent Tuesday night into Wednesday morning without heat with temperatures in the teens.
STAFFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A natural gas explosion leveled a house and injured 15 people, two critically, after a gas main break Tuesday near the New Jersey shore.
Seven of the injured were gas company workers trying to locate the source of a leak that filled the neighborhood with a strong gas smell. Two of them were in critical condition at a hospital in Atlantic City.
More fracking sand is going into natural gas wells drilled in the Marcellus Shale, and operators are having to dispose of more sand at the end of the process. The increase is part of a technique that improves well production, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian government and the separatist rebels blamed each other Friday for violating a fragile cease-fire dozens of times, sparking fears of wider hostilities in war-torn eastern Ukraine.
Amid the tensions, Moscow sternly warned the cash-strapped Ukraine that its pay for Russian gas would only last for a few more days, raising the specter of another gas war with potential repercussions for Europe.
The White House on Thursday made the economic case for expanding natural gas exports, saying it would, on the whole, benefit the economy even if it causes domestic prices to increase.
“We are committed to putting gas in the global market in a way that is consistent with U.S. public interest, because we know that increased global supplies help our strategic partners,” said a White House official who asked not to be identified.
Noble Energy reported an increased profit but revenue that dropped down to $1.07 billion in the fourth quarter on lower oil prices, and said it would cut its capital spending by 40 percent in 2015, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., has introduced a bill – S. 640 -- that would force the Environmental Protection Agency to shoulder the costs of any impact its Clean Power Plan would have on government agencies, E&E reports.
Grid operator PJM Interconnection, in a lengthy analysis of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, concludes that it would be cheaper for states to band together to tackle its carbon reduction requirements, rather than going it alone, E&E reports.
Uncertain of federal jurisdiction in the matter, the White House last year decided to leave to North Dakota the task of regulating the explosive gas content of crude being shipped by rail, administration officials have told Reuters.
After a contentious debate that lasted for hours, the Oregon House narrowly approved and sent to Gov. Kate Brown a measure to extend the state’s clean fuels program, intended to reduce the carbon intensity of vehicle fuels, The Oregonian reports.
A day after Maryland’s attorney general recommended that regulators reject the proposed merger between Exelon and Pepco Holdings, the companies announced that they’ll more than double the money set aside to benefit utility customers, The Washington Post reports.
Black Rock Group, the Virginia consulting firm that helped Republican Dan Sullivan win his senate seat last year, will open an Alaska office as planning intensifies for Energy committee chair Sen. Lisa Murkowski's 2016 re-election bid, Alaska Dispatch News reports.
E&E profiles Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. the new ranking member of the Interior and Environment Appropriations subcommittee, who it describes as "the Democrats' first line of defense" against Republican lawmakers’ attacks on Obama administration environment and natural resources policies.
The Obama administration is considering a request from Shell and other companies to stop the clock on their 10-year leases to drill in the Arctic, and a decision on the suspensions will be resolved “relatively soon,” Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing Wednesday, FuelFix reports.
Saudi Arabia has no plans to trim its production, oil minister Ali al-Naimi said in a Berlin speech Wednesday, adding that oil demand is increasing gradually and the price has stabilized following last year’s plunge, Bloomberg reports.
Carnegie Mellon University hopes to cut its utilities bill 10 percent - $2 million a year - using a cloud-based analytics system to find and fix energy inefficiencies on campus, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.