Natural Gas

Opponents dominate 1st NC public hearing on fracking

Source: 
WNCT

Three quarters of those who spoke out at a hearing on fracking before North Carolina’s Mining and Energy Commission Wednesday were against the practice, WNCT reports, noting that three more sessions are scheduled and the commission will make recommendations on modifying any regulations to the General Assembly in January.

Oil

US government sells 400,000 acres offshore Texas

The federal government has sold more than 400,000 acres in the Gulf of Mexico off the Texas coast for oil and gas exploration and development, an official with the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said Wednesday.

The acreage represents a fraction of the 21.6 million acres the agency had offered as part of the Obama administration's five-year program to aggressively develop resources on the Outer Continental Shelf. Offerings since 2012 in the western Gulf attracted buyers for about 60 million offshore acres, adding about $2.3 billion to the U.S. Treasury.

Wednesday's sales, if approved, will bring in about $110 million, the agency's western Gulf of Mexico Deputy Director Michael Celata said.

Michigan taking radioactive fracking waste

Source: 
Detroit Free Press

Michigan was to have accepted up to 36 tons of radioactive fracking waste that other states rejected, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Brine hauler sues over biblical fracking billboard

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against "poisoned waters" on billboards opposing wells for disposal of gas-drilling wastewater is fighting a legal threat from the Texas well owner on free-speech grounds.

Austin, Texas-based Buckeye Brine alleges in a July lawsuit that the billboards paid for by Michael Boals, of Coshocton in eastern Ohio, contain false and defamatory attacks against its two wells, which dispose of contaminated wastewater from oil and gas drilling.

The complaint by the company and Rodney Adams, who owns the land and operates the well site, contends the wells are safe, legal and meet all state safety standards. The parties object to statements on two billboards along U.S. Route 36, including one that "DEATH may come."

BOEM to announce results of western Gulf lease sale

Source: 
FuelFix

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is opening sealed bids Wednesday from 14 companies looking to pick up oil and gas leases in the western Gulf of Mexico, mostly concentrating on 81 tracts, FuelFix reports.

Potential problems from fracking highlighted in Maryland study

Source: 
The Baltimore Sun

Allowing fracking in western Maryland could bring health and pollution risks as well as social problems, according to a University of Maryland study, The Baltimore Sun reports.

Putin to meet Ukrainian president in Minsk

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin says President Vladimir Putin will meet with his Ukrainian counterpart at an Aug. 26 meeting in Minsk, Belarus.

In a statement published on its website Tuesday, the Kremlin said Putin would meet with the Ukrainian president, as well as officials from the European Commission and the Eurasian Customs Union, which is comprised of Russia, Kazakhstan, and Belarus.

No end in sight for price pressure on ethane

Source: 
Platts

Ethane prices are likely to continue sliding on oversupply stemming from the shale gas boom, Platts reports.

SEC charges Chimera Energy, 4 individuals, with fraud

Source: 
FuelFix

Andrew I. Farmer allegedly took control of Chimera Energy in secret and went about hawking $4.58 million in shares in 2012 by lying that the company was using waterless fracking technology, according to charges filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission, FuelFix reports.

PG&E pleads not guilty to charges in deadly blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pleaded not guilty Monday to charges in a new indictment that accuses the utility of lying to federal investigators looking into a fatal pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area neighborhood.

Steve Bauer, an attorney for the company, entered the plea in federal court to all 28 counts, including obstruction of justice. The new indictment — announced last month — replaced a 12-count indictment that related to PG&E's safety practices but did not include an obstruction charge.

Prosecutors say PG&E tried to mislead federal investigators about pipeline testing and maintenance procedures it was following at the time of the 2010 explosion in the city of San Bruno and for six months afterward.

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