Natural Gas

Anti-fracking billboards in Ohio coming down

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against "poisoned waters" in billboards opposing the disposal of gas-drilling wastewater says the messages will come down Tuesday.

Michael Boals, of Coshocton east of Columbus, told The Associated Press the billboards' owners were ending his three-month verbal agreement after two months unless he agreed to change the text.

Well-owner Buckeye Brine, of Austin, Texas, filed a lawsuit in July over the ads, contending the signs contain false and defamatory attacks.

California in tussle over record utility fine

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The biggest beneficiary of the record $1.4 billion fine levied against Pacific Gas & Electric Co. for a gas line explosion that killed eight people and destroyed dozens of homes in suburban San Francisco is the state of California, which stands to gain $950 million to spend any way it wants.

That reality has set up a tussle over how the state punishes corporate wrongdoing and who should benefit from fines like the one Public Utilities Commission judges imposed on PG&E earlier this week for the 2010 blast. The judges wrote that "a fine of this magnitude is necessary to deter future violations" and said they were following established policy by earmarking the large fine for the state treasury.


US rig count up 11 to 1,925

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 11 this week to 1,925, oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday.

The Houston firm said in its weekly report that 1,584 rigs were exploring for oil and 340 for gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,767 active rigs.

Chesapeake in legal trouble over its leases in Pa., Texas


The legal challenges Chesapeake Energy Corp. is facing over the language of its drilling leases with landowners in Pennsylvania and Texas and other states are serious, E&E reports.

Duke-Dominion pipeline move highlights big investment opportunity


Natural gas pipelines and terminals are big capital investment projects that are a natural fit for utilities, and the announcement from Duke Energy and Dominion Resources this week that they were joining the project to build the Atlantic Coast Pipeline could be the start of a trend, E&E reports.

No resolution in Pa. to questions around forced Utica Shale pooling


The question of whether landowners would be forced to sign leases with drillers looking for access in the Utica Shale in Pennsylvania has been shelved without resolution, as Hilcorp withdrew its application for an order and the state Department of Environmental Protection cancelled hearings into the issue, Platts reports.

PG&E plans to appeal $1.4 billion penalty in deadly blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. plans to appeal a $1.4 billion penalty recommended by California regulatory judges for a gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco suburb that killed eight people, the utility said in a filing Wednesday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

The utility said it plans to file an appeal with the California Public Utilities Commission within 30 days. The filing did not list a reason for the appeal, but PG&E spokesman Greg Snapper said the utility wants the commission to take into consideration the $2.7 billion PG&E has or will spend on gas pipeline safety improvements.

Snapper said any penalty should also directly go toward public safety.

Shell hits gas in the Utica Shale


Two successful gas discovery wells announced by Shell Wednesday are in north-central Pennsylvania, further east than the area that has been considered the sweet spot of the Utica Shale play, FuelFix reports.

Deal signed to sell Israeli natural gas to Jordan

JERUSALEM (AP) — A developer of Israel's offshore natural gas deposits says it has signed a letter of intent to sell gas to Jordan over a 15-year period.

Noble Energy Inc. says under the letter of intent, it will sell 1.6 trillion cubic feet of natural gas to neighboring Jordan's National Electric Power Company Ltd.

A spokesman for Noble would not discuss the value of the deal. Israeli media said it was worth some $15 billion.

Exxon’s Point Thomson facility a step toward Alaska LNG exports


Exxon Mobil’s small natural gas production facility at Point Thomson, from which it expects to start shipping gas condensates in 2016, is just a step toward what the company hopes will be major natural gas exports from Alaska to Asia in the future, E&E reports.


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