Kiev has agreed to wire Moscow $786 million in part payment for what it owes for natural gas, one sign of compromise after Ukrainian and Russian energy ministers met Friday in Berlin, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A Cheniere Energy subsidiary has inked a $5.6 billion, 20-year deal with Spanish firm Iberdrola SA to supply up to an initial 400,000 metric tons of liquefied natural gas a year from an export facility it’s planning in Corpus Christi, the companies announced Friday, FuelFix reports.
North Carolina’s moratorium on fracking will likely end within a year now that the state’s lawmakers have passed a bill that will allow permits to be issued, a measure almost certain to be signed by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, The Associated Press reports.
Cheniere Energy is asking its investors to approve the issuance of 30 million new shares to enable the company – which has one of the country’s top paid CEOs in Charif Souki – to continue providing big compensation packages, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A natural gas trade group has estimated that the Obama administration's upcoming greenhouse gas rule for existing power plants could help drive up gas demand for electricity by as much as 45 percent, but sees little price impact because of the nation's massive reserves.
The estimate marks the high end of preliminary calculations by the America's Natural Gas Alliance., representing major gas producers, which puts the additional demand on the gas industry in a range of between 3 billion cubic feet per day up to 10 billion from the rule and other EPA pollution regulations.
The Energy Department on Thursday proposed to discontinue conditional approvals of applications to export liquefied natural gas to non-free trade agreement nations.
Instead, the department would review projects that have first completed the National Environmental Policy Act process, according to a blog post by Christopher A. Smith, the department's principal deputy assistant secretary for fossil energy.
He said the change would set up a streamlined process, focused more on projects that are likely to be built. Smith added that the change would also give the department better information on potential domestic market impacts. The proposal will be open to public comment for 45 days.
The department will also begin a second economic impact study of exports from 12 billion cubic feet per day to 20 billion cubic feet per day, Smith said, following up to its 2012 study that looked at exports below that range.
HOUSTON (AP) — The amount of explosive gas tainting a North Texas neighborhood's water supply has increased in recent years, but the state's oil and gas regulator says it can't link the methane to drilling activity nearby, according to a report it released Wednesday.
The state Railroad Commission has found that the contamination has gotten worse in most of the private water wells it tested in September 2013 compared with what was measured in 2010 and in 2011. However, Peter Pope, the agency geologist who signed off on the report, wrote that staff "has determined that the evidence is insufficient to conclude that Barnett Shale production activities have caused or contributed to methane contamination beneath the neighborhood."
HOUSTON (AP) — Texas' oil and gas regulator says an investigation into explosive gas tainting a Dallas-area water supply has found no evidence the contamination originates with gas drilling activity nearby.
The Railroad Commission report, released on Wednesday, says the methane levels have increased in many of the water wells tested in September 2013 compared to what was measured in 2010. But the agency says it cannot definitively link the gas found in the wells to hydraulic fracturing operations in the Barnett shale.
Cabot Oil & Gas and Vera Scroggins return to court in Pennsylvania next week in another chapter of their long-running legal fight, with the 63-year-old anti-fracking activist potentially facing fines or time in prison, NPR’s StateImpact Pennsylvania reports.
A greater-than-expected increase in crude inventories, coupled with falling stock prices and a strong dollar, sent oil prices tumbling again Wednesday. U.S. benchmark crude for December delivery slid 2.5 percent, or $1.97, to settle at $80.52 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London Brent lost $1.51 to end the trading day at $84.71, Reuters reports.
A lawsuit filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington -– or CREW -– alleges that the Environmental Protection Agency failed to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request to release documents relating to the biofuels mandate in the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard, The Hill reports.
Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good told NPR in an interview that she is focusing on making sure that the company is taking the right steps to address the Dan River coal ash spill, but she hopes that in a year or two the utility can move beyond the matter.
Three states in New England and two on the West Coast headed the list when it came to energy efficiency in 2014, while North Dakota, home to the Bakken shale, brought up the rear, in a survey published Wednesday by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, according to U.S. News & World Report.
Insurance companies are covering less but losing more money as a result of natural disasters, and sustainability advocate Ceres found in a survey that many “show a profound lack of preparedness” when it comes to the impact of climate change, The New York Times reports.
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has cruised waters off the Rhode Island coast to view the impact of climate change on marine life, and now Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., is visiting his colleague’s home state to learn first-hand about the impact of government policy on the lives of coal miners, the Los Angeles Times reports.
An analysis of state environmental data by the Natural Resources Defense Council found that 5 million people in California already live within a mile of an active oil or gas well, and expanding drilling could expose them to greater health risks, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Four major corporations announced Wednesday they will offer employees discounts on buying or leasing home solar systems through Geostellar, in what's called the Solar Community Initiative program, The New York Times reports.