Schools in Pennsylvania are gearing up their energy law offerings to train lawyers to handle the explosion of energy-related cases accompanying the Marcellus shale drilling boom, the Tribune-Review reports.
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarians are voting Sunday in a parliamentary election that will determine whether the country continues to build a Russian gas pipeline that would give the Kremlin even more leverage over Europe's energy market — a project the European Union opposes.
Here's a look at Bulgaria, the vote and the controversial pipeline:
FHMSA Holdings Inc., which has joined other fracking sand providers going public and is hoping to raise around $1 billion in an initial public offering, starts trading its shares on the New York Stock Exchange Friday, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Frank Katulak, CEO of GDF Suez Gas North America, operator of the Everett Marine Terminal near Boston, suggested to staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission this week that LNG imports could help handle New England’s fuel needs if the region were to be faced with another severe winter cold spell, E&E reports.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A fire Thursday at an offshore natural gas platform in Alaska's Cook Inlet destroyed the crew's living quarters and forced four workers to evacuate, but no one was injured and the environmental risk was considered minimal, responders said.
The blaze broke out at about 7:30 a.m. By evening, the unified command set up for the incident said the fire was fully contained. An earlier Coast Guard report that the fire flared up again was incorrect.
Hilcorp Alaska LLC owns the platform and 11 others among the total of 16 platforms in the inlet, a vast body of water with stunning mountain views.
Goldman Sachs has cut its growth projections for future LNG demand and warns that investors should be wary about the costs of major projects and “realistic about expectations for further contracts,” Bloomberg reports.
A bearish outlook is taking hold of natural gas prices ahead of an expected announcement of a storage build from the Energy Information Administration combined with a mild October weather forecast, as Wednesday’s settlement for November delivery declined 9.8 cents to $4.023 per million British thermal units on the Nymex, Platts reports.
Problems encountered by West Texas Guar Inc., which operated a processing facility to extract a thickening agent from the legume guar, has cost investors and farmers millions of dollars, The Wall Street Journal reports.
NEW YORK (AP) — The drilling services company Baker Hughes on Wednesday implemented a policy of disclosing all of the chemicals used in its fracking operations.
Environmental groups and local communities have for years been pushing for full disclosure of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, a drilling technique also known as fracking.
In response, the oil and gas industry set up an online database -- at FracFocus.org -- that lists many of the chemicals, but held back crucial information on certain chemicals and the amounts used on the grounds that it would provide competitors with trade secrets.
The insistence that oil companies be able to drill relief wells in the event of an emergency is a major sticking point when it comes to the Obama administration plan to allow Arctic drilling, according to comments filed by groups including the American Petroleum Institute, FuelFix reports.
Specifically excluding some wetlands and ponds from Environmental Protection Agency jurisdiction under the agency’s new water rule is “a pretty big deal” and “a huge concession,” present and former EPA officials have told E&E.
The market for home battery systems that cost thousands of dollars is presently very small, The Wall Street Journal reports, noting that Tesla’s Elon Musk and his competitors are banking on swift growth as they push to develop energy storage systems.
U.S. ethanol stocks dropped to a low for the year of just under 20.1 million barrels last week, despite a production increase of 11,000 barrels per day, according to Energy Information Administration data, Platts reports.
The three Democrats willing to join Senate Republicans in the fight against the new water rule finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers won’t give the GOP the two-thirds majority needed for legislation to block it, The Hill reports.
Shortcomings in Shell Oil Co.’s plan to tow the Kuluk drilling rig across the stormy Gulf of Alaska led to its grounding in 2012, according to a report from the National Transportation Safety Board, FuelFix reports.
Gov. Bill Walker, I-Alaska, visited Seattle to tour an Arctic drilling rig parked there, and then met privately with his Washington counterpart, Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee, to challenge the state’s opposition to Arctic drilling, The Associated Press reports.
Shell appears unfazed by the latest opposition in Seattle to its Arctic drilling fleet: A decision by King County to deny the ships a permit to discharge waste water into the regional sewer system, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports.
Increased environmental regulation, lower natural gas prices and reduced demand as a result of economic problems were cited as reasons why CanAm subsidiary Birmingham Coal & Coke filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Wednesday, Platts reports.