Natural Gas

Alaska House Resources Committee advances gas line bill

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Following an intensive amendment process that began last week, the House Resources Committee on Wednesday passed out its rewrite of a bill aimed at advancing a major liquefied natural gas project.

The committee considered dozens of proposed amendments and debated many of them at length — even some that were ultimately withdrawn — over the course of several days.

Co-chair Dan Saddler, R-Eagle River, said he thought Alaskans could take comfort that the committee did "good, hard work." Rep. Peggy Wilson, R-Wrangell, said she thought the bill was fair to all concerned.

US to become major liquefield petroleum gas supplier for China

Source: 
Reuters

With a major contract signed in March between Sinopec and Phillips 66, the floodgates are starting to open to send large amounts of U.S. liquefied petroleum gas to China, Reuters reports.

Measure to fast-track LNG exports advances through House Energy and Commerce subcomittee

Source: 
FuelFix

A bill to fast-track exports of natural gas, sponsored by Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., has advanced through a House panel and will move on to the full Energy and Commerce Committee, which could take up the measure before the end of the month, FuelFix reports.

Russia threatens Ukraine on gas supply

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin turned up the heat on Ukraine on Wednesday by threatening to demand advance payment for gas supplies, a move designed to exert economic pressure as Ukraine confronts possible bankruptcy, a mutiny by pro-Russian separatists in the east and a Russian military buildup across the border.

NATO's top commander in Europe warned that the alliance could respond to the Russian military threat against Ukraine by deploying U.S. troops to Eastern Europe, but Putin's latest tactics suggest he may be aiming to secure Russia's clout with its neighbor without invading.

Gazprom-China agreement could come in May, says Russia

Source: 
Reuters

After at least 10 years of talks, Russia says a deal for Gazprom to sell gas to China is near agreement and could be signed in May, blunting the threat of Western sanctions, Reuters reports.

Biden discusses Ukraine with 2 European leaders

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden has discussed the crisis in Ukraine with the leaders of Montenegro and Slovakia.

Biden met at the White House on Tuesday with Montenegro's prime minister, Milo Djukanovic. The White House said Biden and Djukanovic discussed the situation in the Balkans as well as Russia's pressure on Ukraine.

Biden praised Montenegro for making progress toward joining NATO and said the U.S. supports Montenegro's aspirations to form closer ties with Europe.

Oil

La. levee board lawyers make new payment proposal

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Lawyers for a south Louisiana flood control board say they won't charge the public if 97 oil and gas companies will pay them and settle a coastal erosion lawsuit.

Attorneys representing the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East said Tuesday that their proposal would end what they call a distraction from the facts of the lawsuit.

A bill before the state Senate would require the governor's approval before state flood protection authorities hire outside lawyers — and would make that requirement retroactive.

House Ways and Means subcommittee hearing on LNG exports

Washington, April 9, 2014, 1:15 pm

House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee hearing, "Trade Implications of U.S. Energy Policy and the Export of Liquefied Natural Gas." Expert witnesses to testify.

Despite Russia tensions, South Stream pipeline tech talks continue

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

Officials from Gazprom were in Brussels Tuesday for talks about a proposed South Stream pipeline which would bring Russian gas directly into Europe, bypassing Ukraine, even though political discussions about the project were frozen after the annexation of Crimea, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Lawmaker debate on Alaska LNG project hones in on TransCanada

Source: 
E&E

Some lawmakers in Alaska's legislature are expressing dissatisfaction with the role pipeline company TransCanada would play in the proposal to build a major natural gas facility in the state, E&E reports.

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