Natural Gas


NC officials host closed meeting on oil drilling

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Officials from North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia met privately Thursday with federal regulators and groups funded by oil and gas companies to discuss plans for drilling off the Atlantic coast.

A coalition of environmental groups sought to be allowed inside the Mid-Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Five-Year Program meeting, which was held at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh.

Vote, litigation to continue over Kinder Morgan deal


A judge in Delaware has dismissed a shareholder move to stop a vote on Kinder Morgan’s proposed $44 billion dollar merger, although the suit against the deal itself will proceed, FuelFix reports.

Dominion makes another request for FERC review start

The Associated Press

Days after Dominion Resources announced it had requested the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission start review of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline it is proposing to bring natural gas to the Southeast, the company said it had also started the ball rolling to get approval to connect its transmission facilities to the pipeline, The Associated Press reports.

Texas energy group asks court to halt fracking ban

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A North Texas city that sits atop a natural gas reserve is preparing for an extended court battle after voters made it the first in the state to ban further hydraulic fracturing — a fight that cities nationwide considering similar laws will likely be watching closely.

An industry group and the state's little-known but powerful General Land Office responded quickly to the measure Denton approved Tuesday night, seeking an injunction in District Court to stop it from being enforced.

IPO for Antero Midstream brings $1 billion


In its initial public offering, gas pipeline operator Antero Midstream Partners LP sold 40 million shares at $25 apiece, raising $1 billion, Bloomberg reports.

Ukraine pays portion of Russia gas debt


Naftogaz, Ukraine’s state energy company, says it has transferred $1.45 billion to its Russian counterpart Gazprom as a first step toward paying its gas debt and getting supplies restarted, Reuters reports.

Fracking ‘totally divisive issue,’ says NY’s Cuomo

The Associated Press

Faced with fracking protesters outside his polling place Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-N.Y., noted after casting his ballot that the issue of hydraulic fracturing is a divisive one, adding that he wants to leave the decision on whether to allow drilling in his state up to scientists, The Associated Press reports.

Natgas inventories down but production up

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Although the amount of natural gas in storage is 294 billion cubic feet less than last year at this stage, according to Energy Information Administration data, a top official with America's Natural Gas Alliance notes that production is running about 4 percent higher, which should mean more gas availability, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Frigid forecasts send natgas prices jumping

The Wall Street Journal

Natural gas prices are zooming higher now that several weather forecasters are predicting December cold, raising fears that the polar vortex might make a return this coming winter, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Protests mount as FERC mulls more gas projects


Protesters have taken to demonstrating outside the headquarters of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and rallying criticism on social media sites as the agency handles more applications for natural gas pipelines and terminals, E&E reports.


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