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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The GOP chorus denouncing the Environmental Protection Agency move to lower the ozone standard was joined by House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., senior figures on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, as well as Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., who is chairman of the Republican Senate caucus, The Hill reports.
Ahead of the OPEC meeting in Vienna, oil prices recovered Wednesday from earlier drops triggered by word of a greater-than-expected increase in U.S. crude inventories as well as a comment from Saudi Arabia's oil minister that there would be no need for a production cut. West Texas Intermediate crude for January delivery slipped just 3 cents to $74.06 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London Brent was 5 cents lower to $78.28, Bloomberg reports.
Freeport LNG has closed on financing deals – from Japanese sources -- for two of three planned liquefaction trains at its export facility, and should begin construction on its plant in Quintana, Texas this week, with operation projected to start in 2018, FuelFix reports.
Uranium prices are on track for an 18 percent increase in 2014, which would be the first annual gain for the energy commodity in four years and make it the best performing category in the sector, Bloomberg reports.
Nearly all of the claims dealt with through the settlement process after the 2010 BP Gulf of Mexico spill were handled correctly, according to a third party audit released Tuesday by claims administrator Patrick Juneau, The Times-Picayune reports.
The legal fight over the Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the U.S. rule could revolve around what’s meant by the words “adjacent” and “neighboring,” as well as how the regulation defines a flood plain, E&E reports.
After a shareholder lawsuit filed to stop the $2.86 billion merger announced in June between C&J Energy Services and the fracking business of Nabors Industries, a judge in Delaware Tuesday ordered a 30-day suspension to allow for competing offers, but C&J said it would appeal, FuelFix reports.
Oncor’s proposal to install battery storage across the grid in Texas is coming in for criticism from a state lawmaker – Republican State Sen. Troy Fraser said his support for the $5.2 billion project came before he realized an increase in transmission rates would be part of the package, The Dallas Morning News reports.
Speaking about the failure of Google’s renewable energy project RE<C, two engineers, writing in IEE Spectrum recently, said trying to fight climate change using only existing technologies like wind and solar energy won’t work, Fox News reports.