Safety and regulatory “gaps,” would need to be addressed and infrastructure for bunkering better developed before liquefied natural gas could be used as a marine fuel, the Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration said in a report Friday, according to Platts.
The partners in a proposed multibillion dollar liquefied natural gas pipeline in Alaska said Monday they’ve filed a request with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to start a pre-filing process, which would get some environmental review activities underway, Platts reports.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against "poisoned waters" in billboards opposing the disposal of gas-drilling wastewater says the messages will come down Tuesday.
Michael Boals, of Coshocton east of Columbus, told The Associated Press the billboards' owners were ending his three-month verbal agreement after two months unless he agreed to change the text.
Well-owner Buckeye Brine, of Austin, Texas, filed a lawsuit in July over the ads, contending the signs contain false and defamatory attacks.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The biggest beneficiary of the record $1.4 billion fine levied against Pacific Gas & Electric Co. for a gas line explosion that killed eight people and destroyed dozens of homes in suburban San Francisco is the state of California, which stands to gain $950 million to spend any way it wants.
That reality has set up a tussle over how the state punishes corporate wrongdoing and who should benefit from fines like the one Public Utilities Commission judges imposed on PG&E earlier this week for the 2010 blast. The judges wrote that "a fine of this magnitude is necessary to deter future violations" and said they were following established policy by earmarking the large fine for the state treasury.
Natural gas pipelines and terminals are big capital investment projects that are a natural fit for utilities, and the announcement from Duke Energy and Dominion Resources this week that they were joining the project to build the Atlantic Coast Pipeline could be the start of a trend, E&E reports.
The question of whether landowners would be forced to sign leases with drillers looking for access in the Utica Shale in Pennsylvania has been shelved without resolution, as Hilcorp withdrew its application for an order and the state Department of Environmental Protection cancelled hearings into the issue, Platts reports.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. plans to appeal a $1.4 billion penalty recommended by California regulatory judges for a gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco suburb that killed eight people, the utility said in a filing Wednesday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
The utility said it plans to file an appeal with the California Public Utilities Commission within 30 days. The filing did not list a reason for the appeal, but PG&E spokesman Greg Snapper said the utility wants the commission to take into consideration the $2.7 billion PG&E has or will spend on gas pipeline safety improvements.
Snapper said any penalty should also directly go toward public safety.
Two successful gas discovery wells announced by Shell Wednesday are in north-central Pennsylvania, further east than the area that has been considered the sweet spot of the Utica Shale play, FuelFix reports.
In a notice filed in the Federal Register Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency said it won’t decide until February whether to block work on Alaska’s Pebble Mine, giving itself more time to review the extensive public comments it has received, The Hill reports.
Environment and Public Works Committee chair Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., has weighed in on the negotiations over new chemical safety legislation, raising GOP hackles by making public a draft being worked on by ranking Republican Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana along with her critique of it and her own proposal, E&E reports.
Rob Merrifield, the man who’ll be Alberta's next envoy in Washington, told The Globe and Mail in an interview that an oil train disaster similar to the destructive derailment in Lac-Megantic would finally force U.S. officials into approving the Keystone XL pipeline.
Shares in TransCanada, the company behind Keystone XL, have increased 70 percent in the six years the project has been stalled – that’s one of the points Bloomberg Businessweek notes as it looks back over the history of the proposed pipeline.
Ahead of the summit next week in New York, more than 1,400 organizations have been planning for a People’s Climate March Sunday that will be the largest protest on the issue in history, to include the famous and the powerful like U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Rolling Stone reports.
Preliminary reports blamed the radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico on a single ruptured barrel that came from Los Alamos National Laboratory, but Joe Franco, who manages the Department of Energy’s field office in Carlsbad, told a public meeting that there may have been a problem with plutonium contamination from a second container, Reuters reports.
Rising inventories and a dollar gaining on the expectations of an interest rate hike pressured oil prices Friday. West Texas Intermediate crude for October delivery fell 66 cents to $92.41 on the Nymex but ended the week slightly higher, while in London November Brent settled up 69 cents to $98.39, an increase of 1.3 percent on the week, Bloomberg reports.
German giant Siemens AG is likely to edge out rival bidder Sulzer of Switzerland to take over Texas oil equipment-maker Dresser-Rand, as it’s preparing a cash offer topping $6 billion, people familiar with the situation told The Wall Street Journal.
Ethanol assessments were at their lowest point in more than four years Thursday after an Energy Information Administration report indicating supplies hit an 18-month high of 18.8 million barrels the week ending Sept. 12, Platts reports.
The Scottish “no” vote on independence – which was welcomed by Royal Dutch Shell's CEO – lifts the burden of uncertainty from oil companies, leaving them clear to focus on how to get more out of declining North Sea oilfields, Platts reports.