Protests by opponents of the 515-mile Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline didn’t stop the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from completing its draft environmental impact statement on the project, the Albany, Georgia Herald reports.
BANGKOK (AP) — More than 100 students and villagers crowded into a northeast Thailand college forum to hear about American gas companies conducting drilling operations in their region. A lieutenant colonel and dozens of soldiers and police officers followed them in.
The armed police began photographing members of the crowd, a menacing move in a country now run by a military junta that bars protests and routinely cracks down on dissenters. Some in the audience had already viewed the military as part of the problem, since months earlier they had forced demonstrators to make way for drilling equipment.
A panel of federal investigators has concluded that a 2013 loss of well control and natural gas fire in the Gulf of Mexico, 55 miles off the coast of Louisiana, was the result of employee errors and the failure of a blowout preventer used to seal the gushing well.
The report, released Thursday by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement with support from the U.S. Coast Guard, said that workers from rig owner Hercules Offshore, Inc. and drill crew from Walter Oil & Gas missed warning signs in the lead up to the leak of natural gas and fire that delayed effective response.
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — The prime ministers of Slovakia and Ukraine condemned on Thursday a recent deal to expand a pipeline that delivers natural gas directly from Russia to Germany.
After their meeting, Ukraine's Arseniy Yatsenyuk called the plan — known as Nord Stream 2 — "an anti-European and anti-Ukrainian project." He warned that the plan will threaten gas supplies for the southeastern EU countries and will lead to a higher price of gas.
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The head of Italian energy producer Eni says gas found in waters off Cyprus could be transported to European markets through the company's processing facilities in Egypt.
CEO Claudio Descalzi said after talks with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades Thursday that there's an "opportunity" to process Cypriot gas at the company's Damietta facility in Egypt for export to Europe.
Short-seller Jim Chanos told CNBC Wednesday he’s betting against Carl Icahn-backed Cheniere Energy -– set to start exporting LNG from its Sabine Pass terminal in Louisiana in December -– because excess capacity in the industry makes it “a looming disaster.”
“A unified legislative response” is needed to address the complex issues surrounding the West’s drought problem, Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said at a hearing Thursday, E&E reports.
For the second time, FutureGen Industrial Alliance is trying to get its Illinois clean coal project revived, and has engaged former Sen. Mary Landrieu to lobby to restore federal backing, The Hill reports.
Oil prices gained 9 percent on the week after holding relatively steady Friday. Light, sweet crude for November delivery finished 20 cents higher to settle at $49.63 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London, Brent lost 40 cents to $52.65, Dow Jones reports.
Oil prices may be rebounding but it will take time for demand to pick up again, Bernard Deroc-Danner, chief of oil field services company Weatherford International, told The Wall Street Journal, as he defended the firm’s job cuts.
Google's Nest Labs, Commonwealth Edison, and several other utility partners have launched a program aiming to get 1 million smart thermostats into homes in Northern Illinois in the next five years, E&E reports.
The SunPort, which plugs into outlets and gives the users access to solar energy through solar credits, has won startup PlugSolar an award from the Consumer Electronic Association, opening the door to more investment funding, Albuquerque Business First reports.
Calling Petrobras’ April move to write down 6.2 billion reais lost to corruption as just “the tip of the iceberg,” a prosecutor said Friday the scandal may end up costing the company more than 20 billion reais—$5.3 billion at the current exchange rate, Reuters reports.
A planned debate between Republican presidential candidates on energy and environment issues in New Hampshire this week was cancelled after only two agreed to come, and a similar forum for Democrats has been postponed, The Huffington Post reports.