Natural Gas

Congress sends Obama bill to aid Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress sent President Barack Obama a bill on Tuesday to provide $1 billion in loan guarantees to cash-poor Ukraine and punish Russia for its bold annexation of part of the former Soviet republic.

Russia's incursion into Crimea caused a deep rift between Moscow and Washington and the bill, passed with bipartisan support, was a way for Congress to denounce Russia's move and express support for Kiev.

The House voted 378 to 34 for the bill, which also is aimed at discouraging any further actions that President Vladimir Putin might be contemplating in the region.

Gazprom head meets with EU energy chief

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller met with European Union Energy Chief Günther Oettinger to discuss the security of the EU's natural gas supply amid increased tensions stemming from the crisis in Ukraine, The Wall Street Journal reports.

LNG exports opponent Dow has indirect stake in proposed exports facility

Source: 
E&E

Dow Chemical, one of the most outspoken opponents of exporting natural gas, indirectly owns a stake in an export terminal under development in Texas, through Freeport LNG Development, according to E&E, a stake analysts theorize lets the company hedge its bets in a rapidly changing sector.

Companies want 2nd big natural gas pipeline in NC

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy Corp. and Piedmont Natural Gas Company Inc. said Tuesday they want to invest in a new natural gas pipeline into North Carolina that can deliver more of the cheap fuel to customers and especially to new power plants run by the country's largest electricity company.

The two Charlotte-based companies said they are shopping for proposals to build a pipeline that could start delivering fuel to Duke's electric power plants and other businesses beginning in late 2018. The companies expect to select a proposal by late this year.

Blast rocks Washington gas plant; 5 workers hurt

A large explosion rocked a natural gas processing plant on the Washington-Oregon border Monday, injuring five workers, causing about 400 people to evacuate from nearby farms and homes, and emitting a mushroom cloud of black smoke that was visible for more than a mile.

The 8:20 a.m. blast at the Williams Northwest Pipeline facility near the Washington town of Plymouth, along the Columbia River, sparked a fire and punctured one of the facility's two giant storage tanks for liquefied natural gas.

Frigid Wisconsin winter causing sand shortage for fracking in Texas, Colo., Pa.

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

Oil and gas drillers in Texas, Colorado and Pennsylvania are faced with a shortage of sand they need for their fracking operations, caused by the frigid winter in Wisconsin, the source of it, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Public meetings set for PA-NY gas pipeline

ONEONTA, N.Y. (AP) — The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is holding public meetings this week to gather feedback on the draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Constitution Pipeline.

The 124-mile-long underground pipeline would carry natural gas from northern Pennsylvania across New York's Southern Tier to connect with other pipelines in Schoharie County serving Northeast markets.

Russia hikes gas price for Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Tuesday sharply hiked the price for natural gas to Ukraine, raising the heat on its cash-strapped government, while Ukrainian police moved to disarm members of a radical nationalist group after a shooting spree in the capital.

Alexei Miller, the head of Russia's state-controlled Gazprom natural gas giant, said Tuesday that the company has withdrawn December's discount that put the price of gas at $268.50 per 1,000 cubic meters and set the price at $385.50 per 1,000 cubic meters for the second quarter.

Oil

Wyoming oil-gas supervisor Black resigns, Watson steps in

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Oil and Gas Supervisor Grant Black announced his resignation Monday after less than a year on the job, and the state Oil and Gas Conservation Commission named an interim oil and gas supervisor to replace him.

What prompted Black's resignation wasn't clear. He didn't return messages seeking comment, and commission officials declined to comment on any reasons he might have given.

Oil

Wyoming oil-gas supervisor resigning

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Oil and Gas Supervisor Grant Black is resigning.

The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission made up of Gov. Matt Mead and four other state officials accepted Black's resignation Monday after a nearly two-hour conference call.

The commissioners then named commission petroleum engineer Mark Watson to serve as interim supervisor once Black's resignation takes effect Tuesday.

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