Natural Gas

Russia’s Gazprom hiking Ukraine’s bill

The Wall Street Journal

Gazprom is jacking up the amount it says Ukraine owes under its contract for Russian natural gas, a demand that could also trigger an early loan repayment clause, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Major oil & gas firm to list drilling chemicals

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A major supplier to the oil and gas industry says it will begin disclosing 100 percent of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing fluid, with no exemptions for trade secrets. The move by Baker Hughes of Houston is a major shift; it's unclear if other firms will follow suit.

Environmental and health groups have criticized the industry for not disclosing all of the chemicals used in drilling.

Pa. township approves permits for airport drilling

IMPERIAL, Pa. (AP) — Supervisors in a western Pennsylvania township have approved permits for a company to drill for natural gas at Pittsburgh International Airport with almost two dozen conditions.

Findley Township supervisors voted 2-1 to approve the conditional use permits but included noise and light disturbance limits, requirements for flaggers and safety vehicles at entrances to the site, a ban on injection wells and other caveats.

Residents of Wyoming town allowed to return home

OPAL, Wyo. (AP) — Residents were allowed to return home Thursday, nearly 22 hours after an explosion at a natural gas processing plant forced the evacuation of their small southwestern Wyoming town.

Lincoln County spokesman Stephen Malik said that the evacuation order was lifted shortly after 11:30 a.m. Thursday even though a fire was still burning at the plant.

"At this time they don't feel like there is really any credible threat of secondary explosions or anything like that," Malik said. "I don't think that they'll get into the actual facility itself until the fire is completely out."

USEA forum on Peterhead CCS Project

Washinton, April 25, 2014, 12:00 pm

United States Energy Association forum on Shell and SSE Peterhead CCS Project in Scotland. Wilfried Maas, general manager CCS Integration at Shell, to speak. 

Obama: New sanctions against Russia are 'teed up'

TOKYO (AP) — Warning Russia that new economic sanctions are "teed up," President Barack Obama accused Moscow of failing to live up to an agreement last week to ease tensions in eastern Ukraine.

Still, he cautioned that the United States needs to secure the support of allies to ensure that additional economic pressure is even applied. He conceded that new sanctions may not change Russian President Vladimir Putin's geopolitical calculations.

Japan unhappy about width limits proposed for expanded Panama Canal

The Wall Street Journal

Japan is protesting that limiting ships to 49 meters wide in the expanded Panama Canal would exclude the giant Q-Flex carrier, which would affect possible U.S. LNG export deals, The Wall Street Journal reports

Ethane export facility in Enterprise sights


A new ethane export facility along the Gulf Coast in Texas could handle 240,000 barrels per day and help relieve the growing glut of the liquefied gas, according to project developer Enterprise Products Partners, FuelFix reports.

Wyoming gas explosion prompts evacuation of town

OPAL, Wyo. (AP) — Residents and emergency crews were waiting for a fire to burn itself out after an explosion at a natural gas processing plant in a small town in southwestern Wyoming.

No injuries were reported in the explosion Wednesday in Opal, a town of about 95 people about 100 miles northeast of Salt Lake City. All of Opal was evacuated.

Gas and Ukraine on the agenda at days of talks in Europe


The EU’s top energy official will discuss sending gas to Ukraine through Slovakia in negotiations Thursday, and on Monday Moscow hosts Kiev’s energy minister for talks on Russian gas prices for Ukraine, Reuters reports.


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