CAMERON, La. (AP) — A proposed liquefied natural gas export terminal in Cameron Parish would not significantly damage the environment, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff said Wednesday. The conclusion also applies to 21 miles of pipeline and associated facilities proposed for Cameron, Calcasieu, and Beauregard parishes.
The project has adequate plans to compensate for filling in 213 acres of wetlands, according to an environmental impact study released Wednesday. It says those include using dredged material to turn an area of open water to brackish marsh and buying credits from approved mitigation banks.
A review by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, hailed by Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., has found that the environmental impact from the Cameron LNG project in the state would be cut to “less-than-significant levels” given the steps the operator is proposing to minimize it, Platts reports.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Dominion Resources Inc. said Wednesday that its first-quarter profit fell more than 23 percent on costs related to the repositioning of its producer-services business despite higher electricity sales.
The Richmond, Va., energy provider posted earnings of $379 million, or 65 cents per share, for the period ended March 31. That's down from $495 million, or 86 cents per share, a year ago.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — State officials say an oily mist was sprayed over 27 acres of snow-covered tundra on the North Slope because of a pipeline failure.
Authorities say the release of natural gas and water containing crude oil was found during routine inspections Monday. The spray was active for about two hours before the line was isolated and depressurized.
New rules governing hydraulic fracturing in Michigan will require drillers to perform baseline water testing as well as disclosing the chemicals they use in their process, the Detroit Free Press reports.
House Oversight Energy Policy, Health Care and Entitlements Subcommittee hearing, "Examining the Effect of Liquefied Natural Gas Exports on U.S. Foreign Policy." Energy Department Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Christopher Smith, State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Diplomacy Amos J. Hochstein to testify.
VIENNA (AP) — Top Austrian and Russian energy conglomerates have signed an agreement expressing their commitment to building the Austrian section of a pipeline to supply Europe with natural gas while circumventing Ukraine.
The memorandum on Russia's "South Stream" pipeline was signed Tuesday by Gerhard Roiss of Austria's OMV and Gazprom chief Alexei Miller
Dominion Resources has filed papers with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, asking for a start to the review process for the proposed 550-mile natural gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline, The Associated Press reports.
Federal agencies have reduced their greenhouse gas emissions 17 percent compared to levels in 2008, according to the White House Council on Environmental Quality, but they also remain vulnerable to the effects of climate change in different ways, National Journal reports.
As part of their fight to become the top-ranking Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Frank Pallone of New Jersey and Rep Anna Eshoo of California have raised and distributed more than $1.2 million to their colleagues during this election cycle, National Journal reports.
Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are working on a technique using lasers that would more accurately measure greenhouse gas concentrations, E&E reports.
News of production increases in the U.S. and among OPEC members weighed on oil prices Friday. West Texas Intermediate crude for December delivery finished the Nymex session down 58 cents to $80.54 a barrel, a drop of 12 percent over the whole of October, while in London Brent lost 38 cents to settle at $85.86, Bloomberg reports.
Increased demand is leading SolarWorld Americas to spend $10 million expanding its solar modules plant, and the company announced it will be hiring 200 additional workers as well, The New York Times reports.
To encourage the development of advanced nuclear reactors – anticipated to be more efficient – the Department of Energy is spending $13 million to help major companies including AREVA, GE Hitachi and Westinghouse in their research of the technology, The Hill reports.