Natural Gas

FERC: No significant impact in Dominion gas exports plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators concluded Thursday that Dominion Energy's proposal to export liquefied natural gas from its Cove Point terminal on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland would pose "no significant impact" on the environment — a positive step for the company.

The environmental assessment by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff is a recommendation to the commission, which will decide whether the $3.8 billion project can go forward. Other permits are also required.

"The adverse cumulative impacts that could occur in conjunction with the project would be temporary and minor," the FERC staff said.

Energy-environment drilling program underway in Pa.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — An uncommon partnership between oil and gas companies and some environmental groups has accepted its first application for a certification program aimed at promoting voluntary but tough new standards in addition to existing government regulations on drilling in the Marcellus Shale.

The Pittsburgh-based Center for Sustainable Shale said Thursday one drilling company, which was not identified, has submitted an application to be certified. Director Susan LeGros said an independent audit of the company is scheduled for early June.

Moscow hosting energy forum as Ukraine crisis persists

Source: 
Bloomberg

Even as Moscow has threatened to halt gas shipments to Ukraine, it’s playing host to ministers from at least 18 countries gathered to discuss energy security, although Britain is boycotting the forum, Bloomberg reports.

Mideast gas official: US can’t replace Russia as main exporter to Europe

Source: 
Platts

It’s not realistic to expect that the U.S. would be able to replace Russia as Europe’s main natural gas supplier, the head of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum said in Moscow Wednesday.

Changes in natural gas flows in NAmerican pipes, says Moody’s

Source: 
FuelFix

There’s been a massive shift in the direction of natural gas flow in U.S. pipelines, according to Moody’s: going east from Pennsylvania’s booming Marcellus Shale and south to Gulf refineries, FuelFix reports.

Pennsylvania court weighs gas drilling rules

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Pennsylvania appeals court appeared skeptical of gas drilling rules that would limit what "trade secrets" the industry must share after a spill.

Pennsylvania is trying to update 20-year-old laws to oversee the drilling boom in the Marcellus Shale. But the state's high court last year threw out much of the industry-friendly regulations passed in 2012, which would have limited local oversight of drilling operations.

In Commonwealth Court arguments Wednesday, President Judge Dan Pellegrini asked whether drilling companies alone should know what chemicals are "in the secret sauce" used in the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, process. Millions of gallons of fluids are forced into the earth in fracking to break through the shale. Under the existing law, companies must disclose the chemicals involved, but can make exceptions for what they deem trade secrets.

Natural gas money in midstream

Source: 
Platts

The big money in the natural gas industry – investment and profits – is moving into the midstream areas of pipelines and processing plants, a Deloitte executive told Platts Tuesday.

NY ban on fracking waste proposed by Democrats

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Shipping hydraulic fracturing waste product into the state for treatment or disposal would be banned under legislation introduced Tuesday by Democrats in the state Senate.

The four bill released by the minority conference Tuesday would also ban the waste from being used to melt ice off roads and bar treatment facilities and landfills from accepting the byproduct.

Fracking involves injecting a mixture of water, sand and chemicals at high pressure to extract oil and gas from rock formations.

Oil

ND posts 977K barrels of oil daily in March

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota oil drillers produced an average of about 977,000 barrels of oil a day in March.

The Department of Mineral Resources says the record March production was up from an average of about 952,000 barrels daily in February.

Oil

Out-of-control North Dakota oil well plugged

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Officials say an out-of-control oil well in northwestern North Dakota has been plugged.

Williams County Emergency Manager Mike Hallesy says the well located near Tioga was under control on Tuesday.

Denver-based Emerald Oil Inc. reported to state regulators on Friday that the well was out of control. Officials say an unknown amount of oil, gas and other liquids was contained on site.

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