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USEA, DOE briefing on stress state and induced seismicity

Washington, October 30, 2014, 8:30 am

United States Energy Association membership briefing with Energy Department on stress state and induced seismicity. USGS senior science adviser for earthquake and geologic hazards William Smith among speakers.

Major step forward for Constitution pipeline at FERC


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff has cleared the Constitution pipeline on its environmental impact, leaving Commissioners to make the final decision on the project, which is intended to add some 650 million cubic feet of natural gas capacity in New York and New England, FuelFix reports.


US rig count up 9 to 1,927

HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by nine this week to 1,927.

The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report that 1,595 rigs were exploring for oil and 332 for gas. A year ago there were 1,738 active rigs.

1 killed, 11 injured in German gas pipe explosion

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities say one person was killed and 11 were injured in an explosion after a gas pipe was damaged during construction work in a western German city.

Police in Ludwigshafen said the explosion outside a house in the city happened midday Thursday. Gas transport company Gascade said it wasn't clear why the gas pipe, part of a 57-kilometer (35-mile) pipeline that leads southward to the city of Karlsruhe, was damaged during work that it commissioned. Gas then leaked and caught fire.

Marcellus drilling boom could be restrained by infrastructure problems

The Wall Street Journal

A lack of pipeline space is creating a gas glut in the Marcellus Shale, which is depressing prices and may end up forcing drillers to trim their operations, The Wall Street Journal reports.

NY to see fracking study within weeks: Cuomo


During Wednesday night’s gubernatorial debate in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the study on the health impacts of fracking, which was started back in 2012, should be completed before the end of the year, WIXX reports.

November vote coming on Kinder Morgan merger


Kinder Morgan’s $44 billion move to combine its companies will go to shareholders for a vote Nov. 20, the company said Wednesday, claiming the step “paves the way for superior growth,” FuelFix reports.

Another court session for Pa. fracking opponent


Cabot Oil & Gas and Vera Scroggins return to court in Pennsylvania next week in another chapter of their long-running legal fight, with the 63-year-old anti-fracking activist potentially facing fines or time in prison, NPR’s StateImpact Pennsylvania reports.

Fracking an issue in NY gubernatorial debate

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his Republican challenger traded insults and clashed over the economy and corruption Wednesday while two third-party candidates worked to get traction in the only scheduled debate in the governor's race.

Cuomo noted that Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive, has been questioned over a housing desegregation settlement in his home county and said his views are too conservative to lead New York state. He said his administration has energized the economy, cut taxes and reduced government gridlock.

Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins, who came in third in the 2010 race, voiced opposition to hydraulic fracturing and said the state needs to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee photo

EPA IG Elkins won't yield to Inhofe on fracking review

The Environmental Protection Agency's internal watchdog isn't backing down in the face of pressure from a prominent Republican senator to drop his review of state and federal oversight of hydraulic fracturing.

Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., on Oct. 2 renewed his demand that EPA Inspector General Arthur A. Elkins Jr. suspend the review. He said it duplicated a groundwater impact study already underway by EPA, which was ordered by Congress.

In a response letter to Inhofe dated Oct. 16 that was released Tuesday, Elkins said he would not stop the review.


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