Natural Gas

Colorado oil industry group sues towns over fracking bans

The Associated Press

The Colorado Oil & Gas Association filed a lawsuit against the Colorado towns of Fort Collins and Lafayette that recently voted to place bans on hydraulic fracturing within city limits, The Associated Press reports

Appalachian voters tell pollsters strong environmental safeguards should accompany gas development

The Charleston Gazette

A poll of voters in Central Appalachia suggests more than 80 percent want to see strong environmental safeguards as a prerequisite to further development of natural gas, The Charleston Gazette reports. The polls was commissioned by the Nature Conservancy and conducted jointly by Republican and Democratic polling firms.

Shell: Giant natural gas ship, just launched, to be dwarfed in future


Reuters reports on Shell’s launch of the world’s biggest ship, a floating natural gas (FLNG) platform destined for the Indian Ocean, and the company’s plans for future vessels that are even larger.

San Carlos pipeline gas flowing again; PG&E grilled over safety


Even as gas resumed flowing through a San Carlos pipeline Monday, the head of Pacific Gas & Electric was being grilled by the California Public Utilities Commission over the line's faulty safety records, KGO-TV reports.


Oil rises above $94 ahead of OPEC meeting

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The price of oil extended gains to rise above $94 a barrel Tuesday, ahead of an OPEC meeting and bolstered by encouraging manufacturing data from the world's top two economies.

San Carlos pipeline scheduled to be put back into use

NBC Bay Area

PG&E officials were to restart -- at a lower pressure -- the flow of natural gas Monday in a San Carlos, California pipeline whose safety was under question, NBC Bay Area reported.

Pipeline crunch threatens natural gas supplies in Massachusetts

National Journal

A natural gas price crunch is almost inevitable this winter in Massachusetts, warns the National Journal, because the region lacks pipeline infrastructure to keep the gas flowing smoothly from wellheads in producing states.

Natural gas glut making coal less affordable in Appalachia power plants

Wall Street Journal

There's so much gas being produced from the Marcellus Shale that it can't be pumped out of Appalachia fast enough, the Wall Street Journal reports, and the glut is driving down power prices so much that it's no longer worthwhile burning coal to generate it in West Virginia and parts of Pennsylvania and Kentucky.

Chevron resumes search for shale gas in Romania

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — U.S. oil giant Chevron has resumed its search for shale gas in northeastern Romania amid ongoing opposition from local residents.

In October, Chevron suspended searching for shale gas in the village of Pungesti following protests in the capital and the local area against fracking.

The company said Monday its priority was to "conduct these activities in a safe and environmentally responsible manner." It gained permits to drill exploratory wells in Pungesti in October but halted activity after protests. On Monday, hundreds of police blocked a road to stop residents demonstrating.

Moscow dangles cheaper gas if Ukraine joins Russian-led trade bloc


As the turmoil increases in Ukraine streets, Bloomberg says a top Russian official is offering the Kiev government cheaper natural gas as an incentive to join a customs union led by Moscow instead of the European Union.


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