Representatives of Slovak pipeline operator Eustream and Ukrainian operator Ukrtransgaz are set to sign an agreement Monday on sending gas from the EU into Ukraine, after hammering out terms over the weekend, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Lawmakers return to Capitol Hill after a two-week recess ready to resume work on election-year priorities, including support for natural gas exports, while the House's tax chairman starts moving on expired tax breaks.
The scheduled business meeting on Tuesday by the House Ways and Means Committee will take up bills to make permanent six tax breaks, including the basic and energy research tax credit that would be worth $155.5 billion over 10 years.
SEATTLE (AP) — A big explosion and fire destroyed three buildings, damaged several others, sent debris flying for blocks and jolted people awake early Friday in a Washington town, firefighters and North Bend residents said.
About the only good news was the time — 3:45 a.m. — when few people were in the business district of the Cascades foothills town about 30 miles east of Seattle.
"We are very, very fortunate that it happened in the early morning. If it was two hours later, the street would have been very busy," said Josie Williams, public information officer for Eastside Fire and Rescue.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy said Friday that it welcomes the decision by oil and gas industry supplier Baker Hughes to disclose all chemicals in hydraulic fracturing fluid. But Halliburton, a major competitor in the field, isn't committing to such disclosure.
Deputy Assistant Energy Secretary Paula Gant said that Baker Hughes' move "is an important step in building public confidence" and the department "hopes others will follow their lead."
People living near buildings levelled by a natural gas explosion in Harlem have filed suit against their landlord and New York City, The New York Times reports, noting the case is scheduled to be in court May 6.
Oil dropped again early Friday, retreating from previous gains, as traders decided news of a drop in Saudi supplies didn't signal a cut in OPEC production. West Texas Intermediate crude for December delivery fell 74 cents to $81.35 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent slid 1.2 percent, trading $1.02 lower to $85.81, Bloomberg reports.
A microbe that eats carbon and releases methane in its place – Methanoflorens stordalenmirensis – is multiplying in the Arctic melt and accelerating the global warming process, according to scientists writing in the journal Nature this week, The Washington Post reports.
Californians for Energy Independence, a political action committee backed by the oil industry, has raised $7.6 million to fight Measure P in Santa Barbara County and Measure J in San Benito County, which prohibit hydraulic fracturing, FuelFix reports.
Despite a negative assessment from an administrative law judge, the Illinois Commerce Commission has approved Commonwealth Edison’s plan to build the Grand Prairie Gateway transmission line, which could bring 1,000 more megawatts of power to the north of the state and grid operator PJM Interconnection when it’s completed in 2017, Platts reports.
Southern Co. subsidiary Southern Power has bought the Solar Gen 2 plant in California from First Solar Inc., and will sell the electricity from it on to San Diego Gas & Electric, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Scientists in New England, in a study published in the Journal of Economic Geography, have found that people were more likely to install solar panels on their roof if they live nearby someone else who had done so, The Washington Post reports.
Climate analyst Rick S. Piltz has died from cancer at age 71, he quit the George W. Bush administration after he claimed his bosses were tweaking report language to play down climate change risks, The New York Times reports.