TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A series of underground gas explosions killed 20 people and injured 270 others late Thursday night in Taiwan's second-largest city, authorities said.
The National Fire Agency said five firefighters were among the dead. Taiwan's Central News Agency reported that firefighters had been at the scene investigating reports of a gas leak when the explosions occurred.
A project in Freeport, Texas to export liquefied natural gas – which already has a permit from the Department of Energy – has now won approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to start construction, The Hill reports.
Hundreds rallied in Boston Wednesday to express their opposition to a Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline proposed to run through northwest Massachusetts, urging Gov. Deval Patrick to pull his support from it, The Associated Press reports.
Apache Corp., whose second quarter profit of $505 million was half the amount it earned a year earlier, said Thursday it might look to sell off its international assets to concentrate on drilling in U.S. shale, and that it was already trying to find a buyer for its stake in a Canadian natural gas project, and alternative financing for one in Australia, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The Center for Liquefied Natural Gas, responding to a Department of Energy draft report estimating the impact LNG exports would have on greenhouse gas emissions, warned that taking it into consideration would open the door to legal challenges, National Journal reports.
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' energy minister said Wednesday that exploratory drilling in the first of six potential gas fields off the east Mediterranean island's coast is slated to begin before the end of summer.
Yiorgos Lakkotrypis said the fields lie in three sections where a consortium made up of Italy's Eni and South Korea's Kogas is licensed to drill.
Lakkotrypis said a rig will start heading to Cyprus from Mozambique in the coming days and that drilling will start on the "Onasagoras" field, named after an ancient Cypriot king.
The Department of Energy has announced measures to cut methane emissions from the country’s natural gas industry including setting efficiency standards for natural gas compressors and offering incentives for infrastructure modernization, StateImpact Pennsylvania reports.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal grand jury charged Pacific Gas & Electric on Tuesday with lying to federal investigators in connection with a fatal pipeline explosion that killed eight people and leveled a suburban Northern California neighborhood in 2010.
The U.S. attorney in San Francisco announced the obstruction of justice charge and 27 related counts, which are in a new indictment charging the utility with felonies. It replaces a previous indictment that contained 12 counts related to PG&E's safety practices, but not obstruction.
The head of the Bureau of Land Management on Tuesday defended the pace of processing of drilling permits on federal onshore leases, but also endorsed legislation to raise industry fees that would give his agency more resources to speed up approvals.
At a hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, BLM Director Neil Kornze sought to address concerns raised by lawmakers that BLM takes too long to process applications for permits to drill, or APDs. Committee chair Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., called the average timetable of more than 200 days "disturbing."
With the Keystone XL pipeline still delayed, Transcanada has filed with the State Department to get approval for the Upland Pipeline, which would bring Bakken crude north to Saskatchewan, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A unanimous ruling from a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit leaves in place Environmental Protection Agency regulations on heavy truck efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions, The Hill reports.
Word that Russia, Norway and possibly Saudi Arabia are ramping up oil production pressured prices Friday. U.S. benchmark crude dropped 1 percent, or 59 cents, to $57.15 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, while in London Brent gained 43 cents to $65.28 a barrel, a new five-month high, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Alliant Energy’s Wisconsin Power & Light has formally asked state regulators to approve a new gas-fired plant that will cost $750 million, alongside a solar facility intended to generate 2 megawatts, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Two Democrats – Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania – have introduced comprehensive mine safety legislation intended to beef up regulatory enforcement and close loopholes in the 1952 Federal Coal Mine Safety Act, WVPN reports.