PITTSBURGH (AP) — A major supplier to the oil and gas industry says it will begin disclosing 100 percent of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing fluid, with no exemptions for trade secrets. The move by Baker Hughes of Houston is a major shift; it's unclear if other firms will follow suit.
Environmental and health groups have criticized the industry for not disclosing all of the chemicals used in drilling.
IMPERIAL, Pa. (AP) — Supervisors in a western Pennsylvania township have approved permits for a company to drill for natural gas at Pittsburgh International Airport with almost two dozen conditions.
Findley Township supervisors voted 2-1 to approve the conditional use permits but included noise and light disturbance limits, requirements for flaggers and safety vehicles at entrances to the site, a ban on injection wells and other caveats.
OPAL, Wyo. (AP) — Residents were allowed to return home Thursday, nearly 22 hours after an explosion at a natural gas processing plant forced the evacuation of their small southwestern Wyoming town.
Lincoln County spokesman Stephen Malik said that the evacuation order was lifted shortly after 11:30 a.m. Thursday even though a fire was still burning at the plant.
"At this time they don't feel like there is really any credible threat of secondary explosions or anything like that," Malik said. "I don't think that they'll get into the actual facility itself until the fire is completely out."
TOKYO (AP) — Warning Russia that new economic sanctions are "teed up," President Barack Obama accused Moscow of failing to live up to an agreement last week to ease tensions in eastern Ukraine.
Still, he cautioned that the United States needs to secure the support of allies to ensure that additional economic pressure is even applied. He conceded that new sanctions may not change Russian President Vladimir Putin's geopolitical calculations.
Japan is protesting that limiting ships to 49 meters wide in the expanded Panama Canal would exclude the giant Q-Flex carrier, which would affect possible U.S. LNG export deals, The Wall Street Journal reports
A new ethane export facility along the Gulf Coast in Texas could handle 240,000 barrels per day and help relieve the growing glut of the liquefied gas, according to project developer Enterprise Products Partners, FuelFix reports.
The EU’s top energy official will discuss sending gas to Ukraine through Slovakia in negotiations Thursday, and on Monday Moscow hosts Kiev’s energy minister for talks on Russian gas prices for Ukraine, Reuters reports.
Brent crude for December extended its rebound to rise 34 cents to $86.16 a barrel as Goldman Sachs speculated that the recent steep drop in price was excessive. West Texas Intermediate gained 5 cents to settle at $82.75 a barrel, Bloomberg reports.
Officials from several OPEC members outside the Persian Gulf are calling for a reduction in production in response to falling oil prices, as Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states seek to keep the ceiling high, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that the global economy could collapse if the price of oil stays near $80 a barrel for an extended period but downplayed arguments that low prices will significantly devalue Russia's currency, Business Insider reports.
As global oil prices trend downward, 80 of the oil industry's largest crude oil tankers are headed for Chinese ports, marking the largest number of shipments in nine months and indicating China may be boosting purchases, Bloomberg reports.
An Environmental Protection Agency study has found that neonicotinoid pesticides, linked to the death of bees and other insect pollinators, have had little effect to boost the size of soybean yields, The Globe and Mail reports.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz praised Abengoa's new plant-waste biofuels plant in Kansas as the future of the ethanol production, as it doesn't force competition between ethanol producers and food suppliers, The Associated Press reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency has approved a greenhouse gas permit for Natgasoline's proposed methanol plant in Beaumont, Texas, ending the final regulatory hurdle for the project that could cost as much as $1.8 billion, the Beaumont Enterprise reports.
Entergy officials estimated that the cost to decommission the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant will be $1.24 billion, and the company has about half the needed value in its decommission fund, The Associated Press reports.