Natural Gas

Gas explosions kill 20, injure 270 in Taiwan

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.

Freeport LNG clears final hurdle – FERC

The Hill

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.

Pipeline protesters rally in Boston

The Associated Press

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 ponders international selloff after profits plummet

The Wall Street Journal

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.


Eni profits rise due to renegotiated gas contracts

MILAN (AP) — Italian oil and gas company Eni SpA says its second quarter earnings more than doubled thanks to its successful renegotiation of long-term gas supply contracts.

Eni said Thursday that net profit was 658 million euros ($881 million), up from 275 million euros in the same period last year.

Gas industry urging DOE not to consider climate factors in LNG exports

National Journal

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.

Cyprus offshore gas drilling to start before fall

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.

DOE: Steps to reduce methane emissions from gas industry

StateImpact Pennsylvania

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.

PG&E charged with obstruction over San Bruno blast

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.

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Kornze: BLM backs higher fees to speed drilling permits

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."


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