Natural Gas

Fracking protests in Europe may be Russian-funded

The New York Times

Russia, which has a major interest in protecting its gas market in Europe, could be fueling fracking protests in countries including Romania and Lithuania, The New York Times reports.

Sizeable gas flare planned for western Pa.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Range Resources plans a sizeable and noisy gas flare in Pennsylvania’s Utica Shale, in western Washington County, that will begin Dec. 7 and burn for about a week, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Texas towns test oil and gas supremacy on fracking

RENO, Texas (AP) — A Texas hamlet shaken by its first recorded earthquake last year and hundreds since then is among communities now taking steps to challenge the oil and gas industry's traditional supremacy over the right to frack.

Reno Mayor Lyndamyrth Stokes said spooked residents started calling last November: "I heard a boom, then crack! The whole house shook. What was that?" one caller asked. The U.S. Geological Survey confirmed that Reno, a community about 50 miles west of Dallas, had its first earthquake.

Construction to start on Freeport LNG


Freeport LNG has closed on financing deals – from Japanese sources -- for two of three planned liquefaction trains at its export facility, and should begin construction on its plant in Quintana, Texas this week, with operation projected to start in 2018, FuelFix reports.

Hungary looks to develop gas production

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Hungary is looking to start extracting unconventional forms of natural gas in a bid to help Europe become less dependent on Russian energy imports, government official said Wednesday.

Hungary's unconventional gas deposits are estimated at some 1,500 billion cubic meters — enough to supply all of Europe for three years — but they are deep and hard to access.

Md. fracking rules coming before he leaves: O’Malley

The Washington Post

Departing Gov. Martin O’Malley, D-Md., says he’ll draw up rules to govern fracking in the western part of the state which will limit pollution risks, even though his pro-drilling Republican successor would have the power to loosen restrictions once he takes office in January, The Washington Post reports.

Possible link between Dallas quakes, wastewater injection: Seismologist


At least four small earthquakes have shaken the Dallas area since the weekend, and SMU seismologist Brian Stump told NBCDFW it’s possible they could be linked to fluid accumulating in wastewater injector wells in the region over the past decades.

Shale gas company extends exploration in Poland

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Oil and gas firm San Leon Energy is extending its licenses to explore for shale gas in northern Poland, a company official said Tuesday.

The decision is good news for the shale gas sector in Poland, where, after an initial rush, major exploring companies pulled out citing difficult geological conditions and restrictive regulations.

Ukraine still struggling to get shale investment

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Ukraine's government is still struggling to entice Western companies to invest in exploration for shale gas despite recent reforms meant to help the industry.

Maksim Karpin, a Ukrainian state official for geology and mineral resources, said Tuesday that the government was "taking every step" to meet international standards as well as the needs of the companies on the ground, but it was still waiting to see foreign investment.

Egypt looks to import Cypriot natural gas

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Egypt is speeding up talks with neighboring Cyprus to import natural gas for its domestic use and for possible re-export to other countries, the Egyptian petroleum minister said Tuesday.

Sherif Ismail said gas can be piped directly to Egypt from the field off Cyprus' southern coast that is estimated to hold 3.6 trillion to 6 trillion cubic feet of the fossil fuel.


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