Schools in Pennsylvania are gearing up their energy law offerings to train lawyers to handle the explosion of energy-related cases accompanying the Marcellus shale drilling boom, the Tribune-Review reports.
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarians are voting Sunday in a parliamentary election that will determine whether the country continues to build a Russian gas pipeline that would give the Kremlin even more leverage over Europe's energy market — a project the European Union opposes.
Here's a look at Bulgaria, the vote and the controversial pipeline:
FHMSA Holdings Inc., which has joined other fracking sand providers going public and is hoping to raise around $1 billion in an initial public offering, starts trading its shares on the New York Stock Exchange Friday, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Frank Katulak, CEO of GDF Suez Gas North America, operator of the Everett Marine Terminal near Boston, suggested to staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission this week that LNG imports could help handle New England’s fuel needs if the region were to be faced with another severe winter cold spell, E&E reports.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A fire Thursday at an offshore natural gas platform in Alaska's Cook Inlet destroyed the crew's living quarters and forced four workers to evacuate, but no one was injured and the environmental risk was considered minimal, responders said.
The blaze broke out at about 7:30 a.m. By evening, the unified command set up for the incident said the fire was fully contained. An earlier Coast Guard report that the fire flared up again was incorrect.
Hilcorp Alaska LLC owns the platform and 11 others among the total of 16 platforms in the inlet, a vast body of water with stunning mountain views.
Goldman Sachs has cut its growth projections for future LNG demand and warns that investors should be wary about the costs of major projects and “realistic about expectations for further contracts,” Bloomberg reports.
A bearish outlook is taking hold of natural gas prices ahead of an expected announcement of a storage build from the Energy Information Administration combined with a mild October weather forecast, as Wednesday’s settlement for November delivery declined 9.8 cents to $4.023 per million British thermal units on the Nymex, Platts reports.
Problems encountered by West Texas Guar Inc., which operated a processing facility to extract a thickening agent from the legume guar, has cost investors and farmers millions of dollars, The Wall Street Journal reports.
NEW YORK (AP) — The drilling services company Baker Hughes on Wednesday implemented a policy of disclosing all of the chemicals used in its fracking operations.
Environmental groups and local communities have for years been pushing for full disclosure of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, a drilling technique also known as fracking.
In response, the oil and gas industry set up an online database -- at FracFocus.org -- that lists many of the chemicals, but held back crucial information on certain chemicals and the amounts used on the grounds that it would provide competitors with trade secrets.
U.S. District Court Judge H. Russel Holland has sided with Pebble Ltd. Partnership in ordering former Environmental Protection Agency scientist Phil North to testify in the company’s lawsuit against EPA, the Alaska Dispatch News reports.
Coast Guard documents show Transocean’s Polar Pioneer, which is involved in Shell’s exploratory well drilling in the Chukchi Sea this summer, failed tests with fire and pollution equipment in the months leading up to the Arctic drilling, FuelFix reports.
Oil prices rose Monday over a report from the Energy Information Administration that U.S. crude production has been falling since April and signals that OPEC is finally willing to address the drop in prices. U.S. benchmark crude jumped $2.45 to $47.67 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London Brent rose $2.50 to $52.55, Reuters reports.
Increasing worries about potential fire at a landfill holding waste of barium sulfate from the Manhattan Project since the 1970s has prompted upset St. Louis area residents to pressure the Environmental Protection Agency to accelerate cleanup, The Hill reports.