Natural gas line leaks below cities are increasingly frequent, posing a challenge for cities including New York, which has some of the oldest gas transportation lines nationwide, The New York Times reports.
The price of oil fell slightly Monday following a drop in China's manufacturing.
Benchmark U.S. crude for May delivery was down 3 cents at $99.43 a barrel at 0825 GMT in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 56 cents to $99.46 on Friday. Brent crude, used to set prices for international varieties of crude, fell 28 cents to $106.64 a barrel
The preliminary version of HSBC's purchasing managers' index for China released Monday showed manufacturing dropped to an eight-month low.
Lower natural gas prices have caused a resurgence among American petrochemical and plastics manufacturers, leading major companies to make plans to build or expand at 48 facilities nationwide, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Lawmakers return to Washington this week with Ukraine on their minds -- and some seeing the crisis as a reason to export the U.S. oil and gas boom, in the midst of this election year.
The new chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, re-election hopeful Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., holds her first hearing on Tuesday on potential impacts from expanded natural gas exports.
The same day, a House Energy and Commerce Committee panel begins work on a gas exports approval bill by Senate candidate Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., who is running for the GOP nomination to challenge Sen. Mark Udall, a Democrat.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pennsylvania's taxes on the natural gas drilling boom are among the lowest in the nation, according to a new report from a nonpartisan office of the state Legislature.
Pennsylvania is the only state with significant production that doesn't impose a severance tax based on the volume or market value of gas produced, the figures released Thursday by the Independent Fiscal Office found. Instead, the state imposes an impact fee for each well drilled, no matter what it produces.
The report looked at 11 states and found that a Pennsylvania well that began producing in 2014 will be taxed at an effective tax rate of at most 1.6 percent. By comparison a similar well in West Virginia will be taxed at 7.2 percent, a Texas well at 4.6 percent, a Colorado well at about 5.6 percent, and Ohio at 1.8 percent.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Donations from an American Indian tribe in Minnesota totaling nearly $1.4 million have helped Great Plains tribes weather this winter's propane crisis.
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community provided grants to the Standing Rock Sioux in North Dakota and South Dakota; the Yankton, Rosebud and Cheyenne River Sioux in South Dakota; and the Santee Sioux in Nebraska.
"The propane shortage this year has been particularly hard on American Indian communities," Shakopee Chairman Charlie Vig said in a statement. "We are compelled to help our fellow tribes get through the remaining days of winter."
BRUSSELS (AP) — Two almost simultaneous signatures Friday on opposite sides of Europe deepened the divide between East and West, as Russia formally annexed Crimea and the European Union pulled Ukraine closer into its orbit.
In this "new post-Cold War order," as the Ukrainian prime minister called it, besieged Ukrainian troops on the Crimean Peninsula faced a critical choice: leave, join the Russian military or demobilize. Ukraine was working on evacuating its outnumbered troops in Crimea, but some said they were still awaiting orders.
The chief of the U.N. came to Kiev and urged calm on all sides.
The Environmental Protection Agency has sent its suggested blending mandate for the long-delayed 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard to the Office of Management and Budget without dropping hints about what’s in the proposal, which will now be reviewed by the White House and other federal agencies, and Platts suggests a final decision may not even be made public until after the November election.
Even with Russia sending a convoy of trucks into Ukraine Friday, oil prices continued to decline as there’s been no evidence of any disruption in supply. U.S. benchmark crude for October delivery slipped 31 cents to settle at $93.65 a barrel on the Nymex, a drop of 3.9 percent on the week, while in London Brent crude ended 34 cents lower at $102.29, Reuters reports.
The non-profit group Sky Truth has created a global interactive map displaying natural gas flaring – in the U.S. showing concentrated activity in the Bakken, Eagle Ford and Marcellus Shale plays -- while environmental advocate Earthworks has released a report entitled Up in Flames that contains extensive statistics, stating, for example, that flaring in the Bakken increased five-fold between 2010 and 2013, according to National Journal.
Approval for power transmission projects like Gateway West and the TransWest Express is taking the federal government far too long, Wyoming Infrastructure Authority chairman Mike Easley told Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Thursday, The Associated Press reports.
California territory in “severe” drought dropped slightly to 97.5 percent this week due to above normal rainfall in the south, but that hasn’t helped boost low reservoir levels, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Lawyers for the Kurdistan Regional Government appeared before U.S. District Judge Gray Miller Friday, asking him to throw out a previous order from a magistrate -- which had been issued at the behest of the Iraqi government -- allowing U.S. marshals to seize any crude unloaded from a tanker that's been anchored off Galveston for weeks, FuelFix reports.
According to filings with the Federal Election Commission this week, NextGen Climate Action Committee took in $8 million in July but $7.5 million of that came from founder Tom Steyer, Politico reports.
The California Senate approved and sent to Governor Jerry Brown a bill to streamline the solar permit process, intended to make it easier and quicker for homeowners to get solar power installations up and running, according to LBReport.com.
A burdensome approval process and delays in the city’s Department of Water and Power in getting customers hooked up to the grid is putting a damper on solar power installations in L.A., the Los Angeles Times reports.