Natural Gas

Algeria backtracks on shale gas plans after protests

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's prime minister says that plans to drill the country's abundant shale gas reserves have been scrapped.

Wednesday's statement comes in the wake of a string of protests in the southern desert cities over environmental concerns near where drilling had already begun.

Economic test looms as Bolivia's Morales begins new term

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivian President Evo Morales is beginning a new term that will make him the Andean nation's longest-serving leader, riding high on a wave of unprecedented growth and stability.

But after he takes the oath before foreign dignitaries Thursday, Morales and his compatriots will face economic challenges that could quickly erode those gains and test the 55-year-old leader's popularity.

France's Total says it couldn't find gas off Cyprus

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — French oil and gas company Total says a search for oil and gas off Cyprus has failed to find any potential fields to warrant any drilling.

The company said Wednesday that it's now talking to Cypriot authorities on possibly continuing with more exploration work in waters off the east Mediterranean island.

Wolf inauguration attracts fracking protests in Pa.

Source: 
NPR

Eight protesters against fracking were arrested at the inauguration of Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pa., Tuesday, NPR reports.

Bolivian leader begins new term with economic clouds forming

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivian President Evo Morales is set to begin a new term that will make him the Andean nation's longest-serving leader, riding high on a wave of unprecedented growth and stability.

But as he prepares to take the oath Thursday, Morales and his countrymen face economic challenges that could quickly erode those gains and test the 55-year-old leader's popularity.

Obama vows to veto GOP-backed pipeline, abortion bills

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is vowing to veto a Republican-backed bill that would require a decision on pipeline construction within 12 months, as well as one that would ban abortions after the first 20 weeks of pregnancy.

The White House says Obama would veto legislation requiring the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve or deny applications for natural gas pipelines within 12 months. The administration says the bill would create conflicts with existing statutes and requirements.

Radiation exposure not big risk from shale drilling: Pa. DEP

Source: 
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania’s natural gas drilling does not pose a major risk of radiation exposure even though there is some naturally occurring in shale rock, the state’s Department of Environmental Protection determined in a study, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

House Rules Committee meeting on Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act

Washington, January 20, 2015, 2:00 pm

House Rules Committee meets to set floor debate on H.R. 161, Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act. 

Methane cuts would let industry avoid more rules: McCarthy

The oil and gas industry can avoid future regulation of methane from existing oil and gas wells if it cuts emissions enough, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said Friday.

The agency and the White House this week issued a strategy to cut oil industry methane 40-to-45 percent by 2025, which includes limits on emissions from new wells and processing equipment, under a rule to be proposed this summer and finished next year.

Impact fee helps Pa. towns cope with drilling impact, commissioner says

Source: 
The Washington Post

Tioga County Commissioner Erick Coolidge told The Washington Post that the impact fee he helped initiate in Pennsylvania has raised millions of dollars for projects that can help communities cope with the effects of drilling.

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