Natural Gas

Forest owners battling pipeline in New York

Source: 
The New York Times

The Kernan family, which has owned and nurtured nearly 1,000 acres of forest in upstate New York since the 1940s, is fighting plans for the Constitution Pipeline to run through it, The New York Times reports.

SE gas pipeline to create jobs, cut energy bills, say companies

Source: 
The Associated Press

A study commissioned by utilities including Dominion Resources and Duke Energy claims that a $5 billion natural gas pipeline they intend to build with other partners in the Atlantic region would provide thousands of new jobs and save households in Virginia and North Carolina an average of $44 per month on their utility bills, The Associated Press reports.

Natgas pipelines could cope with carbon rule pressures: Study

Source: 
E&E

With just a modest boost, the nation’s pipeline infrastructure could cope with the extra burdens from a surge in use of natural gas anticipated from the rule mandating cutbacks in carbon emissions from power plants, according to a study compiled by Deloitte MarketPoint for the Energy Department, E&E reports.

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Worst emitters generate lion's share of methane: Studies

The latest studies to measure methane leaks at natural gas facilities, released Tuesday, found a small number of sources accounted for a major share of emissions at dozens of transmission, gathering and processing sites.

A study of 45 compressor stations revealed that 10 percent of the leaking sources -- including two so-called "super-emitter" sites that had leaks and venting at isolation valves -- accounted for about 50 percent of emissions.

The second study of 130 gathering sites and processing plants also found about 30 percent of the gathering facilities were responsible for 80 percent of emissions.

China finds sizable natural gas field in South China Sea

BEIJING (AP) — China said its recent gas discovery in the politically volatile South China Sea could yield 100 billion cubic meters of natural gas, underlining Beijing's determination to extract resources from waters claimed by several nations.

The Lingshui 17-2 gas field was discovered 150 kilometers south of China's southernmost island of Hainan, and the Ministry of Land and Resources has approved it as a large-scale find, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

Algeria shale gas protesters vow escalation

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Protesters against Algeria's plans to exploit its massive shale gas reserves said Monday they will carry their demonstrations to the actual desert drilling sites after the state oil company said exploration would continue.

Since the beginning of the year, there have been demonstrations across Algeria's desert south over the possible environmental damage that could result from Algeria's new efforts to exploit its shale gas.

Oil

US rig count plunges 87 to 1,456

HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. plunged by 87 this week to 1,456 amid depressed oil prices.

The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report 1,140 rigs were exploring for oil and 314 for gas. Two were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago 1,771 rigs were active.

Strong debut for Columbia Pipeline Partners

Source: 
FuelFix

Shares were higher Friday in early trading for Columbia Pipeline Partners L.P. -- the biggest initial public offering in the first weeks of 2015, having raised more than $1 billion –- which has assets in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays, FuelFix reports.

Trinidad: 13 hospitalized after gas explosion, 3 critical

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) — A gas explosion that caused a fire near Trinidad's capital has injured 13 people, including three reported in critical condition.

Police say they believe a spark set off an explosion in a restaurant's gas tank Thursday just north of Port-of-Spain. The explosion damaged five businesses and sent glass and other debris flying in the upscale suburb of Maraval.

NY officials standing firm on fracking ban

Source: 
The Journal News

A week after New York environmental chief Joe Martens said he doesn’t see revisiting the fracking issue anytime soon, Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared he would “never” lift the state’s ban on hydraulic fracturing, The Journal News reports.

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