Natural Gas

Evacuations but no injuries after pipeline ruptures in Texas

CUERO, Texas (AP) — Authorities say no one is injured after a natural gas pipeline ruptured in rural South Texas, sparking a massive fire that prompted the evacuation of nearby homes.

DeWitt County Emergency Operations Center spokeswoman Peggy Fonseca says an Energy Transfer Partners pipeline ruptured near Lindenau around 8 p.m. Sunday.

Texas regulators: Disposal wells didn't cause 4.0 earthquake

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas oil and gas regulators say there is no evidence that a record 4.0 earthquake last month in the northern part of the state was caused by injecting oilfield waste into underground wells.

The Texas Railroad Commission said Friday it reached that conclusion after testing five disposal wells in Johnson County. The May earthquake didn't cause any serious damage or injuries. It was the largest in recorded history in North Texas.

Spinoff for McClendon’s Appalachian drilling unit

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Marcellus and Utica Shale driller American Energy Appalachia Holdings LLC is changing its name to Ascent Resources LLC, and becoming independent of Aubrey McClendon’s American Energy Partners, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Researchers say Bakken flaring images doctored

The Dickinson Press

University of North Dakota researchers say images on the Web purporting to show bright natural gas flares in the Bakken Shale have been doctored, The Dickinson Press reports.

Utilities burning more natural gas


A Bentek Energy analyst told a symposium that utilities in the U.S. -– at an average of more than 30 billion cubic feet per day --  were burning more natural gas than predicted for the week and the month, Platts reports, noting that the development could push prices higher.

Exxon subsidiary says it's not causing Texas quakes

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A natural gas extraction company controlled by energy giant Exxon Mobil sought to prove Wednesday that it is not to blame for a recent rash of small earthquakes in North Texas, telling a powerful state agency that it believes the earthquakes occurred naturally.

XTO Energy submitted evidence to the Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates the state's massive oil and gas industry, during a hearing that will test the agency's willingness to suspend permits for injection wells based on seismology. The wells store wastewater from hydraulic fracturing, which has opened vast reserves of natural gas in North Texas but critics blame for causing small earthquakes.


Mexico says it found offshore oil reserves in Gulf

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's state-owned oil company says it found four shallow-water offshore oil and gas fields in the Gulf of Mexico with total possible reserves of 350 million barrels of crude equivalent.

The Pemex company did not say how much of that total were proven or probable reserves.

Exxon denies wells linked to Texas quakes

The Wall Street Journal

Testifying Wednesday before the Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates oil and gas operations, representatives of Exxon Mobil subsidiary XTO Energy said the earthquakes that have been taking place in the Dallas area are due entirely to natural causes, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Linde cuts ribbon on La Porte expansion


At a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a $200 million expansion on its La Porte gas plant in Texas, a top Linde executive said the company plans more investment to take advantage of cheap shale gas, FuelFix reports.

Investigators: Bad joint, sewer line break behind NY gas blast

NEW YORK (AP) — A poorly crafted joint in a plastic Consolidated Edison gas line and an 8-year-old break in an old city sewer line were the likely causes of an explosion that killed eight people in New York City last year, federal investigators said Tuesday.

The weakness of the plastic pipe joint was exposed because the soil that supported it was washed away by groundwater flowing into a gaping hole in the brick sewer line, the National Transportation Safety Board said.


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