Massachusetts officials hopeful that building a new network of natural gas pipelines will alleviate winter fuel shortages are meeting opposition from rural landowners concerned the new infrastructure will infringe on their property, The New York Times reports.
Canada's Enbridge Inc. is negotiating with Alaska to build a new natural gas pipeline along the North Slope, a potential challenger to a similar project proposed by TransCanada, The Wall Street Journal reports.
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria and Russia on Monday voiced hope that work on the Russia-led South Stream gas pipeline project, which had been blocked by the European Union, can be resumed.
Last month, Bulgaria, an EU member, suspended work on the pipeline after the EU executive commission said Bulgaria hadn't respected internal market rules covering the award of public contracts.
Bulgarian Prime Minister Oresharski said the pipeline project is very important to his country and its implementation will be resumed within the European legal framework. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who was visiting, called on the EU to restart dialogue with Russia on the pipeline project, adding that construction is still on deadline.
HYDERABAD, India (AP) — A state-owned gas pipeline exploded and burst into flames Friday, killing at least 14 people, destroying homes and forcing the evacuation of neighboring villages in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, authorities said.
Flames rose more than 80 feet (25 meters) into the air, scorching the tops of coconut and palm trees and sending dense black clouds of smoke into the sky, witnesses said. Villagers ran out of their homes and crowded the streets. Scores of houses and shops were gutted, officials said.
VIENNA (AP) — The U.S. is trying to derail a project to build a gas pipeline that bypasses Ukraine to supply Europe, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday after Russian and Austrian energy firms agreed to build the pipeline's western end.
Austria's OMV and Russia's Gazprom signed a contract for the construction of the pipeline's Austrian section hours before Putin arrived on his second trip to the West since tensions spiraled over Russia's actions in Ukraine, a crisis that has prompted calls for Europe to lessen its reliance on Russian gas.
OMV general director Gerhard Roiss said the South Stream pipeline will "ensure energy security for Europe, particularly for Austria." Austrian President Heinz Fischer, who met with Putin, noted that large sections of the pipeline will cross NATO and European Union members Bulgaria and Hungary.
House Natural Resources Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee hearing on H.R. 4293, Natural Gas Gathering Enhancement Act and the H.R. 1587, Energy Infrastructure Improvement Act. BLM, National Park Service witnesses to speak.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine on Thursday suggested bringing in European and U.S. companies to help operate the strategic pipeline that carries Russian natural gas across the country to Europe.
The move is part of an effort to revamp the pipeline, which is among Kiev's most valuable assets, and ensure Ukraine remains a key transit country for gas to Europe. Analysts say it's also an attempt to defuse potential claims that Ukraine might be siphoning gas intended for European customers.
Focus on the pipeline has intensified since Russia on Monday halted gas supplies to Ukraine after talks over past debts failed. Russia continues to send gas on to Europe through Ukraine's pipelines but there are fears over whether the flow of gas will continue uninterrupted if Kiev and Moscow remain at loggerheads.
MOSCOW (AP) — An explosion at a key pipeline in Ukraine has not disrupted the flow of gas to Europe, Russian gas monopoly Gazprom said on Wednesday.
The blast, which occurred Tuesday far from where government troops are fighting pro-Russia separatists, came a day after Russia cut gas supplies to Ukraine in a dispute over price and overdue payments.
Moscow says it is waiting for Kiev to pay at least $1.9 billion of its $4.5 billion debt before the talks on clearing the debt and agreeing on prices could resume. Gazprom said Monday that it would need to start pumping by mid-October to insure adequate winter supplies for Ukraine.
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on Wednesday will announce new rules covering oil train safety, sources told The Wall Street Journal, which says the plan has railroads concerned about possible speed restrictions and oil companies worried about limits on tank car volumes.
ABB, the Swiss engineering group, has posted a 17 percent drop in second quarter net profit, a bigger loss than expected, dragged down by delays to solar power and offshore wind projects which have hurt the company’s power systems unit, Reuters reports.
Major electricity providers -- including Florida Power & Light and Duke Energy -- have been presenting testimony to the Florida Public Service Commission this week in support of their request to cut back on energy efficiency programs, a move opposed by conservationists, The News Service of Florida reports.
Environmentalists concerned about fish kills at the Indian Point nuclear plant on New York’s Hudson River are raising just a few of the questions being discussed as the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation opened hearings on renewing water quality permits for the facility, The New York Times reports.
Changes the Department of Energy is proposing to the way LNG export permits are handled will cause more delays and “regulatory uncertainty,” according to comments the American Petroleum Institute filed with DOE, FuelFix reports.
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval for construction of LNG export facilities in Cameron Parish, Louisiana is being challenged by groups including the Sierra Club, which are asking the FERC for more environmental analysis, Platts reports.
The city of Wichita Falls is mixing treated wastewater with lake water to guarantee a continued flow into the taps of residents, but they are turning up their noses at the idea of drinking it, Reuters reports.
By the end of 2014 General Electric hopes to produce systems that generate electricity using a solid oxide fuel cell, now that it has opened a testing and research facility for the process in upstate New York, Bloomberg reports.
A full range of Defense Department operations -– from planning to training and infrastructure -– are affected by climate change, which officials are trying to counter with a pro-active approach to the situation, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Daniel Chiu told lawmakers at a hearing Tuesday.