Russia and its state-owned company Gazprom is taking a number of steps to get moving on construction of a natural gas pipeline through Turkey, which was announced by President Vladimir Putin last month when he said the alternative South Stream project through Bulgaria was being scrapped, The New York Times reports.
Defying a White House veto threat, Republicans in the House have voted 253-169 to approve a bill from Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., that would put a 12-month time limit on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to decide on natural gas pipeline applications, The Hill reports.
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.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission would have one year to consider applications for natural gas pipeline permits, under legislation introduced by Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., that’s due to be voted on in the House next week, The Hill reports.
Grupo Fermaca is to build a 262-mile pipeline -– to come online in 2017 -- that will bring U.S. natural gas to northern Mexico, now that the firm has won construction rights in an auction, state power company CFE announced late Tuesday, Platts reports.
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus says it has joined with Israel and Greece to get the European Union to consider a pipeline that would link the continent with newly found natural gas fields in the eastern Mediterranean.
A statement Tuesday said Cypriot Energy Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis and his Greek counterpart Yiannis Maniatis pitched the idea to European Commission Energy Union chief Maros Sefcovic.
Despite President Vladimir Putin’s announcement that Russia was abandoning the idea of building the South Stream pipeline to bring his country’s gas into Europe, leaders of Bulgaria and the European Union are not giving up on the project, with European Commission President Jean-Claud Juncker declaring differences with Moscow “are not insurmountable,” The Wall Street Journal reports.
Oil was mixed Friday, with an estimate of a stockpile build in Cushing sending West Texas Intermediate crude down 49 cents to $45.83 a barrel on the Nymex, while the death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah pushed Brent 47 cents higher to $48.99, Reuters reports.
Hit by the slump in oil prices, contractor Hercules Offshore is retiring five more Gulf of Mexico rigs, a second round of such action, and also is taking $117 million in fourth quarter write-offs, FuelFix reports.
A draft final report from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board into the fire at a Chevron refinery in Richmond more than two years ago –- to be presented at a public meeting next week -- blames problems with regulations, the company’s safety culture and also its emergency response crews, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Even though GOP leaders like Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla. and new chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, say they would be willing to look at reform of the Clean Air Act, such an overhaul would be a long shot at best, say lobbyists and industry figures, E&E reports.
The U.S. is a few years away from President Obama’s goal of seeing 1 million electric vehicles on the road, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz told The Detroit News in an interview, saying the costs are still too high.
On a visit to the X-Games in Colorado, Gina McCarthy joined Olympic snowboarders to highlight the danger climate change poses to winter sports and the mountain towns that host them, the Aspen Daily News reports.
The U.S. special representative for the Arctic, Adm. Robert Papp, says he has discussed with Disney using characters from the movie Frozen to educate the public about the dangers climate change poses to the Arctic, National Journal reports.
A compromise about burying parts of the SunZia transmission line between New Mexico and Arizona underneath part of the White Sands Missile Range has led to a formal agreement about the project, to be announced Saturday by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, the Albuquerque Journal reports.
Legislation being discussed in Vermont would discourage the practice of utilities collecting renewable energy credits for reducing fossil fuel use and then selling them on to firms out of state, the Burlington Free Press reports.