JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich has proposed a bill that would have a federal official help Alaska with a major project to export liquefied natural gas overseas.
The bill would allow the federal coordinator for Alaska's gas-pipeline projects to work on the effort to build an 800-mile pipeline that would deliver liquefied natural gas for overseas export. Alaska is weighing an equity stake in the project alongside pipeline builder TransCanada Corp. as well as BP, ConocoPhillips, and ExxonMobil Corp. Those oil companies have major operations on the North Slope.
UNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Borough mayors want to ensure they have a say on terms that will affect local communities and be negotiated by the state in pursuit of a mega-liquefied natural gas project.
An agreement signed by officials with the state, Alaska Gasline Development Corp., TransCanada Corp. and the North Slope's major players — BP, ConocoPhillips and ExxonMobil Corp. — spells out broad terms for pursuing the long hoped-for project.
Oil and gas from the Gulf Coast used to flow through pipelines up to the Northeast, but the boom in the Marcellus Shale means the direction has been reversed, and that's been good news for the refining town of Mont Belvieu in Texas, E&E reports.
PLANO, Texas (AP) — A federal judge has allowed a North Texas man to withdraw his guilty plea to trying to blow up a natural gas pipeline with a homemade bomb last year.
U.S. District Judge Richard Schell allowed Anson Chi to withdraw his plea Wednesday at a court hearing in Plano. That's after he allowed the 34-year-old Plano man to fire his legal team and represent himself.
However, Schell also warned Chi that representing himself at trial could make it more likely that he will be convicted and sentenced to up to life imprisonment. Another hearing is scheduled for April 7.
CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian gas company officials say an explosion has hit a natural gas pipeline in the restive Sinai Peninsula, an attack similar to militant strikes on pipelines that have proliferated in recent years.
In a report on official news agency MENA, officials from GASCO say Wednesday the pipeline did not sustain major damage because they were able to stop the flow of gas to and from the site after the late night bombing. The pipeline carries gas to an industrial area in Central Sinai and Jordan.
KNIFLEY, Ky. (AP) — An underground transmission pipeline carrying natural gas exploded early Thursday in southern Kentucky, sending two people to the hospital, destroying two homes and alarming residents who saw flames from miles away.
The explosion happened about 2 a.m. in a hillside about 100 feet off the road and left a crater 60 feet wide, Adair County Emergency Management Director Greg Thomas said.
People said they "saw the fire in the sky," Thomas said.
U.S. utilities are preparing to make expensive investments to improve nuclear plant safety to meet new post-Fukushima standards, with Exelon expected to spend as much as $500 million across its 17 reactors, The New York Times reports.
Despite increased calls for approving liquefied natural gas exports to Ukraine, a limited interest among energy companies and the current regulatory process means it would take years to make any significant impact on Russia's energy influence, Bloomberg reports.
Beyond urging imports of U.S. liquefied natural to Ukraine, European officials are considering reversing natural gas pipelines and limiting purchases of Russian energy in an effort to limit Russia's influence in Ukraine, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Despite a fall in average gasoline prices from recent years, the American Public Transportation Association said in an annual report that Americans used public transportation at the highest recorded rate since 1956, The New York Times reports.
The Edison Electric Institute is lobbying the Obama administration and state governments to limit new restrictions on coal-fired plants and nuclear generators, citing a need to keep electricity prices low during extremely cold weather, Bloomberg reports.
Renewable energy companies are increasing their interest in wind and wave energy projects off the coast of Oregon, but it's uncertain how much environmentalist resistance and regulatory processes will affect the trend, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The Transportation Department and the American Association of Railroads have released a list of urban areas where freight trains carrying crude oil will be required to slow down, but some lawmakers are urging a wider list of areas, National Journal reports.
The public comment period on the State Department's Keystone XL pipeline review ended on Friday, with opponents sending more than 2 million comments opposing the project, doubling the comments in support of the pipeline, The Washington Post reports.