Gas pipeline to Turkey on Russia’s agenda

The New York Times

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.

House defies Obama to speed natgas pipelines

The Hill

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.

Obama vows to veto GOP-backed pipeline, abortion bills

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.

House Rules Committee meeting on Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act

Washington, January 20, 2015, 2:00 pm

House Rules Committee meets to set floor debate on H.R. 161, Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act. 

Bill to speed natgas pipeline permitting to get House vote

The Hill

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.

Russia: Gas to Europe should go via Turkey, not Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's state natural gas company wants its exports to Europe to bypass Ukraine entirely and go via a proposed new pipeline to Turkey.

Gazprom head Alexei Miller made the statement Wednesday. He said European countries that want Russian gas will have to scramble to build pipelines to connect with Turkey.

Suspected Islamic militants blow up natural gas pipeline

EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Security officials say suspected Islamic militants have blown up and set fire to a natural gas pipeline outside el-Arish, the provincial capital of North Sinai.

The officials say all roads leading to the area have been closed after the explosion, which took place early Tuesday morning.

Pipeline bid to bring U.S. gas to Mexico goes to Fermaca


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.

Cyprus, Israel, Greece push EU gas pipeline link

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.

South Stream not dead yet: Juncker

The Wall Street Journal

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.


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