BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — U.S. oil company Chevron says it has begun drilling for shale gas at its exploration well site in northeastern Romania, a project which has drawn protests from local residents.
The company said the drilling, which will probe to a depth of 4,000 meters (13,000 feet), started Tuesday after "safety and performance checks" had been completed and rock samples will be taken to determine if natural gas is present.
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — U.S. oil company Chevron says it has resumed exploration for shale gas in northeastern Romania a day after suspending work when hundreds of anti-fracking protesters tore down fences.
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — U.S. oil giant Chevron has resumed its search for shale gas in northeastern Romania amid ongoing opposition from local residents.
In October, Chevron suspended searching for shale gas in the village of Pungesti following protests in the capital and the local area against fracking.
The company said Monday its priority was to "conduct these activities in a safe and environmentally responsible manner." It gained permits to drill exploratory wells in Pungesti in October but halted activity after protests. On Monday, hundreds of police blocked a road to stop residents demonstrating.
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Hundreds of Romanians opposed to shale gas extraction in their village on Wednesday scuffled with police at an exploration site where energy giant Chevron plans to start drilling.
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's prime minister predicted Monday that Parliament will reject plans for Canadian-run gold mine following large protests over the cyanide used in its extraction process.
Romania's new left-leaning government has pledged a moratorium on shale gas exploitation and will review a controversial Canadian plan to build Europe's largest open-cast gold mine.
Prime Minister-designate Victor Ponta also said he will respect commitments to the International Monetary Fund and increase public sector wages that were slashed by 25 percent in 2010 to meet the terms of a €20 billion($26 billion) IMF-led loan.
Representatives of the biofuels industry have been pressing the White House not just to raise proposed 2014 renewable fuel standards, but also speed up approval of new fuels known as pathways, Reuters reports.
Ethanol stocks stood at 18.587 million barrels the week ending July 25, up 647,000 barrels to a 16-month high despite production slipping, according to the Energy Information Administration, Platts reports.
Gasoline inventories have grown, according to data from the Energy Information Administration, which sent oil prices slipping. Benchmark crude for September delivery dropped 70 cents Wednesday to close at $100.27 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London Brent crude dropped $1.21 to $106.51, Bloomberg reports.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has given oil companies, environmentalists and others more time to comment on the plan for selling offshore oil and gas leases, adding on an additional 15 days, FuelFix reports.
Hess Corp., which reported a drop in second quarter earnings, also said it could spin off some midstream assets, mostly in North Dakota’s Bakken shale, into a separate company, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A new protective coating for the anode on a lithium battery – a nanosphere wall made from carbon – could possibly boost the range of an electric car to 300 miles, a development Stanford University researchers published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, E&E reports.
At a Tuesday hearing in a Texas court, where the Kurdistan Regional Government sent a letter challenging Baghdad’s claim to a million barrels of crude aboard the tanker United Kalavyrta, Federal Magistrate Judge Nancy Johnson said the matter was better handled outside the U.S., but the oil could be unloaded and held in escrow or sold and the money held by the court until the dispute is settled, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency is doing well with moves to limit greenhouse gas emissions, cut water use and boost renewable energy but could do better with data quality and record keeping, a report from the EPA’s Inspector General says, according to The Hill.
There’s no mention of the environment in the ad Tom Steyer’s NextGen Climate released on Wednesday targeting Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst in Iowa, which focuses on jobs, National Journal reports.