As extraction costs decrease and the Energy Department renews focus on research, some scientists say methane hydrates, gas trapped in ice, have strong potential to be a major source of U.S. energy in the future, National Journal reports.
The Alberta Environment Ministry issued a drinking water warning after a storage pond at the Obed Mountain coal mine spilled water contaminated with coal and shale particles into the Athabasca River, Bloomberg reports.
A Reuters survey of energy and financial analysts projected that the cost of Brent crude will average 95 dollars a barrel -- 80 dollars in real terms -- in 2020. That's a drop of 20 dollars since last year's survey, and it's thought due to the shale boom.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich's claim that a single energy company could recover $1 trillion worth of oil and gas from the state's shale is an exorbitant overestimate, according to experts interviewed by The Associated Press.
At current oil prices, that figure represents more than four times U.S. oil production last year. Viewed another way, every drop of oil produced in America for the next four years will be worth roughly $800 billion, based on current prices and production rates.
The number of oversize and overweight trucks using county roads and bridges in North Dakota’s oil patch has more than doubled in three years, and while counties are collecting millions of dollars in permit fees, officials say the money isn’t enough or even earmarked for road maintenance, The Associated Press reports.
Dominion Resources has filed papers with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, asking for a start to the review process for the proposed 550-mile natural gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline, The Associated Press reports.
Federal agencies have reduced their greenhouse gas emissions 17 percent compared to levels in 2008, according to the White House Council on Environmental Quality, but they also remain vulnerable to the effects of climate change in different ways, National Journal reports.
As part of their fight to become the top-ranking Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Frank Pallone of New Jersey and Rep Anna Eshoo of California have raised and distributed more than $1.2 million to their colleagues during this election cycle, National Journal reports.
Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are working on a technique using lasers that would more accurately measure greenhouse gas concentrations, E&E reports.
News of production increases in the U.S. and among OPEC members weighed on oil prices Friday. West Texas Intermediate crude for December delivery finished the Nymex session down 58 cents to $80.54 a barrel, a drop of 12 percent over the whole of October, while in London Brent lost 38 cents to settle at $85.86, Bloomberg reports.
Increased demand is leading SolarWorld Americas to spend $10 million expanding its solar modules plant, and the company announced it will be hiring 200 additional workers as well, The New York Times reports.
To encourage the development of advanced nuclear reactors – anticipated to be more efficient – the Department of Energy is spending $13 million to help major companies including AREVA, GE Hitachi and Westinghouse in their research of the technology, The Hill reports.