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.
The tanker BW Zambesi sailed from Texas Wednesday night headed for South Korea loaded with $40 million in condensate from Enterprise Products Partners, but the Commerce Department move to permit such exports -- now on hold -- caught the White House by surprise, senior adviser John Podesta told The Wall Street Journal.
The latest round of sanctions against Russia over its actions in Ukraine have major energy companies -- including BP and Total -- thinking again about the way they do business with Moscow, The New York Times reports.
The Center for Liquefied Natural Gas, responding to a Department of Energy draft report estimating the impact LNG exports would have on greenhouse gas emissions, warned that taking it into consideration would open the door to legal challenges, National Journal reports.
The southern parts of the Pegasus pipeline, which ruptured causing a major spill in Arkansas in March 2013, restarted on July 9, Exxon Mobil told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in an email, The Associated Press reports.
Increasing OPEC production and higher U.S. gasoline stockpiles outweighed international crises to send oil prices lower Thursday. Benchmark crude for September delivery fell 75 cents to $99.52 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange, while in London Brent crude was 40 cents down to $106.11, Reuters reports.
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., has re-introduced a measure that would keep the Export-Import Bank going, but without controversial language that would lift restrictions on it financing coal plants overseas, and the bill has now attracted support from Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., The Hill reports.
With the departure of two more managers -- Bob Perciasepe and Craig Hooks -- from the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA will have eight vacancies among its 14 key political posts, a special problem when it has a full load of challenges, E&E reports.
Departing Environmental Protection Agency Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe says he hopes to be able to “build a bridge” with Republicans over the EPA’s rules limiting carbon emissions from power plants and clarifying jurisdiction over bodies of water (WOTUS), but he’s meeting with skepticism, The Hill reports.
Evangelical and conservative Christians were among those speaking out in favor of the Environmental Protection Agency’s rule to limit carbon emissions from power plants during two days of hearings on the regulation this week in Washington, The New York Times reports.
The lack of interested buyers thus far for the electricity output of TransAlta’s coal-fired plant in Centralia, Washington is due to soft prices in the Pacific Northwest and not moves by the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate carbon emissions, company chief Dawn Farrell told Platts.