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First LNG-powered containership launched in San Diego

By Bob Downing Published: April 20, 2015

A press release from Saturday:

TOTE Launches World’s First LNG Powered Containership

Isla Bella will Serve Puerto Rico Once in Service


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Eco-group marks fifth anniversary of BP Deepwater Horizon spill

By Bob Downing Published: April 20, 2015

From the Sierra Club today:

Sierra Club Marks 5 Years Since BP Oil Disaster

WASHINGTON, DC-- Today marks five years since the Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent oil spill that killed 11 workers and spewed 4 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.  It was the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history, leaving a lasting legacy of destruction from which coastal communities have still not recovered.

In response Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune issued the following statement.

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U.S. drilling rigs drop by 34 in last week, drop by 877 in last year

By Bob Downing Published: April 20, 2015

The number of U.S. drilling rigs dropped  by 34 from April 10 to April 17, says Texas-based Baker Hughes, a well service company that tracks rig counts.

The number of U.S . drilling rigs has dropped by 877 in the last year, the company said.

The current count is 954 rigs, Baker Hughes said.

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Statoil intends to end gas flaring at oil production sites by 2030

By Bob Downing Published: April 20, 2015

From Statoil on Friday:

“In our operations in Norway we do not carry out any routine flaring. This leading performance was made possible by a government determined to avoid waste and maximise value from its natural resources,” Sætre continued.  

In 1971 Norway banned routine flaring. Coupled with a price on carbon equivalent of USD 65/ton CO2 today, these measures provided the necessary incentives for both the government and the industry to invest in production and export of gas.

But globally every year, around 140 billion cubic metres of associated natural gas is wastefully burned or “flared” at thousands of oil fields.

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Federal agency issues emergency order to slow crude rail runs

By Bob Downing Published: April 20, 2015

From the Associated Press on Friday:

WASHINGTON — An emergency order requiring trains hauling crude oil and other flammable liquids to slow down as they pass through urban areas and a series of other steps to improve the safety were announced Friday by the Department of Transportation.

The Obama administration has been under intense pressure from members of Congress as well as state and local officials to ensure the safety of oil trains that traverse the country after leaving the Bakken region of North Dakota. To get to refineries on the East and West coasts and the Gulf of Mexico, oil shipments travel through more than 400 counties, including major metropolitan areas such as Philadelphia, Seattle, Chicago, Newark and dozens of other cities.

There have been a series of fiery oil train explosions in the U.S. and Canada in recent years, including one just across the border in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, that killed 47 people.

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Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions increase in last two years

By Bob Downing Published: April 20, 2015

From the U.S. Energy Information Administration today:

For the second year in a row, energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the United States have increased. However, unlike 2013, when emissions and gross domestic product (GDP) grew at similar rates (2.5% and 2.2%, respectively), 2014's CO2 emissions growth rate of 0.7% was much smaller than the 2014 GDP growth rate of 2.4%.

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Tags: CO2 (carbon dioxide) , emissions

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Rex Energy details 1Q 2015 production, update on asset strategy

By Bob Downing Published: April 20, 2015

From Pennsylvania-based Rex Energy today:

STATE COLLEGE, Pa., April 20, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rex Energy Corporation (Nasdaq:REXX) announced first quarter 2015 production and provided an update on its asset strategy.

First Quarter 2015 Production Results

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District approves Clendening water sale with American Energy-Utica

By Bob Downing Published: April 17, 2015

The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District today approved a short-term water sale from Clendening Reservoir in Harrison County.
Oklahoma-based American Energy-Utica LLC will pay the district $6 per 1,000 gallons of water, said district spokeswoman Barbara H. Bennett.
The contract covers May 1 through July 31.
The maximum volume of water that can be withdrawn is 2.5 million gallons per day or 6 million gallons over three days, she said.
A 6-million-gallon withdrawl would lower Clendening about a quarter inch, she said.
The district that stretches from Akron to the Ohio River sold about 111 million gallons of water in 2013 and 136 million gallons in 2014 to drillers.
The district’s governing board also approved an easement on small parcel of district-owned land near Mohicanville in Ashland County for the ET Rover Pipeline. The easement covers 0.16 acres of agricultural land.

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Independent producers oppose higher royalty rates on federal lands

By Bob Downing Published: April 17, 2015

From a press release today:

America’s Independent Producers: Raising Fees Will Cause Our
Small Businesses to Suffer


WASHINGTON, D.C.– Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Political Affairs Dan Naatz criticized the Obama Administration’s proposal to raise royalty rates on federal lands.

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EIA offers update on U.S. LNG export facilities

By Bob Downing Published: April 17, 2015

From the U.S. Energy Information Administartion today:

“Cheniere Energy's Corpus Christi, Texas, liquefaction export facility, approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) this past December, is moving toward construction with an anticipated start-date during the second quarter of 2015. If it occurs as planned, there will be five liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facilities in varying stages of construction in the Lower 48 states.”---EIA

The information is in EIA’s new “Natural Gas Weekly Update” posted on the agency’s website at:

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See the most recent drilling report and an injection wells map From

Utica and Marcellus shale web sites

Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management State agency Web site.

ODNR Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management. State drilling permits. List is updated weekly.

ODNR Division of Geological Survey.

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

Ohio State University Extension.

Ohio Farm Bureau.

Ohio Oil and Gas Association, a Granville-based group that represents 1,500 Ohio energy-related companies.

Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program.

Energy In Depth, a trade group.

Marcellus and Utica Shale Resource Center by Ohio law firm Bricker & Eckler.

Utica Shale, a compilation of Utica shale activities.

Landman Report Card, a site that looks at companies involved in gas and oil leases.FracFocus, a compilation of chemicals used in fracking individual wells as reported voluntarily by some drillers.

Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.

Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.

Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.

National Geographic's The Great Shale Rush.

The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.

Buckeye Forest Council.

Earthjustice, a national eco-group.

Stop Fracking Ohio.

People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.

Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.

No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.

Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.

Penn State Marcellus Center.

Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.

Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.