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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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.To read more or comment...
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.To read more or comment...
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.To read more or comment...
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.To read more or comment...
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%.To read more or comment...
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 ResultsTo read more or comment...
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.
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.To read more or comment...
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:To read more or comment...
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.
The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.
Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
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.
Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.