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U.S. Memorial Day gasoline prices lowest since 2009

By Bob Downing Published: May 27, 2016

From the U.S. Energy Information Administration today:

Republished May 27, 2016, 8:30 a.m. to correct certain gasoline and crude oil prices.

The U.S. average retail price for gasoline was $2.30 per gallon (gal) on May 23, 47 cents per gallon (cents/gal) lower than at the same time last year, and the lowest average price just before Memorial Day weekend (the start of the summer driving season) since 2009. Lower gasoline prices reflect lower crude oil prices, with the spot price of North Sea Brent crude $16 per barrel (b) lower than at the same time last year, despite a price increase of more than $20/b since the last week of January.

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Four Appalachian companies win shale innovation awards

By Bob Downing Published: May 27, 2016

Ftrom a recent press release:

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Federal health agency weighs in on Dimock's water woes

By Bob Downing Published: May 27, 2016

A federal health report on the much-publicized water woes in Dimock, Pa., found threatening levels of chemicals in 27 private water wells, and explosive levels of methane in 17 private water wells during a six-month period in 2012.

The analysis came from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

To read more from NPR's StateImpact Pennsylvania, click  here.

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BP begins major water injection at platform in Gulf of Mexico

By Bob Downing Published: May 27, 2016

From a BP press release earlier this week:

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Baker Hughes is changing leadership, corporate structure

By Bob Downing Published: May 27, 2016

From a press release earlier this week:

HOUSTON, May 25, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Baker Hughes Incorporated (BHI:NYSE) announced today changes to its organizational structure and senior leadership team. The changes follow the company’s May 2 announcement of its plans to capitalize on its leadership position as a product innovator by simplifying its business structure, reducing costs and enhancing its commercial strategy.

Changes include:

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Memorial Day gasoline prices lowest since 2005, API says

By Bob Downing Published: May 27, 2016

From a Thursday press release from the American Petroleum Institute:

WASHINGTON, May 26, 2016 – U.S. consumers continue to take advantage of America’s energy revolution and affordable gas prices as we head into the summer driving season, said API Chief Economist Erica Bowman on a conference call with reporters.

“As we head into Memorial Day weekend and the traditional start of the summer driving season, motorists have continued to reap the benefits of America’s energy renaissance with relief at the pump,” said Bowman.

Although gasoline prices have risen by 20 cents since the beginning of the year, U.S. drivers remain on target to pay the lowest prices for the Memorial Day holiday since 2005, according to AAA.

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Ohio EPA schedules five hearings on Rover Pipeline air permits

By Bob Downing Published: May 26, 2016

From a press release today:

Ohio EPA will hold five public information sessions/hearings regarding seven draft air permits related to the installation and operation of compressor stations in Carroll, Crawford, Defiance, Harrison, Monroe, Noble and Wayne counties. The compressor stations are intended to facilitate delivery of natural gas along the proposedRover pipeline.

The compressor station locations, along with their respective public meeting dates (and locations) are as follows:

Rover Clarington in Beallsville (Monroe Co.) and Rover Seneca in Summerfield (Noble Co.)

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Industry, electric power fuel projected growth in natural gas

By Bob Downing Published: May 26, 2016

From the U.S. Energy Information Administration:

U.S. consumption of natural gas is projected to rise from 28 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) in 2015 to 34 Tcf in 2040, an average increase of about 1% annually, according to EIA's Annual Energy Outlook 2016 (AEO2016) Reference case. The industrial and electric power sectors make up 49% and 34% of this growth, respectively, while consumption growth in the residential, commercial, and transportation sectors is much lower.

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$50 oil offers stability to American drillers, Canary CEO says

By Bob Downing Published: May 26, 2016

From a press release today:

$50 Oil Means Stability to American Producers, Says Canary CEO

HOUSTON, May 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The history of the oil industry is a tale of boom and bust cycles. But when oil climbed to $50 per barrel for the first time since last fall, it may have signaled the end of one of most protracted slumps American producers have seen, says Dan K. Eberhart, CEO, Canary, LLC.

During the historic price collapse of the 1980s, oil fell to about $25 per barrel in 2016 dollars, while this time, oil bottomed out at $26.21 per barrel in February.

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Mountaineer NGL Storage to proceed with Ohio facility

By Bob Downing Published: May 25, 2016

From a Tuesday press release:

DENVER, May 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Mountaineer NGL Storage, LLC, announced the conclusion of a successful non-binding open season for its natural gas storage project near Clarington, Ohio. The open season resulted in requests for more than three times the amount of initial planned capacity.

David Hooker, managing director of Mountaineer NGL Storage, said that scaled development begins in late May. "We'll begin the permitting process for LPG storage, initiating a 3-D seismic shoot over the property, drilling a test well, and coring the salt to confirm its suitability for LPG storage," he said. The Mountaineer NGL Storage Project should break ground in early 2017 with a planned in-service date of early 2018.

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