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  • 'Widespread methane leakage' from ocean floor off US coast

    08/24/2014 6:59:06 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 62 replies
    BBC News ^ | 8/24/14 | Matt McGrath
    Researchers say they have found more than 500 bubbling methane vents on the seafloor off the US east coast. The unexpected discovery indicates there are large volumes of the gas contained in a type of sludgy ice called methane hydrate. There are concerns that these new seeps could be making a hitherto unnoticed contribution to global warming. The scientists say there could be about 30,000 of these hidden methane vents worldwide. Previous surveys along the Atlantic seaboard have shown only three seep areas beyond the edge of the US continental shelf.
  • Op-Ed: The Arctic's Huge Store of Methane Gas: 'Ticking time-bomb?' (Methane Gas New Evil)

    07/13/2014 9:13:51 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 39 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | July 13, 2014 22:12 GMT | Karen Graham
    Some climate change proponents are saying the huge amounts of methane gas, stored under the Arctic ice is a potential "ticking time bomb." They claim that we must stop extracting fossil fuels that put more CO2 into our atmosphere or face disaster. Methane is only one of a number of gases called greenhouse gases (GHG) that can absorb and emit infrared radiation, or in other words, this means they can trap and absorb heat. The most abundant GHG is water vapor, followed by carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, ozone and CFC's. By measuring atmospheric infrared radiation, climatologists are able to...
  • Feds Research Breeding Sheep With Lower Methane-Emitting Flatulence

    06/23/2014 5:18:51 PM PDT · by llevrok · 20 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/23/2014
    The U.S. government funded research into methane emissions from sheep digestive systems — flatulence and burps — to see why some sheep produce more of the greenhouse gas than others. Researchers with the Energy Department’s Joint Genome Institute wanted to find out exactly why animals of the same species produce different levels of methane. The ultimate hope of the the research is to find ways to breed livestock that produce less methane when they pass gas. “The deep sequencing study contributes to this breeding program by defining the microbial contribution to the methane trait, which can be used in addition...
  • U.S. Tight Oil Reserves From Bust to Boom... to Bust Again?

    05/17/2014 1:22:08 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 3 replies
    energyandcapital ^ | Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 | Keith Kohl
    U.S. Tight Oil Reserves From Bust to Boom... to Bust Again?   By Keith KohlTuesday, May 13th, 2014Nowhere else in the world are people more used to the boom and bust of the oil industry than in Texas.I think it's safe to say that nearly all of us have heard of the historic gushers in the state's history — and the famous Lucas Gusher at Spindletop is arguably the most famous of them.That single exploratory well in Beaumont started it all for the Lone Star State.And while the image of 100,000 barrels of oil exploding out of the top of one...
  • WTI Vs. LLS: A Major Shift In The U.S. Oil Boom

    05/17/2014 1:00:18 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 1 replies
    nasdaq.com ^ | May 16, 2014
    For more than a century, the global oil and natural gas supply picture changed only a decade at a time. In the past half-decade, however, the picture has changed with startling speed. That has been particularly true in America. New technologies opened regional production in areas including North Dakota's Bakken Shale and Texas' Eagle Ford basin.
  • ‘Methane backpacks’ capture cow farts, turn them into green fuel

    05/07/2014 10:20:22 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 46 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 5/7/14 | Springwise.com
    It’s common knowledge that certain types of organic waste can be harnessed as energy sources, with UK firm 2OC even recently turning huge greaseballs found in the country’s sewers into power for local homes. Now Argentina’s INTA governmental research body has developed cow backpacks that trap the methane they produce in order to turn it into green energy. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, methane accounts for nine percent of all greenhouse gas emissions in the US, and the agriculture sector is the primary source of these emissions. Recognizing that methane released into the atmosphere is damaging to the environment,...
  • Christopher Swindell: Gun safety debate is B.S.

    06/02/2013 11:32:00 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 50 replies
    The Charleston Gazette (WV) ^ | 5-30-2013 | Christopher Swindell
    Watching the celebration at the NRA convention over the defeat of background checks was the most nauseating experience of the day. I am not a New York gun control liberal, either. I support a shotgun for home defense, a handgun for limited conceal/carry, and an assortment of hunting rifles to balance West Virginia's exploding deer population (as evidenced by hourly collisions with cars). So, I am hardly out of the mainstream. But, the gun safety debate is B.S. This foaming at the mouth, Obamar is coming for the guns, Nanny Bloomberg is a bad billionaire, and most despicable of all,...
  • Meet the journalism professor who says NRA members are treasonous, should be executed

    06/03/2013 6:23:27 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 44 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 6-3-2013 | Eric Owens
    In a bizarre op-ed in The Charleston Gazette last week, journalism professor Christopher Swindell argued that the National Rifle Association “advocates armed rebellion against the duly elected government of the United States of America.” Stirring words, to be sure, but Swindell was hardly done — not even close. He also said that the NRA is guilty of “treason” “worthy of the firing squad.” “To support the new NRA president’s agenda of arming the populace for confrontation with the government is bloody treason,” Swindell charged in his wacky essay. After briefly playing the race card and alluding to the Civil War,...
  • Oh, that big 1982 Siberian explosion?

    02/03/2004 9:13:42 PM PST · by Valin · 77 replies · 9,333+ views
    WASHINGTON - Intelligence shortcomings, as we see, have a thousand fathers; secret intelligence triumphs are orphans. Here is the unremarked story of "the Farewell dossier": how a CIA campaign of computer sabotage resulting in a huge explosion in Siberia -- all engineered by a mild-mannered economist named Gus Weiss -- helped us win the Cold War. Weiss worked down the hall from me in the Nixon administration. In early 1974, he wrote a report on Soviet advances in technology through purchasing and copying that led the beleaguered president -- detente notwithstanding -- to place restrictions on the export of computers...
  • Methane: The Irrelevant Greenhouse Gas

    04/13/2014 1:34:42 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 8 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | April 11, 2014 | By Dr. Tom Sheahen
    Q: I read that methane is an even worse greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, and cattle are a big source of methane emissions. How are they going to regulate that? Not just cattle, but dairy cows as well! That doubles the worry. Fortunately, there is really nothing to worry about, scientifically. The main thing to worry about is over-reacting politicians and another layer of unnecessary government regulations. To understand methane’s role in the atmosphere, first it’s necessary to understand what absorption means. When light passes through a gas (sunlight through air, for example), some molecules in the gas might absorb...
  • Gassy Cows Are Warming The Planet, And They're Here To Stay

    04/12/2014 4:51:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 63 replies
    NPR ^ | April 12, 2014 | by MAANVI SINGH
    Correction April 12, 2014 An earlier version of this story said that the methane emissions associated with livestock come from their farts. In fact, most of those methane emissions come from belches. Sorry to ruin your appetite, but it's time to talk about cow belches. Humans the world over are eating meat and drinking milk — some of us a little less, some of us a lot more, than years past. Farmers are bringing more and more cows into the world to meet demand, and with them escapes more methane into the atmosphere. In 2011, methane from livestock accounted for...
  • Scientists look to create ‘Problem-Free Cow’ with less emissions

    04/10/2014 11:38:58 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    Conservative Action Alerts ^ | April 9, 2014 | The Blog
    According to a fact sheet published by the White House late last month, part of the Obama Administration’s effort to curb greenhouse gases involves cutting “cow emissions.”The executive announcement has since boosted an interest in researching technology to accomplish the Administration’s environmental goals.The Financial Times reports that scientists now have a renewed interest in developing “a next-generation creature whose greenhouse gas emissions would be cut by anti-methane pills, burp scanners and gas backpacks.”The Cow of the Future Project, directed by Juan Tricarico, is looking for a “star athlete” of the bovine world, says FT. He says the Administration’s latest environmental...
  • ‘Fat Texts’ and ‘Fart Regulation’ Coming to You from the Nanny State

    04/09/2014 7:40:26 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 41 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | April 8, 2014 | Common Constitutionalist
    Although it’s been going on for years, it seems lately there is an all-out assault by the nanny government to crack down on our liberties. Nowadays, when the people say no, our rulers just do the old end around, or sleight-of-hand. They cause us to concentrate on one thing while they regulate behind our backs. Lately it seems that even this tactic has changed and the Nanny State has begun to attack us from all sides. Take this global warming nonsense. With every passing year, the people are coming to realize what a hoax it has been. Every poll conducted...
  • IRS Puts Damper On Newer Types Of Energy Partnerships

    04/09/2014 10:31:03 AM PDT · by thackney · 4 replies
    Reuters via Rig Zone ^ | April 09, 2014 | Patrick Temple West; Editing by Terry Wade, Meredith Mazzilli and Ken Wills
    The Internal Revenue Service has temporarily stopped issuing private letter rulings (PLRs) that energy companies sometimes request when setting up master limited partnerships for their tax benefits. Lawyers specializing in the oil and gas sector have said the IRS wants to review the scope of assets that can qualify as tax-free for master limited partnerships (MLPs), which have lured hundreds of billions of dollars from investors seeking high yields. "There has been a pause," IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told reporters on Tuesday at a congressional hearing. He did not say how long the delay would last. "(The pause) is to...
  • General Electric funneling billions into new energy infrastructure

    04/09/2014 8:28:32 AM PDT · by thackney · 9 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | April 9, 2014 | Collin Eaton
    A natural gas pipeline stretching 435 miles across Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is just one piece of General Electric’s multibillion-dollar bid to shore up energy infrastructure in North America, where an oil and gas boom has drawn a wave of investments to new pipelines. GE’s energy investing arm has more than $3 billion tied up in 43,500 miles of pipeline, the largest U.S. liquefied natural gas export facility and other energy transportation and storage ventures. But it has started to shift its attention to early-stage ventures as U.S. and Canadian pipeline operators collect billions for new projects that link remote shale...
  • Putin's Russia caught in US and Chinese double-pincer

    04/03/2014 5:42:29 AM PDT · by Ivan Mazepa · 17 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | March 26 2013 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Russia's Vladimir Putin has committed a grave strategic blunder by tearing up the international rule book without a green light from China. Any hope of recruiting Beijing as an ally to blunt Western sanctions looks doomed, and with it the Kremlin's chances of a painless victory, or any worthwhile victory at all. Mr Putin was careful to thank China's Politburo for its alleged support in his victory speech on Crimea. Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has been claiming with his usual elasticity that “Russia and China have coinciding views on the situation in Ukraine.” This is of course a desperate lie....
  • The Methane Hoax Cranks Up

    04/07/2014 5:29:17 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 4/6/2014 | Alan Caruba
    Having spent decades trying to convince everyone that carbon dioxide (CO2) was a “greenhouse gas” that was going to cause the Earth to heat up, the same environmental charlatans are now embarking on a campaign to do the same with methane. In the U.S. the first move was announced by the White House in late March.
  • Here's Why Warren Buffett and General Electric Are Betting Big on Natural Gas

    04/07/2014 5:33:14 AM PDT · by thackney · 7 replies
    Motley Fool ^ | March 30, 2014 | Jason Hall
    "Our confidence is justified both by our past experience and by the knowledge that society will forever need massive investments in both transportation and energy." -- Warren Buffett, 2013 letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders According to the company's most recent fact sheet, Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary BNSF Railways ships enough coal every year to power 10% of America's houses, and enough crude oil to fill the gas tanks of nearly 650,000 cars every day. Transporting energy is pretty important to BNSF, and BNSF is pretty important to Berkshire, having generated some $3.8 billion in net income in 2013. At the same...
  • Gas boom creates chemical bond between Gulf Coast, foreign firms

    04/07/2014 5:26:04 AM PDT · by thackney · 4 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | April 6, 2014 | Emily Pickrell
    Foreign companies are making big bets on the Gulf Coast petrochemical corridor, where capital investment is surging because of cheap U.S. natural gas, other lower costs and the existing industry infrastructure. Domestic natural gas and its byproducts including ethane — a building block petrochemical companies use to make plastics and other materials — are low-priced relative to most of the world because of the surge in oil and gas production from U.S. shale plays. The bargain-rate raw material has caused a stampede of recent international investment along the Gulf Coast in Louisiana and Texas, the center of the U.S. petrochemical...
  • EPA Strikes Again: This Would Be Funny If It Wasn’t True! (Guest Post)

    04/01/2014 11:15:58 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 8 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-01-14 | Warren Beatty
    We have to first assume that global warming, or climate change, or whatever it's called this week, is caused by us. That is a big assumption, one that Dear Leader Barack Hussein Obama embraces. Plus, as reinforcement, we have this Fact Sheet from Obama about methane gas as a contributor to global warming, I mean climate change, uh, I mean ... : ... last June, President Obama issued a broad-based Climate Action Plan, announcing a series of executive actions to reduce carbon pollution, prepare the U.S. for the impacts of climate change, and lead international efforts to address global climate...
  • Apocalypse Cow - Obama EPA To Regulate Bovine Emissions

    04/01/2014 11:39:14 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 63 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 1, 2014 | Investor's Business Daily
    Regulation: The White House has released a Climate Action Plan that includes the targeting of methane emissions from cows and other barnyard animals that threaten the planet through belching and other, er, activities. It's our lust for cheeseburgers that's dooming the planet through climate change, the Obama administration said in a Climate Action Plan released Friday that seeks to save us all from ruminant livestock. Having already blamed the Industrial Revolution for what we used to call weather and temperatures that have flat-lined for 15 years, the White House is now targeting American agriculture abundance by slashing methane emissions from...
  • ZUBRIN: The folly of blocking natural-gas exports

    04/01/2014 10:39:49 AM PDT · by thackney · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 3/31/2014 | Robert Zubrin
    The boom in American natural-gas production during the past several years, and the consequent crash of domestic natural-gas prices, has caused many to call for the liberation of U.S. natural-gas exports. The ongoing Russian invasion of the Crimea and threat to the rest of Ukraine has added still greater urgency to these calls, as the need take action to weaken Russian President Vladimir Putin’s natural-gas stranglehold over Europe has become vital. Despite these economic and national security imperatives, there are still those who maintain that allowing American natural-gas producers to export their product would damage the national interest. According to...
  • The EPA’s next regulatory frontier: Methane emissions

    03/31/2014 10:56:53 AM PDT · by rktman · 54 replies
    Hotair.com ^ | 3/31/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    The progressives’ wealthy eco-contingent has been growing increasingly displeased with the Obama administration and their relatively mild efforts to temper global warming via executive action revealed in their Climate Action Plan announced last summer — namely, the administration’s refusal to more quickly squelch the fossil-fuel industry and more rapidly bring about those “necessarily skyrocketing” energy prices about which President Obama once spoke so dreamily.
  • White House looks to regulate cow flatulence as part of climate agenda

    03/30/2014 12:00:54 PM PDT · by yoe · 50 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 28, 2014
    As part of its plan to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, the Obama administration is targeting the dairy industry to reduce methane emissions in their operations. This comes despite falling methane emission levels across the economy since 1990.(The White House has Proposed) cutting methane emissions from the dairy industry by 25 percent by 2020. Although U.S. agriculture only accounts for about 9 percent of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, it makes up a sizeable portion of methane emissions — which is a very potent greenhouse gas. Some of these methane emissions come from cow...
  • Barrasso Wants To Use Wyo. Gas As Weapon Against Russia

    03/29/2014 3:05:57 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 28 replies
    wyomingpublicmedia.org ^ | March 29, 2014 | Matt Laslo
    Lawmakers in Washington are debating whether to export more natural gas to combat Russian threats to cut off its gas supplies to Europe. Our D-C reporter Matt Laslo has a look at what that could mean for Wyoming’s economy – and environment… MATT LASLO: Wyoming's junior senator, John Barrasso, made waves when her first came to Washington. And while he's now in the Republican leadership team in the U-S Senate, he's starting to get brushed aside by many reporters and politicians because of his near singular focus on dismantling what he terms Obamacare. But this week lawmakers of all stripes...
  • White House looks to regulate cow flatulence as part of climate agenda

    03/28/2014 6:45:40 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 70 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 28,2014 | MICHAEL BASTASCH
    As part of its plan to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, the Obama administration is targeting the dairy industry to reduce methane emissions in their operations. This comes despite falling methane emission levels across the economy since 1990. The White House has proposed cutting methane emissions from the dairy industry by 25 percent by 2020. Although U.S. agriculture only accounts for about 9 percent of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, it makes up a sizeableportion of methane emissions — which is a very potent greenhouse gas. Some of these methane emissions come from cow...
  • White House eyes new regulations to cut methane from oil, gas sector (In REGS Ve TRvst)

    03/28/2014 9:23:33 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 3/28/14 | Roberta Rampton and Timothy Gardner - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Friday it will take a hard look at whether new regulations are needed to cut emissions of methane from the oil and gas industry, part of President Barack Obama's plan to address climate change. Regulators will start by proposing new rules later this year to reduce venting and flaring from oil and gas wells on public lands, one way to begin slashing emissions of the potent greenhouse gas, said Dan Utech, Obama's top energy and climate aide. Most oil and gas production takes place on privately owned land. The Environmental Protection Agency...
  • China seeks strategic foothold in Israel

    03/25/2014 11:25:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 24.03.2014 | Blair Cunningham
    The continued threat of economic boycotts targeting Israel hasn’t deterred China from forging ahead with a new freight rail link through Israel. The planned link could provide an alternative to the Suez Canal. The project would connect the 300-plus kilometers between Eilat on the Red Sea and Ashdod Port on the Mediterranean. And it could be the chance for China to gain a foothold in the region. …
  • ‘Downton Abbey’ Democrats May Cost their Party the Senate

    03/24/2014 3:12:48 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 17 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 03.24.14 | Lloyd Green
    When it comes to green gentry liberalism, think of an Americanized version of the PBS hit—where everyone knows his or her place, and our betters look best. Last week was a good week for natural gas, but a bad one for green gentry liberalism. John Podesta, a veteran of the Clinton White House who is once again a presidential adviser, tried to explain some energy facts of life to the true-believing liberal base. Still, it’s unclear if Podesta’s intended audience was listening, and that willful blindness may cost the Democrats control of the Senate. Podesta warned that opposition to natural...
  • Obama administration ignores eco-radicals, approves another natural gas export terminal

    03/24/2014 2:50:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/24/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    Before today, the Obama administration had only approved six of the more than two dozen pending permit applications for natural gas export terminals for countries with which we do not already have free-trade agreements. In just the past few months, however, the Obama administration has tentatively signaled that they are finally ready to really recognize the boon the recent shale gas bonanza has been for boosting the economy as well as consider the potentially helpful long-term geopolitical benefits that could be reaped from allowing our domestically produced oil-and-gas to flow more freely into the world market — and even of...
  • Message to Moscow? Feds give initial approval for Oregon facility to export natural gas

    03/24/2014 3:02:41 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 46 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | March 24, 2014 | FoxNews
    The Energy Department gave conditional approval on Monday to an Oregon-based facility to export liquefied natural gas, in a move hailed by the energy industry and congressional lawmakers who want the U.S. to step up gas exports to counter Russian influence. "Given the situation in Ukraine, this license sends a positive signal to our allies and to energy markets that the United States is ready to join the growing global gas trade," Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said in a statement. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle for weeks have been pressing the Obama administration to expedite permits for natural...
  • Angela Merkel declares G8 defunct; Europe scrambles to replace Russian gas

    03/20/2014 7:18:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/20/2013 | Bruce McQuain
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has declared the G8 to be dead, thanks to Russia’s take over of the Crimea: German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared the Group of Eight leading nations defunct given the current crisis in Ukraine, in a clear message to Russia that the world’s seven other major industrialized countries consider its actions in Ukraine unacceptable. “As long as there is no political environment for such an important political format as the G-8, the G-8 doesn’t exist anymore, not the summit nor the format,” said Ms. Merkel, in Germany’s parliament, the Bundestag. “Russia is widely isolated in all international...
  • Green groups pressure Obama to reject LNG export expansion

    03/19/2014 1:18:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/19/2014 | Bruce McQuain
    Right on cue, as it becomes obvious that Europe needs to be less dependent on Russian gas and oil, environmental groups here in the US have begun stepping up presure on President Obama to reject building the infrastructure necessary to help realize that strategic need. A coalition of environmental groups is calling on the administration to reject permits that would build Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) export terminals. Environmental groups called on President Obama Tuesday to reject pending applications to build liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminals, citing the negative impacts from natural gas throughout its life cycle.The pressure from green...
  • Shortage of natural gas has propane prices in Northfield and the Midwest skyrocketing

    01/28/2014 4:10:05 PM PST · by Karl Spooner · 35 replies
    Southernminn.com ^ | 1/28/2014 | Jaci Smith
    If you’re heating with propane, it might be time to turn the thermostat down. Way down. The perfect storm of a wet fall followed by an immediate “turn on the furnace, honey” start of winter has combined with an intermittently working pipeline to squeeze the supply of propane to the upper Midwest. Adding to that misery was the rupture of a natural gas pipeline on Saturday in Canada that interrupted the main supply to some areas of the Upper Midwest. Shortly following the pipeline explosion, Xcel Energy − a Minneapolis-based company − asked customers in North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin...
  • Gassy German cows blamed for barn explosion

    01/28/2014 7:30:04 AM PST · by red-dawg · 36 replies
    MySanAntonio.com ^ | 01/28/2014 | unknown
    <p>BERLIN (AP) — A herd of dairy cows nearly lifted the roof off their barn in central Germany when methane released by the animals caused an explosion.</p> <p>Police in Hesse state said in a statement that a static electric charge apparently triggered the detonation, and a spurt of flame, on Monday at a farm in Rasdorf. The roof was slightly damaged and one cow suffered light burns. No people were hurt.</p>
  • Flatulent cows start fire at German dairy farm - police

    01/27/2014 4:05:32 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 1/27/14
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Methane gas from 90 flatulent cows exploded in a German farm shed on Monday, damaging the roof and injuring one of the animals, police said. High levels of the gas .. the central German town of Rasdorf, .. "a static electric charge caused the gas to explode with flashes of flames,".. ...
  • Thousands of Potentially Harmful Natural Gas Leaks Found in Washington, D.C.

    01/25/2014 4:05:59 PM PST · by EBH · 29 replies
    ERC ^ | 1/20/2014
    High levels of natural gas are escaping from the aging pipes beneath the streets of the nation’s capital, creating potentially harmful concentrations in some locations, a new study has found. Natural gas leaks pose explosion risks, health concerns, and contribute to climate change. The paper, which appears in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology, also provides information that could help companies justify additional financial incentives for fixing leaks quickly. Robert Jackson and colleagues note that natural gas leakage is a serious problem on multiple levels, including impacts on the economy and climate. Property damage is estimated at $133 million...
  • Methane hydrate joins shale gas and deep sea gas

    03/20/2013 5:04:22 PM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 17 replies
    Times of London via www.mattridley.co.uk ^ | 16 March 2013 | Matt Ridley
    The gas age is good news Published on Saturday, March 16, 2013, updated Saturday, March 16, 2013 Methane hydrate joins shale gas and deep sea gas I have the following article in the Times on 15 March:   Move over shale gas, here comes methane hydrate. (Perhaps.) On Tuesday the Japanese government’s drilling ship Chikyu started flaring off gas from a hole drilled into a solid deposit of methane and ice, 300 metres beneath the seabed under 1000 metres of water, 30 miles off the Japanese coast.   The real significance of this gas flare probably lies decades in...
  • Saudi Billionaire Prince: Fracking Competitively Threatens ‘Any Oil Producing Country in the World’

    01/07/2014 11:23:44 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 51 replies
    CNS News.com ^ | January 7, 2014 | Michael W. Chapman
    Saudi Arabia’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, a billionaire businessman and nephew of Saudi King Abdullah, said the production of shale oil and natural gas in the United States and other countries, primarily done through fracking, is a real competitive threat to “any oil-producing country in the world,” adding that Saudi Arabia must address the issue because it is a “matter of survival.” New shale oil discoveries “are threats to any oil-producing country in the world,” said Prince Alwaleed in an interview with The Globe and Mail. “It is a pivot moment for any oil-producing country that has not diversified. Ninety-two...
  • Study: Methane in 15% of NY wells

    12/24/2013 2:08:06 PM PST · by ckilmer · 40 replies
    vindy ^ | Wed, December 18, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.
    Some upstate New York state water wells naturally have explosive levels of methane gas, even in areas that aren’t near oil or gas drilling, according to a new federal study released Tuesday. The U.S. Geological Survey study found that 15 percent of groundwater samples from 66 household wells across south-central New York contained naturally occurring methane at levels high enough to warrant monitoring or remediation, even though none of the water wells was within a mile of existing or abandoned natural gas wells. Methane is an odorless, colorless gas which can be explosive in high concentration. USGS scientist Paul Heisig...
  • Study: US spewing 50% more methane than EPA says

    11/25/2013 2:51:21 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 68 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 11/25/13 | Seth Borenstein - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is spewing 50 percent more methane — a potent heat-trapping gas — than the federal government estimates, a new comprehensive scientific study says. Much of it is coming from just three states: Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. That means methane may be a bigger global warming issue than thought, scientists say. Methane is 21 times more potent at trapping heat than carbon dioxide, the most abundant global warming gas, although it doesn't stay in the air as long. Much of that extra methane, also called natural gas, seems to be coming from livestock, including manure,...
  • This Natural Gas Find Could Completely Change the World As We Know It (Israel-Cyprus)

    11/03/2013 2:23:59 PM PST · by haffast · 15 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | November 3, 2013 | Tyler Crowe
    One thing that makes the energy sector so intriguing is the constant overlap between markets and politics. In many ways, energy security is synonymous with national security, and the supply and demand needs of the oil market can make the most unlikely bedfellows. One country that has been at the center of energy and politics for decades has been Israel. For years the country has been dependent upon foreign energy sources, but a major discovery by Noble Energy (NYSE: NBL ) and its partners has turned this situation on its head. Let's look how this massive natural gas find could...
  • Israel distances itself from diplomatic confrontation with Turkey

    10/22/2013 5:09:27 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin
    An Israeli spokesperson stressed that the Washington Post story claiming that there were intense “spy wars” between Turkey and Israel was not serving any Israeli purpose, denying that David Ignatius’ source was Israeli officials. “Ignatius does not have sources in Israel to [be able to] publish such a story. From an observer’s perspective, the [information was not leaked] from here,” said Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesperson Yigal Palmor, at a Tuesday press briefing to visiting Turkish journalists. Palmor neither denied nor confirmed the report that Turkish intelligence had disclosed to Iranian intelligence the identities of up to 10 Iranians who had...
  • Navy wants $600m for ships to protect gas rigs (Israel)

    10/21/2013 10:08:41 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Globes Online, Israel ^ | 21 October 13 | Yuval Azulai
    The Navy wants four missile corvettes to defend Israel's exclusive economic zone. The Israel Navy is preparing a plan to procure four missile corvettes to protect the gas rigs in Israel's exclusive economic zone in the Mediterranean. The ships cost an estimated $400 million and systems that will be installed on them cost an additional $200 million. A senior Navy officer says that the plan is due to be presented to the government for approval in a few weeks. The corvettes were priced after a long process in which the Navy obtained quotes from several foreign shipyards, including in Germany,...
  • Russia Backs Greece-Cyprus-Israel Triangle Against Turkey on Offshore Gas

    05/08/2012 4:48:42 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    On May 3, Moscow criticized Turkey’s plans to explore natural gas deposits around the divided island of Cyprus, under the protection of Turkish naval and air power. Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry’s chief spokesman, Aleksandr Lukashevich, cautioned Turkey that its actions “may exacerbate the situation on the territory of Cyprus” (Rossiskaya Gazeta, May 4). The Greek Cypriots and Israel are coordinating their plans to develop offshore gas deposits and export the product in partnerships with international companies. One export route under consideration would run via mainland Greece into Europe. The Republic of Cyprus, Greece and, recently, Israel are all involved in...
  • 'Israeli jets fly low over Turkish gas exploration ship'

    09/30/2011 5:11:17 AM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 09/30/2011
    Turkish media reports Israeli F-15 jets and helicopter "harassed" Turkish ship exploring for gas in disputed area of Mediterranean off Cyprus coast. Low-flying Israeli warplanes and helicopters "harassed" a Turkish ship exploring for natural gas reserves near Cyprus on Thursday night, according to Turkish media reports. Today's Zaman, citing accounts in Turkish daily Vatan and Greek Cyptrio daily Phileleftheros, reported that two F-15 jets took off from Tel Aviv and flew through the airspace of both Greek Cyprus and Turkish-controlled northern Cyprus. The jets reportedly ignored warnings from officials of Turkish Cyprus. RELATED: Region Watch: Storm clouds over eastern Mediterranean...
  • ‘Turkey closer to energy agreement with Israel’

    05/13/2013 9:01:58 AM PDT · by haffast · 6 replies
    Turkey is closer to coming to an agreement over joint energy projects with Israel, according to a report on Friday in the Turkish daily Today’s Zaman. The recent natural gas discoveries off Israel’s coast led to a discussion over how to best transfer the gas to Europe. The paper quotes top Turkish officials as stating they are moving to be in favor of “extensive cooperation” with Israel and Cyprus. Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Energy Minister Taner Yildiz were said to have discussed the issue on Friday at an energy conference in Istanbul. Gul said at the conference that Turkey...
  • PM: We Will Always Be a Friend to Cyprus (Israel)

    05/06/2013 5:41:59 PM PDT · by haffast · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva - Israel National News ^ | 5/6/2013, 3:56 PM | David Lev
    At a meeting with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu promised that Israel would continue to maintain good ties with Cyprus, regardless of its newly-rekindled relationship with Turkey. Netanyahu met with the newly-elected Anastasiades on Sunday night, before he departed for China. At a press conference after the meeting, Anastasiades said that Israel and Cyprus had “embarked on a strategically important dialogue with a view at enhancing and further developing our bilateral ties, which are founded on common principles and values.” In an interview with Channel Two, the Cyprus president said that he and Netanyahu had agreed, among...
  • Turkish energy hub plan faces hurdles (Israel,Syria,Lebanon,Cyprus)

    05/10/2013 11:32:54 AM PDT · by haffast · 5 replies
    UPI ^ | May 9, 2013 at 4:45 PM | UPI
    TEL AVIV, Israel, May 9 (UPI) -- Israel's rapprochement with onetime strategic ally Turkey is a vital element in Ankara's drive to become the intercontinental east-west energy hub in the Mediterranean and many expect it to produce an energy alliance that will transform the region. Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Recep Erdogan has, since taking power in 2002, transformed his country's economic prospects through a wide-ranging diplomatic drive aimed at restoring Turkish leadership in the region. He has long sought to transform Turkey, which has no energy resources of its own, into the unassailable central hub for transporting oil and gas...
  • Cyprus to build gas plant with or without Israel

    04/08/2013 8:03:36 AM PDT · by haffast · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 4-3-2013 | AP
    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' offshore natural gas deposits are enough to warrant the construction of a gas processing plant to export excess supply, regardless of whether Israel decides to be a partner in the project, the island nation's foreign minister said Wednesday. Ioannis Kasoulides said Cyprus is continuing talks with Israel, which has also discovered its own offshore gas deposits, on ways the countries can best exploit their mineral reserves. Cyprus is particularly keen, hoping its future gas wealth will help pull it out of a crushing economic crisis that has forced it to ask for an international bailout....