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  • Mass. Sen. President Rosenberg to Berkshire Gas: Pipeline is dead; lift the moratorium

    04/24/2016 10:30:24 AM PDT · by matt04 · 23 replies
    Massachusetts Senate President Stanley Rosenberg on Wednesday called upon Berkshire Gas to lift its moratorium on new and expanded natural gas service in the region but a spokesman for Berkshire's parent company, the publicly-traded Avangrid, told The Republican that the moratorium on new hookups would stay in place without a "permanent solution" for additional natural gas capacity in western Massachusetts. ... Berkshire Gas had hoped to purchase capacity on the line. Berkshire's parent company, Avangrid, had also signed on as an investor in the $5-8 billion Kinder Morgan pipeline. Berkshire more than a year ago imposed a moratorium on...
  • How much natural gas does the United States have, and how long will it last? (84 years)

    04/17/2016 8:42:42 PM PDT · by Signalman · 42 replies
    Dept. of Energy ^ | 11/18/2015 | Dept of Energy
    How much natural gas does the United States have, and how long will it last? The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that as of January 1, 2013 there were about 2,276 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of technically recoverable resources of dry natural gas in the United States. At the rate of U.S. dry natural gas consumption in 2013 of about 27 Tcf per year, the United States has enough natural gas to last about 84 years. The actual number of years will depend on the amount of natural gas consumed each year, natural gas imports and exports, and additions to...
  • MIT Report: Carbon Tax Necessary to Break Fossil Fuel Dependence

    03/03/2016 3:06:18 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 34 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 03-03-2016 | MIT
    Renewable energy advocates like to point out that the cost of renewable fuels, like solar power, have dropped substantially in the last few years. The cost of solar power for instance has fallen by more than two-thirds since 2009. Yet for all the excitement about renewable power, the reality is that the entire energy sector has essentially been in a state of deflation for the last decade. The notable drop in oil prices over the last two years aside, costs of producing oil both in the U.S. and in many parts of the world have fallen dramatically. The phase out...
  • S&P takes aim at energy companies

    02/03/2016 5:21:05 AM PST · by thackney
    Fuel Fix ^ | February 2, 2016 | Robert Grattan
    Standard and Poor's said Tuesday it had cut or was considering cutting the investment-grade credit ratings at 20 oil and gas giants, including Chevron Corp. and Exxon Mobil Corp. The ratings actions, which spanned integrated and independent producers, are an acknowledgement that $30 oil could shake the credit worthiness of even the largest oil and gas companies. Chevron's credit rating was cut one notch from AA to AA-. Exxon Mobil, which remains at the agency's highest credit rating of AAA, was put on notice its long-term credit rating was up for review. "We anticipate Chevron will significantly outspend internally generated...
  • PSEG Plans $1.6B in New Gas-Fired Projects

    02/03/2016 5:02:37 AM PST · by thackney · 5 replies
    Power Engineering ^ | 01/29/2016 | Power Engineering
    Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (PSEG) is planning a $1.6 billion investment in new gas-fired projects in the coming years. PSEG Power President and COO William Levis tells Reuters the company is taking advantage of the "low gas-price environment" by building combined-cycle plants in Maryland and New Jersey. The company is also looking into building a new 500-MW gas-fired facility by summer 2019 at the site of its 383-MW coal plant in Bridgeport, Connecticut - the state's only coal facility - which PSEG has agreed to close in 2021.
  • US oil & gas sector: things to get worse before they get better

    02/02/2016 5:02:46 AM PST · by thackney · 3 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | February 1, 2016 | Matt Smith
    Today is Harry Styles' 22nd birthday, and accordingly the crude complex is heading in one direction. (Down). We burst into February today, and get hit by a wave of global manufacturing numbers, as well as the ongoing debate re 'will-they-won't-they' cut production. (they won't). China kicked things off overnight, setting a cautious tone with its worst official manufacturing print since August 2012. The Caixin manufacturing release also showed ongoing contraction from the sector, but in contrast was better than consensus. Eurozone manufacturing was in line with consensus, boosted by Germany and Spain, held back by Italy and France. Japan was...
  • Shell transitioning Houston truck fleet from diesel to LNG

    01/28/2016 12:48:34 PM PST · by thackney · 12 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 28, 2016 | Jordan Blum
    Royal Dutch Shell is switching its trucking fleet to more liquefied natural gas-fueled vehicles in Houston and Louisiana as more companies increasingly move away from dirtier diesel fuel. The use of LNG and compressed natural gas -- another new CNG fueling station opened Thursday in Houston -- in commercial vehicles has rapidly expanded because of the nation's cheap and bountiful supply of natural gas. Shell said Thursday it partnered with Miami-based Ryder transportation company for 15 new, heavy-duty LNG trucks to support its oil and gas logistics operations in Houston and Lafayette, Louisiana. The 15 new trucks will replace diesel-fueled...
  • New pipeline projects increase Northeast natural gas takeaway capacity

    01/28/2016 9:44:21 AM PST · by thackney · 12 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | JANUARY 28, 2016 | Energy Information Administration
    A number of recently completed and upcoming natural gas infrastructure projects are expected to increase the reach of natural gas produced in the Marcellus and Utica regions of the Northeastern United States (see map). These projects are intended to transport natural gas from production centers to consuming markets or export terminals. Over the past several years, natural gas production in the Marcellus and Utica areas has grown significantly: their combined growth of 12 billion cubic feet per day since 2011 accounts for 89% of the United States's total growth in natural gas production. The Marcellus and Utica shale plays are...
  • Iran Seeks Rapid Reboot for Natural Gas Exports {Europe within two years}

    01/27/2016 6:36:03 AM PST · by thackney · 1 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Jan. 26, 2016 | BENOIT FAUCON
    Iran is pushing to find new ways to extract and export its vast natural-gas reserves, including developing facilities to liquefy the commodity and ship it to Europe in two years, now that Western sanctions have lifted, according to a top Iranian official. Iran holds the world's largest reserves of natural gas, but has long lacked the export infrastructure of competitors such Russia and Qatar. They have networks of international pipelines as well as liquefied-natural-gas facilities that enable them to export gas by ship. Tehran is exploring several options to help the country "join the international LNG club," said Alireza Kameli,...
  • Spread between Henry Hub, Marcellus natural gas prices narrows as pipeline capacity grows

    01/27/2016 5:43:23 AM PST · by thackney · 1 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | JANUARY 27, 2016 | Energy Information Administration
    Natural gas spot prices around the United States are often compared to prices at the Henry Hub in Louisiana. At trading points in and around the Marcellus and Utica shale plays in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio, natural gas prices consistently trade below the Henry Hub national benchmark price. However, the difference between these pricing points and the Henry Hub has narrowed in recent months as new pipeline projects have come online. Most of the natural gas produced in the region is consumed in other areas of the country. With limited infrastructure to deliver natural gas to consumers, the Marcellus...
  • EIA: Natural gas prices could rise as production finally slows

    01/26/2016 7:58:19 AM PST · by thackney · 2 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 25, 2016 | jamesosborne
    A historic low in natural gas prices should ease over the next two years, according to a forecast released Monday by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Following a December average of $1.93 for the Henry Hub benchmark, federal analysts predict gas prices will average $2.65 per MMBtu this year and $3.22 in 2017. Oil and gas drillers across the United States have struggled under collapsing commodity prices, driven in part by a boom in domestic shale drilling that has transformed the industry. But the U.S. gas surge is now beginning to taper off. This year U.S. production is only expected...
  • Forest Service rejects proposed route of Atlantic Coast Pipeline

    01/25/2016 10:15:38 AM PST · by thackney · 20 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | January 21, 2016 | MICHAEL MARTZ
    The U.S. Forest Service has rejected the latest proposed route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline because of the 42-inch natural gas pipeline's potential damage to the habitat of sensitive animal species protected by two national forests in Virginia and West Virginia. In a letter to the Dominion-led pipeline company on Tuesday, the Forest Service said the proposed route is "inconsistent" with Forest Service plans and commitments to protect the habitats of the Cow Knob salamander, Cheat Mountain salamander and West Virginia northern flying squirrel, as well as the red spruce forest ecosystem in which they live. Consequently, the pipeline project...
  • Don't Thank Obama for Cheap Oil

    01/19/2016 10:45:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 19, 2016 | Stephen Moore
    The big fall-off-your-chair moment during President Obama's State of the Union address came when he proclaimed: "We've cut our imports of foreign oil by nearly 60 percent and cut carbon pollution more than any other country on Earth. Gas under two bucks a gallon ain't bad, either." Sure, Mr. President. Take a bow for the smashing success of the very domestic oil and gas industry that you have tried to destroy. Even Obama couldn't carry this off. The smirk on his face as he sang the praises of the oil and gas industry was unmistakable. Right after Obama boasted...
  • The Jacki Daily Show LIVe at 2PM Pete Sessions, Article 5 discussion, and All things energy!

    01/17/2016 10:20:49 AM PST · by RaceBannon · 3 replies
    The Jacki Daily Show ^ | 1/17/2016 | The Jacki Daily Show
    The Jacki Daily Show starts at 2pm ET / 1CT on Glenn Beck's TheBlazeRadioNetwork Today! Congressman Pete Sessions, member of House GOP Leadership, gives us our energy update from Washington DC, including the outlook on natural gas exports. Then, Rob Henneke of TPPF talks about Texas Governor Abbott's new effort to unite the states to hold a Constitutional Convention, with nine proposed Constitutional amendments to return power back to the states. Then, energy economist Bud Weinstein of the Maguire Energy Institute talks about the geopolitics of oil exports. Listen at theblaze.com/radio or on demand on iTunes, SoundCloud, or Stitcher.com where...
  • Cheniere delays first Sabine Pass LNG export

    01/15/2016 5:43:37 AM PST · by thackney · 1 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 14, 2016 | Robert Grattan
    Cheniere Energy has delayed the first export of liquefied natural gas from its Sabine Pass plant by about one month until late February or early March, the company announced Thursday. The shipment, which was originally secluded to depart near the end of January, is still slated to be the first cargo of liquefied gas to sail from the continental United States. While Cheniere remains ahead of its competitors, the international markets it's racing to serve have been roiled by a crush of liquefaction capacity due online in 2016 and sluggish demand for the fuel. A one-month delay isn't likely to...
  • CHENIERE'S SABINE PASS PREPARES FOR IMMINENT LNG EXPORT

    01/12/2016 5:47:42 AM PST · by thackney · 6 replies
    Platts ^ | -11 Jan 2016 | Platts
    he US moved one step closer to becoming a global natural gas exporter on Monday as the 160,000 cu m Energy Atlantic LNG carrier began its final approach to Cheniere Energy's Sabine Pass export facility, Platts trade flow software, cFlow showed Monday. While US LNG exports from Kenai, Alaska, began as early as 1969, Cheniere's newly minted export facility will be the first to send gas produced from the Lower-48 states to consumers across the globe. Much of the newly available US gas comes from hydraulic fracking that has lifted monthly production by more than 66% over the last decade...
  • US Shale Output To Fall 116,000 Bpd mo/mo In Feb.

    01/11/2016 1:52:00 PM PST · by thackney · 17 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | January 11, 2016 | Reuters
    U.S. shale oil production is expected to fall for a seventh month in a row in February, declining at about the same rate as the month before as drillers manage to eke out a few more barrels from each new well, U.S. data showed on Monday. Total output was set to decline by 116,000 bpd to 4.8 million bpd in February compared with January, a U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) drilling productivity report said. Production was estimated to have fallen by about the same margin in January, despite some expectations that the decline rate would begin to quicken as companies...
  • Air Products contracts Technip to build $400 million Baytown plant

    01/11/2016 4:54:42 AM PST · by thackney · 12 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 8, 2016 | Jordan Blum
    Air Products and Chemicals Inc. formally signed on Technip to engineer and build its $400 million hydrogen plant in Baytown, the companies announced Friday. Pennsylvania-based Air Products is planning for the world-scale steam methane reformer plant in Texas to produce 125 million cubic feet a day of hydrogen and carbon monoxide, much of which will ship through its Gulf Coast pipeline that runs from the Houston Ship Channel to New Orleans. Paris-based Technip touted its work with Air Products as the longest and best hydrogen alliance in the world supporting the oil and gas industry. Hydrogen is used in the...
  • Doctors Urge California Residents "Leave Now...While You Can" As Gas Leak Fears Grow

    01/08/2016 10:34:21 AM PST · by Perseverando · 50 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | January 8, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    California Governor Jerry Brown finally declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, concerning the ongoing, currently unstoppable methane gas leak spewing from Aliso Canyon that has created a nightmare for residents of Porter Ranch. “I will tell you, this goes well beyond Porter Ranch. We’ve had complaints from as far as Chatsworth, Northridge, and Granada Hills,” emphasized Los Angeles City Councilman Mitchell Englander during a Porter Ranch town hall meeting on December 28. “Apparently this plume of toxic chemicals and whatever it might be, doesn’t know zip codes […] This is the equivalent of the BP oil spill on land,...
  • Moody’s: 2016 likely to see more oil and gas defaults

    01/06/2016 5:30:49 AM PST · by thackney · 1 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 5, 2016 | Robert Grattan
    Moody's Investor Service hiked its measure of economy-wide financial stress to the highest level since 2010 on Tuesday and warned that more defaults are coming among oil and gas companies this year. The debt rating agency raised its oil and gas liquidity stress index, a gauge of how easily companies can access capital markets, from 19.3 percent in November to 19.6 percent in December. A higher reading indicates companies are having a harder time raising money. For the wider economy, Moody's bumped the liquidity stress index up to 6.8 percent in December, up from 6.5 percent in November. The hike...
  • $1.2B bet on a dry hole along Louisiana coast led to ‘Jim Bob’ Moffett’s fallout at Freeport

    01/05/2016 1:24:36 PM PST · by thackney · 20 replies
    Baton Rouge Business Report ^ | DECEMBER 30, 2015 | DAILY REPORT STAFF
    Freeport-McMoRan Inc. co-founder James "Jim Bob" Moffett's last big gamble as head of the world's largest copper miner was a $1.2 billion wrong-way bet six miles beneath the Louisiana coastline. Bloomberg reports Moffett, a legendary wildcatter and geologist whose credits include the gigantic Grasberg copper deposit in Indonesia, is stepping down as chairman and director at Freeport as the minerals, oil and gas producer turns to cutbacks and cash preservation amid a deepening commodities meltdown. The 77-year-old Moffett in 2007 staked much of the company's future on an obscure cluster of gas-soaked rocks, hidden beneath coastal Louisiana oil fields, that...
  • Average annual natural gas spot price in 2015 was at lowest level since 1999

    01/05/2016 5:31:36 AM PST · by thackney · 1 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | JANUARY 5, 2016 | Energy Information Administration
    Natural gas spot prices in 2015 at the Henry Hub in Louisiana, a national benchmark, averaged $2.61 per million British thermal unit (MMBtu), the lowest annual average level since 1999. Daily prices fell below $2/MMBtu this year for the first time since 2012. Henry Hub spot prices began the year relatively low and fell throughout 2015, as production and storage inventories hit record levels and fourth-quarter temperatures were much warmer than normal. Natural gas prices at key regional trading hubs ended the year lower than their starting point. At northeastern locations, where natural gas transmission infrastructure is often constrained, prices...
  • Texas shale gas headed for Europe

    01/05/2016 5:19:37 AM PST · by thackney · 90 replies
    WFAA ^ | January 4, 2016 | Jack Beavers
    Texas shale gas is setting sail for Europe. Cheniere Energy has begun liquefying natural gas at its Sabine Pass terminal on the Texas-Louisiana border. The gas will be loaded onto a ship scheduled to travel overseas later this month. That's welcome news for Texas and U.S. gas producers. A glut of shale gas has depressed prices in the domestic market. Slower growth in China and South Korea have clouded prospects for LNG shipments from Alaska to Asia. That leaves Europe, where demand for natural gas remains strong -- and prices are much higher. Getting the gas there is the challenge....
  • Prices for oil and natural gas commodities fell during 2015

    01/04/2016 7:34:50 AM PST · by thackney · 11 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | JANUARY 4, 2016 | Energy Information Administration
    The energy component of the widely followed S&P Goldman Sachs Commodity Index (GSCI) fell 41% from the start of 2015, a larger decline than the industrial metals, grains, and precious metals components, which declined 24%, 19%, and 11%, respectively, in 2015. Weakness in global economic growth contributed to the overall decline in commodity markets in 2015, but unique supply-side factors within certain commodity markets also affected prices. Each of the 16 commodities in the S&P GSCI Energy, Grains, Industrial Metals, and Precious Metals indices declined in 2015, with prices of some of the energy commodities falling more than 30%. Nickel,...
  • California gas company finds underground location of leaking well

    12/29/2015 7:10:03 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 29, 2015 | Staff
    The location of an underground well pipe that has been leaking methane gas in a Los Angeles neighborhood has been pinpointed, Southern California Gas Co. officials said Sunday. The utility company said it had drilled down about 3,800 feet when it found the breached well's 7-inch pipe with a magnetic ranging tool that allows workers on the surface to locate small underground targets. They are drilling a relief well nearby that they will eventually connect to the leaking well so they can plug it with cement. The leak has forced thousands of people to leave their homes. "One of the...
  • The Scientific Consensus Has Been Dead-Wrong on Oil

    12/29/2015 5:27:30 AM PST · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 29, 2015 | Stephen Moore
    It would be hard to find anyone in all of America who has been more wrong on the American energy story than Barack Obama. Oil prices have fallen from $105 a barrel in the summer of 2014 to hovering at $35 a barrel today. That's a two-thirds reduction in the price, and the biggest factor is shale oil brought to you by fracking. In many areas of the country gas is now less than $2 a gallon, and it could fall further in the weeks ahead. The falling price means, of course, an expanded supply. But now listen to Obama,...
  • Natural Gas Could Be Key To An Israeli/Turkish Rapprochement

    12/28/2015 8:02:21 AM PST · by Marcus · 5 replies
    Capitalist Review ^ | December 28, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    The economic war being conducted by Russia against Turkey provides some opportunities for the United States if it chooses to take advantage of them. However, according to Al-Monitor, a website that covers all aspects of what is going on in the Middle East, Israel is already poised to make a diplomatic and trade breakthrough with Turkey. Israel has uncovered a great deal of proven natural gas reserves in its offshore Tamar and Leviathan fields. The Jewish state has enough gas to supply its own needs and have plenty left over for export, an astonishing turn of events, as Israel has...
  • America’s Top Shale Gas Basin in Decline

    12/23/2015 2:56:25 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 10 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 23-12-2015 | Marcellus
    The natural gas drilling frenzy is grinding to a halt, as the industry struggles with excess supply. Natural gas prices have plunged to their lowest levels in more than a decade this month, dipping below $1.80 per million Btu (MMBtu). The shale gas revolution is an old story at this point, one that everyone is familiar with. But the revolution never really ended, even though the media moved on to focus on the tight oil boom. Natural gas production continued to rise over the past decade, reaching record heights in 2015. However, demand has not kept up, despite the rise...
  • Dresser-Rand plans to shutter plant, lay off 72 workers

    12/22/2015 6:05:51 AM PST · by thackney · 6 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | December 21, 2015 | Rhiannon Meyers
    More Houston-area energy jobs are on the chopping block next year as Dresser-Rand announced plans to shutter a North Houston support facility and lay off 72 people who work there. The company said it will "cease operations at the facility" at 20120 E. Hardy Road, with the shutdown slated to finalize between Feb. 21 and March 5, Dresser-Rand said in a letter to the Texas Workforce Commission. Dresser-Rand, which makes turbo compressors, turbines, valves and other components for the energy industry, was acquired by German industrial conglomerate Siemens earlier this year. Like other companies that manufacture and maintain equipment for...
  • Natural Gas Exports Are Ramping Up - What Does It Mean For The Commodity?

    12/22/2015 5:24:00 AM PST · by thackney · 16 replies
    Seeking Alpha ^ | Dec. 21, 2015 | : Force Majeure
    Summary Flows On Cheniere Energy's Creole Trail natural gas pipeline have rapidly increased over the past two weeks, suggesting that the company is in the final stages of preparing its first. Despite natural gas exports being ballyhooed as the savior of the natural gas industry, their impact on supply/demand fundamentals in 2016 will be limited. Even as exports become a significant component of demand long-term, the evolving fundamentals of the international market that the U.S. is about to become a part of may limit viability. A trading strategy involving natural gas that takes into account both domestic and international natural...
  • A Russian Gas Embargo Against Turkey Could Be An Opportunity For The United States

    12/21/2015 12:55:28 PM PST · by Marcus · 10 replies
    Capitalist Review ^ | December 21, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    A recent op-ed in the Observer notes the progress of Russia’s economic war against Turkey in the wake of the Turkish shoot-down of a Russia jet fighter. The short version is that Russia is inflicting significant pain on Turkey. Russia has slowed down the construction of nuclear power plants that Turkey is relying on to provide electricity. The Russians have also stopped importing Turkish fruits and vegetables, a $4 billion hit to Turkey’s export revenues. Russia has also curtailed travel to Turkey by its citizens. All this may just be the opening shot in an economic campaign that could cripple...
  • Out of Gas: Turkey Is Losing Its Battle With Russia

    12/17/2015 11:56:45 AM PST · by sparklite2 · 26 replies
    Observer ^ | 12/10/15 | Micah Halpern
    Turkey relies on Russia for $20 billion of natural gas every year. If that flow is even slightly altered, even for a single day Turkey will grind to a halt. That natural gas engines Turkey's electric grid. Gas is next. Russia will start pulling it. They have already cancelled work on the underwater gas pipeline which, together with the nuclear electric plants, would eventually make Turkey more energy independent. Russia will get away with everything. And despite pressure that Turkey is trying to apply the real pressure will be placed by Russia on Turkey. No one is willing to step...
  • Natural Gas Sinks to 14-Year Low

    12/15/2015 6:06:53 AM PST · by thackney · 24 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Dec 14, 2015 | TIMOTHY PUKO
    Natural-gas prices plunged to a 14-year low, as the warmest start to winter on record in the U.S. saps demand for the heating fuel and deals another blow to struggling energy companies. A weather pattern known as El Niño has pushed temperatures to records for this time of year across North America. The unseasonable warmth has cut consumption and raised concerns that the current gas supply glut will linger for years. Monday's 4.8% decline brings year-to-date losses to 34%, making natural gas the third-worst-performing commodity so far in 2015. "This level of inventories and a super-El Niño is unprecedented," said...
  • LNG Glut Worse Than Oil

    12/14/2015 1:55:02 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 1 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 14-12-2015 | LNG
    The glut in oil is expected to continue for the next year or so before balancing in late 2016, but the pain for liquefied natural gas (LNG) could be just beginning. Building LNG export terminals is a long-term proposition. It can take years to develop a greenfield project, bringing a lump of new capacity online long after the project was initially planned, exposing developers to the possibility that market conditions could change in the interim. It is not unlike a conventional oil project, such as an offshore well, which also can take years (as opposed to a much shorter lead...
  • Four countries added to global shale oil and natural gas resource assessment

    12/14/2015 5:24:07 AM PST · by thackney · 5 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | DECEMBER 14, 2015 | Energy Information Administration
    EIA continues to expand its assessment of technically recoverable shale oil and shale natural gas resources around the world. The addition of four countries--Chad, Kazakhstan, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)--to a previous assessment covering 42 countries has resulted in a 13% increase in the global assessed total resource estimate for shale oil and a 4% increase for shale gas. A total of 26 formations within 11 basins were analyzed in these 4 countries. Although these formations contain significant volumes of technically recoverable resources, there is currently no shale exploration underway in any of the four countries, meaning the...
  • TAEP: Texas oil, gas industry contraction is worst in decades

    12/04/2015 2:03:42 PM PST · by thackney · 2 replies
    Oil & Gas Journal ^ | 12/04/2015 | OGJ editors
    The Texas Petro Index (TPI) declined in October for the 11th straight month to 212.3, down 32.2% from October 2014 when the TPI reached a record 313.2. The Texas Alliance of Energy Producers (TAEP) noted that all indicators in the composite index excluding crude oil and natural gas production again showed hefty year-over-year declines (OGJ Online, Nov. 13, 2015). "It seems the most optimistic outlooks expect the beginning of meaningful recovery to appear no sooner than the latter half of 2016," commented Karr Ingham, economist and TPI creator. "But we simply do not know how that will look at this...
  • US House approves bill with crude exports, gas pipeline provisions

    12/04/2015 12:10:09 PM PST · by thackney · 5 replies
    Oil & Gas Journal ^ | 12/03/2015 | Nick Snow
    The US House on Dec. 3 approved by a 249-174 vote an energy bill with provisions to authorize crude oil exports and facilitate natural gas pipeline construction. Members cast ballots largely along party lines, with nine Democrats joining Republicans in favor of the measure, and three Republicans siding with Democrats against it. HR 8's chances of becoming law appeared dim, however, because it acquired the crude export provision when the House added it as an amendment a day earlier. The White House said it opposes that concept, and the US Senate does not appear ready to take the matter up....
  • Turkey row leaves Russia stuck with abandoned gas pipes worth billions

    12/03/2015 9:12:12 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 1 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Dec 3, 2015 | Burmistrova and Jack Stubbs
    Gas pipes worth 1.8 billion euros ($1.95 billion) are to be left stranded on the shores of the Black Sea after Russia's decision to suspend work on the Turkish Stream pipeline, a potent symbol of Moscow's falling out with Ankara. Russia has set out to punish Turkey after it shot down a Russian warplane in Syria last week, imposing trade sanctions and releasing data it claims proves Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is involved in illegal oil deals with Islamic State. Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak told reporters on Thursday work on Turkish Stream, a pipeline intended to pump Russian gas...
  • Suzuki, Slavery, and Fossil Fuels

    12/01/2015 1:16:51 PM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 1, 2015 | Calvin Beisner
    In a recent interview, Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki compared the fossil fuel industry with American Southern slavery. That's very powerful rhetoric, but it's a completely false analogy. The slave economy involved a clear cause-and-effect relationship between behavior that is morally reprehensible in principle kidnapping and enslaving people and unambiguous harm to the victims, including captivity, family separation, frequent beatings, back-breaking labor without reward, and unsanitary living conditions. The fossil fuel energy economy is nothing like that. What's the difference? First, the basic behavior of mining coal, oil, and natural gas and extracting energy from them to meet people’s needs is...
  • The American energy story Obama won’t tell the world

    12/01/2015 4:37:37 AM PST · by thackney · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 29, 2015 | Kevin McCarthy
    President Barack Obama is poised to repeat his history of weak-handed negotiations on the world stage when nearly 200 countries gather in Paris on Monday to consider an international response to climate change. According to the president, rejecting the Keystone XL oil pipeline and piling regulations on the fossil fuel and power industries in the United States are necessary to preserving America's credibility as a leader on the world stage. But by doing this, Obama ignores the strongest card in America's hand as he steps to the table: the advances our energy sector has made to reduce carbon emissions while...
  • Mas AG energy study: New gas pipeline not needed to meet NE peak winter electricity demand

    11/20/2015 5:02:27 AM PST · by thackney · 13 replies
    Mass Live ^ | November 18, 2015 | Mary Serreze
    An energy study released today by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey concludes that New England does not need additional natural gas pipeline infrastructure to meet peak winter energy demand and that energy efficiency and "demand response" would be the best solution over the next 15 years for both consumers and the environment. The long-anticipated study concludes that New England's power system is not facing an imminent reliability threat through 2030. Healey, who acts as utility ratepayer advocate in Massachusetts, commissioned the study in July. "As we make long-term decisions about our energy future, it's imperative we have the facts," Healey...
  • State regulator issues emergency order in Porter Ranch gas leak

    11/19/2015 6:12:06 AM PST · by thackney · 2 replies
    LA Daily News ^ | 11/18/15 | Dana Bartholomew
    The state's chief regulator for oil and gas fields issued an emergency order Wednesday demanding that the perpetrator of a nearly month-long natural gas leak in Aliso Canyon that has irritated residents of Porter Ranch turn over all its test data and submit plans to seal up the breach. State Oil and Gas Supervisor Steven Bohlen ordered Southern California Gas Co. to provide all testing results and data and asked for a written plan to seal the leak and,if necessary, a plan to complete a relief well. The company has tried since Oct. 23 to stem the flow of gas...
  • Texas Official Raises Terror Alarm over Border Access to Pipelines

    11/17/2015 1:16:15 PM PST · by thackney · 15 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | November 17, 2015 | Deon Daugherty|
    The federal government's failure to secure the Texas-Mexico border continues to put critical oil and gas infrastructure in the state at risk, Texas Railroad Commission Chairman David Porter said in a Nov. 16 letter to the Homeland Security Department. Citing several news articles, Porter said ISIS has attacked against oil and gas pipelines in the Middle East, and to do so in Texas could be part of the terror group's plans. In 2013, the Yemeni oil minister said the destruction resulted in almost $1 billion in lost revenue. Porter was echoing sentiments he expressed in a letter last year to...
  • UOG 2015: PM Netanyahu to End Israeli Gas Deadlock 'Within Weeks'

    11/17/2015 11:55:43 AM PST · by thackney · 6 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | November 17, 2015 | Jon Mainwaring
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is weeks away from signing a document that will lead to the resumption of efforts to develop Israel's natural gas sector, the country's energy minister said Tuesday. Rigzone heard Energy Minister Dr. Yuval Steinitz tell the Universal Oil & Gas Conference in Tel Aviv that Prime Minister Netanyahu will meet with the Israeli parliament's Economic Affairs Committee over the next couple of weeks before signing Article 52. This act will end a year-long delay in the development of the Tamar and Leviathan offshore natural gas fields that began when Israel's antitrust authority said in December...
  • New classifications of natural gas storage regions will begin November 19

    11/16/2015 5:18:10 AM PST · by thackney · 1 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | NOVEMBER 16, 2015 | Energy Information Administration
    he previous West region was split into two regions, the Pacific and Mountain regions. Although both the new Pacific and Mountain regions are dominated by storage in depleted fields, the Pacific region facilities tend to have much higher deliverability--meaning gas is able to be withdrawn at higher rates. Average deliverability of fields in the Pacific is close to 0.5 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d), which is nearly three times higher than that of the Mountain region, even though average working gas capacity is roughly the same in the two regions. Many facilities in the Pacific region use storage in...
  • North Dakota natural gas flaring targets challenged by rapid production growth

    11/13/2015 2:39:55 PM PST · by thackney · 5 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | NOVEMBER 13, 2015 | Energy Information Administration
    Increases in North Dakota's crude oil production have resulted in increased associated natural gas production from oil reservoirs, especially in the Bakken region. Because of insufficient infrastructure to collect, gather, and transport this natural gas, about one-fifth of North Dakota's natural gas production is flared rather than marketed. North Dakota's Industrial Commission (NDIC) has established natural gas capture targets in an effort to reduce the amount of flared gas, and they recently issued a revision to the flaring targets in response to faster-than-expected gas production growth in the Bakken region. North Dakota's current target is to capture and sell at...
  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo rejects proposed gas terminal off coast

    11/13/2015 8:07:54 AM PST · by thackney · 24 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | November 12, 2015 | Associated Press
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo has rejected a proposal to build a liquefied natural gas terminal in the waters off New York and New Jersey, effectively killing the project amid an outcry from residents of some coastal communities that it could endanger the environment and be a target for terrorists. The deep-water docking station known as Port Ambrose was to be built 19 miles off Jones Beach on Long Island and 29 miles off Long Brach, New Jersey. Liberty Natural Gas LLC, the company vying to develop Port Ambrose, said the port would allow it to inject natural gas into the New...
  • Oil crash job losses in Texas may be steeper than previously thought

    11/13/2015 4:12:40 AM PST · by thackney · 39 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | November 12, 2015 | Rhiannon Meyers
    The number of oil and gas job losses in Texas may be far worse than an industry group originally predicted, potentially reaching 56,000, according to the latest analysis by the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers. When crude prices started collapsing late last year, Karr Ingham, a petroleum economist for the alliance, initially forecast that the state could lose 40,000 to 50,000 upstream oil and gas jobs during the downturn, but the fresh plunge in oil prices over the summer forced additional round of layoffs across Texas. "We now appear to be well beyond that estimate and the end is not...
  • Analyst: Oil and gas companies burning through cash amid crude crunch

    11/11/2015 5:15:05 AM PST · by thackney · 5 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | November 10, 2015 | Joshua Cain
    Plummeting prices for crude oil have restricted the spending power of many oil and gas companies over the last few quarters, as recent massive cuts in capital expenditures and slashed headcounts in Houston have shown. Illustrating how tight things have gotten for some companies, business research website FindTheCompany ranked firms in the U.S. by free-cash flow, which takes a company's operating cash flow and subtracts its capital expenditures. Using this metric, FindTheCompany showed that across all U.S. businesses, oil and gas producers had among the shortest strings on their budgets following the second quarter of 2015. Of the top 25...
  • Shell reorganizing its upstream businesses

    11/10/2015 8:33:58 AM PST · by thackney · 3 replies
    Oil & Gas Journal ^ | 11/06/2015 | OGJ editors
    Royal Dutch Shell PLC is reorganizing its upstream businesses in a move the company says will continue when it completes its $70-billion acquisition of BG Group next year (OGJ Online, Sept. 3, 2015). Shell also is slashing spending by the combined company. "We are reshaping the company, and this will accelerate once this transaction is complete," said Chief Executive Officer Ben van Beurden at a meeting with shareholders in London. Shell is making integrated gas a stand-alone organization and creating separate upstream and unconventional resources organizations. Maarten Wetselaar, currently executive vice-president of integrated gas, will be director of the stand-alone...