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Europe ups energy security ante
Daniel J. GraeberBUDAPEST, Hungary, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- European energy leaders in Budapest signed off on grants to help bolster energy diversity schemes they said Friday were already having tangible results.
8 points by UPI | European Union United Press International Natural gas International News Service News World Communications United States William Randolph Hearst Shale gas
California enacts one of the more ambitious climate plans
Dan Graeber and Shawn PriceLOS ANGELES, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- California Gov. Jerry Brown said his state was taking one of the strongest U.S. steps ever toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
53 points by UPI | Greenhouse gas Natural gas Carbon dioxide Emission standard Methane Fossil fuel Climate change Carbon finance
As many as 40 people hospitalized following hazmat incident
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) - Police say as many as 40 people were taken to area hospitals after they were exposed to carbon monoxide at a call center in Bristol. Emergency crews were dispatched to the Faneuil Call Center on Valley Street around 11 a.m. Thursday following reports of the exposure. ...
1 points by The Washington Times | Carbon dioxide Carbon monoxide Oxygen Carbon English-language films Natural gas Building Methane
California governor signs bills to slash greenhouse gas emissions
Shawn PriceLOS ANGELES, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed bills that will make major cuts in greenhouse-gas emissions and allow officials greater ability to oversee its progress.
53 points by UPI | Greenhouse gas United Press International International News Service United States News World Communications William Randolph Hearst Natural gas Carbon dioxide
Central Arkansas agency gets federal funding for bus service
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A central Arkansas agency is receiving more than $1.6 million in federal funding to improve bus services. The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration announced on Thursday nearly $211 million in funding nationwide as part of its bus and bus facilities grant program. The ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Public transport Bus Natural gas Public transport bus service Transport Bus stop Washington D.C. Arkansas
Hanging on in Navajo Nation: First the water turned orange, then the air went bad
A year ago, the people of Shiprock watched their crops shrivel as a week without water stretched into a month, and then a whole lost season. Bertha Etsitty’s watermelon vines curled and stiffened, even as her grandchildren emptied their water bottles on the leaves in a failed bid to keep the patch...
2309 points by Los Angeles Times | New Mexico Navajo Nation Natural gas Water Surface runoff Colorado Plateau Southwestern United States Colorado
Obama dodges Dakota pipeline question, fails to back Native American protesters
President Barack Obama failed to support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s fight against the Dakota Access pipeline, claiming he wasn’t up to speed on the details when asked about the controversial project Wednesday. Read Full Article at
8835 points by Russia Today | United States Native Americans in the United States North America Natural gas Texas Indigenous peoples of the Americas Luang Prabang Futures contract
Seattle's core carbon emissions drops 6 percent since 2008
SEATTLE (AP) - A new city report finds that Seattle's core greenhouse gas emissions dropped by 6 percent between 2008 and 2014 even as the city's population grew by 13 percent. The report released Wednesday says nearly 3.5 million metric tons of carbon emissions were released in 2014 from transportation, ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Greenhouse gas Carbon dioxide Natural gas Automobile Climate change Emission standard Methane Global warming potential
Man shot dead in Cleveland was threatening people at two gas stations, police say
Maurice Hough, 21, was fatally shot in Cleveland's Forest Hills neighborhood less than two hours after threatening people at two gas stations. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A man shot dead in Cleveland's Forest Hills neighborhood threatened people at two nearby gas stations shortly before he was killed, according to police reports. Maurice Hough, 21, was found dead of a gunshot wound in his stomach Aug. 27 in the backyard of a home in the 600 block of East 123rd Street, according to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner. The medical examiner ruled his death a homicide. No arrests have been made. The threats started about 10:30 p.m. Aug. 26 when Hough went to the Quick-N-Easy convenience store in the 12300 block of St. Clair Avenue, police said. Store owner Samih Mustafa told police that he knew Hough since he was a kid. Mustafa said it seemed like Hough was intoxicated and agitated. Hough grabbed two coffee empty cups off a coffee machine and went to take them. Mustafa said he regularly takes the cups, even though he's not allowed.  Mustafa told Hough to put the cups back and locked the doors so Hough wasn't able to leave the store, according to police reports.  Hough yelled profanities and told Mustafa that he was going "bring my .357," police reports say. A friend opened the door from the outside and Hough left. He returned a short time later and told Mustafa "I'm gonna kill you," police reports say. "I know what time you leave." He left the store and Mustafa called 911. Hough went to another gas station, the Gas USA, a few blocks away about 45 minutes later. An off-duty Cleveland detective working security at Gas USA reported Hough was threatening people outside the gas station, including workers who were trying to fix a gas leak after a car hit one of the pumps. The off-duty officer noted that Hough had a gun with him. Hough left the gas station and walked down East 123rd Street. Samuel Cunningham said that he was sitting outside when Hough, who is known in the neighborhood as "Cookie Face" because of his freckles, told him to go back in his house because something bad was going to happen. Cunningham said that Hough had a gun and was alone. Cunningham went inside his house. He said he heard several gunshots a few minutes later. On-duty officers driving to Gas USA reported hearing three gunshots. The off-duty officer reported hearing three to four gunshots about four houses north of the gas station. Police searched the area and eventually found Hough about 12:05 a.m. Aug. 27 behind an abandoned home on his back with a gunshot wound to his lower right stomach. The back part of the home is littered with alcohol bottles and beer cans. Neighbors said people regularly go behind the house to drink. Hough was unconscious and not breathing when police found him, police reports say. He was pronounced dead at the scene.  If you wish to discuss or comment on this story, please visit our crime and courts comments section.
252 points by The Plain Dealer | Convenience store Filling station 7-Eleven Coffee Fuel dispenser St. Clair Avenue Natural gas Cuyahoga County Ohio
Energy sector job losses mount for Norway
Daniel J. GraeberOSLO, Norway, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- The government of Norway said Thursday the number of jobs tied to the production of oil and natural gas declined during the second quarter.
8 points by UPI | Petroleum United Press International William Randolph Hearst International News Service News World Communications Natural gas Oil well Oil field
Gazprom gets permits for Turkish gas pipeline
Daniel J. GraeberMOSCOW, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Russian energy company Gazprom said it received the first permits from the Turkish government to start implementing a new natural gas pipeline project.
25 points by UPI | Natural gas United Press International Russia William Randolph Hearst International News Service Turkey News World Communications Pipeline transport
Google Maps & local utilities team up to fight methane leaks
Google Maps is about to chart out more than just streets and roads. They’re going to locate methane leaks in cities. A collaboration between scientists, advocacy groups and Google found that equipping the cars with methane sensors helped locate natural gas leaks. Read Full Article at
-1 points by Russia Today | Natural gas Carbon dioxide Carbon monoxide Methane Greenhouse gas Coal The Washington Post Colorado
County: None hurt in Moon house explosion
No one was injured Thursday in a house explosion in Moon, officials said.
-1 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Injury Natural gas Injuries Physical trauma Olfaction Odor Allegheny County Pennsylvania
Oil-, gas-drillers bid $5.2 million for leases in Wayne National Forest
Oil and gas companies bid about $5.2 million Thursday for the rights to explore and potentially drill in 1,180 acres of land in the Wayne National Forest. WASHINGTON, D.C. - Oil and gas companies bid about $5.2 million Thursday for leases to explore and potentially drill in 1,180 acres of land in the Wayne National Forest. Combined with the initial auction of national forest land in Southeast Ohio last December, oil and gas companies have laid claim to more than 1,840 acres at a cost of nearly $6.9 million, according to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's web site. Up to 40,000 acres of national forest land could eventually become available for oil and gas drilling, the majority of which is expected to be accomplished via hydraulic fracturing, more commonly known as fracking. The next auction is tentatively scheduled for June 22. The Wayne National Forest is a patchwork of land divided into three main sections located across 12 Ohio counties near the cities of Athens, Marietta and Ironton.Chris Morris/The Plain Dealer  All of the acreage leased to date is in Monroe County, near Marietta, which is believed to contain the richest concentration of fossil fuels in the state. "We knew this sale was going to be at least $2 million, but it more than doubled our conservative projections, and that's great news for taxpayers and private mineral owners in Monroe County," said Jackie Stewart, a representative from the industry-financed newsletter, Energy In Depth Ohio. Stewart noted that the federal government does not own the majority of mineral rights in the forest; 59 percent are privately owned, she said. "Up until recently, those private mineral owners were being held hostage of seeing their minerals developed," she said. The controversial auction of leases to drill in the national forest has sparked outrage in the rural, low-income area of the Appalachian foothills, however. More than 100,000 people signed a petition to block the auction. Another 52 people wrote letters of protest to the Bureau of Land Management expressing fears that fracking operations would pollute the park's groundwater and natural habitat. "It is unconscionable that the BLM and U.S. Forest Service are considering leasing away 40,000 acres, that is a sixth of our already small and abused forest," wrote Melissa Wales of Athens. "My friends and family love to camp, cook out, hunt, hike and ATV in the forest." "There is plenty of private land being used for fracking and injection wells - Enough," wrote Barb and John Kidd of the Ohio River township of Reno. All of the protests were "resolved," said Elena Fink, deputy state director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and the auction went on as planned. In an op-ed piece published in the Columbus Dispatch today, Tony Scardina, supervisor of the Wayne National Forest, said his primary concern is to ensure that appropriate environmental protections are in place, and that any development meets or exceeds standards for natural resource conservation, and protection of public health and safety. Scardina's job, however, also requires him to foster and encourage domestic energy production on federal lands to help create local jobs and reduce the nation's dependence on foreign energy. Since the Wayne National Forest was established in 1934, the Forest Service has "worked diligently to restore healthy forests, clean water, fish and wildlife populations" in concert with more than 1,200 active oil wells in the forest, he said. "I am confident in our ability to manage multiple uses in the national forest, including oil and gas development," Scardina wrote. The BLM agreed to open the national forest for oil and gas exploration following an Environmental Assessment study that found drilling would "have no significant impact on the environment."
-1 points by The Plain Dealer | Petroleum United States National Forest Ohio Natural resource United States Forest Service Bureau of Land Management Ohio River Natural gas
Along the hotly disputed Pinelands pipeline's path, hopes, fears, and doubts
Spend a day following the proposed gas pipeline's path through the Pinelands, and you discover that mention of the pipeline evokes conflicting responses inside the 1.1 million-acre expanse of jack pine and scrub oak forest.
-2 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Atlantic County New Jersey Cape May County New Jersey New Jersey Great Egg Harbor River Natural gas New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve Pipeline transport Cumberland County New Jersey
Pennsylvania correlates natural gas fracking with quakes
Pennsylvania environmental regulators have found a likely correlation between a natural gas company's fracking operation and a series of tiny earthquakes in western Pennsylvania last year.
-2 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Natural gas Oil well Shale gas Petroleum Earthquake United States Hydraulic fracturing U.S. state
Even if Maryland fracking ban fails, Garrett County doesn't foresee a drilling boom
A decade ago, Bill Janoske's father and uncle signed a deal. The energy company Chesapeake Appalachia LLC would pay them $5 a year for each of the 660 acres on the family's former dairy farm, a stone's throw from West Virginia in three directions. In exchange, the company had the right to drill...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Natural gas Maryland Petroleum Garrett County Maryland Liquefied natural gas Oil well Natural gas prices Natural gas storage
EnQuest on pace for new North Sea oil
Daniel J. GraeberFeb. 17 (UPI) -- A company helping to steer development of the Kraken oil field in the North Sea said Friday it was on pace to start production by the second quarter.
1 points by UPI | Petroleum Natural gas United Press International North Sea Natural gas field Atlantic Ocean Continental shelf Baltic Sea
Enbridge denies own report noting Straits oil pipeline losing coating
Enbridge officials denied reports that its pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac are losing their protective coating.        
-2 points by Detroit Free Press | Pipeline transport Petroleum Oil spill Natural gas Exxon Valdez oil spill Michigan Mediterranean Sea Pipeline
Gas leaks discovered at Medina apartment complex involved in fatal explosion
Medina Fire Chief Bob Painter said Columbia Gas of Ohio was called back to the scene at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Watch video MEDINA, Ohio - Columbia Gas of Ohio and Medina Fire Department discovered several gas leaks at Medina Village Apartments almost a week after a fatal apartment explosion killed an 18-year-old bedridden man. Medina Fire Chief Bob Painter said the department called the gas company back to the complex about 10 a.m. Wednesday after a resident complained of a natural gas smell.  Investigators discovered that six of the eight units in one building had leaks. Columbia Gas was expected to check all of the buildings for leaks, Dan Gladish of the Medina Building Services and Code Enforcement office said. Several stoves and gas heaters were red tagged for leaks, Painter said. Columbia Gas and the fire department officials went building to building to check for more leaks. The investigators shut off gas to the apartments which means there is no hot water and heat for residents, Painter said. Some residents abandoned their apartments because they don't feel safe. Workers discovered that some gas lines were uncapped, while others found a small leak by a stove and gas lines with a missing valve, Painter said. Painter couldn't give the total number of leaks found during their investigator. The apartment's management company, Integrity Realty Group, is responsible for addressing the maintenance issues, Gladish said. Attempts to reach Integrity Realty Group were unsuccessful.  Once the lines inside the apartments are repaired, crews will restore the gas and conduct an inspection to make sure appliance and house lines are safe, Columbia Gas said in a statement. The company added that the explosion didn't damage the gas mains connected to the apartment complex.  The explosion happened about 3:15 a.m. Feb. 9 at the apartment complex on Springbrook Road. The teen who died as been identified as Jacob Drake. Drake's parents suffered burns over 80 percent of their bodies. They were still listed in critical condition as of Thursday afternoon, a MetroHealth spokeswoman confirmed.
-2 points by The Plain Dealer | House Real estate Condominium Natural gas Apartment Leak
West Virginia editorial roundup
Recent editorials from West Virginia newspapers: ___ Feb. 14 The Exponent Telegram of Clarksburg on Gov. Justice's road plan: It's a problem that has been studied, discussed and debated for far too long. And it's one that plays directly into the state's current - and future - budget difficulties. We're, ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | United States Environmental Protection Agency West Virginia United States Natural gas State State Federal government of the United States U.S. state
DEP links Lawrence County earthquakes to fracking
A series of small earthquakes in Lawrence County last year appear to have been linked to fracking operations at nearby Utica Shale wells, Pennsylvania regulators said today.
-2 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Lawrence County Pennsylvania Seismology Conclusion Oil well Petroleum Shale gas Natural gas Beaver County Pennsylvania
Trump demands apology from ‘failing’ media outlets
President Trump on Thursday demanded an apology from media outlets publishing damning stories about his administration –and vowed that the “lowlifes” behind the leaks would be caught. “Leaking, and even illegal classified leaking, has been a big problem in Washington for years,” Trump said in a morning tweet. “Failing @nytimes (and others) must apologize!” he...
54 points by New York Post | Mass media Natural gas President of the United States
Akron man charged with arson in explosion that leveled home
An Akron man is accused of causing the explosion that leveled his house last week in the city's West Akron neighborhood. AKRON, Ohio - An Akron man is accused of causing the explosion that leveled his house last week in the city's West Akron neighborhood. Rodney Lee Hylton, 49, is charged with aggravated arson and arson in the Feb. 7 explosion that destroyed the house on Courtland Avenue near South Hawkins Avenue, according to Akron Municipal Court records. The court issued a warrant for Hylton's arrest, records show. Witnesses told that a man stumbled out of the house after the explosion. Paramedics took the man to a local hospital, an Akron Fire Department spokesman said last week. Fire officials said last week that they believed the explosion, which happened just after 7:30 p.m., was caused by a gas leak. Crews completely extinguished the blaze just before 10 p.m., and utilities companies were on scene to shut off gas and electricity feeds to the house.  While nearby homes and residents were evacuated as a precaution, no other houses were damaged, officials said. A Summit County grand jury indicted Hylton on Feb. 3 on charges of breaking and entering, theft, vandalism and several lesser offenses, court records show. His first court appearance has not been scheduled. If you'd like to comment on this story, visit Wednesday's crime and courts comments page.
8 points by The Plain Dealer | Jury Grand jury Criminal law Natural gas Court Electric charge Arson Burglary
More drilling permits issued in Texas
Daniel J. GraeberFeb. 13 (UPI) -- The number of new drilling permits issued in Texas last month was more than 80 percent higher than the previous year, state data show.
105 points by UPI | Petroleum OPEC Federal Reserve System United Press International Monetary policy Natural gas Benchmark Central bank
Coal-fired plant's owners expected to vote on its future
PHOENIX (AP) - Owners of a coal-fired power plant in northern Arizona are expected to vote on its future, considering options that include a possible closure within a few years. The Navajo Generating Station's plant's operator, the Salt River Project, has said closing the plant in Page near the Arizona-Utah ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Phoenix Arizona Arizona Salt River Project New Mexico Electricity generation Natural gas Navajo Nation Electricity
Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov wins poll with 98% of vote
Being elected for the third time, President Berdymukhamedov, faced eight challengers for the presidency.
1191 points by Al Jazeera English | Turkmenistan Saparmurat Niyazov Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow President of the United States Central Asia Politics of Turkmenistan Election Natural gas
Floor-pounding party north of Regis University leads to collapse, broken gas line, fire
A packed, floor-pounding party in a north-metro condo near Regis University grew so intense that the floor collapsed and a gas line broke, leading to a fire early Sunday that burned and blackened the building. No injuries were reported. Adams Country Fire Rescue crews fought the fire in the wee hours. Fire battalion chief Clinton Garner confirmed […]
4 points by The Denver Post | Natural gas Wycombe Wanderers F.C.
Ohio critics hope bats might slow down pipeline project
CLEVELAND (AP) — Opponents of a high-pressure natural gas pipeline expected to be built across the northern half of Ohio are clinging to the wings of a furry flier, the northern long-eared bat, in their efforts to at least delay…
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | Petroleum Natural gas Pipeline transport Natural gas companies of the United States Museum Vesper bats DTE Energy Michigan
Dominion gas prices falling 14 percent from January high
Dominion East Ohio will lower its standard gas price by 14 percent for February-March, beginning on Valentine's Day. DEO's Standard Service Offer, which is 5 cents lower than the national monthly commodity price, will be $3.34 per 1,000 cubic feet, down from the January-February rate of $3.88 per Mcf. The reduction is just in time for what AccuWeather predicts will be a slow and bumpy start to spring temperatures. CLEVELAND -- Dominion East Ohio customers who buy their gas from suppliers participating in the utility's annual wholesale auction will see their rates fall nearly 14 percent next week. Dominion will adjust its Standard Choice Offer, or SCO, to $3.34 per 1,000 cubic feet, or Mcf, on Valentine's Day. The new price, which will run through mid-March, is 54 cents less than the current rate of $3.88 per Mcf. The new price will still be the highest of this winter, which began with a November price of $2.71 per Mcf, and higher than last February's $2.21 per Mcf.   Dominion estimates the average residential bill this month will be about $93.42, up by more than 34 percent from the average residential bill last February. So, what's happening? Natural gas prices have been mostly trending higher since March 2016 when the contract price set on the New York Mercantile Exchange closed at $1.71 per Mcf. The slow price climb out of that basement has occurred even in Ohio where a multi-year glut of gas has kept prices below national NYMEX prices. The price increases reflect a deep cutback in the number of drilling rigs and simultaneous new demand from gas-fired power plants, increased gas exports to Mexico as well as the first gas liquefaction plants. Those plants convert gas to a liquid for shipping overseas, where prices are much higher. There are 21 rigs drilling today in Ohio, for example, according to the Ohio Oil and Gas Association. That's an increase from a few months ago but still about a third of the 59-rig high in 2015. These developments have reduced the amount of gas in storage for winter use.  The latest report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration this past Wednesday shows total gas in storage down 11 percent from year-ago levels despite what has been, overall, a mild winter. Dominon's SCO is lower than most of the prices that independent suppliers are offering residential customers in retail contracts.  Those contracts are typically long-term but often include an early termination fee if a customer wants to bolt for lower market prices.  A few of the supplier month-to-month contracts can be lower than the SCO, but there is no way to know how the supplier set the price. In contrast, SCO prices reflect the monthly bulk contract price set on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Independent gas suppliers who won the right to participate in the program after a tough all-day auction that drove their profits to a thin margin agreed to charge the same price to all SCO customers. Dominion's SCO price is unique in Ohio because it reflects the surplus of gas in eastern Ohio, West Virginia and southwest Pennsylvania. For the last year, Dominion's SCO has been 5 cents below monthly price set on the NYMEX.  In other words, the independent suppliers who survived Dominion's auction a year ago were able to bid below the national commodity price because an oversupply of gas here drove done prices.  That may be slowly ending, encouraging producers to begin drilling new wells. That could begin to re-balance supply with demand. The next Dominion supplier auction, set for Feb. 21, should indicate the extent of that re-balancing.
4 points by The Plain Dealer | Natural gas New York Mercantile Exchange Petroleum Natural gas prices Contract Commodity Coal Drilling rig
Worker missing after New Orleans pipeline explosion
Daniel J. GraeberFeb. 10 (UPI) -- One worker for Phillips 66 is unaccounted for and two others were injured after an explosion on a gas pipeline near New Orleans, the company said.
267 points by UPI | Natural gas United Press International Petroleum Pipeline transport Hurricane Katrina Pressure U.S. Route 66 New Orleans
Company: Worker still unaccounted for after pipeline blast
PARADIS, La. (AP) - Phillips 66 officials say one of its employees remains unaccounted for after an explosion sparked a fire at a pipeline station it operates west of New Orleans. The company said in a statement that six people were working at the site in Paradis, Louisiana, when it ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Louisiana Natural gas Los Angeles New Orleans United States Liquid U.S. Route 66 Gas
Pennsylvania lawmaker invites Trump to 'destroy' career
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Pennsylvania state senator has used a profanity-laced tweet to defend a fellow state lawmaker in Texas after President Donald Trump joked about destroying the unnamed lawmaker's career.
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | Shale gas White House Pennsylvania Donald Trump President of the United States Washington D.C. Natural gas United States Capitol
Colorado’s oil and gas industry is making a U-turn
After two years of acting as a drag on the Colorado economy, the state's oil and gas industry is once again in a position to help propel it forward. And that may mean more jobs in the oil and gas industry.
929 points by The Denver Post | Petroleum Coal Natural gas Peak oil OPEC Fossil fuel Saudi Arabia United States
Lawmakers urge regulators to delay plans for Oxnard power plant
Three state lawmakers on Tuesday urged regulators to reconsider a controversial natural gas project proposed for Ventura County, citing environmental concerns and questions about whether the state already has too many power plants. The lawmakers asked the California Energy Commission “to pause...
561 points by Los Angeles Times | California Natural gas Southern California Electricity generation Renewable energy Public utility Nuclear power Los Angeles
Energy prices expected to creep higher, says U.S. Energy Information Administration
The U.S. Energy Information Administration is forecasting small price increases for natural gas, gasoline and electricity this year despite its parallel forecast that the USA will produce more crude oil and more natural gas than it does currently. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- You'll pay more, on average, for gasoline, natural gas and electricity this year than you did last year and even more in the next couple of years, say federal forecasters. The higher prices -- and these are increases in average prices -- shouldn't break most household budgets, but they should serve as a reminder that cheap energy is not necessarily permanent. The U.S. Energy Information's monthly Short-Term Energy Outlook, issued today, is forecasting a U.S. average gasoline price of $2.39 a gallon this year and $2.44 in 2018, which is about what the average price was in 2015 and still at least $1-a-gallon below average prices from 2012 through 2014. The average price in Cleveland today, reports GasBuddy, is just $2.02, well below the national average of $2.26. The average Ohio gas price is $2.04. The highest Ohio average prices occurred in May 2011 when prices peaked at $4.16 a gallon, according to the AAA.  Highest Cleveland average price was $4.15 a gallon in May 2011. The interplay between U.S. shale oil producers and OPEC's effort to cut back production through June of this year, as well as global demand and global supplies are the main players in what gasoline costs. The EIA now sees U.S oil production recovering as more rigs are deployed every week in response to oil prices remaining above $50 a barrel. Contracts for the  best grades of U.S. oil were running at just over $52 a barrel Tuesday, down almost $1 from Monday's run-up. Future contracts into this summer were trading at more than $54 a barrel. Natural gas production is now expected to increase this year and again next year, which is a significant reversal of the EIA's recent past forecasts that mirrored declining production as most gas producers parked their drilling rigs as prices fell. But along with expected increases in gas production this year and next, new demand driven by new power plants and export terminals is expected to push prices slightly higher through next year. Several gas power plants are under construction in Ohio, for example, and will significantly increase demand for gas -- while pushing power prices down. The EIA sees "spot" prices, what a gas supplier would pay without a contract, increasing this year by almost $1 per 1,000 cubic feet to an average of $3.54 per Mcf and increasing in 2018 to an average of $3.81 per Mcf. In Ohio, where Utica shale gas has driven down prices in the eastern side of the state to below national prices, suppliers continue to expect a discount because of oversupply.  But that discount has already fallen compared with previous years and is expected to continue to shrink. The discount affects Dominion East Ohio customers who are receiving the Utica gas.   Columbia Gas of Ohio's standard price more reflects the national contract prices and is therefore significantly higher than Dominion consumer prices. Electricity prices in Ohio are another story and the state's two largest utilities, FirstEnergy and American Electric Power, prepare a full lobbying effort to persuade lawmakers to change the state's 16-year de-regulation rules that have given customers the ability to shop for their power suppliers.  Both companies have also managed to increase prices on the delivery side of the bill. The EIA expects U.S. residential electricity prices to average 12.93 cents per kilowatt-hour this year and 13.24 cents per kilowatt-hour in 2018. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio estimated the average Ohio price for electricity in December 2016 was 13 cents per kilowatt-hour and that the average consumption was 750 kilowatt-hours per month. 
15 points by The Plain Dealer | Petroleum Shale gas Natural gas Energy Oil shale Coal Peak oil Hydrocarbon
Wolf proposes a familiar shale gas tax and gets a familiarly cold response
Gov. Tom Wolf is again trying to raise revenue for the state budget by proposing a tax on shale gas production identical to the one he pitched and eventually dropped from budget negotiations last year.
1529 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Taxation Shale gas Natural gas Petroleum Public finance
Pennsylvania high school evacuated due to natural gas leak
BUTLER, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania high school has been evacuated while crews worked to fix a natural gas leak nearby, which has also prompted all activities to be canceled. William Pettigrew, the acting superintendent of the Butler School District says the leak is outside Butler Senior High School, ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | High school Basketball School district Natural gas College Gas leak Grammar school Vocational school
The Latest: Wolf seeks cuts, shale tax to plug budget gap
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The Latest on Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's budget proposal for Pennsylvania's 2017-18 fiscal year (all times local): ___ 11:25 a.m. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is gambling he can balance next year's state budget by saving huge sums in human services programs and persuading the Republican-controlled Legislature ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Taxation Income tax Public finance Shale gas Tax Proposal Natural gas United States
Feds OK gas pipeline through Metro Detroit
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved a natural gas pipeline that would run through southeast Michigan        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Pipeline transport Natural gas Petroleum Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Michigan Ohio Environmental impact statement Washtenaw County Michigan
Using science to see which countries are following through on Paris climate change goals
If the United States and its fellow Paris Agreement signatories are to meet global climate targets, they’re going to have to make serious commitments that attack the problem on multiple fronts, including reducing coal use, raising renewable energy, accelerating carbon-capture technologies and electrifying...
168 points by Los Angeles Times | Carbon dioxide Greenhouse gas Climate change Coal Fossil fuel Methane Natural gas Global warming
Egypt signs $1bn contract with Russia, France & Oman to import LNG
As Egypt struggles with liquefied natural gas (LNG) shortages after the 2011 revolution, the country has signed a $1 billion import contract with Russia's Rosneft, France's Engie and Oman's OTI. Read Full Article at
88 points by Russia Today | Petroleum Natural gas International trade Export Compressed natural gas Coal Russia Israel
Bureau of Land Management can’t regulate air quality
Environmental Protection Agency and Colorado rules are driving emissions even lower. Congress should overturn Bureau of Land Management’s redundant rule.
1 points by The Denver Post | Natural gas United States Environmental Protection Agency Air pollution Regulation Federal government of the United States Smog Independent agencies of the United States government Environmentalism
U.S. utilities seek solar power as Trump sides with coal, fossil fuels
The plunging cost of solar power is leading U.S. electric companies to capture more of the sun just when President Donald Trump is moving to boost coal and other fossil fuels. Solar power represents just about 1 percent of the electricity U.S. utilities generate today, but that could grow substantially...
2940 points by Los Angeles Times | Fossil fuel Electricity generation Photovoltaics Sun Solar power Nuclear power Natural gas Coal
A South Jersey pipeline that has some opponents 'willing to go radical'

-2 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | New Jersey Pipeline transport Camden County New Jersey Natural gas Atlantic County New Jersey Mullica Township New Jersey Mullica River The Commission
'We’re a feminist government’: Trump 'trolled' by Swedish Deputy PM (PHOTO)
Isabella Lövin, Sweden’s Deputy Prime Minister and also Climate Minister, received wide praise online after seemingly trolling US President Donald Trump in a photo she shared online. Read Full Article at
2888 points by Russia Today | Greenhouse gas The Guardian Federal government of the United States President of the United States Carbon dioxide Social media Donald Trump Natural gas
House votes to overturn Obama rule on natural gas “flaring”
The Republican-controlled House voted on Friday to overturn an Obama administration rule that sought to reduce harmful methane emissions into the environment.
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Columbia Gas auction prices increase slightly in April
Columbia Gas of Ohio will figure standard choice rates with slightly higher numbers beginning April 1. A PUCO-monitored auction held this week for suppliers selling gas through Columbia's Standard Choice Offer from April through March 2018 settled slightly higher than prices currently used. CLEVELAND -- The math Columbia Gas of Ohio uses to set its monthly Standard Choice Offer is changing ever-so-slightly on April 1. The uptick is the result of a state-monitored auction held this week to choose the least-cost suppliers for Columbia customers who do not want to sign individual contracts with suppliers. Columbia currently adds $0.143 to the commodity price of gas set monthly on the New York Mercantile Exchange, or NYMEX. This week's auction setting the "adder" from April 1 to Mar. 31, 2018 resulted in a price of $0.145. That's the amount Columbia will add to the monthly NYMEX price, set at the end of each month. For example, the February NYMEX commodity price closed at $3.391 per thousand cubic feet, or $0.3391 per hundred cubic feet, which is the quantity of gas at which Columbia's prices are sold. Columbia's Standard Choice price this month is therefore determined by adding $0.143 to $0.3391, resulting in the sum of $0.4821 per 100 cubic feet, or 1 Ccf. Beginning April 1, Columbia will add $0.145 to the monthly NYMEX price. Consumers can review the math, which is less complicated than it looks, at the Energy Choice site maintained by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.  The site also lists the contract prices offered by the suppliers for customers who want to pay exactly the same rate every month, or who believe allowing an independent supplier to set monthly rates would be better.  The SCO monthly rates are typically less than supplier monthly rates, but some suppliers offer lower promotional rates.  Long-term fixed rates are higher because they serve as insurance to protect a buyer from a winter price-spike.  These contracts often include a hefty fee for consumers who want to cancel them early. Most long-term contracts automatically become monthly contracts, often with much higher rates, at the end of the contract, and therefore consumers must pay attention to the expiration month.  Once out of a contract, a consumer can return to Columbia's Standard Choice Offer with a phone call to Columbia.    
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Iran thumbs nose at Washington on oil
Daniel J. GraeberFeb. 3 (UPI) -- Iran is still able to get its crude oil to the international market and increase production despite souring U.S. relations, an Iranian official said Friday.
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More gas from North Sea for Statoil
Daniel J. GraeberFeb. 3 (UPI) -- Norwegian energy company Statoil said Friday it found more gas in part of a field it discovered two years ago in the North Sea.
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