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Company, state working to bring well sites into compliance

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) — An oil and gas operator says it’s trying to bring dozens of its Pennsylvania drilling sites into compliance with environmental laws. A Range Resources spokesman tells Pennlive.com that the company is working the Department of Environmental Protection. The agency on Friday said dozens of the company’s Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling pads in Washington and Allegheny ...

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Gas facility that had blowout will have to play by new rules

Gas facility that had blowout will have to play by new rules

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The gas storage facility that spewed methane uncontrollably for almost four months, driving thousands of families from their homes, won’t resume operations until it has undergone tougher tests than ever required before, a process that will take months and perhaps even longer. The massive leak drew attention to the Southern California Gas Co. facility and the ...

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First LNG export to leave Sabine Pass

Cheniere Energy, Sabine Pass, LNG, exports, Brazil

American liquefied natural gas will soon hit the global market. The first cargo of LNG exported from the continental United States will leave Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass terminal Wednesday, according to a company executive. The tanker Asia Vision LNG will ship the fuel to Brazil, where it will be received by Petroleo Brasileiro SA, according to a Bloomberg report. While ...

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The oil and gas service industry’s paraffin solution

The oil and gas service industry's paraffin solution. The Flo-Rite Fluids Magnetic Fluid Conditioning systems prevent paraffin and scale buildup before it begins. On the left there is substantial paraffin accumulation. On the right is a pipe treated using the MFC system. (Image courtesy of Flo-Rite Fluids Inc.)

Oil well paraffin and scale control is an ongoing battle associated with tight oil production and is a pervasive issue in the ongoing drama of the American oil fields. The recurring expense of remedial paraffin control treatments is often favored over preventative measures, cutting into producers’ bottom line. But in today’s market climate in which efficiency is critical to survival, ...

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Panel approves moratorium on gas operations after big leak

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A bill to extend a moratorium on operations at the natural gas storage facility that had a massive leak for almost four months was approved Monday by a legislative committee, though members were concerned it could lead to power outages. The bill would require Southern California Gas Co. to test all wells at its Aliso Canyon facility ...

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Church says it would use oil well money for good works

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area church that could get an exploratory oil well on its property says money that comes in from the project would be used for good works. Minister Andrea Simpson, spokeswoman for Word of Faith International Christian Center, tells the Detroit Free Press that opponents “characterize us as greedy and that is just not true.” She ...

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Vermont lawmakers hear testimony on climate divestment

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Environmental activist and writer Bill McKibben says Vermont lawmakers should consider broader financial implications of the state’s investments as it considers whether to divest from some or all fossil fuel companies. He was among those testifying Friday afternoon at a joint hearing of two legislative committees that also heard state Treasurer Beth Pearce insist that lawmakers ...

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Climate change activists disrupt Utah oil and gas auction

Climate change activists disrupt Utah oil and gas auction

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah environmentalists hope their disruption of a federal oil-and-gas lease auction and the purchase of development rights on a small stretch of land by an author and activist bring attention to a nationwide push to halt fossil fuel extraction on Western lands. But oil and gas industry officials say environmental writer Terry Tempest Williams’ bid ...

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North Carolina regulators size $1B Duke Energy gas plant impact

North Carolina regulators size $1B Duke Energy gas plant impact

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on North Carolina electricity regulators considering the costs of converting an Asheville power plant from burning coal to natural gas (all times local): 1 p.m. North Carolina electricity regulators are deliberating whether to allow a $1 billion Duke Energy conversion of an Asheville coal-burning power plant to burn cleaner natural gas. The North Carolina Utilities ...

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Lawmakers see LNG storage as way to boost winter gas supply

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Lawmakers looking to Maine’s energy future often focus on natural gas and Canadian hydropower, but some say liquefied natural gas should be part of the fix. They want to give regulators the ability to reserve storage space in yet-to-be-built tanks to smooth over supply problems in cold winter months. A legislative panel on Thursday expressed strong ...

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