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Federal delay in Valley pipe project vexes gas company

SUNBURY — A post-Jan. 1 decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on whether to authorize construction of the proposed Sunbury natural gas pipeline threatens to delay the start of service and the development of the Hummel Station power plant, according UGI Sunbury. The gas company made a request Tuesday of FERC to expedite its decision on an environmental assessment ...

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India, not China, powering growth in fuel demand: Russell

(The opinions expressed here are those of the author, a columnist for Reuters.) LAUNCESTON, Australia – – China’s fuel usage tends to gather headlines as an indicator of the strength of global crude oil demand, and while this has been justified, the real growth action is happening over the Himalayas in India. India’s total demand for oil products is about ...

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ConocoPhillips approves $900 million project in National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska

ConocoPhillips has approved funding for its Greater Mooses Tooth development on Alaska’s North Slope, a $900 million project expected to yield 30,000 barrels of oil daily at its peak. Production is expected to begin in 2018 at the field in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, an Indiana-sized Arctic reserve. Production at the field would be the first time oil has flowed ...

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Pipeline project causing traffic jams

CONNEAUT — City officials in Conneaut are advising motorists to avoid a section of Route 20 where a natural gas pipeline installation project is causing sizable traffic problems. The month-old project on West Main Road has entered a phase that is causing longer-than-usual tie-ups, City Manager James Hockaday said Wednesday. Three types of work are in play at the same ...

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BLM delays sale of oil and gas leases in Utah amid protest

SALT LAKE CITY — Federal officials are delaying a sale of oil and gas leases on public land in Utah that activists had planned to protest. The Bureau of Land Management said Tuesday that officials are making the rare move because the large number of people interested sale means that the room where the sales are held might be too ...

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Whoops! Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County overpaid $785K in gas royalties

The Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County will forfeit $785,000 in revenues generated from Marcellus shale gas royalties that were erroneously paid to the water utility in the past several years. “We were overpaid. The money was for a tract of land that should have been paid to the heirs of a former owner,” authority solicitor Scott Avolio said. The authority ...

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Speed rules didn’t apply to train in ethanol spill

WASHINGTON — The train that derailed earlier this month in Wisconsin and spilled 20,000 gallons of ethanol into the Mississippi River didn’t have a sufficient number of cars carrying flammable liquids to meet lower federal speed requirements The government set the new requirements this year in response to safety concerns about transporting crude oil by rail. According to railroad shipping ...

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Warm winter ahead? Polar vortex says maybe not – Braun

CHICAGO – The Northern Hemisphere may be subject to more cold outbreaks than usual come January thanks to the polar vortex. “Polar vortex” became a household phrase in North America during the bitterly cold winter of 2013-2014, but this phenomenon has always existed and can also impact both Europe and Asia. The polar vortex is one of the factors that ...

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Keystone XL developer ‘committed’ to completing project

LINCOLN, Neb. — The developer of the Keystone XL pipeline remains committed to completing the final leg of the project even though President Barack Obama denied the Canadian company’s request for a federal permit, a spokesman said Wednesday. TransCanada’s announcement came as the company withdrew its application for route approval through Nebraska. Even before Obama rejected the permit Nov. 6, ...

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