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OCI breaks ground on third solar plant

Groundbreaking

SAN ANTONIO — OCI Solar Power announced Tuesday that it broke ground on its third Texas solar farm, which will provide enough power for more than 6,000 homes in the San Antonio-area. The solar array is part of OCI’s large and controversial solar power deal with city-owned CPS Energy, which will provide 400 megawatts of solar power overall to the ...

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County seeking transportation grant

grant money

HUNTSVILLE — County officials are taking steps to get grant money to fund transportation projects throughout Walker County. The Commissioners Court on Monday held a public hearing to discuss the possible location of a County Energy Transportation Reinvestment Zone (CETRZ). The county has to establish a CETRZ in order to be eligible to apply for a grant from the Texas ...

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New Jersey County colleges offer program for natural gas workers

Pipeline install

Several area community colleges are partnering with South Jersey Gas to train a new batch of technicians who can install and maintain natural gas lines in the region. Atlantic Cape Community College and Cumberland County College are each holding information sessions this week for prospective students for a 124-hour course that starts February. County colleges in Gloucester and Salem counties ...

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Antero warned to upgrade safety after fatal blast

Warning

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Federal workplace safety inspectors have warned Antero Resources and three contracting firms to upgrade their safety practices following a series of explosions that killed two workers last July at a Doddridge County natural gas well, officials said Thursday. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration said it sent recommendations letters to Antero and three contractors, C&R Downhole ...

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Pinelands fight over pipeline to B.L. England plant comes to head

pipeline project

An intensely debated plan to allow a natural gas pipeline through preserved forest will go before the Pinelands Commission on Friday. Regardless of how the commission votes, the issue is unlikely to go away any time soon. The 22-mile pipeline proposed by South Jersey Gas is intended to serve the B.L. England power plant in Beesleys Point, Upper Township. The ...

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Economic forecast provides insights on energy, unemployment rates

jobs

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN — While listening to an economist talk about unemployment rates Wednesday morning, the chancellor of Penn State Schuylkill said his ears perked up when he heard some insights about the fate of college graduates. Dr. Kelly Austin was one of the 60 people who attended the Schuylkill Chamber of Commerce Annual Economic Forecast held at Penn State Schuylkill ...

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Lift the U.S. ban on oil exports

allow exports

The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune on Monday, Dec. 30: ___ Uncle Sam has a chance to make one of the good-news stories of 2013 even better next year. Thanks to the extraction technique known as fracking, the United States is producing much more oil than was expected just a few years ago. Modern industrial economies run on ...

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Libya’s Hariga port to resume exports within days-oil official

resuming export soon

Dec 27 (Reuters) – Libya’s eastern Hariga port will resume oil exports within days after authorities reached an agreement with protesters to end four months of blockage, an oil official said on Friday. Tribesmen and other protesters have occupied Hariga, located in Tobruk in the far east ofLibya, since August to press for political and financial demands despite several government ...

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New oil refinery planned; Devils Lake wants to know more

devils lake ND

Plans for an oil refinery in Devils Lake are exciting, but residents want information about the environmental consequences, especially in light of the lake’s world-class fishery, Mayor Dick Johnson says. American Energy Holdings, a Michigan-based company, announced plans to build a 20,000-barrel refinery on the west side of Devils Lake using crude from the Bakken oil patch. Spokesman Mark Carlson ...

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Ohio to start releasing proposed rule packages to toughen gas-oil drilling laws

Rules

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources soon will be releasing proposed rules aimed at tightening the state’s rules on drilling for oil and natural gas. The plan covers a sweeping array of regulations, many highly technical — from well-pad construction to wastewater treatment, processing and recycling. Proposals include new spill prevention rules, requiring that well drilling pads be approved by ...

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