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Category: Fossil Fuels :: Oil and Gas
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N.J. Oks gas pipeline through protected area 24.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Cherry Hill, N.J. • New Jersey environmental regulators on Friday approved a hotly contested plan to run a natural gas pipeline through a federally protected forest preserve amid raucous protests that included drums, tambourines and choruses of “This Land Is Your Land.” The 15-member New Jersey Pinelands Commission voted to approve a plan by South Jersey Gas to run the pipeline through the federally protected Pinelands preserve, where development is drastically restricted. The protesters’ loud r...
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Hundreds fill ballroom for pipeline project vote 24.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Cherry Hill, N.J. • About 500 people filled a hotel ballroom Friday as New Jersey regulators prepared to vote on whether a natural gas pipeline should run through the state’s federally protected Pinelands region, which includes more than a million acres of farms, forests and wetlands. The Pinelands Commission was expected to make a final determination Friday on the proposal that has touched off a classic jobs-versus-environment battle in the nation’s most densely populated state. Supporters say ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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PG&E customers brace for next bill after spikes in gas rates 24.2.2017 SFGate: Business & Technology
The source of her shock, it turned out, was the $503 Pacific Gas and Electric Co. bill she had just opened, the highest the Oakland couple had ever been charged. The recent spikes in PG&E bills are largely due to increases in natural gas prices, according to Donald Cutler, a spokesman for the utility provider. The utility sells gas to its customers at cost and charges additional fees for transporting it. Cutler encouraged customers to go online to take advantage of the tools the utility provider offers to help customers better understand and manage their electricity and gas usage. Cutler added that the money raised from the rate increases would be put toward investments in safety and monitoring efforts for PG&E’s sprawling gas transmission and pipeline system. Following the San Bruno disaster, PG&E was required to pay $2.7 billion to upgrade its gas transmission system in addition to a $1.6 billion fine from the California Public Utilities Commission. Several years of comparably mild winters in the ...
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Dakota Access oil pipeline could be operating within weeks 24.2.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Oil could be flowing through the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline in less than two weeks, according to court documents filed by the developer.
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Dakota Access oil pipeline could be operating within weeks 24.2.2017 AP National
CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) -- Oil could be flowing through the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline in less than two weeks, according to court documents filed by the developer just before police and soldiers started clearing a protest camp in North Dakota where pipeline opponents had gathered for the better part of a year....
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Value of Saudi Arabia's Aramco vision meets reality 24.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Saudi Arabia has said oil giant Saudi Aramco is worth more than $2 trillion, enough to consume Apple Inc. twice, and still have room for Google parent Alphabet Inc. The kingdom may have to settle for less. A lot less. Industry executives, analysts and investors told Bloomberg their analysis — based on oil reserves and cash flow projections under different tax scenarios — suggests Aramco is worth no more than half, and maybe as little as a fifth, of that amount. This means Saudi Arabia would earn... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Vote expected on hotly contested New Jersey pipeline project 24.2.2017 AP Business
CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey regulators are set to vote on whether a natural gas pipeline should run through the state&apos;s federally protected Pinelands region, which includes more than a million acres of farms, forests and wetlands....
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Vote expected on hotly contested New Jersey pipeline project 24.2.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey regulators are set to vote on whether a natural gas pipeline should run through the state’s federally protected Pinelands region, which includes more than a million acres of farms, forests and wetlands. The Pinelands Commission is expected to make a final determination Friday morning on the proposal that […]
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Protesters cleared from Dakota Access oil pipeline camp 24.2.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — Authorities cleared a protest camp where opponents of the Dakota Access oil pipeline had gathered for the better part of a year, searching tents and huts and arresting dozens of holdouts who had defied a government order to leave. It took 3 ½ hours for about 220 officers and 18 […]
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$9.5M in penalties in 2012 oil platform blast 24.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
New Orleans • An oil industry services company has been ordered to pay $9.5 million in penalties in cases arising from a 2012 offshore platform fire that killed three workers, federal prosecutors said Thursday. The penalties against Houston-based Wood Group PSN were announced by the U.S. Justice Department in Washington and U.S. attorneys in New Orleans and Lafayette, La., where civil and criminal cases have been playing out. The penalties followed plea agreements in two criminal cases. Wood Gro...
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Study Identifies More Than 6,600 Fracking Spills Over 10-Year Period 24.2.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A controversial method of oil and natural gas extraction known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has resulted in thousands of spills in four states over a 10-year period, a new study finds. Researchers at Duke University identified 6,648 fracking-related spills in Colorado, Pennsylvania, New Mexico and North Dakota between 2005 and 2014. Fracking uses a high-pressure stream of water, chemicals and sand to tap into rock formations and extract oil and gas deposits. Many of the spills in the researchers’ tally include fracking fluids, wastewater and hydrocarbons ― all of which can contain chemicals hazardous to drinking water resources. The findings  were published this week in the scientific journal Environmental Science & Technology and have escalated concerns for many environmental activists who have long opposed fracking. “We’re alarmed, but we’re not surprised [by the number of spills],” said Seth Gladstone, deputy communications director for environmental advocacy group Food and Water Watch. ...
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Iran's president tries to defuse anger in an oil-rich province hit by dust storms, blackouts and protests 24.2.2017 L.A. Times - World News

Bidding to ease public anger over a mounting environmental crisis, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday visited an oil-rich southwestern province that has been crippled by sandstorms and power blackouts.

Residents of Khuzestan province have long struggled with high levels of dust because...

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What We Learned From Scott Pruitt's Emails to the Fossil Fuel Industry 23.2.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Thousands of emails detailing a close relationship with Scott Pruitt's office in Oklahoma City and the fossil fuel industry are alarming environmentalists, but will they be an immediate game-changer for President Trump's new EPA head? It turns out Pruitt is just an accurate reflection of the broader Republican agenda. Attorney General Scott Pruitt of Oklahoma speaks at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, on February 28, 2015. (Photo: Gage Skidmore ) Scott Pruitt's office in Oklahoma City handed over 7,000 pages of internal emails to watchdogs under a court order yesterday, providing new details of his close relationship with the fossil fuel industry just days after he was confirmed to run the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The emails , along with a batch of documents previously released to The New York Times, place Oklahoma's former attorney general in the middle of a multi-state collaboration between Republicans and industry lobbyists to derail ...
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Border-Adjustment Tax Divides Energy Sector 23.2.2017 Wall St. Journal: US Business
The proposal could benefit companies that export fuel products or sell domestic crude by making imported oil more expensive, but it also could hurt companies that must import crude from other countries.
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Can rising seas yield common ground with Trump? 23.2.2017 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Exploring opportunities for climate collaboration with the Trump administration
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Repsol closes 2016 with best net profit in 4 years 23.2.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

MADRID (AP) — Spanish energy company Repsol has reported its best annual earnings in four years as it booked fewer impairment charges related to low oil and gas prices. Its net profit of 1.73 billion euros ($1.82 billion) compared with a loss of 1.4 billion euros in 2015. In the final quarter of 2016, it […]
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Emails show new EPA chief’s cozy ties with fuel industry 23.2.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

WASHINGTON (AP) — When a summer thunderstorm knocked out power to Scott Pruitt’s home three years ago, the then-attorney general of Oklahoma reached out to a lobbyist for American Electric Power. Pruitt’s executive assistant emailed Howard “Bud” Ground, saying “General Pruitt” wanted to know when his lights would be back on. The utility lobbyist asked […]
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Emails show new EPA boss close with oil, gas execs 23.2.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • While serving as Oklahoma’s attorney general, new EPA chief Scott Pruitt coordinated closely with fossil-fuel companies and special-interest groups working to undermine federal efforts to curb planet-warming carbon emissions, newly released emails show. More than 7,500 pages were released under court order Tuesday evening after an Oklahoma judge ruled that Pruitt had been illegally withholding his correspondence, which is public record under state law, for the last two years. Pruitt...
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Pinelands panel set to vote again on controversial pipeline project 23.2.2017 Philly.com News
Three years after it rejected South Jersey Gas’ controversial application to build part of a 22-mile-long gas pipeline through protected Pinelands Forest, the Pinelands Commission is to vote Friday on whether to permit a nearly identical project.
Stocks mostly slip, but Dow hits a new record high 23.2.2017 LA Times: Commentary

U.S. stocks mostly slipped Wednesday after their recent record-setting run. Energy companies stumbled, but basic materials makers rose as investors hoped two large deals would win approval from regulators.

While energy stocks fell with the price of oil, most other sectors didn't make big moves....

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