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In gas drilling country, the honeymoon is over on royalties

gas drilling, royalties, Marcellus

WYALUSING, Pa. (AP) — Jan Brown pores over his royalty statement and wonders where all the money went. A few months ago, the nation’s second-largest natural gas producer siphoned $2,201 worth of gas from his 240-acre property — but paid him only $359 after taking deductions for transportation and processing. Brown, 59, who relies on the royalties as his sole ...

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Israeli consortium signs gas deal with Jordan

Israeli flag

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s Delek Group, one of the developers of the country’s biggest natural gas reservoir, says it has signed a deal to sell gas to neighboring Jordan. The agreement announced Monday would provide 45 billion cubic meters (1.6 trillion cubic feet) of gas to Jordan over 15 years. Delek says revenues could amount to $10 billion. Delek Drilling ...

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US rig count up 5 this week to 511

An oil and gas drilling rig operating in the Wattenburg Field north of Denver, Colorado. (Image: Plazak via Wikipedia)

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by five this week to 511. A year ago, 838 rigs were active. Depressed energy prices have sharply curtailed oil and gas exploration. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 418 rigs sought oil and 92 explored for natural gas ...

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Montana board to decide on fracking chemicals disclosures

fracking, bakken

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana regulators are to consider a petition that would force companies to divulge more information about fracking chemicals they use to produce oil and gas. A 2011 state rule allows companies to conceal chemicals considered trade secrets. A group of landowners, environmentalists and health advocates oppose the trade secrets exception. They say it violates the public’s ...

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Regulators solicit proposals for LNG storage in Maine

natural gas, manhole

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Public Utilities Commission is accepting proposals for a liquefied natural gas storage tank. The utility regulators issued a request for proposals late last week following a state law that gave them power to execute a contract to address wintertime shortages of natural gas. Commission Chairman Mark Vannoy says the panel looks forward to evaluating ...

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US rig count down 2 this week to 506

rig count, Baker Hughes

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by two this week to 506. A year ago, 842 rigs were active. Depressed energy prices have sharply curtailed oil and gas exploration. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 416 rigs sought oil and 89 explored for natural gas ...

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Prosecutor reaches $4M settlement with utility for gas leak

SoCal gas leak, gas leak protesters

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A utility that owns a well that leaked massive amounts of natural gas and drove thousands of families from their Los Angeles homes pleaded no contest to a criminal charge Tuesday as part of a $4 million settlement with prosecutors. The deal requires Southern California Gas Co. to adopt a leak-monitoring system at its Aliso Canyon ...

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Ruling clears way for construction of Hinesburg gas pipeline

natural gas pipeline

HINESBURG, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Gas has been given the green light to start construction on a natural gas pipeline in Hinesburg following a recent ruling by the state Public Service Board. The board’s decision on Tuesday grants easement access to the utility to begin work on the pipeline under Geprags Park via horizontal drilling. Opponents seeking to block the ...

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Dominion subsidiaries end weeklong union lockout in 6 states

Dominion Power, union lockout

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An agreement has been reached to end a weeklong lockout at Dominion’s natural gas and interstate transmission subsidiaries. Dominion Hope and Dominion Transmission agreed to end the lockout involving 915 workers in six states, while the United Gas Workers Union Local 69 vowed not to strike. The agreement, announced in a joint news release Wednesday, runs ...

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Firm: Faster-than-expected corrosion led to pipeline blast

corroded pipes, pipeline explosion

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Faster-than-expected corrosion caused a Pennsylvania natural gas pipeline blast that scorched 40 rural acres in April and badly burned a man whose home was destroyed, the Texas energy company that owns the pipeline said. Andy Drake, the vice president of operations and environmental health and safety with Houston-based Spectra Energy Corp., shared those findings Tuesday night ...

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