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US seeks to limit methane gas flaring at drilling sites

US seeks to limit methane gas flaring at drilling sites

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Friday proposed new rules to clamp down on oil companies flaring natural gas on public land, arguing the effort will reduce waste and harmful methane emissions as part of President Barack Obama’s bid to curb climate change. Energy companies frequently “flare” or burn off vast supplies of natural gas at drilling sites because it does ...

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More quakes rattle Oklahoma but state avoids tough measures

OKLAHOMA CITY — In Oklahoma, now the country’s earthquake capital, people are talking nervously about the big one as man-made quakes get stronger, more frequent and closer to major population centers. Next door in Kansas, they’re feeling on firmer ground though no one is ready yet to declare victory. A year ago, the states had a common problem — earthquakes ...

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NY attorney general objects to Constitution pipeline tree-cutting request

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York’s attorney general filed objections Thursday to the Constitution Pipeline Company’s request to cut trees along the proposed route of its 124-mile natural gas pipeline, citing the lack of a state water quality permit and pending requests for a rehearing of the federal agency order that cleared the way for the project. The Federal Energy Regulatory ...

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Air regulators considering methane burn-off from gas leak

California governor declares gas leak a state of emergency

LOS ANGELES — Southern California air regulators delayed making a decision Saturday on whether to trap and burn leaking natural gas that has persisted for 12 weeks and driven thousands from their Los Angeles homes. The South Coast Air Quality Management District postponed voting on an order of abatement requiring Southern California Gas Co. to stop the leak until concluding ...

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Natural Gas Prices Expected to Rise

natural gas prices

Natural gas prices are expected to rise in the coming months as a national supply glut is drawn down, according to the US Energy Information Administration. Although prices have been low during the first few months of this year’s winter, lower production volumes and cooler weather are anticipated to bring them up slightly in 2016. Record Production As of January ...

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New Hampshire attorney general wants say on pipeline project

New Hampshire attorney general wants say on pipeline project

CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire’s attorney general wants to weigh in on federal agency’s consideration of a natural gas pipeline that would pass through state parks and forests. Attorney General Joseph Foster says he’s filed documents to intervene in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s consideration of Kinder Morgan’s application for a certificate of public need for the proposed 11,900-mile pipeline. ...

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Utility may have understated health threat from gas leak

Utility may have understated health threat from gas leak

LOS ANGELES — The utility whose leaking natural gas well has driven thousands of Los Angeles residents from their homes has publicly understated the number of times airborne levels of the cancer-causing chemical benzene have spiked over the past three months, the company’s own data suggests. In trying to reassure the public there’s no long-term health risk from the leak, ...

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US stocks rebound a day after plunge, led by energy sector

US stocks rebound a day after plunge, led by energy sector

U.S. stocks bounced back from an early slide Thursday, recouping some ground a day after their worst drop since September. Energy stocks led the rally as the price of crude oil climbed more than 2 percent. Exxon Mobil and Chevron jumped 4 percent, by far the largest gains in the Dow Jones industrial average. Investors also had their eye on ...

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Energy jobs struggle through oil downturn

Energy jobs struggle through oil downturn

The oil bust is more severe than any downturn in 45 years, according to the Houston Chronicle. Roughly 70,000 energy jobs have been lost so far and oil prices fell below $31 a barrel Monday. U.S. Crude fell to $30.98 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange in morning trading. It was the sixth-straight day of losses in 2016. ...

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