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Obama Vows to Speed Up New Oil, Gas Permitting

Acknowledging that the boom in natural gas has led to cleaner-burning power and greater energy independence in the United States, President Obama Tuesday in his first State of the Union Address of his second term vowed to cut red tape to speed up the permitting process for new oil and gas permits on public lands.

February 14, 2013

Pipeline Industry Needs Skilled Workers, Says PG&E Exec

In the wake of a string of major natural gas pipeline mishaps and stepped up regulatory oversight, a 30-year gas industry veteran said there is a critical need throughout the industry to produce a new generation of well-trained welders and other skilled personnel.

February 8, 2013

New York’s IOGA Rebukes State’s ‘Excessive’ Fracking Proposals

The Independent Oil & Gas Association of New York (IOGA) has submitted 119 pages of comments to the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), just before the deadline to comment on the proposed rules governing high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF).

January 28, 2013
Fitch: Despite Shales, Foreign Oil Still Necessary

Fitch: Despite Shales, Foreign Oil Still Necessary

Make no mistake, the shale boom is a great thing for the country, but anyone expecting it to yield energy independence is in need of a reality check, according to Fitch Ratings.

January 14, 2013

Pangea Taking ‘Bite-Sized’ Approach to LNG Export

Pangea LNG (North America) Holdings LLC, a relative latecomer to the North American liquefied natural gas (LNG) export race, is approaching regulators, and the market, with a smaller, more scalable project on the Texas Gulf Coast that the company’s CEO, an LNG veteran, says has better odds of coming to fruition than some mega project competitors.

December 24, 2012

Nationwide Review Urged for Natural Gas Pipe Sufficiency

A major natural gas industrial consumers group has urged FERC to conduct a nationwide review of natural gas pipeline capacity to determine the need for construction to meet the demands of power generators and industrial consumers.

December 24, 2012

FERC Urged to Do Nationwide Review of Pipe Sufficiency

A major natural gas industrial consumers group has urged FERC to conduct a nationwide review of natural gas pipeline capacity to determine the need for construction to meet the demands of power generators and industrial consumers.

December 21, 2012

Eagle Ford Capex May Surpass World’s Most Expensive Energy Project

Over the next three years capital expenditures (capex) in the Eagle Ford Shale could top the projected spending for the Kashagan project in Kazakhstan, now the world’s most expensive standalone energy project, according to an analysis by Wood Mackenzie.

December 10, 2012

Dow Exec Sees Significant Gas Demand Increase Over Next Two Years

A Dow Chemical Co. executive said he believes the chemical industry will need several additional Bcf/d of natural gas in as little as two-years’ time, when a long list of petrochemical plant projects begin to come online. It’s a demand that should be easy to meet, he said, as long as the United States hasn’t given away its competitive advantage in the marketplace — a gift from shale gas — through the undisciplined export of liquefied natural gas (LNG).

October 29, 2012

Dow Exec Sees 90 Projects Planned Using 7 Bcf/d

A Dow Chemical Co. executive said he believes the chemical industry will need several additional billion cubic feet per day of natural gas in as little as two-years’ time, when a long list of petrochemical plant projects begin to come online. It’s a demand that should be easy to meet, he said, as long as the United States hasn’t given away its competitive advantage in the marketplace — a gift from shale gas — through the undisciplined export of liquefied natural gas (LNG).

October 29, 2012