Calling them a common sense approach that will complement state efforts, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) officials Thursday unveiled revised draft rules for hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on all federal and Indian lands. The draft rules will now go through a 30-day public comment period.
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Cash natural gas prices skidded about 4 cents Thursday as traders made sure they got their deals done prior to the release of storage data by the Energy Information Administration (EIA).
Importing liquefied natural gas (LNG) by the winter of 2014-2015 is the only sure way to ensure adequate gas supplies for Southcentral, AK, Enstar Natural Gas CEO Colleen Starring told an Anchorage audience Monday.
As California faces its first real heatwave of the summer, the fate of the 2,200 MW San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (Songs) remains a mystery, and the only sure bet is that more natural gas-fired electric generation within and outside the state will have to be called upon to make up for the absence of the huge plant along the Pacific Coast in North San Diego County.
Range Resources Corp. has drilled the first unconventional natural gas well in Crawford County, PA, and is reportedly planning to drill more of them targeting the Utica Shale in the near future.
The Perryville Hub in North Louisiana continues to raise its profile in the Gulf Coast region on the shoulders of Midcontinent shale gas production and growing gas-fired power generation demand in the Southeast. Pipeline operators are responding with efforts to streamline trading at the location with the expectation that it will become the supply-demand crossroads for shale gas and power plants.
(The following is reprinted with permission of Jim Willis, editor of Marcellus Drilling News (MDN). Jobs in the shale gas industry were the focus of the first ever Natural Gas Career and Education Expo held at Broome Community College in Binghamton, NY Wednesday. MDN editor Jim Willis attended and published a very interesting account. Unfortunately, NGI wasn’t there, but, thanks to MDN, our readers won’t miss out.)
Tapping shale natural gas reserves — even when accounting for the challenges of hydraulic fracturing — is worth the risk, a majority of those polled told a recent survey. And eight out of 10 respondents said they link natural gas development with job creation and economic revival.
Tulsa-based Williams continues to be primed for solid natural gas infrastructure expansions in North America, with the biggest still planned for the Marcellus Shale, CEO Alan Armstrong said Wednesday.