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Putin expected to sign China gas deal as crisis forces hand

Vladimir Putin is more likely to sign a 30-year deal to supply pipeline gas to China next month after more than a decade of false starts because the crisis in Ukraine is forcingRussia to look for markets outside Europe.  More »

Pipeline violation penalties break record in 2013

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration proposed $9.78 million in civil penalties against pipeline operators for alleged violations of federal law in 2013, the agency announced this week.  More »

Cars become biggest driver of greenhouse-gas increases

Emissions from transportation may rise at the fastest rate of all major sources through 2050, surging 71 percent from 2010 levels, mainly from emerging economies, according to a leaked draft a UN study on climate change.  More »

Will Putin cut off Ukraine’s gas supply?

On Monday, Ukraine missed a deadline to make a payment on its debt of about $2 billion to Russian natural gas giant Gazprom. Otilia Dhand, vice president at Teneo Intelligence, discusses the possibility of Russian President Vladimir Putin cutting gas supplies to Ukraine  More »

A landscape of fire rises over North Dakota’s gas fields

Twice as much natural gas is wasted through flaring than in 2012 amid an energy boom that’s propelled North Dakota’s torrid economic growth.  More »

Oklahoma swamped by surge in earthquakes near fracking

There have been more earthquakes strong enough to be felt in Oklahoma this year than in all of 2013, overwhelming state officials who are trying to determine if the temblors are linked to oil and natural gas production.  More »

‘Age of gas’ becomes a sideshow for US producers prizing oil

The “golden age of gas” that the International Energy Agency foresees as a result of the U.S. energy boom is hardly the future being embraced by industry executives.  More »

Hedge funds buy crude as US gasoline pump prices jump

U.S. refineries are processing the most oil since January as plants come out of seasonal maintenance, squeezing crude stockpiles for the first time in 11 weeks.  More »

Africa’s biggest investor touts new energy plan, including shale

The Public Investment Corp. plans to lead investment in energy projects in Africa by buying into South African shale gas projects and helping to fund what could be the world’s biggest power generation complex in Democratic Republic of Congo.  More »

Shale gas boom leaves wind companies seeking more subsidy

Wind power in the U.S. is on a respirator. The $14 billion industry is reeling from a double blow — cheap natural gas unleashed by the hydraulic fracturing revolution and the death last year of federal subsidies that made wind the most competitive of all renewable energy sources in the U.S.  More »

US oil exports boil down to industry profit

When Big Oil began preparing last year to challenge the decades-old rules against exporting U.S. crude, the debate seemed fanciful.  More »

As Russia stumbles, Gazprom comes up $910B short

In 2007, Gazprom aspired to be the world’s largest company, with an executive predicting its market value would quadruple to $1 trillion in as little as seven years. He was off by $910 billion.  More »
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