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Environmentalists say Pa. health registry needed

Republican Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration said Monday it has enhanced the state health department’s handling of complaints involving natural-gas drilling, prompting environmentalists to renew their demand for more aggressive action.  More »

Less shake from artificial quakes

Man-made earthquakes, a side effect of some high-tech energy drilling, cause less shaking and in general are about 16 times weaker than natural earthquakes with the same magnitude, a new federal study found.  More »

China’s natural gas demand continues to grow

Natural gas accounted for only 4.9 percent of China’s total energy consumption in 2012, but that share is expected to grow to 8 percent by 2015 and 10 percent by 2020.  More »

Hoping for its own shale gale, China seeks U.S. know-how

U.S. companies are entering joint ventures to provide China with the tools it needs to get at oil and gas locked in shale.  More »

Voters to decide fate of Alaska oil production tax

Ballot Measure No. 1 asks voters if they want to reject the 2013 law that supporters have dubbed the “More Alaska Production Act.”  More »

The Magic of Models

A study recently published in the journal Nature Climate Change has gained a lot of attention in the environmental community and mainstream media—National Geographic for example.  According to the study, the Keystone XL pipeline could produce four times more greenhouse gases than the State Department estimated in its final review in January. Since the study […]  More »

Ten Lumps of Coal Info

While I’ve been digging into a bunch of different commodities recently, there have been a number of interesting bits and bobs relating to coal that I’ve been squirreling away. Hence, here are ten tidbits that I wanted to share: 1) Coal is currently used to meet 30% of global primary energy needs, which is the highest level since […]  More »

Tesoro names new executives

Refiner Tesoro Corp. is hiring two new executives, including a new chief financial officer and an executive vice president for strategy.  More »

Everyone loves a good comeback story. Could hydrogen fuel cell vehicles be one?

This post was written by Joan Ogden, C0-Director of the Next STEPS program at the Institute of Transportation Studies, University California, Davis. Are hydrogen powered fuel cell vehicles (FCV) ready for the big stage? We seem to be tantalizingly close to the beginning of a hydrogen transition. Of course, energy decision-makers have heard this before. […]  More »

NRG deal gives it a new place in the sun

NRG says its acquisition of a company that makes solar-powered gadgets will help it provide electricity to customers when they’re off the grid.  More »

The US Humanitarian Intervention in Iraq: The Oil and Water Angle

The success of stated limited U.S. humanitarian goals for the latest intervention in Iraq could hinge on more than the fate of minorities trapped on top of the Mount Sinjar. That is because the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has taken control of critical water and oil infrastructure including the Mosul Dam.  Flooding […]  More »

Coal imports fall as natural gas advances

Imports of coal for electric power plants have fallen from a peak level of 30 million tons in 2007 to less than 7 million in 2013.  More »

State regulator unveils proposed rules on disposal wells

Facing mounting concerns about ties between earthquakes and oil and gas activity, Texas regulators are proposing new rules for wastewater storage wells.  More »

Refiners adapt as oil supply tips away from imports

As more U.S.-produced oil makes its way to Gulf Coast refineries, they’re having to retool to process the domestic crude — which is a different grade than the imported oil they’re designed for but also is often cheaper.  More »

Judge rules against Dominion LNG in zoning dispute

A judge’s ruling could mean new delays for a proposed Maryland facility to liquefy and export natural gas.  More »
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