Natural gas hearing to expose divisions

The newly refashioned Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is set to hold its inaugural hearing Tuesday on exporting more of America’s natural gas bounty, chaired by Ron Wyden, D-Ore., who is skeptical of existing laws on the issue.
The Freeport LNG Liquefaction Project expansion (Freeport LNG)

BP takes on 20-year LNG export contract

BP signed a 20-year agreement to buy liquefied natural gas exported from a terminal in Freeport, which is the first of several facilities awaiting federal approvals for natural gas exports, Freeport LNG said Monday.

Howard Midstream plans new gas plant, rail hub

Howard Midstream Energy Partners LLC will build a new natural gas plant in Webb County to process 200 million cubic feet of gas per day, as well as a logistics railroad hub at the new Live Oak Railroad in Live Oak County.
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Billionaire fracking brothers top political donors

Two billionaire brothers who made a fortune in the fracking industry were the top donors to successful 2012 legislative candidates in Montana, according to a new report from the National Institute on Money in State Politics.
A Prairie chicken walks out from an acclamation pen at Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Industry works to avoid listing of prairie grouse

Oil, gas and wind energy producers are working to persuade federal wildlife officials not to enact protections for the lesser prairie chicken, a move that could force them to halt or significantly alter their operations to protect the species’ dwindling grassland habitat.
Many of the Amish farms have shallow gas wells that have been on the property for decades, Jan. 28, 2013. Recent drilling targets deeper gas formations like the Marcellus and Utica shales. Energy companies are leasing land throughout Pennsylvania and Ohio where Amish families live. (AP Photo/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Andrew Rush)

Will shale boom change lifestyle of the Amish?

Late last year, representatives from one of the world’s largest energy companies came to the home of Lydia and Sam Mast. The company was planning to drill a gas well on an adjacent property and needed to test the Masts’ water.
(AP Photo/US Coast Guard, File)

BP well-site leaders faced earlier indictment in spill case

Two BP well-site leaders charged with manslaughter in the deaths of 11 workers killed in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico rig explosion and oil spill disaster originally were indicted more than a month before the case was announced.
A billboard in upstate New York erected by documentary filmmaker Phelim McAleer, whose pro-fracking film, FrackNation, counters what he calls misleading information from Hollywood celebrities and environmental activists. (Adam Hunger / AP Images for Hard Boiled Films, LLC)

‘FrackNation’ providing counterpoint to anti-fracking films

With their rebuttal to anti-fracking film “Gasland”, makers of “FrackNation” are attracting attention across the country.
Talisman Energy Inc. explores for shale gas in the middle of muddy fields in Poland.  (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Poland fracking boom delayed by kites

Poland’s path to energy independence through shale gas is being delayed by skylarks, red kites and local farmers hesitant to grant access to their land.
A tall steel tower on board the Cidade de Angra Dos Reis flares natural gas extracted from Petrobras’ Tupi field. (Houston Chronicle)

Brazil prepares to surprise drillers this time with gas

As Brazil prepares for its first-ever auction of shale-gas acreage, it has a message for global prospectors: The country that discovered the world’s biggest offshore oil finds this century may have almost twice as much natural gas onshore as is currently estimated.
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