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May 14, 2012

Obama administration not opposed to LNG exports

WASHINGTON, May 14 (Reuters) – The Obama administration is
not opposed to exporting liquefied natural gas but will depend
on an official analysis to guide its decision on whether to
allow more gas export projects to proceed, a White House
official said on Monday.

The Energy Department, which must approve gas exports to all
but about a dozen countries, has said it will hold off on
allowing any more exports until a study it commissioned on the
economic impact of sending gas abroad is completed later this
summer.

May 8, 2012

U.S. to approve major Anadarko natgas project in Utah

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Anadarko Petroleum Corp’s plan to develop a huge natural gas field in Utah is expected to get the go-ahead from the Obama administration during a visit to the state on Tuesday by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

The department’s approval will allow Anadarko to move ahead with its proposal to drill about 3,700 new wells over 10 years in an existing field in Utah’s Uinta Basin.

May 4, 2012

US sets new rules for fracking on federal lands

WASHINGTON, May 4 (Reuters) – The Obama administration
unveiled long-awaited rules on Friday to bolster oversight of
“fracking” on public lands, seeking to allay environmental
concerns over the technology that has spurred a boom in shale
gas drilling in the United States.

The Interior Department proposal would require companies to
obtain government approval to use hydraulic fracturing, or
fracking, in drilling for natural gas on federal lands.

May 4, 2012

U.S. readies proposal to clamp down on fracking

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration wants to clamp down on shale gas drilling on public lands and set standards that proponents of tougher regulation hope will provide a blueprint for drilling oversight nationwide.

Industry sources said the Interior Department could propose a new rule on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, as early as Friday.

May 2, 2012

DOE says test shows potential for natgas hydrates

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Energy Department on Wednesday announced a breakthrough in research into tapping a possibly vast fuel resource that could eventually bolster already massive natural gas reserves.

By injecting a mixture of carbon dioxide and nitrogen into a methane hydrate formation on Alaska’s North Slope, the department was able to produce a steady flow of natural gas in the first field test of this method. The test was done from mid-February to about mid-April this year

May 2, 2012

US LNG exports will not cause big price spike-report

WASHINGTON, May 1 (Reuters) – U.S. exports of liquefied
natural gas will not dramatically raise natural gas prices or
hurt the U.S. industrial sector, a new study said, bolstering
the case for supporters of sending U.S. gas abroad.

The Brookings Institution’s study said selling some of the
U.S. shale gas bounty to foreign consumers would have a “modest”
upward impact on domestic prices.

Apr 26, 2012

Sierra Club to fight Dominion hub using 1972 deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Sierra Club will try to use a 40-year-old legal settlement to scuttle plans by Dominion Resources Inc to convert a liquefied natural gas terminal in Maryland into a major export hub.

The environmental group, which opposes the export terminal as part of its wider fight against natural gas drilling from shale deposits, can weigh in on certain changes at the site of the proposed terminal under a 1972 legal agreement.

Apr 26, 2012

Sierra Club to use agreement to fight Dominion hub

WASHINGTON, April 26 (Reuters) – The Sierra Club plans to
use a decades-old legal settlement in its attempts to scuttle
plans by Dominion Resources Inc to convert a liquefied
natural gas terminal in Maryland into a major export hub.

The location of the planned Cove Point terminal, just south
of Calvert Cliffs State Park, is subject to a unique legal
agreement between Dominion, the Sierra Club and the Maryland
Conservation Council, which allows the environmental group to
weigh in on certain changes at the site, it said Thursday.

Apr 25, 2012

Obama energy critics in “fairy tale” world-US official

WASHINGTON, April 24 (Reuters) – A top Obama administration
official on Tuesday accused lawmakers in the
Republican-controlled House of Representatives of living in a
world of “fairy tales and falsehoods” when it comes to energy.

In a stinging rebuke to the administration’s critics,
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar strongly defended his
department’s record on energy policy.

Apr 23, 2012

Trading firm sues US EPA over biofuel credit scam

WASHINGTON, April 23 (Reuters) – A trading company ensnared
in the fallout from massive fraud uncovered in the U.S.
renewable fuel mandate has filed a lawsuit against the U.S.
government for its handling of the scandal.

OceanConnect, a firm that facilitates trades of renewable
energy credits, said in a complaint filed in federal court last
month that the Environmental Protection Agency’s response to the
fraud has undermined the government’s goal to encourage growth
and innovations in the biofuel industry.

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