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Scientists: Methane from 2010 BP oil spill lasted long after clean-up

Scientists on Sunday said that methane which leaked from the 2010 oil-rig blowout in the Gulf of Mexico persisted in the sea for months beyond a presumed cleanup of the gas by marine microbes. As much as half a million tonnes of natural gas, 80 percent of it methane, leaked…

Chesapeake Energy considering spinning off oilfield services unit

Chesapeake Energy, the second-largest U.S. natural-gas producer, said Monday it has notified regulators of a plan to spin off its oilfield-services subsidiary. The wholly owned unit of the struggling energy company, Chesapeake Oilfield Operating (COO), would have an initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange, according to the…

Search-and-recovery crews in New York building explosion focus on gas lines

By Victoria Cavaliere NEW YORK (Reuters) – Emergency crews clearing debris from the site of two New York City apartment buildings leveled in a gas explosion said they expected to reach an underground area on Sunday where natural gas lines could reveal what caused the deadly blast. Eight people were…

Seventh person dies after New York City explosion causes buildings to collapse

By Chris Francescani and Victoria Cavaliere NEW YORK (Reuters) – The death toll from an explosion that collapsed two New York apartment buildings after an apparent gas leak rose to seven on Thursday, and the number of injured is close to 60, police said. New York City Police Detective Marc…

Rough Winter exposes weakness in U.S. natural gas supply network

Freezing temperatures are hampering U.S. natural gas deliveries this winter despite ample production of the heating fuel, exposing weaknesses in a supply network strained by unprecedented demand. The United States is home to some of the world’s largest natural gas deposits and supplies have flooded the market over the last…

The striking challenge of fracking: Who does it benefit and who gets hurt

Two experts on fracking debate the controversial  topic with strong — and sometimes opposing — points of view as part of  a new collaborative media project. Fracking is now a flashpoint in debates about climate change, energy policy, and inequality. AlterNet has partnered with the Nathan Cummings Foundation to produce…

U.S. surpasses Russia as world’s top oil and natural gas producer with output at 25 million barrels per day

New drilling techniques extract oil and gas from US shale rock formations, putting the country’s output at 25 million barrels per day The US was on pace to achieve global energy domination on Friday, overtaking Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world’s top oil and natural gas producer. New estimates…

New fracking touted as Quebec eyes energy boom

Fresh moose tracks dot the ground where plans are afoot to dig for oil. Quebec’s largest energy firm, Petrolia, is eyeing an estimated 40 billion barrels of oil beneath the surface of Anticosti Island, an ecological gem at the mouth of the Saint Lawrence. But it has caused a rift…

Texas is fracked: More than 30 towns will soon be out of water

Natural gas is claimed to promise cleaner, more efficient combustion than its petroleum-based competition, but getting natural gas out of the ground through hydraulic fracturing (fracking) can be far more environmentally menacing than getting oil. Now…  …

Poland is getting fracked

In recent years, the fiercely independent people of Poland have found themselves caught up in the global hunt for natural resources. In this case, it’s natural gas, and the chemical fracking that companies are using to…  …

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