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March 17, 2011 | By Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times
Egypt resumed natural gas shipments to Israel on Wednesday for the first time since the fall of former President Hosni Mubarak. But many here remain worried about the long-term prospects for the $2.5-billion export deal, which when signed in 2005 was touted as an indication of warming bilateral relations, but could soon turn into an uncomfortable diplomatic dispute with Egypt's new government. The flow of natural gas from Egypt was halted in early February after the pipeline in the northern part of the Sinai peninsula was sabotaged by unknown militants.
January 2, 2009 | Megan K. Stack
Russia's state natural gas monopoly halted exports to Ukraine on Thursday in a dispute that could interrupt supplies to other European countries -- and taps into the deep animosity between Russia and its pro-Western neighbors. Despite weeks of negotiations, Gazprom and Ukraine were unable to come to terms over Ukraine's debts, as well as the cost of 2009 gas and transit fees. Gazprom said that with no contract in place, there were no grounds to continue exporting to Ukraine.
March 31, 2010 | By Jim Tankersley
President Obama will announce new plans to drill for oil and natural gas off America's coasts Wednesday but will rule out drilling off California, Oregon and Washington state through 2017, administration officials say. Obama's plans will include opening new areas of coastal Virginia and other parts of the mid-Atlantic region, Alaska and the eastern Gulf of Mexico for drilling. But officials say the president will block drilling in Alaska's Bristol Bay, where the George W. Bush administration's drilling plans in 2007 angered environmentalists.
January 26, 2012 | By Christi Parsons
President Obama declared the United States the "Saudi Arabia of natural gas" Thursday as he plugged an energy policy that would offer incentives to companies that power their vehicles with natural gas. Speaking to a crowd at a UPS facility here, Obama praised the company for being among the first to respond to an administration call last year to reduce the use of fossil fuels. "That's how they roll," Obama said of UPS. The remarks come as the White House is rolling out more details of its energy proposals, which administration officials call the "all of the above" plan for reducing reliance on foreign oil. Officials on Thursday also announced an oil and natural gas lease sale in the central Gulf of Mexico, scheduled for late June.
October 9, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Record gasoline prices got you down? Honda thinks it has a deal for you. Honda is offering a $3,000 debit card good at Clean Energy natural gas filling stations with the purchase of a 2012 model year Civic Natural Gas vehicle. That is about three years' worth of fuel for most drivers at today's natural gas prices. PHOTOS: The top 10 gas misers There are about 40 Clean Energy filling stations in Southern California and about 160 nationwide. Southern California Gas Co. and San Diego Gas and Electric Co. operate another dozen stations in the region, but the debit card isn't good at those facilities.
July 31, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Ford Motor Co. plans to start selling its popular F-150 pickup truck with an option of running on natural gas or propane fuel. While Ford already makes the option available in some of its commercial vehicles, this will be the first compressed natural gas, or CNG, model sold by the automaker that has considerable retail sales. Ford sells about 70,000 gasoline-powered F-series trucks every month. Its sales top all other vehicles in the U.S. While Ford says some consumers will probably order the CNG model, most of the customers will be businesses.
March 15, 2009 | Borzou Daragahi
Iran announced a $3.2-billion natural gas deal with China on Saturday, a move that underscored the difficulty of using economic sanctions to pressure Tehran to bow to Washington's demands on its nuclear program. Iranian state television quoted a senior government official as saying the deal with a Chinese consortium, announced two days after the Obama administration renewed U.S. sanctions against the Islamic Republic, would eventually include an unnamed European country as a partner.
January 24, 2012 | By Neela Banerjee
In his State of the Union speech, President Obama made no mention of his controversial decision to reject the Keystone XL oil pipeline, but shifted his focus to shale gas development, another contentious topic where the promise of badly needed near-term jobs clashes with widespread fears of environmental damage. "We have a supply of natural gas that can last America nearly 100 years, and my administration will take every possible action to safely develop this energy," he said. "Experts believe this will support more than 600,000 jobs by the end of the decade.
More than 40 homes and the Saticoy County Club were without heat and hot water after a high-pressure natural gas line snapped under a landslide near Saticoy on Sunday morning. The 8:55 a.m. rupture, which sent dirt and debris hundreds of feet into the air for nearly an hour, was Ventura County's third gas-main break caused by a landslide in the past three weeks. "It is inconvenient for our customers, and it's costly for us," said Vic Sterling, Southern California Gas Co.'
February 16, 1997 | Associated Press
Beneath the ocean floor just off the Carolina coast, there's enough natural gas to meet the nation's needs for 105 years at current consumption levels, scientists report. Only one problem: Nobody knows how to recover the stuff. The methane within Blake ridge is contained in tiny bubbles and as a solid called methane hydrate. The solid, a combination of methane and water, is maintained by low temperature and high pressure. When brought to the surface, it fizzes as methane escapes.
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