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March 9, 2012 | By Michael Muskal and Neela Banerjee, Los Angeles Times
The injection of wastewater from natural gas drilling into a disposal well probably caused a dozen earthquakes in Ohio, officials said Friday as they announced new regulations to deal with the issue. The findings about the probable cause of the earthquakes, which occurred in the Youngstown area between March and late December 2011, are likely to intensify an increasingly bitter debate about the safety of hydraulic fracturing in states that sit atop natural gas deposits. Hydraulic fracturing injects sand and water laced with chemicals into the earth at high pressure to break apart shale rock formations and free natural gas trapped inside.
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.
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.
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.
May 8, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
The Obama administration has approved a new natural gas drilling project in Utah that is designed to support more than 4,000 jobs and boost the production of energy -- while protecting the environment. All are political issues in the current presidential election year. U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced the approval on Tuesday during an appearance outside Salt Lake City. Texas-based Anadarko Petroleum Corp. will be allowed to develop up to 3,675 natural gas wells in the next decade in Uintah County, about 170 miles southeast of Salt Lake City near the Colorado border.
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