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Worker hurt in Wyoming natural gas tank blast dies


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — One of four men injured in a blast at a western Wyoming natural gas storage tank has died, a Salt Lake City hospital official confirmed Wednesday. Marissa Villasenor, a spokeswoman for the University of Utah Hospital, said the worker injured in Tuesday’s explosion died overnight at the hospital’s burn unit. Two other patients remained in ...

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Utica Shale energy companies divesting some holdings

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Akron Beacon Journal staff report Two companies involved in pipelines and processing facilities in eastern Ohio are divesting. Houston-based EV Energy Partners LP said Tuesday that it intends to divest its 9 percent ownership in Cardinal Gas Services LLC. That interest was being acquired by South Korea’s E1 Corp. and a South Korean consortium led by Samchully for a reported ...

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Aging natural gaslines pose hidden threat across U.S.

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Mike Wereschagin | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Early one recent morning in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood, a crew of utility workers in hard hats and neon yellow safety vests worked to defuse a time bomb. About six feet below street level, in a trench dug by Peoples Natural Gas Co. workers, lay two sections of foot-wide, yellow plastic pipe they would join. ...

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Power companies not on board with plans for polar vortex

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David Conti | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review The group that operates the regional power grid for 13 states says it has several plans to avoid blackouts if the mid-Atlantic experiences another so-called polar vortex. PJM Interconnection wants to test how quickly some little-used power generators could fire up their plants if needed and increase penalties to companies that can’t meet commitments to ...

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GE to give Penn State $10M for gas drilling center


Kevin Begos | Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Penn State University said Wednesday that General Electric Co. will give the school up to $10 million to create a new center for natural gas industry research. Penn State President Eric Barron said in a statement that the center will produce tangible benefits to the industry, to communities that are affected by drilling ...

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Bribery allegations confirmed by former Petrobras chief

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Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media The former head of Brazil’s state-run oil company Petrobras has admitted to accepting a $636,000 bribe in connection to its purchase of a Texas refinery. Paulo Roberta Costa was arrested last March following an investigation on charges of money laundering. In July, investigators added bribery to his list of charges. Costa admitted to accepting ...

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Feds grant almost half a million to W. Va. for pipeline safety

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Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media West Virginia’s pipeline safety program is being reimbursed for some of its yearly operating costs. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is giving a $453,000 grant to the state to help cover expenses, the Associated Press reports. The agency gives such payments to all states with pipeline inspection agencies, and ...

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Former Consol Energy manager charged with stealing $440,000 from company in fraud scheme


Torsten Ove | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette A former manager of Consol Energy’s land management department was charged Monday with stealing $440,000 from the company in gas royalties through a leasing scheme involving parcels in West Virginia and Illinois. Scott Hamilton, 37, of Houston, Pa., was charged directly by the U.S. Attorney’s Office with 60 counts of mail fraud, and his lawyer ...

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Norfolk company wins prize for solar cellphone charger

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Sarah Kleiner Varble | The Virginian-Pilot NORFOLK — A 27-year-old entrepreneur hopes she’s hit on the next big thing: a solar-powered cellphone charger that doubles as a protective case. “When people go camping and they’re out at the beach, they’re using their phones and taking pictures and the battery drains,” said Nisha Witt, founder of Aesop Technologies. Her year-old company’s ...

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Alcoa makes push for lighter drill pipe


Anya Litvak | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Having conquered the skies, Alcoa is looking deep in the layers of earth for the next aluminum market — drill pipe. Alcoa’s oil and gas division, based in Texas, was founded in the mid-2000s and initially focused on components for deep-water drilling. After 2011, the company started marketing aluminum drill pipe, mostly to an international ...

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