Nat Gas News – April 17, 2017

Nat Gas News – April 17, 2017

In the News

EPA: Arctic Alaska oil well spewing natural gas into environment

The Denver Post reports: A federal official says crews in Alaska are ready to shut down an oil well that is misting natural gas on the frozen North Slope, but officials say it’s too unstable for responders to get close. The Environmental Protection Agency says a crack in a BP wellhead near Deadhorse sent up mist of crude oil Friday before it froze over and an initial leak stopped. “Based on an overflight with infrared cameras, the release appears to be contained to the gravel pad surrounding the wellhead and has not reached the tundra,” BP spokesman Brett Clanton said Saturday. A response team made up of state and federal energy officials and BP personnel was not able to secure the well Friday night or Saturday due to safety concerns. No injuries have been reported. The agency says the initial oil release may have affected an area of about 1 — acres. There were no reports of damage to wildlife. For more on this story visit denverpost.com or click the following link http://dpo.st/2ohOjFO

Manufacturers worry exports will drive up natural gas prices

FuelFix reports: American manufacturing companies are worried that a boom in liquefied natural gas exports will reduce domestic supply and raise prices. The Industrial Energy Consumers of America sent a letter to Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Thursday asking his department to deny expedited approval for export permits. Cheap natural gas will create more jobs in the U.S., the manufacturing association argues. “Accelerating LNG exports is inconsistent with President Trump’s ‘America First’ pledge and the desire to build a sustainable manufacturing sector with growing middle class jobs,” the association says in the letter. “Instead of a focus on LNG exports, U.S. natural gas policy should focus on how to use natural gas to maximize job growth.” For more on this story visit fuelfix.com or click http://bit.ly/2pI6FAb

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