Natural Gas News – January 18, 2019

Natural Gas News – January 18, 2019

Study Shows Storing Natural Gas Underground as Viable Option

News Observer reported : A new study indicates it might be economically feasible for North Dakota oil companies to provisionally store natural gas underground instead of burning it off at well sites. The University of North Dakota’s Energy and Environmental Research Center study found that inserting natural gas into an underground rock formation and extracting it later could allow companies to produce more oil and meet the state’s gas capture goals, the Bismarck Tribune reported. The North Dakota Industrial Commission approved $140,000 for the study as it searches for solutions to reduce natural gas flaring while companies catch up on building natural gas processing plants, pipelines and other infrastructure. John Harju, vice president for strategic partnerships at the EERC, said the best option will always be to capture the natural gas and transport it by pipeline to a processing plant. For more on this story visit newsobserver.com or click https://bit.ly/2HjJTwj

How An Explosion Investigation Spurred a Call For New Natural Gas Regulations

Texas Standard Daily News reports: As the new legislative session gets underway, one Texas lawmaker is trying to change regulations of the state’s natural gas industry, in light of a series of explosions and deaths tied to pipeline leaks that took place over a decade. Holly Hacker is part of The Dallas Morning News investigative team that’s been digging into the deadly gas explosions in North and Central Texas. Hacker says one of the cases that spurred the investigation was the death of 12-year-old Linda Rogers who died in Feb. 2018 when a gas pipeline at her house exploded. But Hacker says this explosion wasn’t an isolated incident. “There had been more than two-dozen homes that had blown up; nine people killed; at least 22 people injured along leaking natural gas lines operated by Atmos Energy in North and Central Texas,” Hacker says. As a result of the reporting, Texas state Rep. Rafael Anchia from Dallas has proposed legislation to increase regulation of the Texas natural gas industry. For more on this story visit texasstandard.org or click https://bit.ly/2T1Bsai

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