Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Woodside plans Broome camp for 857 - The West Australian

The Application will be advertised from Thursday the 17th January, 2013 for 21 days. The Application, planning report and plans will be on display at the Broome Shire Administration office and accessible on the Shire website at on the page "public comment".
Woodside plans Broome camp for 857 - The West Australian:
Woodside said the main construction workforce would be at a purpose-built accommodation village at the Browse LNG Precinct, 60km north of Broome near James Price Point.

The camp would be the first accommodation available for the proposed development and house Woodside employees and contractors, including construction workers and offshore workers.

"The camp will minimise the use of established tourist accommodation during the Broome's tourist peak season," a Woodside spokeswoman said.


  1. WOODSTOCK, N.Y. — The Town Board will ask state lawmakers to criminalize the natural gas drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing.

    The board adopted a resolution to that effect Tuesday, drawing support from more than three dozen people in attendance.

    Former Councilwoman Terrie Rosenblum was among the speakers who said it is necessary to keep pressure on state officials who she said have not been responsive to concerns about hydraulic fracturing, which is also known as hydrofracking or fracking.

    “About a year ago the Woodstock Democratic Committee sent (a letter) to our governor,” she said. “We have never heard from him.”

    The resolution contends that the energy industry will be able to find a way around bans on fracking.

    “All bans and moratoria on fracturing for oil and gas are not true prohibitions accompanied by deterrent-level penalties, subject as they are to the vast discretionary authority of (state Department of Environmental Conservation) officials appointed by the governor or executive office agencies,” the resolution says.




    WEATHERFORD, Texas (AP) -- When a man in a Fort Worth suburb reported his family's drinking water had begun bubbling like champagne, the federal government sounded an alarm: A company may have tainted their wells while drilling for natural gas.

    At first, the Environmental Protection Agency believed the situation was so serious that it issued a rare emergency order in late 2010 that said at least two homeowners were in immediate danger from a well saturated with flammable methane. More than a year later, the agency rescinded its mandate and refused to explain why.

    Now a confidential report obtained by The Associated Press and interviews with company representatives show that the EPA had scientific evidence against the driller, Range Resources, but changed course after the company threatened not to cooperate with a national study into a common form of drilling called hydraulic fracturing. Regulators set aside an analysis that concluded the drilling could have been to blame for the contamination.

    For Steve Lipsky, the EPA decision seemed to ignore the dangers to his family. His water supply contains so much methane that the gas in water flowing from a pipe connected to the well can be ignited.

    "I just can't believe that an agency that knows the truth about something like that, or has evidence like this, wouldn't use it," said Lipsky, who fears he will have to abandon his dream home in an upscale neighborhood of Weatherford.

    The case isn't the first in which the EPA initially linked a hydraulic fracturing operation to water contamination and then softened its position after the industry protested.

    A similar dispute unfolded in west-central Wyoming in late 2011, when the EPA released an initial report that showed hydraulic fracturing could have contaminated groundwater. After industry and GOP leaders went on the attack, the agency said it had decided to do more testing. It has yet to announce a final conclusion.

  2. By Letters to the Editor, | The Times-Picayune
    on January 16, 2013 at 1:46 PM, updated January 16, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Re: "A promise of money for our coast," Our Opinions, Jan. 11. On behalf of the Mississippi River Delta Restoration Campaign, thank you for illuminating the importance of accountability for parties associated with the 2010 oil spill tragedy.

    Now 1,000 days after the start of the crisis, the oil spill is a living disaster with lasting economic, environmental and community impacts. The people, wildlife and ecosystems of our vibrant but struggling region deserve justice to the fullest extent the law warrants. Unprecedented disasters deserved unprecedented levels of restoration funding. We anticipate continued rigor on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice in holding BP and other parties, like Transocean, accountable for damages in the Gulf.

    As restoration progress moves forward, we look forward to your continued attention and support toward this critical matter. Thank you for informing and benefiting readers in the Gulf region and beyond.

    Erin Greeson

    Mississippi River Delta Restoration Campaign

    Baton Rouge

  3. DONETSK, Ukraine, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Ukraine took a step closer to a breakthrough shale gas deal with global energy major Royal Dutch Shell on Wednesday when local authorities in the eastern Donetsk region approved a planned production sharing agreement.

    The former Soviet republic, which hopes its big shale gas reserves will help end reliance on costly imports of Russian natural gas, chose Shell last May as a partner to develop the Yuzivska shale gas field.

    Deputies of the Donetsk regional council voted to approve the deal with Shell, removing one of the final hurdles to an agreement.

    Ukraine is said to have Europe's third-largest shale gas reserves at 42 trillion cubic feet (1.2 trillion cubic metres) behind those of France and Norway, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.


    Jan 16 (LNGJ) - Chevron Corp. has entered into production sharing contracts with China National Offshore Oil Corp. for two exploration blocks in the South China Sea's Pearl River Mouth Basin, covering a total area of around 5,782 square kilometres. "Exploration of these blocks builds on our strategy to grow our business across the Asia Pacific region, where we are developing LNG, deepwater, shale and sour gas resources," said George Kirkland, Vice Chairman of Chevron


    Inpex, the Japanese energy company LNG project developer, said the shareholders in its Indonesia Abadi Floating LNG project in the Arafura Sea, plan to sell a stake in the venture


    U.S. oil production climbed to the highest level in 20 years as improved drilling techniques boosted exploration across the country and reinforced a shift toward energy independence.

    Output rose 0.6 percent to 7.04 million barrels a day in the week ended Jan. 11, the Energy Information Administration reported today, the highest level since January 1993. The nation met 83 percent of its energy needs in the first nine months of 2012, which would be the highest annual rate since 1991, according to EIA data.

    “You are going to continue to see U.S. production growth, which is pretty exciting,” said Chip Hodge, who oversees a $9 billion natural-resource bond portfolio as senior managing director at Manulife Asset Management in Boston. “This is going to do a lot for the economy as the trade balance improves. There’s a multiplier effect.”

    Production grew at the fastest pace in U.S. history last year as horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, unlocked crude trapped in formations such as North Dakota’s Bakken shale. The state’s production of 747,000 barrels a day in October was a record high, EIA data show. The EIA is the Energy Department’s statistical arm.

    Nationwide output, which rose 39,000 barrels in the seven days ended Jan. 11, has climbed 18 of the past 19 weeks, according to the EIA. The U.S. will pump an average 7.32 million barrels a day this year and 7.92 million in 2014, the EIA said Jan. 8 in its monthly Short-Term Energy Outlook.

    The Paris-based International Energy Agency said in November that the U.S. is on track to become the world’s largest oil producer by 2020.

    Last year North Dakota overtook Ecuador, the smallest producer in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, and is closing in on Qatar, the second-smallest, which produced 750,000 barrels a day in December, according to data compiled by Bloomberg

    U.S. output has climbed for four years as drillers perfected technologies pioneered by Continental Resources Inc. in the Bakken. In 2004, the company completed a profitable well by pairing horizontal drilling, in which the bore travels lengthwise through the richest slice of rock, with fracking, which extracts oil and gas from shale using a high-pressure jet of sand, water and chemicals.

    “Companies are still in the process of discovering what they have,” Hodge said. “This technology has changed everything.”