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Al Gore's Daughter Arrested in Boston Protest

Karenna Gore is facing charges of resisting arrest, trespassing, disturbing the peace

(Newser) - Karenna Gore, the oldest daughter of Al Gore, was arrested along with 22 other activists during a protest Wednesday in Boston, Grist reports. The group was protesting a pipeline being built by Spectra Energy that will move fracked gas through a Boston neighborhood. According to WCVB , Gore, a mother of... More »

Jury Awards 2 Couples $4.2M Over Fracking Pollution

Couples argued methane reached water wells in Pennsylvania

(Newser) - It was worth the wait: Two Pennsylvania couples were awarded $4.2 million on Thursday, more than six years after first accusing Cabot Oil & Gas of contaminating their well water. Originally among a group of 44 Susquehanna County residents who sued Cabot in 2009, these two couples—Nolen Scott... More »

New Fear in California Gas Leak: Massive Blowout

'If the wellhead fails, the thing is just going to be full blast'

(Newser) - Highly flammable natural gas continues to spew from a well located near the LA neighborhood of Porter Ranch. Now, the Los Angeles Times reports, unsuccessful efforts to plug the leak have created conditions that might lead to an even bigger problem—a blowout that could release far more gas up... More »

More Than 130 Families Relocated Due to Gas Leak

It could take officials three more months to stop the leak

(Newser) - More than 130 families have been temporarily relocated from a Los Angeles neighborhood due to a leak at a massive natural gas storage facility that's causing a sickening stench. SoCalGas officials had received 503 inquiries as of Wednesday night from residents seeking relocation, the Los Angeles Daily News reported.... More »

Owner of Private SF Island Cuts Sale Price 77%

Red Rock Island is cool, but what can you do with it?

(Newser) - Want to make San Francisco Bay's only privately owned island your own? Easy, if you've got $5 million and don't mind a big dome-like rock with trees and grass and not much else, Yahoo reports. Owned by an attorney living in Thailand, Red Rock Island went on... More »

Energy Giant: We Found 'Largest Ever' Gas Field

Eni says it's made a major find in 'deep water' off Egypt

(Newser) - The Italian energy company Eni SpA announced today it has discovered a "supergiant" natural gas field off Egypt, describing it as the "largest-ever" found in the Mediterranean Sea. The news came a day after Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi met in Cairo with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the Egyptian... More »

Earth May Have More Helium Left Than Thought

Great news for MRI machines, the Large Hadron Collider, inflatable cartoons

(Newser) - Don't mourn the loss of your humorously high-pitched voices quite yet. Despite years of warnings from scientists that Earth's supply of helium is quickly running out , the results of a study announced Wednesday in Prague show there could still be large deposits of the element hidden underground, the... More »

Russia Cuts Off Gas Supply to Ukraine

After rejecting $1B offer

(Newser) - Relations between Russia and Ukraine are set to slide even further downhill after Kiev and Moscow failed to make a breakthrough in a bitter dispute over natural gas, with Russia today cutting the gas supply to the country. Russian gas exporter Gazprom says the deadline for Ukraine to pay a... More »

How 'the Gates of Hell' Emerged in a Soviet Desert

Giant pit has become tourist spot

(Newser) - A fiery pit has been burning in the middle of a Turkmenistan desert for more than four decades, and little has been done to get rid of it. The Darvaza gas crater, nicknamed the "Gates of Hell" or the "Door to Hell," has been on fire since... More »

Russia Jacks Ukraine's Gas Price 40%

And NATO boss says Russia hasn't moved troops yet

(Newser) - Russia's state-owned energy giant Gazprom is increasing the price of the natural gas it sells to Ukraine by 40%, it announced today, in what Reuters sees as an attempt to increase economic pressure on Kiev. But Gazprom didn't explain the move in terms of geopolitics; the company said... More »

Record-Breaking 'Ship' So Big It's Not a Ship

Shell's Prelude takes to the water as world's largest floating vessel

(Newser) - Picture the Empire State Building. Now picture it floating on its side at sea and you've got a pretty good idea what the world's largest floating vessel looks like. Shell's Prelude—a liquefied natural gas facility—has entered the water in South Korea and at 1,601... More »

We Need to Make Fracking Companies Tell Us More

Debate is too much in the dark: Gretchen Goldman

(Newser) - For as big a role as fracking plays in US energy production , the national conversation about it is sadly lacking, writes Gretchen Goldman at LiveScience . For that, blame the companies involved in the hunt for natural gas—along with inept government agencies, writes Goldman, an environmental engineer with the Union... More »

Fracking's New Side Effect: Radioactive Wastewater

Study finds high levels near a discharge site

(Newser) - Add this to ongoing debate about the merits and potential dangers of fracking : A Duke study uncovered high levels of radioactivity in water and sediment downstream from a fracking treatment plant in Pennsylvania, reports LiveScience . The researchers discovered the unexpected levels of radium in a creek near the Josephine Brine... More »

US Nearly World's New No. 1 Oil-and-Gas Producer

Combined output set to overtake Russia

(Newser) - The shale oil and gas boom has transformed energy markets so much that the US is on course to become the world's biggest combined oil-and-gas producer this year—if it hasn't already overtaken Russia. In July, America produced around 22 million barrels a day of oil, natural gas... More »

Obama to Bypass Congress, Put Limits on Power Plants

EPA to make announcement today

(Newser) - For the first time, the Environmental Protection Agency will set limits on the greenhouse gases power plants can emit. Today, the agency will announce that new coal plants' carbon emissions must stay below 1,100 pounds per megawatt hour, while new natural gas plants must maintain emissions below 1,000... More »

Gas Well Ablaze in Gulf After Blowout

Fire still burning; 44 evacuated but no one injured

(Newser) - A natural gas well is burning uncontrollably off the coast of Louisiana today, after a gas blowout caught fire yesterday, the AP reports. All 44 workers aboard evacuated when the gas leak started earlier in the day, and no one was aboard the well when it ignited at around 10:... More »

New York's 'Eternal Flame' Holds Natural Gas Secret

We may have more gas resources than previously believed: researcher

(Newser) - An "eternal flame" tucked behind a western New York state waterfall could have been lit as many as thousands of years ago—but it's only now revealing secrets about the natural gas that fuels it. There are thought to be a few hundred of these natural flames around... More »

Huge Blast Shakes Prague

Dozens injured; gas leak suspected

(Newser) - A powerful blast shook central Prague this morning, shattering windows in buildings hundreds of feet away and causing the evacuation of a large area. Up to 40 people were injured in the explosion, which police say was probably the result of a gas leak, the AP reports. The explosion badly... More »

Video Captures Moment of KC Explosion

One body recovered from rubble in Missouri

(Newser) - One body has been pulled from the rubble of yesterday's explosion in Kansas City that destroyed a restaurant, reports AP . The Kansas City Star says it is thought to be a 46-year-old female server at JJ's restaurant. Authorities think she is the only fatality, but they won't... More »

Entire Block in Kansas City Burns After Explosion

Cadaver dogs searching rubble after huge blaze

(Newser) - At least 14 people were injured, five of them critically, when a gas explosion sparked a huge blast in an upscale Kansas City shopping district. The fire, which completely destroyed JJ's Restaurant, engulfed an entire block of the Country Club Plaza, reports the AP . The force of the blast,... More »

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