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Anger mounts at Vale in Brazil town at risk for new dam burst

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BARAO DE COCAIS, Brazil (Reuters) – It was bad enough for Paulo de Morais when he was expelled in early February from the house where he lived for 22 years, in the shadow of a mining dam at risk of collapse. Flavio Godinho, the Civil Defense Agency Lieutenant, reacts as he talks with journalists in Read More

Investor group to place $10 billion bet on East Med gas

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By Yaacov Benmeleh on 5/23/2019 TEL AVIV (Bloomberg) — A little-known investor group is planning a major shakeup of the Eastern Mediterranean natural gas industry in a bid to unlock hundreds of billions of dollars of sales stymied by the political and industrial complexities of the region. Cynergy Group, an investment firm based in Cyprus, Read More

Shell starts production at Appomattox in the GOM

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5/23/2019 HOUSTON — Royal Dutch Shell announced that production has started at Appomattox floating production system months ahead of schedule, opening a new frontier in the deep-water U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Appomattox, which currently has an expected production of 175,000 boed, is the first commercial discovery brought into production in the deep-water Gulf of Mexico Read More

Texas environmentalists plan lawsuit against Valero for pollution

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FILE PHOTO: The Valero refinery next to the Houston Ship Channel is seen in Houston, Texas, U.S., May 5, 2019. REUTERS/Loren Elliott/File Photo HOUSTON (Reuters) – Three Texas environmental groups notified Valero Energy Corp on Wednesday of plans to file a lawsuit under the U.S. Clean Air Act for pollution at the company’s Port Arthur, Read More

Groningen gas output should be cut more quickly, says minister

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AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Production at the Groningen gas field in the Netherlands should be reduced at a faster pace following a 3.4 magnitude earthquake in the northern Dutch region on Wednesday, Economic Affairs Minister Eric Wiebes said. FILE PHOTO: General view of a facility of Dutch gas production company NAM in Farmsum, Netherlands August 28, Read More

Aramco enters U.S. shale gas business with Sempra LNG deal

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By Anthony DiPaola on 5/22/2019 DUBAI (Bloomberg) — Saudi Aramco agreed to a buy a stake in Sempra Energy’s Texas LNG export terminal, giving the world’s biggest oil exporter a foothold in the fast-growing global gas trade. The proposed deal, which also includes an agreement to buy gas from the plant, would mark Aramco’s first Read More

British lawmakers demand their pension fund divests fossil fuels

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Britain’s Green Party MP Caroline Lucas speaks at a news conference held by The People’s Vote in London, Britain, January 22, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls LONDON (Reuters) – A third of British lawmakers called on Wednesday for their 700 million pound ($885 million) parliamentary pension fund to divest its holdings in fossil fuel companies to address Read More

Groningen quake prompts review of Dutch gas production plans

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AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – The Dutch government will decide in the coming weeks whether a 3.4 magnitude earthquake that hit the northern natural gas-producing region of Groningen on Wednesday should lead to a change in plans to end output by 2030. FILE PHOTO: Protesters demand an immediate end to gas extraction at the Groningen field as Read More

Magnitude 3.4 quake hits gas field region of north Netherlands

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AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – A 3.4 magnitude earthquake hit the north Dutch region of Groningen, home to one of Europe’s largest natural gas fields, early on Wednesday, Dutch meteorology institute KNMI said. Decades of gas extraction have led to dozens of minor tremors every year in Groningen, damaging thousands of homes, sparking unrest among locals and Read More

Dutch Groningen region hit by 3.4 magnitude earthquake: KNMI

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AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – A 3.4 magnitude earthquake hit the north Dutch region of Groningen, home to one of Europe’s largest natural gas fields, early on Wednesday, Dutch meteorology institute KNMI said. Decades of gas extraction have led to dozens of minor tremors every year in Groningen, damaging thousands of homes, sparking unrest among locals and Read More