Natural Gas


Rockaway Pipeline Project Set to Move Forward

Sunday, December 02, 2012

A pipeline operator is moving forward with plans to build a natural gas pipeline through the Rockaways and under Jamaica Bay, despite concerns about the area's vulnerability to storms like Sandy.

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New Jersey News

Vote on Controversial Newark Power Plant Expected This Week

Tuesday, May 08, 2012


A vote on whether to allow Hess to build a controversial natural gas power plant in Newark will go in front of the city's planning board this week.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Fracking Report

Friday, September 09, 2011

Mireya Navarro, environmental reporter for The New York Times focused on the New York region and the author of Green Wedding: Planning Your Eco-Friendly Celebration (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2009), talks about the state DEC report on hydraulic drilling for natural gas, the economic impact of drilling, and the start of the public comment period.

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The Takeaway

A Tainted Well Points to Trouble with Natural Gas Drilling

Thursday, August 04, 2011

The oil and gas industry drills natural gas wells with a technique called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. And for decades, both industry executives and regulators have maintained that it’s safe. In an appearance before congress in January of last year, Rex W. Tillerson, the chief executive of ExxonMobil, claimed that "there is not one, not one, reported case of a fresh water aquifer having ever been contaminated from hydraulic fracturing, not one." Now, there is one.

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It's A Free Country ®

T. Boone Pickens On Our Energy Future

Thursday, April 28, 2011

We’re going to go down in history as the dumbest crowd that ever came to town, if we don’t use our own resources. Our resources are cleaner, cheaper, abundant, and ours, and can you imagine that we’re using dirty oil from the enemy when we don’t have to?

T. Boone Pickens, oil and gas executive, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Cuomo Signals No New Drilling, Pending Studies

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo is signalling he won't approve the use of a controversial gas drilling technique until he's seen "bona fide" studies showing it can be done safely.

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EPA Subpoenas Natural Gas Records from Halliburton

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Federal regulators have subpoenaed records from energy company Halliburton in a clash that could have ramifications for New York's natural gas industry.

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The Takeaway

Countries Focus on Arctic Region for Energy Future

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Russia is attempting to stake out both literal and diplomatic territory over the division of natural resources in the Arctic region.  


The Takeaway

HBO's 'Gasland' Explores Environmental, Health Impacts of Natural Gas Drilling

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Last night the documentary "Gasland" aired on HBO. The film focuses on the health and environmental dangers involved in drilling for natural gas. It's the work of director Josh Fox, who started the project after his family in Northeastern Pennsylvania was offered nearly $100,000 from an energy company to take their 19.5 acres of land for hydraulic fracturing. Fox traveled to towns across America where land, water, animals and people have been negatively impacted by natural gas drilling.

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The Takeaway

First Take: Desperate Financial Times in the Gulf, Homelessness, Documentary on Natural Gas Drilling

Monday, June 21, 2010

UPDATED 6:20pm

Arwa Gunja, here on the evening shift.

Earlier today, the Supreme Court ruled on what many legal experts are calling the most significant decision on free speech in terrorism cases. In a 6-3 ruling, the Court said neither domestic organizations nor individuals can provide “material support” to foreign terrorist groups. It is still unclear what “material support” means and how far-reaching the implications of the ruling may be. Tomorrow morning we’ll talk with David Cole, who provided legal counsel for the Humanitarian Law Project, the plaintiff in the case.

In another court case that began today, a Connecticut judge will soon decide whether cheerleading classifies as a sport. In the case, the Quinnipiac University women’s volleyball team has sued the school for cutting its budget to fund the cheerleading squad. The volleyball team says that cheerleading is not a sport under Title IX, the civil rights law that requires schools to equally allocate resources to men’s and women’s sports teams. Linda Carpenter the author of “Title IX,” will explain how the groundbreaking law works, and whether cheerleading qualifies.

Speaking of higher education, tomorrow we’re asking, is graduate school really worth it? More than a quarter of people graduating with a Bachelors Degree this year will go on to pursue graduate degrees. But do graduate degrees increase your chances of finding a job and does the ratio of debt to salary cancel out of the benefits of the degree? Takeaway work contributor Beth Kobliner will weigh in, along with a former graduate student. What do you think? If you went to graduate school, was it worth it? And if you are currently unemployed, are you thinking about going back to school? To share your comments, call us at 877-8-MYTAKE or leave us a message here on our website.

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The Takeaway

President Unveils Offshore Drilling Plan

Thursday, April 01, 2010

President Obama unveiled plans to expand oil and natural gas drilling off the coasts of the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and north coast of Alaska, yesterday. If implemented, the move is expected to decrease the country's dependency on foreign fuels, please oil and gas companies and Republicans, but anger those on the left and environmental groups.


The Takeaway

Exxon Buys XTO; Is Natural Gas The New Oil?

Thursday, December 17, 2009

This week, Exxon acquired XTO Energy, one of the largest domestic producers of natural gas. Natural gas is considered a cheaper and greener form of energy due to its somewhat lower carbon footprint... but the companies who may own the natural gas market may wind up being the same oil giants we already know. Daniel Yergin, chairman of IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates, is joined by Lisa Margonelli, from the New America Foundation, to explain what these developments in the natural gas market signify.

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The Takeaway

Brrr! Ukraine and Russia's gas dispute sends chills across Europe

Friday, January 09, 2009

The head of the Russian utility giant, Gazprom, says gas shipments to Ukraine could resume today meaning Europe could start cranking their heaters again. However, the only way Russia will agree is if the E.U. deploys monitors to observe Ukrainian pipelines. Reportedly, no progress has been made on a new contract between the Ukraine and Russia. Here with all the details is the BBC's Gabriel Gatehouse.