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Egypt's energy quagmire could sink Sisi

By Maggie Fick CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's army chief, Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, won vast popularity by crushing the Muslim Brotherhood, but even a man seen by his followers as invincible may be unable to fix the mess in the politically sensitive energy sector. Sisi, who toppled Islamist leader Mohamed Mursi in July and promised to bring calm to Egypt, is expected soon to stage a triumphal run for the presidency in elections due within months.

Methane leaks far higher than US estimates

The natural gas system in the United States is leaking far more methane, a harmful greenhouse gas, into the air than official estimates say, according to research released Thursday. The report by researchers at seven major universities reviewed some 200 studies from the past two decades and found that the Environmental Protection Agency is missing leakage from various sources in North America, including faulty pipelines, wetlands, natural seepage from the Earth's crust and other sources.

B.C. premier plugs vision for liquefied natural gas in California Senate address

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - British Columbia Premier Christy Clark plugged her vision for an economy fuelled by liquefied natural gas during a speech Thursday to California's senate. Clark told senators that exporting LNG, which she described as the cleanest fossil fuel, to Asia would create jobs, investment opportunities and eliminate the debt in her province. She said the LNG industry will be the biggest step B.C. has taken to reducing global greenhouse gas emissions and growing its economy responsibly.

B.C. premier plugs vision for liquefied natural gas in California senate address

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - B.C. Premier Christy Clark is plugging her vision for an economy fuelled by liquefied natural gas during a trip to California. Clark address the California senate, telling members that exporting what she described as the cleanest fossil fuel to Asia would create jobs, investment opportunities and eliminate the debt. She says the LNG industry will be the biggest step B.C. has taken to reducing global greenhouse gas emissions and grow its economy responsibly.

Exclusive: Chinese-backed Blu LNG slows down U.S. growth plans

By Nichola Groom LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Blu LNG, one of the biggest names in the move to wean U.S. trucks off diesel onto natural gas, has laid off 20 percent of its staff, ousted several senior executives and slowed down development of fueling stations as it waits for more truckers to embrace the switch to the cheap and cleaner-burning fuel.

Ability to transport U.S. oil, gas lags booming output: Energy Secretary

By Ros Krasny WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The energy boom of the last decade that has boosted oil and gas production in the United States has outpaced the development of critical infrastructure to transport the raw and refined materials, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said on Thursday.

Feds ask National Energy Board, Competition Bureau, to study propane price jumps

OTTAWA - The federal government is calling for an investigation of a "fairly serious" propane supply crisis that has seen prices for the fuel nearly double since the fall. Ontario's energy minister welcomed Thursday's announcement but critics say the probe will do little to help farmers and other rural residents cope with the skyrocketing cost of keeping their homes, livestock and businesses warm this winter.

S. Korea's oil consumption falls for first time in 5 years: data

SEOUL, Jan. 30 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's oil consumption fell for the first time in five years in 2013 as the country used more electricity and city gas to meet its heating and miscellaneous energy needs, data showed Thursday. According to numbers provided by the Korea National Oil Corp. (KNOC), petroleum product consumption reached around 826.84 million barrels last year, a 0.1 percent dip from the tally taken for 2012.

Propane shortage, higher prices causing problems for suppliers, customers in extreme cold

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Supply problems in several states where propane is a crucial heating source have prompted governors and other officials to take action against vendors, investigate claims of price gouging and increase aid to low-income customers. The propane drain coincides with extreme cold temperatures in several Midwestern and Southern states where residents and business owners are struggling to keep heating tanks filled due to increased costs or supply cut-offs.

People in parts of southeastern Manitoba try to keep warm after pipeline blast

WINNIPEG - Many residents of southeastern Manitoba affected by a natural gas pipeline explosion proved to be creative and resilient as they entered a third day without heat Monday. Steve Cope was using an electric fireplace and two portable space heaters to keep his two-storey home in Niverville warm as the temperature outside dipped to near -30 C.
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