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Fort Nelson mayor calls LNG summit expulsion 'exploitation,' apologizes

FORT NELSON, B.C. - Tempers are flaring in northern British Columbia over liquefied natural gas. Last week, the Fort Nelson First Nation expelled provincial government officials from its LNG summit over the province's decision to change environment assessment rules for gas plants. Now the municipal government of the Northern Rockies, which includes the city of Fort Nelson, says the decision to eject the officials was a "knee-jerk" reaction. In an open letter, Mayor Bill Streeper calls the expulsion "discriminatory exploitation" and apologizes for the incident.

Triton partnership gets NEB approval for 25-year LNG export licence

CALGARY - The National Energy Board has approved an application by Triton LNG Limited Partnership for a 25-year licence to export liquefied natural gas from a port in British Columbia. Triton, a partnership announced last year between AltaGas LTd. (TSX:ALA) and Idemitsu, will ship the gas from either Kitimat or Prince Rupert. The NEB says a proposed liquefaction terminal will require further regulatory approval before construction can begin.

Walking, 'talking' drilling rigs aim to modernize fracking

By Ernest Scheyder WEST CHESTER, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - The backbreaking life of a roughneck, the iconic worker bees of oilfield drilling rigs, is getting a little easier. Schramm Inc, which built the drilling rig that four years ago helped rescue 33 trapped Chilean copper miners, has designed a 500,000-pound rig for the oil and natural gas industry that can walk, rotate 360 degrees, be operated with a remote control, and load pipe automatically.

Sungun to start operation of tank terminal in July

ULSAN, April 10 (Yonhap) -- SungUn Tank Terminal Co. said Thursday that it plans to complete a tank terminal for storing and transferring petrochemical and petroleum products in the port city by July. Sungun broke ground in July last year for the terminal that includes eleven large- and small-sized storage tanks plus an office complex and other subsidiary facilities.

Sungun to start operation of tank terminal in July

ULSAN, April 10 (Yonhap) -- SungUn Tank Terminal Co. said Thursday that it plans to complete a tank terminal for storing and transferring petrochemical and petroleum products in the port city by July. Sungun broke ground in July last year for the terminal that includes eleven large- and small-sized storage tanks plus an office complex and other subsidiary facilities.

US rig count up 9 in latest week to 1,818

HOUSTON - Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by nine this week to 1,818. The Houston firm said in its weekly report Friday that 1,498 rigs were exploring for oil and 316 for gas. Four were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,738 active rigs. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained 11 rigs, Oklahoma increased by five, Pennsylvania gained three and New Mexico increased by two.

B.C. premier says report makes 15 recommendations to attract LNG workforce

VICTORIA - Premier Christy Clark has unveiled a skills-training strategy designed to ensure British Columbia has enough skilled workers for liquefied natural gas projects. A report with input from government, labour groups, LNG companies and First Nations makes 15 recommendations to attract a mobile workforce to the sector. It includes recommendations on training, marketing and developing best practices to ensure workers are available to fill LNG jobs. One recommendation says a quarter of the workers should be apprentices.

'Mama Kanga': Nigeria's 'well woman'

Fortified by a faith in God and a Guinness stout -- or a tot of something stronger -- Ololade Rabiu reckons she must have dug hundreds of wells in her time. But the 46-year-old mother of six is a rarity in Nigeria, where forging deep into the red earth to find precious drinking water has historically been a male preserve. "I am extremely happy that I am the only woman so far in this profession of well-drilling. I love and enjoy it," she told AFP at her home in Igbogbo, about 40 kilometres (25 miles) east of Lagos.

U.S. senator launches bill to go slow on LNG exports despite Ukraine

By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Edward Markey introduced a bill on Thursday to make the Obama administration's approval of liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports more complicated, saying expedited permits will not help Ukraine and Europe manage Russia's control of fuel supply.

Saskatchewan spending $2 million on four enhanced oil recovery projects

REGINA - Saskatchewan is ponying up nearly $2 million to help find ways to push more oil out of the ground. Innovation Saskatchewan, a government agency that gives the province advice on research and development, has approved $1.9 million to develop enhanced oil recovery technologies in heavy oil fields. The money is for four projects, including two for the Regina-based Petroleum Technology Research Centre.
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