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Shale Gas Truck Seized By Elsipogtog First Nation Warriors

5 Jun

Protest leader John Levi, a warrior chief in Elsipogtog First Nation, wants SWN Resources Canada to pack up its seismic testing eqiupment and leave. (CBC)

from CBC News

A shale gas exploration company’s service vehicle was surrounded and seized by a group of self-described native warriors near Elsipogtog First Nation in so called “New Brunswick” on Tuesday, Royal Canadian Mounted Police say.

The truck driver was confronted at a gas bar along Route 116 during the lunch hour, police said, referring to it as a peaceful incident.

RCMP would not confirm who owns the truck, but it has a Stantec logo on its doors. Stantec is a Fredericton-based engineering firm doing work for SWN Resources Canada, a major industry player in the province.

RCMP described the incident as peaceful.

Elsipogtog Chief Aaron Sock had said earlier in the day his council does not welcome SWN’s seismic testing in New Brunswick.

SWN spokeswoman Tracey Stephenson described the incident as a “security event” involving one of the company’s subcontractors.

The protest in Elsipogtog continued into the evening Tuesday at the local RCMP detachment, where the truck containing seismic testing equipment was taken after protesters had seized it at a gas station along Route 116 during the lunch hour.

About 65 people, including children, gathered around the truck in a bid to keep it from being moved from the RCMP parking lot.

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Second LNG Export Terminal Approved

26 May

Cross Posted from El Paso Inc

In this April 15, 2008 file photo, the Excelsior arrives at the Freeport LNG (Liquid Natural Gas) terminal in Houston. The Energy Department has given conditional approval to a Texas company that wants to export liquefied natural gas, the second LNG export project the Obama administration has approved as it faces a wave of export requests. The permit would allow Freeport LNG Expansion L.P. to export up to 1.4 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day from its terminal near Freeport, Texas, south of Houston. It is subject to environmental review and final regulatory approval. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Steve Campbell

The Energy Department on Friday conditionally approved a Texas company’s proposal to export liquefied natural gas, only the second such project allowed to move forward amid a production boom that has led to glut of domestic natural gas.

The action would allow Freeport LNG Expansion L.P. to export up to 1.4 billion cubic feet of liquefied natural gas per day from its terminal near Freeport, Texas, south of Houston. The DOE said granting such a permit for shipments to countries that do not have free trade agreements with the U.S. was in the public interest.

Freeport is the second export project to win Energy Department authorization, following the Sabine Pass LNG Terminal in Cameron Parish, La.

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Litigation Threat Causes Boulder, Fort Collins to End Fracking Bans

26 May

From the Boulder Journal

Environmentalists suffered two setbacks Tuesday when leaders in Fort Collins overturned an indefinite ban on hydraulic fracturing while commissioners in Boulder County decided to let their temporary fracking moratorium expire.

In a sharply divided 4-3 vote that saw comments fired back and forth between Mayor pro tem Gerry Horak and his colleagues last night, the Fort Collins City Council overturned the fracking ban that it initially passed on Feb 19. The mayor pro tem cited an impending threat of a lawsuit from the lone driller that is operating in Fort Collins for why he changed his vote.

Prospect Energy reportedly threatened to sue Fort Collins over the ban. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper had also warned the city of potential litigation from state officials.

In addition to allowing Prospect Energy to resume fracking its current well pads, Fort Collins will soon open up two new square miles of land for fracking around the Anheuser-Busch brewery along Interstate 25.
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