Natural Gas

4:11pm

Fri January 11, 2013
Energy

Coal Loses Crown As King Of Power Generation

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 4:31 pm

Georgia Power's coal-fired steam-turbine electric generating Plant Bowen in Euharlee, Ga., seen in 2009. The utility is planning on shuttering 15 coal- and oil-fired generating units at its facilities.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

Just a few years ago, Georgia Power generated nearly three-fourths of its electricity with coal. Last year, for the first time, natural gas edged out coal, and just this week the company announced plans to close 10 coal-fired power generators within the next few years.

"We do recognize this is a historic event for our company. We've never announced this many closings at one time," says Mark Williams, a company spokesperson.

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6:10am

Fri January 4, 2013
Energy

Drilling For Facts Under The 'Promised Land' Fiction

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 9:41 am

Matt Damon's character in the movie Promised Land comes to town to convince a landowner to allow a gas company to drill on his property.
Scott Green Focus Features

There is plenty in the movie Promised Land that will prompt energy industry insiders to roll their eyes. But the overall issues explored in the film, which is being widely released in theaters Friday, are very real.

A process called hydraulic fracturing has led to drilling booms that are transforming rural communities into industrial zones. Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," makes it possible to tap into natural gas reservoirs deep underground. But first, gas companies have to convince landowners to allow them to drill.

The Natural Gas Pitch

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10:26am

Thu December 13, 2012
The Two-Way

No Alarm Sounded When The West Virginia Pipeline Exploded

Investigators examine a 20-foot long section of gas pipeline found more than 40 feet from the rupture site north of Charleston, W. Va.
NTSB AP

When the 20-inch gas pipeline next to Interstate 77 in West Virginia first ruptured on Tuesday, nobody at pipeline operator, Columbia Gas Transmission, knew it.

Now, the National Transportation Safety Board is trying to find out why. NTSB member Robert Sumwalt says no warning went off in the operating company's control center in nearby Charleston, so investigators are going there to interview staffers and review data.

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2:09pm

Fri December 7, 2012
Oil & Gas

Report: Natural Gas Exports Would Benefit U.S. Economy

Flaring of unwanted hydrocarbons at a natural gas refinery in the Piceance Basin of Colorado.
Tim Hurst Creative Commons/Flickr

7:45am

Thu August 9, 2012
Energy

VIDEO: Coal And Natural Gas Arm Wrestle For Colorado Energy Dominance

Screencap from PBS NewsHour's report on coal vs. natural gas in Colorado. Pictured is PBS' Ray Saurez with David Eaves, CEO of Public Service.
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PBS NewsHour continues their energy series with a visit to Colorado. Coal has been a traditional source of electrical energy in the state, but now a new energy source - natural gas - is making inroads.

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