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UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 23, 2019, 6:13 p.m.

Annual rate adjustment would raise natural gas rates 5% for Avista customers in Idaho

Avista Corp. has requested an annual rate adjustment in Idaho, which if approved by the Idaho Public Utilities Commission, would increase natural gas revenues by $3.3 million.


UPDATED: Tue., May 7, 2019, 3:07 p.m.

Iraq planning $53B megaproject with ExxonMobil, PetroChina

Iraq is planning a $53 billion megaproject with global energy giants ExxonMobil and PetroChina to use seawater from the Persian Gulf to boost oil production, Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi announced …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 10, 2018, 6:48 p.m.

Area Avista customers not affected by B.C. gas pipeline explosion

Avista’s natural gas customers in Eastern Washington and North Idaho aren’t affected by Tuesday’s pipeline explosion in British Columbia at this time, company officials said.


Avista seeks lower natural gas rates in Idaho

Avista Corp. is asking regulators for permission to decrease natural gas rates for Idaho customers, effective Nov. 1. If approved, a typical household was save about 34 cents on a …


Egypt hikes natural gas prices by up to 75 percent

Egypt raised natural gas prices for households and businesses Saturday by between 33.3 and 75 percent, the latest among tough austerity measures aimed at rebuilding the country’s economy battered by …


Natural gas is energy’s new king – but how long will it reign?

Natural gas is now the nation’s leading source of electricity. It is abundant and cheap, which has not only crippled the coal industry but has also affected virtually every other …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 26, 2018, 4:11 p.m.

Rate reduction for Avista’s natural gas customers takes effect

Avista customers will pay less for natural gas this winter as a result of lower wholesale prices.


Proposed pipeline could move North Dakota natural gas

Company officials say a $1.2 billion natural gas liquids pipeline proposed from Montana to Kansas will help accommodate increasing production in North Dakota and reduce wasteful flaring of excess gas.


Avista filing request to lower natural gas prices

If the recent cold snap has your furnace running constantly, take heart. Local residents could get a modest break on their heating bills this winter from lower natural gas prices.


Court upholds approvals of 3 projects to export natural gas

A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld Energy Department decisions approving three projects to export liquefied natural gas, a boost for the Trump administration’s strategy to increase energy production and …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 26, 2017, 6:51 p.m.

Avista customers to get slight break on winter heating costs

Avista’s natural gas customers in Washington will get a slight break on their bills beginning Nov. 1.


Exxon says it will reduce methane leaks from gas drilling

Exxon Mobil vows to reduce emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, from its natural gas drilling operations.


As world watches Kim Jong Un, China quietly builds South China Sea clout

As Kim Jong Un’s antics in North Korea capture global attention, China is quietly moving to bolster its grip on disputed territory in the South China Sea.


Avista requests natural gas rate increase in Idaho

Avista is asking Idaho regulators to approve a slight increase in natural gas rates, effective Nov. 1.


Audit planned on natural gas wells on Idaho endowment lands

Idaho is starting what officials say is the state’s first ever audit of natural gas and oil wells on state lands to make sure the state is getting its fair …


Settlement approved in 2016 Seattle natural gas explosion

The state’s largest energy utility will pay at least $1.5 million for a natural gas explosion in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood last year.


Portland utility suspends effort on new natural gas plants

Portland General Electric has suspended its effort to get permits for two new natural gas-fired power plants in eastern Oregon.


Oregon port vote is latest local action on fossil fuels

Residents of a coastal community in Oregon are considering whether to try to derail a fossil fuel export project in their rural county, a decision that could put them at …


China and U.S. reach agreement on beef, poultry, natural gas

Beijing will open its borders to U.S. beef, while cooked Chinese poultry is closer to landing on American supermarket shelves under a U.S.-China trade agreement.


Trump takes aim at western monuments with oil riches

Bears Ears National Monument in Utah boasts stretches of red-and-yellow sandstone so brilliant they appear to be ablaze and rock structures so precarious they appear to defy gravity.


Saudi Arabia now controls the largest oil refinery in North America

The Port Arthur refinery in Texas is North America’s largest oil refinery, and as of this week Saudi Arabia controls all of it. With the stroke of a proverbial pen, …


UPDATED: Wed., May 3, 2017, 8:16 p.m.

Groups sue to keep drilling ban in Arctic, Atlantic waters

Environmental and Alaska Native groups sued Wednesday to overturn an executive order by President Donald Trump that could lead to expanded petroleum drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans.


UPDATED: Wed., April 26, 2017, 9:56 p.m.

Trump orders review of national monuments

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday instructing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review any national monument created since Jan. 1, 1996, that spans at least 100,000 acres in …


UPDATED: Sat., March 25, 2017, 2:25 p.m.

Owner of leaking Alaska pipeline to halt natural gas flow

The governor of Alaska says the owner of an underwater pipeline leaking processed natural gas will temporarily shut down gas production that feeds into the line.


Bill altering regulation of oil and gas moves to Idaho House

An Idaho legislative panel has advanced a bill that significantly alters the state’s rules on natural gas and oil production to the full House for amendments.


Idaho lawmakers eye changes to natural gas and oil rules

A bill intended to make significant changes to how Idaho regulates the state’s developing natural gas and oil industry has been introduced in the House Health and Welfare Committee.


100 years ago in Spokane: New company planning to pipe natural gas 100 miles from Benton County to Spokane

The general frenzy in America over oil and gas riches had spread to Eastern Washington.


Williams makes good on plan to double down in heart of shale

Williams Cos. is following through on a promise to unload assets and double down in a region of the U.S. where natural gas production is still booming: the Marcellus shale …


Study: Idaho natural gas and oil taxes below many states

Idaho’s effective tax rate on natural gas and oil production is less than half the average when compared to eight other producing states.


Natural gas is 2016’s best-performing commodity amid cold blast

A polar blast that’s poised to sweep the U.S. has turned natural gas into the year’s best performer among major commodities. Frigid weather will sweep the western two-thirds of the …