Will Israel’s Natural Gas Tap Flow to Turkey?

Will Israel’s Natural Gas Tap Flow to Turkey?

Improvement of Turkish and Israeli ties could make Istanbul a hub for Israeli natural gas deliveries to Europe The discovery and development of large natural gas deposits by Israel in the eastern Mediterranean by local and foreign energy companies such as Delek Energy and Noble Energy  has become a game changer for Israel. Up to now,[.....]

Israel to Drill for Oil in Underwater Nature Reserve Illuminates Schizophrenic Government Policies

Israel to Drill for Oil in Underwater Nature Reserve Illuminates Schizophrenic Government Policies

An absurd situation where one ministry approves the marine reserve and and another gives a license for oil drilling. Nothing new for Israel. If Greenpeace has won the battle against Zara and its use of toxic chemicals, this new potential environmental threat should have the Greenpeace Mediterranean headquarters on full alert: the Israeli government eager[.....]

Noble Energy May be Pushing its Luck by Drilling for Deep Oil in the Med

Noble Energy May be Pushing its Luck by Drilling for Deep Oil in the Med

Satellite view of Deepwater Horizen oil spill slick, April 30, 2010: Photo by US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Noble Energy, the Houston based energy company, has been working with both Israel and Cyprus to find commercial quantities of natural gas under the eastern Mediterranean seabed . Noble Energy’s Mediterranean undersea energy exploration has[.....]

Mediterranean Agency Could Avert Offshore Marine Disasters

Mediterranean Agency Could Avert Offshore Marine Disasters

As Israeli rigs start drilling for natural gas, a new disaster prevention agency is proposed to avert another BP-Florida Gulf disaster. Environmentalists have proposed a new government body that might head off ecological catastrophes on Israel’s Mediterranean coast. The new agency could set policy more efficiently by streamlining the powers currently shared by several different[.....]

Israel’s Petroleum Council Adds Environment Reps

Israel’s Petroleum Council Adds Environment Reps

Meged oil field, in Israel. Last week two environmental representatives were added to Israel’s Petroleum Council, according to the Jerusalem Post. The council has been restructured to include a total of 13 members, including seven members of the public. As Israel’s ongoing court dispute between government officials and national gas distributors proves, the industry has[.....]

Turkey Begins Controversial Drilling In Cyprus

Turkey Begins Controversial Drilling In Cyprus

Turkey has started exploratory drilling for oil and gas in the town of Iskele in northern Cyprus (red arrow), angering the government of the Greek-controlled southern region. The Turkish Petroleum Corporation began onshore drilling operations on April 26 at a 3,000-meter-deep well, named “Türkyurdu-1” (“Turkish Homeland”), which Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yıldız called a “force for[.....]

Egypt Slashes Longstanding Gas Deal With Israel

Egypt Slashes Longstanding Gas Deal With Israel

Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company announced on Sunday that they have cancelled their agreement to sell natural gas to Israel following at least one dozen attacks on the pipeline linking the two countries. Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said the move was of “great concern,” but Egypt insists that the decision was motivated purely by commercial[.....]

How can the Arab World Benefit from Climate Change Negotiations in Qatar?

How can the Arab World Benefit from Climate Change Negotiations in Qatar?

The last international climate change negotiation (COP17) took place in Durban in 2011 and the outcomes were pretty disappointing given the urgency of the matter in hand. Unsatisfactory outcomes aside, climate change negotiations have been providing momentous opportunities for NGOs, individuals and the private sector to engage and exchange ideas on solutions to climate change mitigation.[.....]

Cyprus Researcher: Protect Sea from Natural Gas Drills

Cyprus Researcher: Protect Sea from Natural Gas Drills

Drilling for undersea gas in Cyprus’s Exclusive Economic Zone may have serious impacts on marine life. Like 0ther-energy poor countries in the eastern Mediterranean basin, including Israel and Lebanon, who are now in a  serious dispute over energy reserves located there, the Republic of Cyprus has shown interested in exploiting the undersea natural gas fields[.....]

Iran Forgets India and Keeps Pitching Peace Pipeline to Pakistan

Iran Forgets India and Keeps Pitching Peace Pipeline to Pakistan

Iran, becoming more isolated appeals to Pakistan to move ahead with natural gas “peace pipeline.” Saboteurs have already had their say in the idea. Image via BSO-NA As Iran becomes more marginalized with US-backed sanctions, Iran seeks to conduct business with more hospitable partners, like Pakistan. Every year floods devastate Pakistan, this year with a[.....]

Navies Circle Cyprus As It Explores Natural Gas

Navies crowd into once placid waters as Turkey presses Cyprus on gas reserves Turkey has a corvette, frigate and helicopters escorting its exploration vessel, the Piri Reis, as it explores for gas and oil. The US has quietly dispatched an aircraft and Russian naval vessels have been seen patrolling. News reports say US reconnaissance planes[.....]

Natural Gas Creating New Axes of Alliance Across Mediterranean

Natural Gas Creating New Axes of Alliance Across Mediterranean

Egypt and Turkey entered into several new energy-sharing arrangements on a recent diplomatic visit to Cairo by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Energy Minister Taner Yıldız. Analysts speculate that the new alliance comes in response to a perceived Israeli-Cypriot alliance over natural gas extraction. Oil wars are so last century. The resource with the potential[.....]

Greek Cyprus Fearful Over Offshore Gas Well Drilling

Greek Cyprus Fearful Over Offshore Gas Well Drilling

Map showing disputed Cyprus underwater gas fields, as well as those being contested by Israel and Lebanon Undersea drilling for natural gas by the Greek Cypriot government now appears to be more problematic than just their fears of disturbing the undersea environment or undersea territorial claims by regional countries like Israel and Lebanon. Cypriot’s “neighbor,” the[.....]

Cyprus Fears Environmental Impact of Undersea Gas Drilling

Cyprus Fears Environmental Impact of Undersea Gas Drilling

Natural gas drilling near Cyprus could affect lucrative tourism industry says its commerce minister. Drilling for natural gas by Israel in the eastern Mediterranean has already resulted in undersea territorial disputes between Israel and Lebanon, resulting in the United Nations deciding to mediate the dispute between the two countries. Besides the environmental concerns of this[.....]

Dubai Municipality To Convert 500 Cars To Hybrid Gas Engines

Dubai Municipality To Convert 500 Cars To Hybrid Gas Engines

Dubai’s Director Of Transportation is among the first recipients of a compressed gas engine vehicle. Starting with just five vehicles initially, the Dubai municipality plans to eventually outfit 500 vehicles with compressed gas engines with technical assistance from Compressed Gas Technology (CG Tech), The National reports. By burning a combination of petrol and natural gas,[.....]

A Black Smog-Craft Chokes Cairo’s Skies

A Black Smog-Craft Chokes Cairo’s Skies

Trapped air and burning rice waste turns Cairo’s already sullied skies black during “Black Cloud Season” Not long ago I took a trip to the Mediterranean Sea and was appalled that from Cairo’s city center, in the Nile river, to well beyond the pyramids of Giza lie mounting heaps of trash: litter on the side[.....]

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