Richard Nemec began writing for NGI in 1995 and has 30 years experience in the energy industry. He holds BA from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles; and a MA in journalism from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL; and completed MBA courses at Northwestern's Evening Graduate School of Management.
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The project manager of the Jordan Cove LNG project in Oregon indicated Friday that he expects to break through the federal permitting bottleneck by early May.
Oklahoma’s House of Representatives has passed a bill (HB 2954) that would use some existing state revenue sources to help counties switch their fleet vehicles to run on compressed natural gas (CNG) and add to the state’s fueling infrastructure for natural gas vehicles (NGV).
The need for the multi-billion-dollar parallel Sandpiper Pipeline addition was questioned Tuesday by a Minnesota refinery and customer of the existing North Dakota Pipeline Co. (NDP) oil pipeline from the Bakken Shale.
The effect of this winter’s harsh weather for much of the nation, which has pushed up natural gas demand, particularly in the power generation sector, as well as prices, has spilled over into drought-ridden California where independent generators last Tuesday sought relief from FERC.
New water protection rules applying to oil and natural gas drilling in Wyoming took effect March 1, requiring operators to test existing water sources before and after drilling a well (see Daily GPI, Nov. 13, 2013). Adopted last November by the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (WOGCC), the rules were part of an initiative by Gov. Matt Mead, one of three statewide elected officials on the WOGCC, and supported by the Environmental Defense Fund and Wyoming Outdoor Council. A spokesperson for the governor, Renny MacKay, told NGI last Tuesday that the new water testing requirements quietly became effective at a time when the state legislature has “quite a few bills related to energy pending, but none have hit governor’s desk yet.”
Two controversial proposals for the robust Bakken oil patch in North Dakota came to an end Monday with more of a whimper than a bang, according to the three-member Industrial Commission.
Add two more U.S. natural gas fueling stations to the domestic map — and leave room for more — Clean Energy Fuels Corp. said.
Los Angeles City Council at the end of February directed the city attorney to draft an ordinance banning well stimulation practices. It is reportedly aimed at hydraulic fracturing (fracking) but is cast more broadly than that, according to oil/natural gas industry sources.