Articles by Richard Nemec

NatGas by Rail Not on Radar in North Dakota, Official Says

Crude oil by rail transportation continues on its robust path in North Dakota, tied closely to the spread between Brent and WTI prices, but natural gas-by-rail shipment is still just a concept being explored by some of the U.S. railroads, according to Justin Kringstad, director at the North Dakota Pipeline Authority, which keeps track of oil/natural gas transportation. Read More

California Fracking Rules Are Broadened, Regulator Says

A California oil and gas regulator on Tuesday characterized the state's latest revised draft hydraulic fracturing (fracking) rules as going beyond any other state’s since the law mandating them (SB 4) applies to all well stimulation activity, fracking just being part of what the recently revised rules cover. Read More

North Dakota Reaches 1M b/d Production Milestone

As anticipated for months, North Dakota finally cracked the magic 1 million bbl mark for daily crude oil production in April, joining an elite list of oil-producing states and nations, according to state officials Tuesday who released the most recent production totals for oil and natural gas. Records keep being set with regularity. Read More

California Revised Draft Fracking Rules Released

Revised draft hydraulic fracturing (fracking) rules including a call for reporting any related quake activity of magnitude 2.0 or greater were released Friday by the California Department of Conservation's Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR). New definitions and expanded requirements are included in the 29-page draft. Read More
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First of Five Pipelines in Mexico to Seek Bidders

News reports out of Mexico City on Thursday cited the nation's chief electricity regulator as identifying the first of five new natural gas transmission pipelines that are on the drawing board to serve state-run generation plants. The first will be a $400 million line between Ojinaga and El Encino in the north-central state of Chihuahua. Read More