Articles by Richard Nemec

North Dakota Changes Spill Disclosure Policy

Sparked by a 20,000 bbl leak from a Tesoro Logistics LP pipeline that went unreported in September by state officials for days, North Dakota is redefining its policy for handling oil and natural gas releases, resulting in a series of reports of small incidents in recent weeks. Longer term, state officials are working on a new set of guidelines affecting both the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) Oil/Gas Division and the Department of Health. Read More

SoCal Urban Oilfield Operator to Shut Down

Under increasing community and political pressure, Allenco Energy Co. agreed to shut down operations at a controversial urban drilling site a few miles south of downtown Los Angeles in a working class neighborhood just north of the University of Southern California campus. Allenco said it will use the pause in drilling to improve its operations. Read More

BLM: Oil, Gas Not Linked to Wyoming Water Problems

Natural gas and oil operations were not the cause of groundwater contamination in the Pinedale Anticline that was identified seven years ago and has been under investigation since then, according to two new Bureau of Land Management (BLM) reports released last Wednesday. Read More