Articles by Richard Nemec

Monterey Shale's Potential Questioned in Study

A recent study sponsored by two anti-hydraulic fracturing (fracking) organizations calls into question the bullish estimates for California's Monterey Shale. "Drilling California: A Reality Check on the Monterey Shale" is an analysis of previously released bullish production estimates of 15.4 billion bbl (see Shale Daily, Sept. 13, 2011). Read More

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