CNX Reaches Settlement with Pennsylvania to Cover Well Plugging Liabilities

CNX Resources Corp. has reached a settlement with Pennsylvania regulators requiring the company to post a $1.48 million performance bond to ensure coverage for the costs of plugging 141 natural gas wells in the southwestern part of the state.

October 15, 2019

North Dakota Considering Crackdown on Idle Oil Wells

North Dakota officials are attempting to address the nagging problem of abandoned oil wells at a time when robust Bakken Shale growth continues unabated.

September 3, 2019
Fight Brewing Over Well Plugging Liabilities in Appalachia

Fight Brewing Over Well Plugging Liabilities in Appalachia

Diversified Gas & Oil plc is doubling down on its well plugging obligations across the Appalachian Basin, defending its commitment to the process in West Virginia, where it’s being challenged by a skeptical landowner rights organization that’s concerned about how far the company is willing to go to fulfill its responsibilities.

December 6, 2018
Three E&Ps Ordered to Plug 1,000-Plus Abandoned Wells in Pennsylvania

Three E&Ps Ordered to Plug 1,000-Plus Abandoned Wells in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has ordered CNX Resources Corp., XTO Energy Inc. and Alliance Petroleum Corp. to plug more than 1,000 abandoned wells across the state.

July 27, 2018

Sleuths Tracking Abandoned Pennsylvania Oil, Gas Wells For Clues to Reduce Methane Emissions Nationwide

Millions of abandoned wells may be a substantial source of methane in the atmosphere, but identifying them remains a challenge — and a big reason to study Pennsylvania, which has the longest history of U.S. oil and gas development and where scientists hope to find clues on how to fix a nationwide problem.

November 15, 2016

Wyoming Eyes More Funds to Accelerate Plugging of Abandoned Wells

Wyoming’s Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (WOGCC) is about to release proposed rules to double the money oil and natural gas operators set aside to pay for the abandonment and plugging of old wells.

September 24, 2015

KMIGT Files to Convert Pony Express to Serve Bakken

In response to the booming development in the Bakken Shale play, Kinder Morgan Interstate Gas Transmission LLC (KMIGT) is seeking FERC authorization to transfer a portion of its Pony Express natural gas pipeline to an affiliate to transport crude from the Bakken to key refinery centers.

August 17, 2012

China’s CNOOC Takes Another Run at North America

Seven years after it abandoned a bid to acquire U.S. oil and gas producer Unocal Corp., China’s CNOOC Ltd. is making a run for Canada’s Nexen Inc. with an offer in the same ballpark as what it proposed to pay for Unocal. Politics and trade policy are expected to be features of debate over the deal as CNOOC seeks approvals in Canada and the United States.

July 30, 2012

Wyoming Governor Pushes for Coal Gasification Projects

Harkening back to an abandoned, high profile, public/private sector coal gasification project in his state, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead at a press conference on Friday indicated he wants to rekindle similar like coal gasification projects in the state, drawing on advancements now in commercial operation in China.

July 3, 2012

Coal Mine Water Said Feasible for Shale Drilling

Abandoned coal mines in Pennsylvania may be a technically viable source of water for hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations, but economics and regulations ultimately could decide whether operators find the solution feasible, according to a recent report by the Rand Corp.

April 20, 2012
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