BC Launches Oil, Gas Well Cleanups Backed by Covid Relief Funds

BC Launches Oil, Gas Well Cleanups Backed by Covid Relief Funds

British Columbia (BC) on Monday launched a C$50 million ($38 million) first stage of its share in Canada’s government-financed Covid-19 pandemic relief program to clean up depleted and abandoned oil and gas wells. Contracts to seal and reclaim 1,880 dormant wells were awarded to 79 service firms that expect to employ about 1,200 workers on…

September 21, 2020

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

North Dakota Reaffirms DUC Rules, Keeps One-Year Extension

Although it expects to be asked by operators to classify hundreds of drilled but uncompleted (DUC) wells as “temporarily abandoned” over the next five months, the North Dakota Industrial Commission (IC) voted unanimously to reaffirm its one-year extension for such wells to be completed.

October 23, 2015

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
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