Wyoming is analyzing U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) findings of high levels of benzene and other chemicals, including petroleum-related compounds, at two monitoring test wells installed near natural gas drilling locations around Pavillion, WY.
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Believing natural gas and oil prices will stay at their current levels “for a while,” Talisman Energy Inc. could shift money from the Marcellus and Montney shales to the Eagle Ford Shale next year as its focuses on liquid-rich plays, CEO John Manzoni said Wednesday.
Thirty Texas lawmakers recently wrote to Gov. Rick Perry seeking an emergency proclamation for additional air monitors in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to track emissions from Barnett Shale natural gas activity.
Findings of the panel reviewing TransCanada’s application to build a natural gas pipeline to commercialize Alaska’s North Slope gas reserves will be presented to lawmakers the week of May 19, Gov. Sarah Palin said Friday. She also called the legislature into a 30-day special session on June 3.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) said it is seeking public comment on an environmental assessment analyzing the potential impacts of the ExxonMobil Piceance Development Project, which is about 15 miles west of Meeker, CO. ExxonMobil proposes expanding its natural gas drilling activities and related infrastructure in the 28,800-acre project area, including the addition of a 150 MMcf/d gas treating facility to handle production from 120 new multi-well pads. The existing gas fields in the area have been in continuous operation since the 1950s. The EA analyzes the potential impacts of drilling up to 1,080 new wells from 120 new multi-well pads, as well as a new gas plant, new pipelines and other associated infrastructure. The White River Field Office will host a public open house meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 18 in Meeker to share information on the proposed project and alternatives. BLM will accept public comment on the environmental assessment through Nov. 3. For more information visit the BLM’s White River Field Office website at www.co.blm.gov/wrra or contact Carol Hollowed at (970) 878-3800.
A report in Tuesday’s edition of NGI’s Daily Gas Price Index cited a recent analysis of the comprehensive energy bill by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) (see Daily GPI, Aug. 2). In analyzing the impacts of the energy bill, EIA focused on the bill that was passed by the House of Representatives last April rather than the version of energy bill that was approved by Congress last week. The EIA said it would have drawn different conclusions about the final version of the energy bill, which was substantially different that the earlier House version of the legislation.
IHS Energy, which specializes in analyzing energy exploration and production (E&P) data around the world, has acquired Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA), whose analysis covers energy markets, geopolitics, structure and strategy. The partnership, said the IHS Group subsidiary, will build on the companies’ joint resources to expand their database and operations support. No financial details were disclosed.
Four stakeholder committees set up last March by the New YorkPublic Service Commission (PSC) have identified the key roadblocksin the state’s stalled retail energy deregulation process. By nextspring, they expect to have some solutions – if it isn’t too late.