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New Mexico Senators Want to End Oil, Gas Leasing in Chaco Region

One month after a federal judge ruled that the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) did not violate environmental law when it approved applications for oil and gas drilling in a sensitive area of northwest New Mexico, the state’s two Democratic senators introduced a bill to withdraw the area from future lease sales.

May 22, 2018

Brief — SoCal Edison

Rosemead, CA-based Southern California Edison Co. (SCE) on Monday released a request for offers (RFO) seeking a variety of distributed energy resources in the Santa Barbara-Goleta area, including natural gas-fired options, such as combined heat-power and cogeneration along with storage, energy efficiency and distributed renewable resources. Eligible projects must meet local interconnection requirements and have start dates between June 1, 2019 and June 1, 2020. SCE seeks to bolster its grid resiliency in the coastal area about 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Utility officials said the RFO is not trying to add capacity, but rather increase grid resiliency by adding distributed resources. Projects that meet the RFO requirements will participate in a competitive bidding process for which a bidder’s conference will be held March 22. Additional information is at RFO website established by SCE, scegarfo.accionpower.com.

March 7, 2017
Production, Related Activity Sputters in North Dakota

Production, Related Activity Sputters in North Dakota

With the exception of average daily natural gas output, North Dakota production and related activities saw declines in November, a downward trend that is likely to continue through the winter, according to Lynn Helms, director of the state’s Department of Mineral Resources.

January 17, 2017

U.S. Energy Sector Market Improving, But Labor Shortage Taking A Toll

U.S. oil and natural gas extraction jobs began inching up in parts of the country in late 2016, and it can’t come quickly enough as the tight labor market apparently already is affecting onshore drilling efficiencies as operators raise more rigs.

January 10, 2017

Fracking Eyed as Culprit in Latest Oklahoma Quakes

As regulators in Oklahoma scramble to figure out what caused a swarm of earthquakes outside an “area of interest” targeting wastewater injection wells, one researcher said there is a possibility the temblors were caused by hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations.

July 14, 2016
Interior Secretary Cancels Montana Oil/Gas Leases to Avoid Tribal Conflict

Interior Secretary Cancels Montana Oil/Gas Leases to Avoid Tribal Conflict

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Thursday bowed to Blackfeet Indian Nation concerns and cancelled a proposed oil/natural gas lease sale in the Badger-Two Medicine area of the Lewis and Clark National Forest in northwest Montana.

March 18, 2016

Encana Assessing NatGas Well Blowout in Duvernay

Encana Corp. continued to work Tuesday afternoon to bring a sour natural gas and condensate well in the Kaybob area in the Duvernay formation under control following a blowout one day before.

September 22, 2015
‘Different’ Storage Primed For Resurgence, Natural Gas Buyers Say

‘Different’ Storage Primed For Resurgence, Natural Gas Buyers Say

The doldrums that natural gas storage has been mired in for some time could disappear, replaced by a re-energized market for short-term, regionally based deals, according to some major natural gas buyers.

September 18, 2015

Rex Energy Adding NatGas Gathering System For New Pennsylvania Acreage

Stonehenge Energy Resources II LP has agreed to construct a 400 MMcf/d natural gas gathering system for Rex Energy Corp.’s recently acquired acreage in northern Butler County, PA.

June 4, 2015

Fire at Range Drill Site Quickly Extinguished

Range Resources Corp. reported a fire late Wednesday at one of its well pads in Washington County, PA, where equipment failure is believed to be the cause of the blaze, the company said.

February 5, 2015
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