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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.