CPUC Moves to Quell Internal Attorneys’ Dispute on Pipe Cases

Under pressure from San Bruno city officials asking for a state probe of its actions and growing internal tensions, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on Wednesday reshuffled two key legal positions in the three consolidated penalty cases against Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) for the 2010 natural gas transmission pipeline rupture and explosion in San Bruno.

June 28, 2013

Senators Seek Information on Pipeline Rate Over-Recoveries

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and ranking member Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) sent a letter Wednesday to FERC asking that it provide more detailed information about Section 5 complaint investigations that it initiated in past years into allegations that certain pipelines are charging unjust and unreasonable rates.

March 8, 2013

D&L Energy Appeals Shutdown of Injection Wells

D&L Energy Inc. has filed an appeal with the Ohio Oil and Gas Commission, asking it to overturn the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) decision to revoke six of the company’s permits, deny three permit applications and order a halt to all temporary storage operations near Youngstown, after oilfield waste was illegally dumped into waterways near Youngstown in late January.

March 7, 2013

MSC Reaching Out to Promised Land Audiences

MSC also released a longer video on social media channels and is asking viewers to submit their questions about natural gas production and use. The video includes a series of clips from a variety of news programs detailing the economic benefits of developing the Marcellus Shale.

January 8, 2013

Republican State Officials Call on Obama to Pull Fracking Rule

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, chairman of the Republican Governors Association, and several state attorneys general Monday signed a letter asking President Obama to pull the final rule on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on public and Indian lands at the federal level.

December 19, 2012

Environmental Group Wants DRBC to Control NatGas Pipelines

The Delaware Riverkeeper Network said more than 50 organizations have signed a petition asking the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) to take regulatory authority over natural gas pipelines in the watershed.

November 30, 2012

EPA Presses FERC to Expand Cove Point Analysis

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has called on FERC to expand the scope of its environmental analysis of Dominion Cove Point’s liquefaction facilities, asking it to look into the “foreseeable future” and to exceed its jurisdiction by reviewing the “indirect effects” related to natural gas drilling and combustion.

November 26, 2012

Upstate New York Officials Ask to Weigh in on Drilling Ban Challenges

More than 50 municipalities across upstate New York’s Finger Lakes region that touch the Marcellus Shale are asking a state appeals court for permission to weigh in on whether they may ban oil and natural gas drilling within their jurisdictions.

November 1, 2012

Arkansas Landowners Sue Companies Over Injection Wells

A group of landowners in three Arkansas counties are asking a federal court to allow a class action lawsuit against three oil and natural gas companies, claiming they are illegally operating six wastewater injection wells in the Fayetteville Shale.

October 9, 2012

Anti-Fracking Group Targets New York Governor’s Top Donors

An environmental group opposed to high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) in New York State has launched a campaign asking the top 1,000 contributors to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s reelection effort to pressure him to ban the practice.

August 6, 2012
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