FERC Begins Environmental Work on Proposed Gas Pipe in North Dakota

FERC Begins Environmental Work on Proposed Gas Pipe in North Dakota

FERC said Thursday its staff has opened the environmental assessment process for a new natural gas pipeline project in North Dakota that bids to serve a proposed multi-billion-dollar fertilizer project in the state (see Daily GPI, Sept. 9). The scoping period for comments ends Nov. 24.

October 24, 2014

BLM Needs Better Data to Track Processing Times, Says GAO

The Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) needs better data to track the processing times for applications of permits to drill (APD) and to prioritize the inspections of oil and natural gas wells on federal lands, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a new report.

September 25, 2013
Niobrara Operators Tested by Colorado Floods

Niobrara Operators Tested by Colorado Floods

Although the storms are gone, the troubles from historic flooding along the Front Range in Colorado continued to pop up Thursday in the Niobrara Formation portion of the Denver-Julesburg (DJ) Basin. Anadarko Petroleum Corp. wrestled with oil spills from two of its tank batteries damaged by the still-raging flood waters.

September 20, 2013

Colorado Floods Impacting Utilities, E&Ps and Pipes

Torrential rains and widespread flooding in Colorado that have resulted in loss of life and more than 1,000 people missing are also having a significant impact on natural gas utilities, exploration and production (E&P) companies and gas pipelines.

September 17, 2013

Pony Express Conversion Project Gets Favorable Environmental Nod

FERC on Friday issued a favorable environmental assessment (EA) of Tallgrass Interstate Gas Transmission’s proposal to convert the Pony Express Pipeline to meet the increasing demand for crude oil transportation service out of the Bakken formation.

June 18, 2013

Industry Brief

An affiliate of Chesapeake Energy Corp. is being sued by the U.S. government for failing to pay taxes in 2001 through 2003. Chesapeake Appalachia LLC is the successor company of Triana Energy Inc., which Chesapeake purchased in 2005 as part of a transaction with Columbia Natural Resources LLC. The deal gave Chesapeake entry into the relatively unexplored Marcellus Shale, with acreage in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, New York and Kentucky. According to a complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, the United States assessed taxes against Triana in 2001 through 2003 for a total of $431,988, which as of May 17 it “has failed, neglected or refused to pay” (U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia at Charleston, No. 2:13-cv-11988). Federal officials are seeking the tax assessment and statutory additions accrued.

June 10, 2013

Trunkline Gas-to-Oil Pipe Conversion Gets Environmental OK

FERC Monday issued a favorable environmental assessment (EA) of Trunkline Gas Co.’s proposal to convert a multi-state natural gas pipeline to crude oil service for the Gulf Coast market.

April 17, 2013

BLM Issues First-Ever Rapid Ecoregional Assessment of Western Lands

The Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Tuesday released its first-ever rapid ecoregional assessment (REA), which takes a broad look at the ecology of the Colorado Plateau.

February 27, 2013

Report: Quebec Shale Development Foes Under Police Surveillance

Authorities in Quebec have been monitoring environmental groups opposed to shale gas development in the province for the last two years on fears that their activities could become radicalized and violent, according to a report by La Presse, a French newspaper in Montreal.

January 16, 2013

Fracking in NY Can Be Safe, Says Year-Old Lost Report

The New York Department of Health (DOH) conducted a draft assessment of high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) in early 2012 and concluded that, with appropriate regulation, the practice could be performed safely in the state, according to reports.

January 7, 2013