Federal agencies that have been hampering construction of Energy Transfer Partners’ (ETP) $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline should instead “abide by the well-established process and the law,” and allow the project to progress, according to more than 20 organizations representing energy and chemical companies and workers. In a letter sent Thursday to Secretary of the United States Army Eric Fanning, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Attorney General of the United States Loretta Lynch, the groups expressed “deep concerns over recent actions that took place in North Dakota to effectively ignore the rule of law in an attempt to halt infrastructure development,” despite court rulings upholding federal approvals for the project (see Shale Daily, Oct. 20; Oct. 14; Oct. 10; Sept. 19). “When your agencies upend or modify the results of a full and fair regulatory process for an infrastructure project, these actions do not merely impact a single company. The industries that manufacture and develop the infrastructure, the labor that builds it, and the American consumers that depend on it all suffer,” according to the letter, which was signed by organizations including American Gas Association, American Petroleum Institute, Association of Oil Pipe Lines, Independent Petroleum Association of America, Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, and Natural Gas Supply Association.
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In an effort to counter pressure from environmentalists, a coalition of industry groups and others has launched an advertising campaign to persuade the Interior Department (DOI) to keep the Arctic Ocean in its proposed Outer Continental Shelf Oil & Gas Leasing Program for 2017-2022.
Nicholas “Corky” DeMarco, executive director of the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association (WVONGA), died suddenly at his home Thursday of an apparent heart attack, the trade association said. He was 68. DeMarco took over as the face of WVONGA in 2002, growing it from 39 to more than 225 active members. WVONGA President Kevin Ellis said the group is “truly saddened” by the news of DeMarco’s passing. “We would like to express our sincerest condolences to Corky’s family and will support them in any way that we can during these difficult times,” Ellis said. “Corky has been the face of our industry for many years. He served the association and its members with enthusiasm, professionalism and with a genuine love for the work he did on our behalf. Corky will be missed.”
Targets of 5% in 2025 and 10% as of 2030 were set Wednesday for the national market share of renewable natural gas (RNG) by the Canadian Gas Association (CGA).
Defeat of an anti-drilling measure in Santa Barbara County, CA, and the re-election of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Tuesday provided new encouragement to industry-backed supporters of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and continued development of the nation’s unconventional energy resources.
Eleven oil and gas trade associations have signed a letter urging the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to make new areas of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, as well as the eastern Gulf of Mexico (GOM), available for leasing.
Low natural gas prices have kept more of the nation’s gas utility customers connected this year, according to a report Friday from the American Gas Association (AGA), the trade association of gas distribution companies.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has asked lawmakers to drop the word “acting” from the job titles of two state employees: the acting secretaries of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR).