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EPA Carbon Reduction Impacts Gradual, Says NRG CEO

Coal-fired plants that have not already begun to invest in back-end emission controls won’t be able to operate economically for too long into the future, but for plants already equipped with state-of-the-art controls the upcoming federal regulations to reduce carbon emissions will have a gradual impact taking up to a decade, according to NRG Energy Inc. CEO David Crane.

March 1, 2013

Industry Brief

A round of public forums on California’s discussion draft regulations on hydraulic fracturing have begun in Los Angeles and will continue with a second workshop scheduled to be held March 13 in Bakersfield, CA, by the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources. Jason Marshall, chief deputy director of the state’s Department of Conservation, said “interesting and helpful comments” were obtained at the Los Angeles session Feb. 19. Marshall said the goal is have new regulations in place in the next 12-18 months. In the upcoming workshop, the discussion draft rules will be broken into seven parts, with four parts discussed in morning sessions and three in the afternoon. The final session will allow for public comments and questions. A third workshop will be held in Sacramento later this year.

March 1, 2013

Canadian Drillers Digging into Remote Canol Shale

A winter drilling season with potential to fulfill Canadian northern oil visions has begun, with an adventurous spirit driving bits down into an all but untouched shale deposit known as the Canol.

February 4, 2013

Canadian Drillers Take Another Look at Remote Canol Shale

A winter drilling season with potential to fulfill Canadian northern oil visions has begun, with an adventurous spirit driving bits down into an all but untouched shale deposit known as the Canol.

February 1, 2013

Industry Briefs

Westlake Chemical Corp.’s previously announced expansion of the Petro 2 ethylene unit at its complex in Lake Charles, LA, has begun. This expansion will be completed in conjunction with a planned maintenance turnaround and will increase ethane-based ethylene capacity by 230-240 million pounds annually in support of the company’s ethylene integration strategy. The unit is expected to be down approximately 60 days for the work to be completed.

January 14, 2013

Spectra Files in Canada for North Montney Project

With Asian investment for fuel, action has begun on schedule on the next planned step to increase British Columbia (BC) production of shale gas and liquids.

January 7, 2013

Spectra Files in Canada for North Montney Project

With Asian investment for fuel, action has begun on schedule on the next planned step to increase British Columbia (BC) production of shale gas and liquids.

January 7, 2013

BLM Utah Office Prepares for Spring Lease Sale

A Utah field office for the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has begun seeking public comment on its environmental assessment (EA) of a proposal to offer 12 parcels totaling more than 14,000 acres for oil/natural gas leases in May 2013.

December 26, 2012

South Dakota Joins Push on Drilling Rules

Lacking anything like the Bakken to its north and not seeing a major new play on the horizon, South Dakota oil and natural gas authorities nevertheless have begun the process for upgrading the state’s exploration and production (E&P) regulations, including adding provisions addressing hydraulic fracturing.

December 24, 2012

North Dakota Output Still Breaking Records

North Dakota continues to set new records for oil and natural gas production, and it has begun working on innovative solutions to deal with the abundance of flared gas.

November 26, 2012