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Ohio Energy Regime Overhaul Begins

When it goes into effect next month, Ohio’s SB 315 will bring regulatory change to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and four other state agencies, but that’s just the beginning of the changes the oil and gas industry can expect from the legislation, according to Craig Kasper, CEO of project development and engineering company Hull & Associates Inc.

August 30, 2012

Drilling Technology Crushing Natural Gas, Oil Reserves Assumptions

How much more oomph can new drilling technology bring to the U.S. unconventional revolution? The United States likely will add 11 Bcf/d of natural gas to its reserves this year at total finding, development and completion costs under $3.00/Mcf, while a review of 45,000 unconventional oil wells is finding “tremendous” growth in oil reserves, preliminary IHS Inc. data indicate.

August 15, 2012

Industry Brief

The cash-strapped state park system in Colorado is considering using its nonprofit foundation to bring in more private-sector funds, which include allowing more oil and natural gas drilling in some of the state parks, such as the drilling currently taking place at one state park, St. Vrain, near Longmont, CO. A series of public meetings around the state has been set to kick off Thursday in Grand Junction and continue in Colorado Springs (July 24), Fort Collins (July 31) and Denver (Aug. 8). Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials are considering corporate sponsorships and/or more oil and gas drilling in state parks to cope with budget cuts, according to reports this month in various news media around the state. Assistant Director Ken Brink told local news media that park visitors do not want state parks named after corporations, or more oil/gas drilling in the parks, but the officials say they may have no choice. There are 42 state parks in Colorado that now are forced to develop all of their revenues through user fees.

July 17, 2012

Fate of Planned Northwest Gas Pipeline in Doubt

A recent legal settlement may have cast further uncertainty on a long-standing proposal for the Palomar natural gas pipeline to bring Rockies gas west of the Cascade Mountains into Pacific Northwest population centers.

July 9, 2012

Fate of Planned Northwest Gas Pipeline in Doubt

A recent legal settlement may have cast further uncertainty on a long-standing proposal for the Palomar natural gas pipeline to bring Rockies gas west of the Cascade Mountains into Pacific Northwest population centers. Backers of the scaled-down 220-mile, 36-inch diameter line, say it is still alive but “on hold.” However, without new commercial commitments for the pipeline, at least one of the backers said the project won’t go forward.

July 9, 2012

Industrials Ask Salazar to Reconsider BLM Regulation of Fracking

A group of industrial energy consumers have urged Interior Secretary Ken Salazar not to impose “duplicative” regulations on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) of oil and natural gas wells on public lands.

June 19, 2012

Credit Suisse Sees Faster Market Reset on Declining Conventional Gas

Sharp declines in onshore conventional natural gas activity and a more “permanent” shift to liquids plays may bring about a faster reset in the gas market than the futures strip implies, Credit Suisse analysts said Wednesday.

June 7, 2012

Eureka to Bring Wastewater Treatment to the Heart of the Marcellus

With the aim of reducing truck travel and pollution, while increasing efficiency for Marcellus and Utica shale oil and natural gas producers, Eureka Resources LLC said Thursday it plans to construct a centralized wastewater treatment facility in Standing Stone Township in Bradford County, PA, the epicenter of Marcellus development.

May 21, 2012

Hollywood Filming Marcellus Shale Drama in Pennsylvania

Hollywood is preparing to bring Marcellus Shale oil and natural gas drilling to the big screen next winter and has started filming in Western Pennsylvania.

May 8, 2012

Appalachian Producers Outline Shale Recommendations

In an attempt to bring uniformity to the exploration and production of oil and natural gas in the shale plays of the Appalachian Basin, a consortium of 11 producers last Tuesday released recommended standards and practices on everything from the preparation of a regional spill and emergency response plan to the use of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) fluids, as well as on community engagement and well site selection.

May 7, 2012