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California Drilling Ban Proposal Rejected in State Senate Committee

California Drilling Ban Proposal Rejected in State Senate Committee

Another attempt in California to ban the use of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and other well stimulation technologies has failed to get a key legislative committee’s endorsement, drawing cautious optimism from industry representatives. Senate Bill 467 by state Sen. Scott Wiener was granted reconsideration to possibly be reintroduced. The bill also would have prohibited wells from…

April 19, 2021
California Resources Says ESG Efforts Reducing Oil Patch Carbon Footprint

California Resources Says ESG Efforts Reducing Oil Patch Carbon Footprint

California Resources Corp. (CRC), the state’s largest producer, said it is ahead of schedule in meeting a list of climate change goals by 2030 and shrinking its carbon footprint. Established four years ago, the environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives address water, renewable energy, methane emissions and carbon capture in the oilfield operations. Compared to…

April 6, 2021
California Pins 2020 Zogg Wildfire on PG&E Lines

California Pins 2020 Zogg Wildfire on PG&E Lines

The Zogg Fire in Northern California last summer, which killed four people and destroyed more than 200 buildings, was caused by Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) distribution lines hit by falling tree branches, state officials said. The wildfire in parts of Shasta and Tehama counties prompted the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection…

March 30, 2021
BP Partnering in Two RNG Ventures; SoCalGas Interconnecting More Landfill Gas

BP Partnering in Two RNG Ventures; SoCalGas Interconnecting More Landfill Gas

BP plc is advancing plans to develop more renewable natural gas (RNG) projects in the United States. In the most recent deal, BP is joining Aria Energy to make RNG for transportation from captured methane from waste at three dairy farms in California. Nearly 10% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are estimated to be from…

March 29, 2021
California’s Kern County to Resume Permitting Oil, Gas Wells in April

California’s Kern County to Resume Permitting Oil, Gas Wells in April

California’s oil and natural gas hotspot Kern County is set to resume issuing permits to drill in  April after adopting enhanced rules that could allow more wells to be permitted every year.  The five-member Board of Supervisors on Monday unanimously adopted the ordinance, which includes restrictions that could increase the costs for oil and natural…

March 10, 2021
After Years of Turmoil, PG&E Looks to New Playbook

After Years of Turmoil, PG&E Looks to New Playbook

Although still under sporadic criticism from regulators, legislators and customers, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) and parent company PG&E Corp. are developing a new playbook, including updated wildfire mitigation plans. CEO Patricia Poppe during a fourth quarter conference call Thursday said the mitigation plans were moving to risk-based from activity-based. They would address the…

February 26, 2021
Democratic State Lawmakers Propose Fracking Ban in California

Democratic State Lawmakers Propose Fracking Ban in California

Two Democratic state senators in California on Wednesday introduced legislation to ban various well stimulation technologies, including hydraulic fracturing (fracking), along with establishing a 2,500-foot setback for wells from the population. Its authors — state Sens. Scott Wiener (San Francisco) and Monique Limon (Santa Barbara) — characterize Senate Bill (SB) 467 as being a boost…

February 18, 2021
California Democrats Push for More Drilling Oversight, Reduced Natural Gas Use

California Democrats Push for More Drilling Oversight, Reduced Natural Gas Use

A California senator representing the heart of the state’s oil patch has signaled an intent to pursue legislation to enact more oversight on well stimulation techniques. Democratic state Sen. Melissa Hurtado’s intent bill, Senate Bill (SB) 25, indicates the San Joaquin Valley district she represents has many energy industry workers but she wants to protect…

February 8, 2021
California’s Kern County Oil, Gas Rules Undergoing Further Review

California’s Kern County Oil, Gas Rules Undergoing Further Review

Kern County, CA, has begun a process that could lead to resuming oil and gas well permitting in April if county supervisors approve a draft environmental report prepared after an appellate court last year set aside efforts to streamline the process. The Fifth District Court of Appeals based in Fresno, CA, halted the permitting system…

February 2, 2021
California Blackouts Said Caused by Poor Planning, Under-Used Natural Gas Supply

California Blackouts Said Caused by Poor Planning, Under-Used Natural Gas Supply

A failure for state agencies to conduct integrated planning and miscalculating natural gas supplies contributed to California’s rolling power blackouts during a severe heat storm last August, according to a multi-agency report. The California Independent System Operator (CAISO), California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and California Energy Commission (CEC) in the report called for expanded oversight…

January 15, 2021
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