Senators Debate FracFocus Registry, State v. Fed. Rules

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee put the spotlight on two important shale policy issues during its third and final forum on natural gas Thursday: the FracFocus chemical registry and whether a middle ground can be found in the dispute between the states and federal government over regulation of hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

May 28, 2013
NatGas ‘Transition’ Fuel to Renewables, Colorado Gov. Says

NatGas ‘Transition’ Fuel to Renewables, Colorado Gov. Says

In a public debate on how much use and emphasis there should be on oil/natural gas and particularly hydraulic fracturing (fracking), Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Monday called natural gas the best transition for his state eventually to move to more reliance on efficiency and renewable energy programs.

April 3, 2013
U.S. NatGas Rig Count Won’t Top 450 This Year, Says Analyst

U.S. NatGas Rig Count Won’t Top 450 This Year, Says Analyst

The recent surge in natural gas prices may have provoked some optimism in the energy sector, but it’s not enough to encourage more drilling, according to Barclays Capital, which expects the rig count to not surpass 450 this year.

April 1, 2013

California Carbon Capture Oilfield Project Revived

An ambitious multi-dimensional, $4 billion project that involves what would be California’s first commercial carbon capture and storage (CCS) has been revived in the state’s oil patch in the southern end of the central valley west of Bakersfield. State energy officials have scheduled a workshop Feb. 20 for the Hydrogen Energy California (HECA) project.

February 12, 2013

LNG Study Out; Now for the Shouting

On Wednesday the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) hired economists said exporting liquefied domestic natural gas would be a boon to the nation’s economy. But in the months ahead, the macroeconomic analysis will stir plenty of debate, long before any cargoes leave port.

December 7, 2012
New RFF Maps Detail States’ Shale Gas Regulations

New RFF Maps Detail States’ Shale Gas Regulations

Resources for the Future (RFF) has released an update of its ongoing project to compare regulations in 31 states with current or near-future shale gas development. The latest series of maps shows more than 27 different elements of regulation nationwide.

October 24, 2012

Study Aims to Give Regional Businesses a Crack at Marcellus Shale Boom

Drawing up a blueprint for regional companies that want to capture the lucrative business opportunities brought on by rampant Marcellus Shale oil and natural gas development in Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh researchers this month released a Pitt Business Working Paper titled “Understanding the Marcellus Shale Supply Chain.”

June 13, 2012

IHS CERAWeek: ‘World Watching’ North American Energy, ExxonMobil CEO Says

ExxonMobil Corp., which made strategic decisions in recent years to capture massive unconventional shale gas and tight oil resources in North America, is now seeing the continent undergoing a “historic energy transformation,” CEO Rex Tillerson said Friday.

March 12, 2012

Joint Venture to Move Eagle Ford Condensate to Market

Copano Energy LLC and Magellan Midstream Partners LP have formed of a joint venture (JV) to deliver Eagle Ford Shale condensate to Corpus Christi, TX. The JV’s project will make use of new and existing pipeline infrastructure.

December 22, 2011

California Clears Litigation for Cogenerators to Grow

A newly devised state self-generation incentive program can proceed, including waste heat capture (cogeneration), pressure-reduction turbines, advanced energy storage, combined heat-power (CHP) gas turbines, micro-turbines and internal combustion engines.

December 5, 2011