CFTC Proposes to Exempt Inter-Affiliate Swaps from Clearing

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Thursday voted out a proposed rule to exempt swaps between certain affiliated entities within a corporate group from the clearing requirement under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act.

August 17, 2012

CFTC Proposes to Set Rules for Aggregating Block Trades

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Monday issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that re-proposes adding certain provisions to Part 43 of the Commission’s regulations pertaining to block trades in swap contracts.

June 26, 2012

Texas Fees Hiked to Pay for Regulation and Cleanup Fund

As of last Tuesday, certain fees paid by producers to the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) have increased by 150% in order to fund the Oil and Gas Regulation and Cleanup Fund, which was created by Senate Bill 1, passed by state lawmakers last year.

May 8, 2012

Pennsylvania Study Reverses Bromide Claim

Pennsylvania researchers have corrected a recent study that suggested increased bromide levels in private water wells after drilling or hydraulic fracturing occurred nearby.

December 1, 2011

Growth of Onshore Rig Count to Slow in 2012, Says Analyst

A Jefferies & Co. analyst this week cut his 2012 earnings forecasts and price targets by 30-50% for some of the biggest domestic onshore drillers and well service companies because he expects to see slower growth for oil and gas rigs.

October 14, 2011

Energy States Embracing Frack Rules

Disclosure of the chemicals used for hydraulic fracturing (fracking) well stimulation is becoming the law of the land in the energy-rich Ark-La-Tex region, a natural gas breadbasket for the country, and elsewhere. However, in environmentally conscious California legislation to require disclosure has stumbled.

September 8, 2011

Slugfest for Southern Union Continues; Williams Hikes Bid by 10%

The battle for Southern Union Co. continued Thursday after Williams countered by 10% a $40/share offer made earlier this month by Energy Transfer Equity LP (ETE), putting a $44/share cash deal on the table, which is worth a total enterprise value of $9.4 billion (see Shale Daily, July 6).

July 15, 2011

Study Blasts Obama on Energy Taxes

Depriving U.S. energy companies of certain tax deductions — as is being considered by the Obama administration — “would have a negative impact on federal revenues,” according to research by economist Joseph R. Mason, Louisiana State University endowed chair of banking.

July 13, 2011

Making Sense of the Pennsylvania Tax Proposals

As the summer recess approaches, Pennsylvania is flooded with proposals to tax the Marcellus Shale industry.

June 13, 2011

House Panel Adjusts Implementation Deadline of Dodd-Frank

The House Financial Services Committee last Tuesday voted out amended legislation that would change the implementation deadline for certain Title VII derivative reforms in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act to Sept. 30, 2012.

May 30, 2011