Certifications

Senate GOP Bill Would Clarify Clean Water Act, Prevent Abuse by States

Four Republican senators have introduced a bill designed to clarify Section 401 of the Clean Water Act (CWA), which the oil and natural gas industry hopes will help prevent states from using the law to block or delay infrastructure projects, including interstate oil and gas pipelines.

August 1, 2018

Industry Groups Urge FERC to Reaffirm Pipeline Certification Process

FERC received hundreds of public comments before last Wednesday’s deadline over a proposal to possibly revise policies for reviewing and authorizing new interstate natural gas transportation facilities, while House lawmakers are considering a bipartisan bill to give the Commission flexibility to hire engineers to address the permitting backlog.

July 27, 2018

Amid Protests, Virginia Regulators Conditionally Approve ACP Water Certificate

Virginia regulators conditionally approved a state water quality permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) Tuesday, marking another step forward for the controversial 600-mile, 1.5 Bcf/d natural gas pipeline.

December 13, 2017

Center For Sustainable Shale Development Certifies Fourth Appalachian NatGas Producer

The Pittsburgh-based Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD) said Monday that it has issued its fourth certification to EQT Corp., confirming that the company’s Appalachian Basin operations are in compliance with its 15performance standards for oil and natural gas development in the region.

April 19, 2016

Center For Sustainable Shale Development Certifies Fourth Appalachian NatGas Producer

The Pittsburgh-based Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD) said Monday that it has issued its fourth certification to EQT Corp., confirming that the company’s Appalachian Basin operations are in compliance with its 15performance standards for oil and natural gas development in the region.

April 19, 2016

CSSD Certifies Third Appalachian Operator With Largest Operational Audit Yet

The Pittsburgh-based Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD) issued its third certification Tuesday, this one to Consol Energy Inc., confirming with its most wide-ranging audit yet that the company is in compliance with all 15 of its performance standards for oil and gas development in the Appalachian Basin.

April 7, 2015

PG&E Gets International Pipe Certifications Amid Continuing Woes

Amid a continuing dark cloud of legal and regulatory accusations of wrongdoing in its natural gas operations, San Francisco-based Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) on Tuesday celebrated what it touted as an unprecedented amount of technical recognition for a U.S. natural gas utility.

May 27, 2014

House Republican Questions MMS Role in Gulf Explosion, Spill

The top Republican on a House subcommittee has raised questions about whether the Interior Department “improperly awarded safety certifications to BP, Transocean and the Deepwater Horizon rig,” which exploded on April 20 and led to a major oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that is quickly becoming one of the most significant environmental disasters in recent history (see related story).

May 5, 2010