As further indication that the anti-hydraulic fracturing (fracking) fever is spreading in Colorado, a coalition of more than 40 organizations has called for Gov. John Hickenlooper to ask for a top state energy official’s resignation, and a U.S. congressman from the state has picked up the opposition fervor from his constituents and environmental groups.
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NY Appellate Court Upholds Local Frack Bans; Shale Backers Plan Appeal
In a stunning setback for shale development in New York state, an appellate court ruled unanimously to uphold two local bans on oil and gas activities.
Aurora: Downspacing Sweetening Sugarkane Field
Australia-based and Eagle Ford-focused Aurora Oil & Gas Ltd. said a downspacing pilot on its non-operated acreage in the Eagle Ford’s Sugarkane Field is yielding strong results and the company is planning 40-acre spacing on its recently acquired operated acreage in the play.
ISO-NE Renews Concerns About Growing Dependance on NatGas
Over the past 10 years natural gas has become the predominant fuel used to generate electricity in New England, a shift that has “provided clear economic benefits” for the region, but has also created “serious reliability threats to the bulk power system,” according to Gordon van Welie, CEO of ISO New England Inc. (ISO-NE).
Encana Moves Back into Haynesville
Natural gas prices may not be attractive enough for some producers, but Encana Corp.’s management team said it’s possible to make enough money in the Haynesville Shale to justify a five-rig program this year.
Texas Landowner Gets Restraining Order Against Keystone XL
A Texas landowner who three weeks ago signed an easement agreement with TransCanada Corp. on a part of its Keystone XL oil pipeline project won a county court-ordered temporary restraining order on part of the Keystone southern portion for which work is ongoing in three segments between Cushing, OK, and the Gulf of Mexico (GOM).
Gas Role in SoCal Cloudy as Anti-Nuke Efforts Rise
A special community public hearing by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) last Friday did nothing to clear up the immediate future of major electric generation sources in Southern California. Majority owner/operator of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (Songs), Southern California Edison Co. (SCE), faced withering questioning from the NRC on its partial restart plan for Songs Unit 2.
Gas-Fired Power Hits Roadblock in California
California energy officials on Thursday petitioned FERC to clear a roadblock to its plans to activate more natural gas-fired electric generation by next summer to help make up for 2,200 MW of idled capacity at a closed Southern California nuclear plant.
Environmental Groups Protest Hawaiian LNG Import Project
Two environmental groups have protested Honolulu, HI-based The Gas Co. LLC’s (TGC) application that would clear the way for its utility to import liquefied natural gas (LNG) into Hawaii from the U.S. mainland.
Halliburton to Idle Rigs, Crews before ‘Chasing’ Business
Halliburton Co. CEO Dave Lesar made clear last Wednesday that the slowdown in the U.S. and Canadian drilling market is only “transitory,” and the company will sit it out before cutting prices to capture new business.