Don’t expect the Department of Interior to come out with a final rule addressing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on public lands before the end of the year, said an official representing exploration and production interests in the West.
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Dow Chemical Co. late Monday made good on some of the “opportunities” that have come its way with the U.S. natural gas revolution by applying for a federal air emissions permit to build a $1.7 billion ethylene facility in Freeport, TX, which would be the chemical manufacturer’s biggest in the world.
Although many of its nations have so far spurned their own shale development, European chemical and energy service companies are benefiting from the U.S. shale gas development and the resulting low natural gas prices on this side of the Pond, according to an American Chemistry Council (ACC) economist.
A total of $157.7 million was bid last Wednesday in Western Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Lease Sale 229 in New Orleans, the first sale under the Obama administration’s new Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) leasing plan for 2012-2017. BP plc, which was temporarily suspended last week from new government contracts, submitted no bids (see related story).
An official with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said a progress report on its study of the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on drinking water should be issued before the end of the year, and the final report published in 2014.
A research team led by the University of Texas at Austin (UT) is collaborating with nine natural gas producers on a major field study to measure methane emissions at onshore gas well sites, about which only a handful of empirical data exist.
The proposed Constitution Pipeline has come under attack at FERC from all directions, as landowners and federal officials call on the agency to consider alternatives and put the Marcellus-to-New York natural gas pipeline through a rigorous analysis.
The governors of Oklahoma and Colorado said more than 100 bids from dealers in 28 states have come in as part of a 22-state effort to get bids from the auto industry to supply natural gas vehicles (NGV) for government fleets in each of the states.