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Antitrust Investigation Targets Biggest U.S. Pressure Pumpers

Baker Hughes Inc. and Halliburton Co. said last week they have received civil investigation demands (CID) from the Department of Justice (DOJ) to provide documents and information on their pressure pumping businesses.

July 29, 2013

Antitrust Probe of Pressure Pumping Leaders Expands

Baker Hughes Inc. and Halliburton Co. said they have received civil investigation demands (CID) from the Department of Justice (DOJ) to provide documents and information on their pressure pumping businesses.

July 26, 2013

Colorado Joins Industry Lawsuit on City Fracking Ban

Following threats earlier in the year from Gov. John Hickenlooper, Colorado’s Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (OGCC) has joined a lawsuit by the Colorado Oil & Gas Association (COGA) against the city of Longmont’s ban last year on hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

July 17, 2013
SandRidge Investor Lawsuit Upheld Concerning Gas Field Misinformation

SandRidge Investor Lawsuit Upheld Concerning Gas Field Misinformation

A federal district judge last Saturday rejected a bid by SandRidge Energy Inc. to dismiss an investor lawsuit that claims the Oklahoma City operator provided misleading information regarding natural gas drilling programs.

July 5, 2013

Industry Briefs

Plains All American Pipeline LP (PAA) is constructing the Cactus Pipeline, a 310-mile, 20-inch diameter crude oil pipeline from McCamey to Gardendale, TX. It is expected to enter service during the first quarter of 2015. The partnership said it has a long-term agreement for a majority of the pipeline’s capacity and is talking with other potential shippers. The pipeline is expected to cost $350-375 million and transport both sweet and sour crude oil from the Permian Basin to the PAA/Enterprise Products Partners Eagle Ford Joint Venture (Eagle Ford JV) Pipeline. The Eagle Ford JV Pipeline directly serves the Three Rivers and Corpus Christi markets and can supply the Houston-area market through a connection to the Enterprise South Texas Crude Oil Pipeline. Crude oil delivered on Cactus will have access to rail loading capacity at PAA’s Gardendale station and access to the Eagle Ford JV barge dock facility in the Corpus Christi area. Initial capacity will be about 200,000 b/d.

April 16, 2013
Controversy Gushes from Reservation in Bakken

Controversy Gushes from Reservation in Bakken

Lawsuits have been filed in federal and state courts over a part of North Dakota’s prosperous Bakken Shale that lies under the Fort Berthold Reservation, which according to the state’s latest statistics makes up nearly 20% of the play’s ever-growing oil production.

February 27, 2013

New York’s IOGA Slams State’s Fracking Proposals

The Independent Oil & Gas Association of New York (IOGA) has submitted 119 pages of comments to the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), just before the deadline to comment on the proposed rules governing high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF).

January 28, 2013

New York’s IOGA Rebukes State’s ‘Excessive’ Fracking Proposals

The Independent Oil & Gas Association of New York (IOGA) has submitted 119 pages of comments to the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), just before the deadline to comment on the proposed rules governing high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF).

January 28, 2013

New York Localities Make Divergent Moves on Fracking

Elected officials in the Town of Chenango, NY, voted 3-2 to reject a moratorium on local ordinances that, if enacted, would have delayed permitting for oil and natural gas activities, including hydraulic fracturing (fracking), within the Broome County town’s limits.

January 8, 2013

Encana Calls Again for EPA to Withdraw Wyoming Water Report

An Encana Corp. official on Thursday once again urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw a year-old draft report of groundwater samples near natural gas drilling sites in Pavillion, WY, saying the report was “sloppy” and had led to a “misguided response.”

December 7, 2012
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