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The Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) announced leadership of its committees and subcommittees for 2013 as elected by the MSC board of directors. Committee chairs announced by MSC are Range Resources’ Bill Burket (health and safety); Seneca Resources’ Mike Donovan (land affairs); Pennsylvania General Energy’s Craig Mayer (legal committee); MarkWest Energy Partners’ Dave Callahan (legislative committee); EOG Resources’ Gary Smith (membership committee); MarkWest’s Rob McHale (midstream/pipeline committee); Chesapeake Energy’s Will Freeman (natural gas use); XTO Energy’s Karen Matusic (public relations); Chief Oil & Gas’s Terry Bossert (regulatory); Chevron’s Alan Abel (research collaborative); Consol Energy’s Ryan Litwinovich (supply chain); Southwestern’s Jennifer Stewart (tax and fee); Range’s Joe Frantz (technical); Cabot Oil & Gas’s John Smelko (environmental stewardship); WPX Energy’s Charles McCandless (transportation); and Atlas Energy’s Viola Lazzer (workforce).

January 14, 2013

California Lawmakers Dump Frack Regulation Bills

As the deadline for moving proposed bills out of finance committees came and went Thursday, the California state legislature again gave up on measures designed to more closely regulate hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

August 20, 2012

Group Opposes Bill to Delay Derivatives Reform by 18 Months

A 45-member coalition has fired off a letter to House committees opposing a bill that would delay implementation and enforcement of derivatives market reforms under the sweeping Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act for 18 months.

May 4, 2011

House Republicans Question ‘Rush to Regulate’ Fracking

House Republicans from two separate committees are asking Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to explain comments he made Tuesday that indicated natural gas drillers may be required to disclose hydraulic fracturing (fracking) chemicals used to develop shale and tight gas on public lands.

December 6, 2010

Salazar Asked to Explain Fracking Comments

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar was called to task last week by House Republicans from two separate committees who want him to explain comments indicating natural gas drillers may be required to disclose hydraulic fracturing (fracking) chemicals used to develop shale and tight gas on public lands.

December 6, 2010

Republican Congressmen Take House Committee Leadership

The power shift in the U.S. House of Representatives will result in Republicans being named to chair committees that likely will be more friendly to the oil and natural gas industry, as well as business in general. In the Senate, only Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s, (R-AK) fate is unknown.

November 8, 2010

House GOP Chairmen Likely to be Less Hostile to Oil, Gas

The power shift in Congress will result in Republicans being named to chair committees that likely will be more friendly to the oil and natural gas industry, as well as other energy sectors.

November 5, 2010

Senate, House Panels Lift Spill Liability Caps

Senate and House committees voted out legislation last week that would remove the existing cap on a producer’s liability for economic damages from oil spills on the federal Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).

July 5, 2010

Reid Pushes for Committee Spill Recommendations by July 4 Recess

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has fired off letters to the chairmen of key committees requesting that they make recommendations or report legislation before the Fourth of July recess that would address the “unfolding disaster in the Gulf of Mexico [GOM].”

June 8, 2010

Gensler: No Free Pass for OTC Derivatives End-Users

Unlike legislation passed out of two House committees in October, the head of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) last Tuesday said he does not believe there should be any exception to clearing and trading of standardized over-the-counter (OTC) derivative products.

November 2, 2009
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