Conservation

California Grid Operator Issues Alert on NatGas Shortage

California Grid Operator Issues Alert on NatGas Shortage

Severe winter weather conditions in other areas of the nation prompted California’s independent grid operator Thursday afternoon to issue an energy conservation alert because of constraints on natural gas supplies imported into the state from the Southwest, Rockies and western Canada.

February 7, 2014

Sage Grouse Conservation Would Cost Colorado, Utah $290 Million/Year

A pair of rules proposed by the Interior Department’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) that would list as endangered the gunnison sage grouse, which is found in Colorado and Utah, and designate 1.7 million acres of critical habitat for the bird under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), would cost the two states more than $290 million annually, according to a drafteconomic analysisreleased by FWS last week.

September 23, 2013

Annual Cost for Sage Grouse Conservation: More than $290 Million

A pair of rules proposed by the Interior Department’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) that would list as endangered the gunnison sage grouse, which is found in Colorado and Utah, and designate 1.7 million acres of critical habitat for the bird under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), would cost the two states more than $290 million annually, according to a drafteconomic analysisreleased by FWS this week.

September 20, 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
Plodding Pace of BLM Permitting is Focus of Bakken Effort

Plodding Pace of BLM Permitting is Focus of Bakken Effort

With industry, a U.S. senator and North Dakota state officials all focused on robust permitting applications for oil and natural gas development in the Bakken Shale, a new collaboration of federal agencies, the Bakken Federal Executives Group, is the latest attempt to streamline federal processes that are criticized for being too slow.

June 26, 2013

Pennsylvania Governor Fires DCNR Secretary Over Email

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett fired Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Richard Allan on Thursday after he reportedly used offensive language in email messages, disparaging another government employee.

June 18, 2013
Shale Gas Growth Cited in Wyoming CBM Plant Closing

Shale Gas Growth Cited in Wyoming CBM Plant Closing

Eastern shale gas production growth has trumped Wyoming Powder River Basin (PRB) coalbed methane (CBM) as Calgary-based global energy processor Enerflex Ltd. said Thursday it is closing its Casper natural gas compression and processing plant, affecting 89 workers.

June 17, 2013

Texas House Passes Drilling Waste Recycling Bill

Texas House lawmakers Thursday passed a bill (HB 2767) that is intended to encourage oil and gas operators to conserve and recycle as much as possible the water they use in the energy patch.

May 13, 2013

Business Interests Weigh in as Colorado Reform Bill Nears a Vote

As a bill to ban actively engaged oil and natural gas representatives from serving on the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) neared a final vote in the state senate Monday or Tuesday, a coalition of business and citizens groups commended the more than 120 local elected officials who have publicly supported the governor’s pursuit of reasonable oil and gas solutions.

May 7, 2013

Bill Would Remove Industry From Colorado Oil and Gas Commission

With the legislature looking at adjournment May 8, a bill (HB 1269) that would restrict oil and natural gas representation and participation on the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (OGCC) passed out of committee on a partisan 3-2 vote late Monday night, worrying industry backers.

May 2, 2013