The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) independent Science Advisory Board (SAB) has formed a Hydraulic Fracturing Research Advisory panel of independent experts to peer review the EPA’s 2014 draft report of results for its national study on potential health and environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources. EPA said the SAB panel will provide scientific feedback on EPA’s research in “an open and transparent manner.”
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Regulators in Alaska are proposing a comprehensive set of rules to govern hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the state, and will accept public comments on the proposals through early February, when a public hearing is also scheduled.
West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed a landmark Marcellus Shale regulatory reform bill — also known as the Natural Gas Horizontal Wells Control Act — into law on Thursday.
The co-chairs of a West Virginia panel trying to reach a consensus on Marcellus Shale regulatory reform testified Monday that they believe compromise legislation is within reach and could be enacted in the near future.
FERC Wednesday directed staff to convene a technical conference to resolve a tariff dispute between Columbia Gas Transmission and several of its shippers, which claim that the pipeline’s proposed tariff changes would seriously impair their existing ability to schedule primary firm transportation. Staff was ordered to file a report on the results of the conference within 120 days.
FERC last Wednesday directed staff to convene a technical conference to resolve a tariff dispute between Columbia Gas Transmission and several of its shippers, which claim that the pipeline’s proposed tariff changes would seriously impair their existing ability to schedule primary firm transportation service. Staff was ordered to file a report on the results of the conference within 120 days.
Kern River Gas Transmission Co. filed a request with FERC that it convene an oral argument on an administrative law judge’s (ALJ) recent decision to set a low return on equity (ROE) for the pipeline company at 9.34%, compared to its request of 15.1%.
The state Superior Court judge hearing the ongoing class action lawsuit against Sempra Energy and its two utilities will convene a separate hearing Tuesday with attorneys trying to settle a lawsuit filed by California’s Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante in the wake of the 2000-2001 western wholesale energy market meltdown.
Natural gas futures Wednesday remained locked in a battle between the competing forces of fundamental bearishness and technical bullishness. Buyers were the first to exert their influence Wednesday, propelling the prompt month to a $4.90 high in the first 35 minutes of trading. Bears battled back, however, and rerouted the market to the downside ahead of Thursday’s release of fresh storage data. December futures closed at $4.738, down 12.7 cents for the session.