Industry ‘Concerned’ Pennsylvania Supreme Court Could Split on Act 13

There is “significant concern” among oil and gas interests that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court could deadlock in a 3-3 tie over the constitutionality of Act 13 because the high court’s newest appointee will not participate in the case challenging the law.

July 19, 2013

Schlumberger: North America Onshore to See More Wells, Less Rigs

The U.S. and Canadian rig count may recover a bit this year, but it still will be lower than it was in 2012, according to Schlumberger Ltd. CEO Paal Kibsgaard.

January 22, 2013

Christmas Holiday Pushes Cash, Futures Lower, Despite Winter Storm

Despite a decided turn toward more winter-like weather in a number of regions of the United States on Monday, the expected decrease in natural gas demand tied to the Christmas Holiday proved to be enough to send nearly all pricing points lower, with a majority of the declines recorded across the country coming in at more than a dime.

December 26, 2012

West Virginia Gives Farmers a Break, Declines to Assess Wellpads

The West Virginia Department of Revenue (DOR) has decided not to assign assessed value to oil and natural gas wellpad sites in the state, heeding the advice of a special committee of county assessors that doing so would pose a hardship to farmers who own surface, but not mineral, rights to their land.

October 26, 2012

Two New York Towns Take Wait-and-See Approach to Fracking

Two municipalities in upstate New York have decided to remain neutral on the issue of high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) and will wait until the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) issues its report on the practice.

August 13, 2012

eCorp, New York Landowners Group Scrap Drilling Agreement

eCorp International LLC and a property owners organization in New York have decided to scrap a “complex” plan to create a company indirectly owned by the landowners and will return to the drawing board, delaying the possibility of bringing waterless hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to the Empire State.

May 4, 2012

Second Oregon LNG Export Project Emerges

Bogged down for more than two years at FERC on a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import application, the backers of Oregon LNG have decided to join the growing list of proposed North American LNG export projects and turn their site at the mouth of the Columbia River into a bidirectional facility that concentrates of exporting western Canadian gas supplies to lucrative Asian market. They hope to have all their major federal filings made within weeks, Project Manager Peter Hansen told NGI on Tuesday.

April 25, 2012

Two Federal Court Shale Lease Decisions Go Chesapeake’s Way

Two separate decisions in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York came down mostly on the side of shale play giant Chesapeake Energy Corp. in a year-old dispute over the extension of leases from landowners at below-market prices. Landowners in parts of four counties in New York state’s portion of the Marcellus Shale filed lawsuits against the Oklahoma-based shale operator.

April 9, 2012

PG&E Relents on Customer Smart Meter Backlash

Bowing to pressure from customers, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) decided Monday to give in to individual customers who insist that they cannot tolerate — for health or other reasons — smart meters, recommending to state regulators that a proposed opt-out provision be expanded to include use of analog meters.

December 21, 2011

Wyoming Delays Action on Gas Flaring Policy

Seeking to coordinate more closely with other state stakeholders, Wyoming’s Office of State Lands and Investments decided to delay action on the state’s draft policy on natural gas flaring until January. That would put off action until the State Board of Lands Commissioners, which includes Gov. Matt Mead, meets next year.

December 5, 2011
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