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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

Pressure Mounts to Tighten Rail Tank Car Standards

Pressure is mounting inside and outside Washington, DC, for the Department of Transportation (DOT) to order the retrofit or phase-out DOT-111 tank cars that are used to transport crude oil and ethanol by rail. Proponents of the effort note that a number of the tank cars involved in the fiery crash of tanker cars carrying Bakken crude in Quebec earlier this month were DOT-111 cars.

July 25, 2013

Revised DOI Frack Rule Still Too Expensive, Industry Groups Say

The second version of the U.S. Department of Interior’s (DOE) proposed rule to regulate hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on public lands isn’t as bad as the first, but with a projected cost per well of $96,913, it still leaves much to be desired, industry groups said.

July 24, 2013

U.S. NatGas Trade with Canada Still Gaining

U.S. natural gas exporters are on course for a seventh straight record year for northbound sales, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) trade scorecard.

July 22, 2013

Fracking DOI Secretary Walks Fine Line in House Hearing

During an oversight hearing Wednesday by the House Natural Resources Committee on U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) operations, discussion frequently — and fractiously — turned to regulation of hydraulic fracturing (fracking), with Republicans calling for states-only oversight and Democrats complaining that proposed draft federal rules fall short.

July 18, 2013

Ohio Regulators Fine-Tune Unitization Process

In an attempt to make the process smoother for oil and gas companies applying for unitization in the emerging Utica Shale, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has unveiled a series of new application requirements.

July 18, 2013

Air Rules Covering Horizontal Drilling Adequate, Says West Virginia DEP

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has told key state legislators that no additional requirements are needed to protect the air quality from horizontal oil and gas drilling.

July 8, 2013

Ohio Oil & Gas Commission Upholds Shutdown of D&L Injection Wells

A decision by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) that D&L Energy Inc. cannot keep its injection well permits and must properly dispose stored material has been upheld by the Ohio Oil and Gas Commission.

June 28, 2013

E&P Seismic Activity Restricted in Northern GOM

A coalition of conservation groups led by Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has inked a settlement agreement with the Interior Department and the oil and natural gas industry that would restrict seismic testing in certain parts of the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) over the next two and a half years to protect whales and dolphins from high-intensity airguns that are are used to find oil and gas deep underneath the ocean floor.

June 24, 2013

Agreement Restricts Seismic Activity in Northern GOM

A coalition of conservation groups led by Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has inked a settlement agreement with the Interior Department and the oil and natural gas industry that would restrict seismic testing in certain parts of the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) over the next two and a half years to protect whales and dolphins from high-intensity airguns that are are used to find oil and gas deep underneath the ocean floor.

June 24, 2013