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Marcellus Region ‘Ripe with Bottlenecks,’ Says Williams CEO

With energy demand high and producers climbing over each other in the Marcellus Shale region, the Northeast remains “ripe with bottlenecks,” and it’s likely to get more congested before natural gas infrastructure is completed, Williams CEO Alan Armstrong said Wednesday.

September 6, 2012

Dominion Project to Alleviate WV, PA Bottleneck Comes Online

FERC Friday gave Dominion Transmission Inc. (DTI) the go-ahead to place into service its Appalachian Gateway pipeline, which will loosen a bottleneck to allow for the transportation of shale and conventional natural gas production from West Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania to growing markets in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. The facilities were to begin service on Saturday (Sept. 1), said DTI spokesman Dan Donovan.

September 4, 2012

Ohio’s Latest Utica Map Rolling Out in September

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) plans to unveil a map that outlines economically viable areas of the state’s portion of the Utica/Point Pleasant Shale by late September, which could provide oil and natural gas operators with a valuable tool to use for future exploration.

August 23, 2012

Support Growing for Ohio Water District to Sell to Operators

Support is growing for the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) — a state government entity that controls an 8,000-square mile watershed covering about one-fifth of the state — to sell water for natural gas drilling in the Marcellus and Utica shales, albeit on a temporary basis.

August 6, 2012

Spectra Blames Weak Commodity Prices for Drop in Profits

Houston-based Spectra Energy’s earnings fell 24% in the second quarter from a year ago as each of the company’s divisions — pipelines, field services, distribution and Western Canadian operations — turned in lower performances. But this will not deter the company from moving forward with its “solid roster” of energy projects, said CEO Greg Ebel.

August 6, 2012

Spectra CEO Blames Weak Commodity Prices for Drop in Profits

Houston-based Spectra Energy’s earnings fell 24% in the second quarter from a year ago as each of the company’s divisions — pipelines, field services, distribution and Western Canadian operations — turned in lower performances. But this will not deter the company from moving forward with its “solid roster” of energy projects, said CEO Greg Ebel.

August 3, 2012

Resurgence of the Permian Basin Driven by Innovation, Prices

Ten years ago the Permian Basin, first drilled nearly a century ago, was considered passe for oil and gas exploration. Today, however, a new generation of explorers and midstream operators has made the basin one of the hottest tickets on the reservoir circuit and there are no signs that the lights will be dimming anytime soon.

July 25, 2012

Ohio EPA Overstepped Authority in Wastewater Case, Says Commission

Patriot Water Treatment LLC of Warren, OH, is back in business after the Ohio Environmental Review Appeals Commission (ERAC) on Tuesday ruled that the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) had overstepped its regulatory authority when it pulled the private operator’s permit to deliver natural gas drilling wastewater to the City of Warren for treatment.

July 6, 2012

Texas Regulators Clarify Roles

The Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) have issued an outline that attempts to clarify the responsibilities of each agency with respect to oil and gas regulation.

June 5, 2012

New Brunswick Proposes Bevy of Oil, Gas Regulatory Changes

Officials in New Brunswick unveiled a list of more than 100 recommended changes to the province’s regulatory framework for oil and natural gas on Thursday, including tougher casing and cementing standards, increased water protections and substantially higher royalties.

May 21, 2012