IPAA Creates Task Force to Challenge Endangered Species Listings

Following President Obama’s re-election to a second term, the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) has formed a task force to challenge in court federal regulations issued by the government over the next four years that may affect oil and natural gas.

November 14, 2012

New York Landowners Favor Local Republican Candidates

A coalition of New York landowners that supports natural gas development has endorsed a slate of candidates — all of them Republicans — for election to state office.

November 5, 2012

Anti-Fracking Group Targets New York Governor’s Top Donors

An environmental group opposed to high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) in New York State has launched a campaign asking the top 1,000 contributors to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s reelection effort to pressure him to ban the practice.

August 6, 2012

Obama Takes Pro-Natural Gas Message on the Road

With his third State of the Union speech behind him and the election that could deliver him a second term just over 10 months away, President Obama has taken his “Blueprint for an America Built to Last” on the road, promoting “an all-out, all-of-the-above” energy strategy to audiences in Arizona, Nevada and Colorado.

January 27, 2012

EPA Weighing Expanded North Texas Ozone Region

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering adding two Texas counties — Wise and Hood — overlying the Barnett Shale in North Texas to the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) nonattainment area, which has failed to meet federal standards for ozone. Gas drilling activities in the region are thought by EPA to be contributing to the ground-level ozone, or smog, problem.

December 13, 2011

Pennsylvania Voters Nix Two Frack Bans; State College Ban Passes

Election Day in Pennsylvania turned out to be a mixed bag over the issue of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the Marcellus and Utica shales, with voters soundly defeating referendums that would have banned the practice in Peters Township and the City of Warren, but overwhelmingly supporting a similar measure in the Borough of State College.

November 10, 2011


Barry Smitherman was appointed to the Railroad Commission of Texas for a term that is to expire at the next general election. Smitherman, who lives in Austin, TX, is chairman of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, a position he has held since 2007. He is a member of the U.S. Department of Energy electricity advisory committee and a board member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. He is vice president of the Southwest Power Pool regional state committee and an ex officio board member of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. Smitherman received a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University, a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law, and a master of public administration from Harvard University.

July 11, 2011


Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell on Thursday certified Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) the winner of the Nov. 2 election, clearing the way for her to be seated with the 112th Congress, which convenes Wednesday. But Republican Joe Miller hasn’t exactly given up the fight. He said he planned to hold a news conference on New Year’s day to discuss his next legal steps. Miller, an attorney who was backed by former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, is challenging the votes that were counted in Murkowski’s favor despite the misspelling of her name. Write-in candidate Murkowski declared victory in late November with a more than 10,000-vote lead over Miller, of which more than 8,000 ballots were challenged by the Miller camp (see NGI, Nov. 22, 2010).

January 3, 2011

Atlas, Range CEOs Hail Election Results

Pennsylvania election results “were a good thing” for natural gas companies operating in the state, Atlas Resources President Richard Weber told a Marcellus Shale conference in Pittsburgh Wednesday.

November 5, 2010

Energy, Environment Seen as Back-Burner Issues After Elections

Republicans are expected to pick up a number of seats in Tuesday’s midterm election, potentially taking control of the House of Representatives and coming close to attaining majority in the Senate, according to energy analysts. Despite the anticipated shift in power, energy is likely to remain a back-burner issue in the lame-duck session and in fiscal year (FY) 2011.

November 1, 2010