Environment

Forest Service Seeking to Streamline Oil, Natural Gas Project Approvals Through Rule Change

Forest Service Seeking to Streamline Oil, Natural Gas Project Approvals Through Rule Change

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is proposing to streamline the approval process for oil and natural gas development in national forests and grasslands. The proposed rule, issued on Tuesday, is posted in the Federal Register and available for public comment until Nov. 2. The overhaul, part of a larger mandate by the Trump administration to…

September 3, 2020
Proposed EPA Rule to Add Benefit-Cost Analysis to Rulemaking

Proposed EPA Rule to Add Benefit-Cost Analysis to Rulemaking

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a proposed order that it said would codify best practices for benefit-cost analysis in rulemakings and provide clarity for states, local communities and industry.

June 5, 2020

Global E&Ps Launch Large-Scale Decarbonization Hubs in U.S., Overseas to Advance Climate Accord

An oil and natural gas climate accord made up of 13 of the largest global producers on Monday launched initiatives that include decarbonizing industrial hubs to reduce methane emissions.

September 23, 2019
Colorado Supreme Court Agrees to Examine State’s Energy Regulation Criteria

Colorado Supreme Court Agrees to Examine State’s Energy Regulation Criteria

After a lower court ruled against the oil and natural gas industry last year, the Colorado Supreme Court has agreed to examine how public health and environmental protections are weighed in decisions by state energy regulators.

February 1, 2018
Natural Gas Boom in Michigan? Possibly, With Caveats

Natural Gas Boom in Michigan? Possibly, With Caveats

University of Michigan (U-M) researchers on Thursday issued seven technical reports that together form what they said is the most comprehensive state-focused resource on drilling, and in particular, unconventional drilling using hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

September 9, 2013

AGA’s Gant to Join DOE’s Fossil Energy Office

The American Gas Association’s (AGA) Paula Gant has been tapped to to join the Office of Fossil Energy at the Department of Energy (DOE), effective Sept. 9.

August 28, 2013

Canadian Senate Report on Safety: Pipelines Outclass Rail

TransCanada Corp. won a national political boost Thursday for the proposed partial conversion of its natural gas Mainline to oil service from the Canadian Senate’s energy, environment and natural resources committee.

August 26, 2013

Heinz Charity Backer of Marcellus Studies Fires Environmental Director

The Heinz Endowments — a Pittsburgh-based philanthropic organization that has given millions to both supporters and opponents of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) — has caused a stir with its abrupt dismissal of its environmental program director, and indications it will be going in new directions.

August 7, 2013
New Mexico Pit Rule Changes Agreeable to Industry

New Mexico Pit Rule Changes Agreeable to Industry

While critics and environmental activists are unhappy, the oil and natural gas industry is celebrating long-awaited changes in New Mexico’s rules for disposal of drilling waste known as the “pit rule.”

June 13, 2013

U.S. Producers See Growing Regulatory, Infrastructure Threats

The U.S. unconventional boom is far from over, but exploration and production (E&P) operators face a “reality check” from an increasingly stringent regulatory environment and “very real limitations” to domestic natural gas and oil infrastructure, according to BDO USA LLP.

June 10, 2013
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