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Federal Judge Weighs Community Requirements For PG&E’s San Bruno Conviction

A federal judge on Monday was still considering what community requirements to place on Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) as a result of its criminal conviction last summer for its part in the 2010 natural gas transmission pipeline rupture and explosion in San Bruno, 10 miles south of San Francisco.

January 24, 2017

Federal Judge Denies Challenge to BLM Venting/Flaring Rule

A federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming on Monday denied a request by several oil/gas producing states for a preliminary injunction against the Obama administration’s venting/flaring rule, which the states allege duplicates and negates state actions already cutting emissions.

January 17, 2017

Tribe, Army Corps Challenge Dakota Access Pipeline Court Filings

The battle continued Friday among the federal government, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) over the stalled Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) project.

January 10, 2017
Bill Would Allow Limited Development of Alaska’s 1002 Area

Bill Would Allow Limited Development of Alaska’s 1002 Area

Alaska’s two U.S. senators introduced legislation on Thursday to open a non-wilderness portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to limited oil and gas development.

January 9, 2017

Dominion Gets FERC OK to Start Leidy Project in Pennsylvania, Virginia

FERC has given the green light to Dominion Transmission Inc.’s (DTI) Leidy South Project, which would provide 155,000 Dth/d of firm transportation service in the Mid-Atlantic region through upgrades and modifications to Dominion’s transmission pipeline system.

January 3, 2017
FERC DEIS for Mountain Valley Pipeline Needs Work, Federal Agencies Say

FERC DEIS for Mountain Valley Pipeline Needs Work, Federal Agencies Say

FERC’s draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC (MVP) is incomplete or insufficient, a number of participating federal agencies told the Commission last week.

December 28, 2016

Proposed Pennsylvania Methane Regs Exceed Federal Standards

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) plans to incorporate and go beyond the latest federal requirements to reduce oil and gas industry methane emissions in a new general permit for unconventional wells sites and revisions for the general permit for natural gas compressor facilities.

December 13, 2016
Interior’s Jewell, Colorado Governor Cite ‘Balance’ in Canceling Thompson Divide Leases

Interior’s Jewell, Colorado Governor Cite ‘Balance’ in Canceling Thompson Divide Leases

To the disappointment of West Slope producers, the Obama administration and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper joined forces in Denver on Thursday to announce the cancellation of oil/natural gas leases in the White River National Forest, including the long-contested Thompson Divide. They said the cancellation balances resource protection and development.

November 18, 2016

Court Orders Feds to Protect Utah, Colorado Wildflowers From Resource Extraction

With implications for oil/natural gas drilling as well as mining, the U.S. District Court for Colorado on Tuesday agreed with various environmental groups that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) needs to protect two threatened wildflowers that live solely on an oil shale formation in Colorado and Utah.

October 27, 2016

Mixed Reaction to BLM’s Proposed Southwestern Colorado Master Leasing Plan

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is expected to propose a master leasing plan (MLP) in October for the Tres Rios region in southwestern Colorado that would include provisions allowing oil and natural gas development, but some local industry are skeptical about the prospect.

September 28, 2016