BOEM Updates, Streamlines OCS Oil, NatGas Leasing Rules

Streamlined rules that update federal oversight of oil, natural gas and sulfur leasing in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) are to take effect at the end of May, the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) said.

March 30, 2016
Colorado Targeting Unused NatGas Well Reclamation

Colorado Targeting Unused NatGas Well Reclamation

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) has identified thousands of idled well locations it will be focusing on in 2016, according to a 43-page report, “Final Reclamation Inspection and Implementation Program,” completed by COGCC staff.

January 5, 2016

FERC Again Delays Final EIS on Jordan Cove LNG Project

Because of a locally backed alternative route to a portion of the proposed connecting transmission pipeline, FERC has delayed by three months the scheduled release of the final environmental impact statement (EIS) on the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project along the south-central Oregon coast at Coos Bay. A final EIS is now set for Sept. 30 instead of the previous June 15 deadline.

June 12, 2015

Industry Groups Seek Injunction Against Fracking Rule on Public Lands

Attorneys representing the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) and the Western Energy Alliance (WPA) asked a federal court to block the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from enacting its final rule for hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on public and tribal lands, arguing that the rulemaking process was flawed and will cost producers hundreds of millions of dollars.

May 19, 2015

U.S., Canada Issue Final Rule on Crude Oil Rail Shipments

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), along with its Canadian counterpart, on Friday issued a final rule on the shipment of flammable liquids by rail, including crude oil and other petroleum products.

May 1, 2015

FERC Final Rule Retains 9 a.m CST Gas Day Start Time

A final rule approved by FERC Thursday revises the interstate natural gas nomination timeline, but it does not move the 9 a.m. Central Clock Time (CCT) start of the gas day to 4 a.m. CCT, a controversial proposal that had been sharply criticized by the gas industry.

April 16, 2015

DOE’s LNG Review Protocol Reset Takes Effect

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has finalized changes it proposed earlier this year to its protocol for reviewing applications to export liquefied domestic natural gas to non-free trade agreement (FTA) nations.

August 14, 2014

Final Bakken Crude Study: No Different Than Other Oil

A final third-party report on the characteristics of light, sweet oil from the Bakken/Three Forks region again shows that the supplies from North Dakota are not more volatile or flammable than other crude oils.

August 5, 2014

Ohio State Researchers Want Their Own Shale Well

Researchers at Ohio State University (OSU) want to set up a functioning oil and gas well at the school’s Eastern Agricultural Station in Noble County, OH, to study the environmental effects of hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

July 25, 2013

Apache’s North American Onshore Output Jumps 45%

Apache Corp., which now claims to be the second biggest North American onshore operator, reported a 45% increase in total liquids output year/year in the United States and Canada, driven by a revamped drilling program in the legacy Permian and Anadarko basins.

May 10, 2013
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