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Interior Deferring to States, Reviewing Fish, Wildlife Protections

In a development sure to impact the oil and gas industry, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said state regulatory agencies should have a higher profile in protecting fish and wildlife, and asked his department to identify federal regulations that are more restrictive than those enacted by states.

September 12, 2018

Wyoming Sets Wildlife Migration Guidelines With Oil/Gas Ramifications

Wyoming oil and natural gas operators are keeping a close eye on new guidelines to protect wildlife migration that were established Thursday by the state Game and Fish Commission.

February 1, 2016
Post-Wastewater Discharge Standards, Monongahela River Clean Enough to Drink

Post-Wastewater Discharge Standards, Monongahela River Clean Enough to Drink

A 70-mile stretch of the Monongahela River is no longer impaired for potable water use, according to a report issued by Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). A voluntary prohibition on Marcellus Shale wastewater discharge may get the credit for the cleaner water.

December 30, 2014

Proposed Pennsylvania Endangered Species Bills Threaten Fed Funding

Proposed Pennsylvania legislation would make it more difficult to list and protect endangered species in the state, while making it potentially easier to site wells in the Marcellus Shale, but it also could force the “taking” of more than $27 million a year in federal funding for state fish and game commissions, according to officials.

September 11, 2013

Fish Kill in Kentucky Linked to Natural Gas Chemicals Spill

Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) fluids spilled in 2007 from natural gas wells are believed to be the cause of “widespread death or distress” of an aquatic species in a small Appalachian creek in Kentucky, based on a joint study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).

August 30, 2013
Plodding Pace of BLM Permitting is Focus of Bakken Effort

Plodding Pace of BLM Permitting is Focus of Bakken Effort

With industry, a U.S. senator and North Dakota state officials all focused on robust permitting applications for oil and natural gas development in the Bakken Shale, a new collaboration of federal agencies, the Bakken Federal Executives Group, is the latest attempt to streamline federal processes that are criticized for being too slow.

June 26, 2013

CGT Seeks Regulatory Approval for Pair of Marcellus Projects

Columbia Gas Transmission Corp. (CGT), a NiSource Inc. subsidiary, has applied for FERC approval of a pair of projects designed to collectively increase the company’s transportation capacity out of the Marcellus Shale by an additional 444,000 Dth/d.

May 16, 2013

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Extends Sage Grouse Comment Period

Noting that it wants to give the public an adequate opportunity to review and comment, the Interior Department’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) said Wednesday that it is extending the public comment period on two proposed rules: to list as endangered the gunnison sage grouse, which is found south of the Colorado River in Colorado and Utah, and to designate 1.7 million acres of critical habitat for the bird under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

March 14, 2013

Industry Briefs

The Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) has requested a public forum with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) on the agency’s plans regarding the Endangered Species Act (ESA) because members are concerned that new listings could harm domestic oil and natural gas exploration and production. In a letter to FWS Director Daniel Ashe, IPAA CEO Barry Russell said members understand that the agency is obligated to meet certain deadlines under a court-approved settlement with the Center for Biological Diversity and Wild Earth Guardians. However, there has been “little transparency afforded to the public on which species are coming up for review,” Russell said. “The pure depth and breadth of these settlement agreements could harm our membership and create uncertainty in the development of domestic oil and natural gas.” By 2016 FWS is required to complete a review of 250 candidate species for final listing on the ESA and is required to complete other actions on listings and critical habitat petitions of more than 1,000 species.

November 6, 2012
Need for Constitution Pipeline Questioned Based on Alternative Marcellus Lines

Need for Constitution Pipeline Questioned Based on Alternative Marcellus Lines

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has called on FERC to consider proposed and existing natural gas pipeline projects for transporting Marcellus shale gas to New York as alternatives to the proposed Constitution Pipeline.

October 9, 2012
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