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California Regulators Face More Scrutiny on Pipe Safety

California regulators are facing increased scrutiny on their response to stepping up natural gas pipeline safety oversight following a 2010 explosion in San Bruno on a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) line.

July 29, 2013

XTO Fined in Pennsylvania Clean Water Act Settlement

ExxonMobil Corp. subsidiary XTO Energy Inc. will pay a $100,000 penalty and spend an estimated $20 million on a plan to improve wastewater management practices following a settlement with federal authorities to resolve an alleged violation of the Clean Water Act related to the discharge of hydraulic fracturing wastewater at a Lycoming County, PA, facility.

July 22, 2013

Colorado Joins Industry Lawsuit on City Fracking Ban

Following threats earlier in the year from Gov. John Hickenlooper, Colorado’s Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (OGCC) has joined a lawsuit by the Colorado Oil & Gas Association (COGA) against the city of Longmont’s ban last year on hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

July 17, 2013
Energy Patch Drives Nation-Leading GDP Growth in North Dakota

Energy Patch Drives Nation-Leading GDP Growth in North Dakota

Oil and gas patch output is typically measured in barrels or cubic feet, but gross domestic product (GDP) is another yardstick by which to chart growth, and that’s particularly true in North Dakota, home to the Bakken Shale, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said Friday.

July 15, 2013

Southern Idaho NatGas Infrastructure Adequate, Utility Tells PUC

Following key pipeline infrastructure upgrades over the past two years, MDU Resources Inc.’s Boise, ID-based Intermountain Gas Co. has told Idaho state regulators it should be able to serve the natural gas needs of the southern part of the state without any significant new capital projects during the next five years.

June 26, 2013

ICE’s NYSE Acquisition Clears European Commission Hurdle

IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) reported Monday that it is one step closer to completing its $8.2 billion acquisition of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) following “unconditional approval” from the European Commission. The deal is still subject to final approval from the Euronext College of Regulators, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and other national financial regulators.

June 25, 2013

Montana Ruling Favors Energy Industry

Legal holdups of oil and natural gas leases on federal lands are less likely following a federal district judge’s ruling on a five-year-old Montana case that effectively blocked an environmental steamroller, according to officials at the Denver-based Western Energy Alliance (WEA), which has represented oil and gas industry interests against environmental challenges throughout the West.

June 24, 2013

Industry Sees Judge’s Montana Ruling as Key Milestone

Future legal holdups of oil and natural gas leases on federal lands is now less likely following a federal district judge’s ruling on a five-year-old Montana case which effectively blocked an environmental steamroller, according to officials at the Denver-based Western Energy Alliance (WEA), which has represented oil/gas industry interests against environmental challenges throughout the West.

June 19, 2013

CenterPoint Adds CNG Vehicles Amid Recall of Vans

Following similar initiatives around the nation, Houston-based CenterPoint Energy on Thursday said it will add 35 natural gas vehicles (NGV) to its fleet across Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. It also is planning to supply compressed natural gas (CNG) to 17 new fueling stations built in its multi-state territory.

June 10, 2013

Sanchez Production Skyrocketing on South Texas Acquisition

Sanchez Energy Corp. has revised its spending and operations guidance following the closing of the acquisition of South Texas assets from Hess Corp.

June 5, 2013
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