Government

Quebec Proposes Modifying Oil, NatGas Regulations

The provincial government of Quebec has published a draft version of proposed regulations governing oil and natural gas activities in the province.

September 22, 2017

Australia Plans LNG Export Curbs to Lower Domestic Prices

Australian natural gas has become cheaper abroad than it is at home, prompting the government to introduce liquefied natural gas (LNG) export restrictions intended to secure supply for Australians.

April 28, 2017
In Mexico, Energy Reform Is Local, Too

In Mexico, Energy Reform Is Local, Too

Mexico’s energy reforms are a nationwide affair, but much of the action — and potential conflict — will happen at the state and municipal level, where the drill bits and pipelines meet the ground, speakers said Wednesday at a conference in Monterrey, the capital of northeastern state Nuevo León.

January 20, 2017

Ohio Supreme Court Keeps Anti-Drilling Petitions Off Ballot

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Secretary of State Jon Husted and the election boards from three counties did not violate the law when they rejected proposed county charters that, if successful, could have led to local bans on oil and natural gas development.

September 14, 2016

Briefs — Duke Energy Carolinas; Wyoming Wind Power, Mexico

Duke Energy Carolinas (DEC) is in the early stages of planning to convert two coal-fired power generation units at its 1,387 MW Rogers Energy Complex (formerly the Cliffside Steam Station) in North Carolina’s Cleveland and Rutherford counties to co-fired generation — coal and natural gas — the company told NGI. The Charlotte, NC-based utility expects to have the modifications completed in 2019, but it hasn’t released cost estimates or other details. DEC’s plans appear to hinge on Public Service Company of North Carolina (PSNC) receiving approval from the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) for a proposal to expand its natural gas pipeline system to increase transportation capacity to the Rogers facility. PSNC is also being tightlipped about its plans. The agreement with DEC “is confidential in nature and a proprietary trade secret,” PSNC said in an NCUC filing [No. G-5, Sub 569].

August 18, 2016

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New Brunswick’s energy minister said a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the province, enacted in late 2014, will continue indefinitely because the provincial government does not believe the oil and gas industry can meet five criteria to allow drilling to move forward.

June 3, 2016
Moody’s: Pemex Credit Weakening; Government Might Step In

Moody’s: Pemex Credit Weakening; Government Might Step In

Petroleos Mexicanos’ (Pemex) credit metrics will worsen as oil prices remain low, production continues to drop, taxes remain high, and the company cuts capital spending to meet its budgetary targets, a Moody’s Investors Service analyst said in a ratings downgrade announcement for the national oil company.

April 1, 2016
Wyoming Coalition Challenges Sage Grouse Plans

Wyoming Coalition Challenges Sage Grouse Plans

A Wyoming coalition of counties and conservation groups last Monday filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court of Wyoming in Cheyenne, challenging efforts to protect the greater sage grouse over parts of 11 western states, including Wyoming, where Gov. Matt Mead has embraced the efforts (see Daily GPI,Sept. 22, 2015).

March 4, 2016

Alberta to Limit Oil, NatGas Royalties in Effort to Compete With U.S. Industry Rivals

The next generation of Alberta natural gas, liquids byproducts and oil wells will be granted reprieves from provincial royalties by a government attempt to make Canada’s chief producer jurisdiction competitive with the United States.

February 2, 2016

House Joins Senate in Blocking Controversial Clean Water Rule

Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives, along mostly partisan lines, joined their Senate colleagues on Wednesday in passing a resolution disapproving of the Obama administration’s plan to rewrite the controversial Clean Water Rule (CWR).

January 13, 2016