Wyoming Governor’s Budget Proposal Looks to Low Carbon Options

In a state where natural resources are the major economic drivers, Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon on Tuesday revealed that his austere budget priorities will emphasize the reality of low- and zero-carbon energy options.

January 15, 2020

Brief — Pennsylvania Primary

Pennsylvania State Sen. Scott Wagner, who owns a waste-hauling business in south-central part of the state, has won the Republican primary to challenge Democratic incumbent Gov. Tom Wolf in the November general election. Wagner, whose acerbic style has been compared to President Trump’s, is a supporter of the natural gas industry, advocating to cut regulations and pushing back against repeated calls from Wolf to implement a severance tax on production. Wagner beat two other Republican candidates with about 44% of the vote. Wolf began his first term in office in 2015.

May 16, 2018

People — Ohio Primary

Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine will faceoff to be Ohio’s next governor in the November general election after they won their respective party primaries by wide margins. DeWine, who is the state’s attorney general, ousted Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor with roughly 60% of the vote. Cordray, who once served as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under President Obama, beat runner-up Dennis Kucinich with about 62% of the vote. DeWine, a moderate Republican, has heaped praise on the oil and gas industry and the role Utica Shale development has played in the economy. Cordray has said little about energy issues, but scoffed at Kucinich’s call to ban all oil and gas drilling in the state.

May 9, 2018
Appalachian Governors Renew Commitment to Promoting Shale Gas

Appalachian Governors Renew Commitment to Promoting Shale Gas

Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia have extended for another three years a cooperative agreement to promote the region’s shale gas resources and create more economic opportunities.

March 22, 2018

Western Governors Push Back on Trump’s Public Lands Orders

Western governors are giving the Trump administration some feedback, and it is not all favorable, regarding the president’s executive orders on the handling of federal lands — on and offshore.

April 28, 2017
MD Governor Signs Fracking Ban Bill Into Law

MD Governor Signs Fracking Ban Bill Into Law

Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan this week signed the state’s proposed hydraulic fracturing (fracking) ban into law, a move that was expected after he reversed his position to come out against the practice in a pronouncement last month.

April 6, 2017

Western Govs Stress States-Rights For ESA, Say Directional Pad Drilling, Fracking Limit Impact

Among seven resolutions passed on Tuesday, the Western Governors’ Association (WGA) adopted strong states-rights stances in two of them, regarding the need for statutory changes in the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) and future policies aimed at energy use and development during the conclusion of the association’s three-day annual meeting in Jackson, WY.

June 15, 2016
Bipartisan Governors’ Group Signs Clean Energy Accord

Bipartisan Governors’ Group Signs Clean Energy Accord

A bipartisan group of governors from 17 states on Tuesday announced the formation of a clean energy accord that they see as a multi-state economic development tool.

February 17, 2016

Alaska Governor Backs Off Reserves Tax After Producers’ Pledge

After securing pledges of commitment to the Alaska LNG project from North Slope producers BP plc and ConocoPhillips, Gov. Bill Walker has dropped his plan to introduce legislation to create a reserves tax during a special session of the state legislature now in progress.

October 26, 2015
New York’s Shale Development Backers Say They’re Down, But Not Out

New York’s Shale Development Backers Say They’re Down, But Not Out

Despite the expectation that New York's top environmental regulator is days from announcing a ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing…

May 14, 2015
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