Point Thomson Condensate Pipeline Approved By Alaska Regulators

The Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA) has granted a certificate of public convenience and a construction permit to PTE Pipeline LLC (PTEP) to construct and operate a condensate pipeline connecting Point Thomson production facilities with BP plc’s Badami Pipeline on the North Slope.

December 12, 2012

Canada Cracks Door to Foreign Investment

The Canadian government Friday granted Chinese state-controlled industry a spot in the North American oil and gas industry (see Daily GPI, Dec. 10), but it pledged that the toehold will not be allowed to grow into a dominant role.

December 11, 2012

LNG Exports Depend Upon Shale Gas Staying Power, Study Finds

Exporting liquefied domestic natural gas to world markets would generate a net benefit to the U.S. economy, and the more liquefied natural gas (LNG) that’s exported, the greater the benefit, according to a macroeconomic analysis of the impact of LNG exports commissioned by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and released for public comment Wednesday.

December 10, 2012

Colorado County Considers Faster Drilling Permit Option

The Boulder County, CO, planning commission on Tuesday proposed to offer exploration and production (E&P) operators an option of expedited oil and natural gas drilling permits in return for meeting stricter environmental standards. An industry association spokesman told NGI’s Shale Daily they favored existing state mechanisms over the county proposal.

November 2, 2012

Pennsylvania AG Seeks Dismissal of Marcellus ‘Gag Rule’ Lawsuit

Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly on Tuesday filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that Act 13, the state’s omnibus Marcellus Shale law, has a medical “gag rule” that violates a doctor’s constitutional rights to communicate with his patients.

October 19, 2012

Gas Industry Had Early Access to New York Rules, Says Group

Natural gas industry representatives were granted early access to New York’s preliminary unconventional drilling regulations up to six weeks before the rules were made public, the public health advocate Environmental Working Group (EWG) claimed on Thursday, citing documents obtained under a Freedom of Information (FOI) request.

June 29, 2012

NatGas Vehicle Fueling Gets Funding in California

Five public-access natural gas vehicle (NGV) fueling stations are among 15 projects that were granted a total of $23.1 million in funding Wednesday by the California Energy Commission (CEC) as part of the state’s alternative transportation fuels program. Several other projects will benefit NGVs as part of research and development on all the alternative fuels.

June 15, 2012

MarkWest CEO: Keystone Purchase ‘Connects Our Dots’

One day after purchasing natural gas processing facilities and associated infrastructure in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays, MarkWest Energy Partners LP said it plans to remain independent and will allocate more toward capital expenditures (capex) in 2012.

May 18, 2012

EPA Frack Emission Deadline Extended to 2015

In its final rule to eliminate harmful air pollution from oil and natural gas production, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted the energy industry a “reasonable” time to meet its requirements, extending the deadline for full compliance from two months to two-and-a-half years. The extension was in keeping with the Obama administration’s recent embrace of unconventional resources, particularly shale gas.

April 23, 2012

EPA Sets 2015 as Date to Capture Fracking Gas Emissions

In its final rule to eliminate harmful air pollution from oil and natural gas production announced Wednesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted the industry a “reasonable” time to meet its requirements, extending the deadline for full compliance from 60 days to two and a half years.

April 19, 2012