Pennsylvania PUC Delays Implementation of Impact Fee

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) has delayed implementation of Act 13, the state’s omnibus Marcellus Shale law, “due to an ambiguity with an injunction imposed by the state’s Commonwealth Court,” the PUC said late Thursday.

April 30, 2012

Pittsburgh, Allegheny County Split on Impact Fee

A pair of votes Tuesday highlighted the struggle Pennsylvania’s local governments are having with a new regulatory package of shale development.

April 9, 2012

Shale Gas Drilling Backlog Grows, Says Societe Generale

A well count “evolution” is taking place across the United States because the “cost of opportunity of drilling shale gas is growing,” said Societe Generale analysts in a note to clients.

April 9, 2012

Pennsylvania Governments Split on Impact Fee

A pair of votes last week highlighted the struggle Pennsylvania’s local governments are having with a new regulatory package of shale development.

April 9, 2012

Southwestern Cutting Fayetteville Drilling for Marcellus

Proving that different shale plays have different economics, Southwestern Energy Co. plans to cut spending in the Fayetteville Shale and increase spending in the Marcellus Shale this year, the company said Tuesday.

February 29, 2012

Colorado: Jurisdiction Battle Over Fracking Unfolds

With at least two cities having passed ordinances banning hydraulic fracturing (fracking) until local rules for it can be established, state legislation has been proposed (SB 88) to reiterate that the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) has jurisdiction to oversee the practice by oil/gas exploration and production (E&P) companies.

February 15, 2012

Low Gas Prices Impact WPX Spending, Rig Count

WPX Energy, newly spun off from Williams, is having to rethink its first full year as an exploration and production (E&P) company because of sustained low natural gas prices, the company said late Monday.

February 8, 2012

Colorado Shale Boom Creates Permitting Backlog

The cash- and employee-strapped Colorado state government is battling a growing oil and gas drilling permit backlog created by a combination of a 70% jump in applications between 2007 and 2010 and the recession, which shrank state government. However, oil and gas industry representatives are praising state officials for attempting to address the problem.

January 25, 2012

BLM to Hold Utah Sage Grouse Meetings

Having outlined guidelines for balancing sage grouse and economic protections, the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Monday said it will conduct a series of eight scoping meetings in Utah Jan. 17-Feb. 1 to gain feedback on an environmental impact statement (EIS).

January 11, 2012

Gastar Expanding Marcellus Operations in 2012

Gastar Exploration Ltd. achieved its goal of increasing Marcellus Shale production in northern West Virginia this year, and now the Houston-based company is setting the same goal for itself in the coming year.

December 20, 2011