Health

EPA Picks Potential Sites for Hydrofracking Study

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has selected several potential sites across the country to study the effects of hydraulic fracturing (hydrofracking) on drinking water and groundwater.

February 22, 2011

OSHA Cites National Grid for Trench Safety Violations

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Monday cited National Grid, a major supplier of natural gas and electricity to the U.S. Northeast, for alleged serious violations of trenching safety standards that led to an employee being injured following the June collapse of a natural gas line trench in Boston. National Grid faces a total of $36,500 in proposed fines.

November 3, 2010

People

Philip Clarke Baten, who has been an administrative law judge at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) since 2005, has been appointed as Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) administrative law judge, FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff said. Baten was in private practice for nearly 23 years before his time at HHS and from 1973 to 1982 served in a number of administrative and analytical positions at Howard University in Washington, DC, where he also earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in political science. Baten graduated from George Mason Law School in Virginia in 1980.

May 26, 2010

CFTC Flooded with Comments on Position Limits Rule

As those in favor and against financial market reform laws in the Congress were mustering their troops in Washington (moving in as the health care legions left town), some of those same forces also were weighing in on a separate regulatory action, a proposal by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to install hard position limits on the futures markets for natural gas, oil and oil products (see NGI, Jan. 18).

April 19, 2010

CFTC Flooded with Comments on Position Limits Rule

As those in favor and against financial market reform laws in the Congress were mustering their troops in Washington (moving in as the health care legions left town), some of those same forces also were weighing in on a separate regulatory action, a proposal by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to install hard position limits on the futures markets for natural gas, oil and oil products (see Daily GPI, Jan. 15).

April 16, 2010

CFTC Flooded with Comments on Position Limits Rule

As those in favor and against financial market reform laws in the Congress were mustering their troops in Washington (moving in as the health care legions left town), some of those same forces also were weighing in on a separate regulatory action, a proposal by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to install hard position limits on the futures markets for natural gas, oil and oil products (see Daily GPI, Jan. 15).

April 16, 2010

Producers, Industrials Slam Senate Banking’s OTC Derivative Reforms

Riding high from their success with health care legislation last week, Democrats made overhaul of the financial regulatory system their next priority. The Senate Banking Committee took the first step last Monday, voting out a bill in less than a half hour to enact sweeping reforms. The measure drew fire from the energy industry for its failure to exempt end-users, who use over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives to hedge commercial risk, from the proposed central clearing and trading requirements for the nearly $500 trillion OTC derivatives market.

March 29, 2010

House Hydrofracing Inquiry No Cause for Alarm, Analyst Says

The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s inquiry into the potential health and environmental risks of hydraulic fracturing (hydrofracing) of unconventional natural gas resources is no cause for alarm among producers, says an industry analyst.

February 22, 2010

House Hydrofracing Inquiry No Cause for Alarm, Analyst Says

The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s inquiry into the potential health and environmental risks of hydraulic fracturing (hydrofracing) of unconventional natural gas resources is no cause for alarm among producers, says an industry analyst.

February 22, 2010

Energy Industry Sees Promise, Missed Opportunities in Jobs Summit

Turning attention from the war in Afghanistan and health care reform, President Obama on Thursday highlighted the nation’s economy and employment situation through a jobs summit that was met with mostly positive reviews from the energy industry.

December 7, 2009