FERC Nominees Tell Senate Public Interest Foremost if Confirmed

FERC Nominees Tell Senate Public Interest Foremost if Confirmed

The two nominees tapped by President Trump in July to fill vacant FERC positions pledged to be champions for the consumer by ensuring the reliability and fair cost of energy while remaining unbiased in their decision making. Speaking Tuesday before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Democratic nominee Allison Clements noted her…

September 16, 2020

NAFTA Defended as Boon for U.S. Energy Sector in House Hearing

Representatives from the energy, business, manufacturing and academic sectors told a House subcommittee on Wednesday to “modernize” but not blow up the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), arguing that it’s essential to the nation’s energy growth.

December 14, 2017

EQT Fined $1.1M For Violations In Pennsylvania Impoundment Leak Saga

The Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board (EHB) has assessed a $1.1 million civil penalty against EQT Corp. for a 2012 impoundment leak in which thousands of gallons of natural gas drilling wastewater were discharged in Tioga County.

June 6, 2017

Brief — Shell Cracker

Potter Township, PA, supervisors have approved a motion to draft a conditional-use permit for Shell Chemical Appalachia LLC’s multi-billion dollar ethane cracker in Beaver County. The supervisors, who delayed approving the permit last month after a public hearing stretched over two days, must still approve the language and details included in the permit at another public hearing. The township is concerned about noise, pollution and traffic, among other things. Hearings on the matter have been contentious, according to local news media reports. The facility would be built on about 400 acres near the Ohio River in Potter and Center Townships. It would have the capacity to consume roughly 100,000 b/d of ethane. The company is still waiting on other regulatory approvals.

January 12, 2017
Judge Rejects Dakota Sioux Request to Halt Oil Pipeline Construction

Judge Rejects Dakota Sioux Request to Halt Oil Pipeline Construction

U.S. District Judge James Boasberg of the District of Columbia on Tuesday rejected an emergency filing by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe for a temporary restraining order (TRO) to prevent ongoing construction of the four-state, nearly 1,200-mile Dakota Access Pipeline project.

September 7, 2016

Texas Lawmakers on RRC: Don’t Fix What’s Not Broke

Texas lawmakers on the Sunset Advisory Commission mostly turned a skeptical ear toward recommendations for changes at the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC), the Lone Star State’s oil and natural gas regulator.

August 23, 2016

Texas Falls Short in Regulating Oil/NatGas Industry, Watchdog Group Says

In advance of a public hearing on Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) practices and operations scheduled for Monday, watchdog group Public Citizen has rolled out its wish list of reforms it would like to see at the oil/natural gas regulator.

August 17, 2016

California Lawmakers Lash Out at Plains Pipeline Over Spill

The safety director for Plains All American Pipeline was in the hot seat Friday during a joint California legislative committee hearing looking into the company’s handling of an oil spill along Santa Barbara and other Southern California beaches May 19.

June 30, 2015
Quakes Are Natural, Not From Injection Wells, XTO Tells Investigators

Quakes Are Natural, Not From Injection Wells, XTO Tells Investigators

Frequent seismic activity near the Barnett Shale towns of Azle and Irving in Texas is naturally occurring and cannot be blamed on drilling waste injection wells, ExxonMobil Corp. unit XTO Energy representatives said during a show cause hearing in which the company made a case for keeping its area injection well operating.

June 11, 2015

Operators Should Bring ‘A’ Game to Texas Seismicity Hearings, Lawyer Says

The recent initiation of a show cause order by the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) against operators of drilling waste injection wells thought to be linked with earthquakes in the Barnett Shale region was a dramatic and unusual step, an environmental lawyer with RRC experience told NGI’s Shale Daily.

May 4, 2015
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