Hurdle

New York Rules Delay Frustrates Oil, Gas Operators

If New York regulators don’t meet a Nov. 29 deadline to finalize the rulemaking process for natural gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing (fracking), it may force more producers and service companies to move out of state, a spokesman for the Independent Oil and Gas Association of New York (IOGA-NY) said Monday.

October 2, 2012

Canada’s Natives Take LNG Over Oil

Industry and government are getting an education about the tallest hurdle in the way of Canadian plans for new Asian energy export channels: aboriginal communities that occupy or claim vast tracts of northern Alberta and British Columbia (BC). The lessons are being taught by emerging commercial relationships and parallel regulatory cases on oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG).

February 6, 2012

Canada’s Natives Prefer Exporting LNG Over Oil

Industry and government are getting an education about the tallest hurdle in the way of Canadian plans for new Asian energy export channels: aboriginal communities that occupy or claim vast tracts of northern Alberta and British Columbia (BC).

February 6, 2012

Industry Brief

California’s proposed law (AB 591) to address hydraulic fracturing (fracking) passed a second hurdle, being voted out 5-1 from the state Senate Environmental Quality Committee (EQ). The measure has been sent to the Senate Appropriations Committee, but no hearing date has been set. AB 591’s author, Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski, told EQ that the proposal is a “modest” attempt to provide state regulators in the Division of Oil and Gas with added information on fracking. Wieckowski emphasized that fracking in some form has been around for the past 50 years in California, but only recently has the oil/gas sector begun to use more sophisticated techniques that carry greater potential impact on the state’s water quality. The bill is aimed at chemical disclosure for operators using the fracking process and comes at a time that Wieckowski said “several reports” from the oil/gas industry have indicated California is on the “cusp of a boom” in unconventional oil/gas recovery because of drilling technique advancement, such as fracking. Chemicals used and sources and amounts of water in the fracking process will be disclosed as a result of AB 591, Wieckowski said.

June 29, 2011

California Fracking Bill Clears First Senate Hurdle

A bill aimed at chemical disclosure in hydraulic fracturing (fracking) passed its first hurdle Tuesday in the California Senate, passing out of the Natural Resources and Water Committee with opposing industry groups and lawmakers all indicating that a compromise that should facilitate the measure’s continuing legislative journey is close at hand (see Shale Daily, June 14). AB 591 next goes to the Senate Environmental Quality (EQ) Committee.

June 17, 2011

Gas Bills Stall at Arkansas House Committee

A series of bills that would affect the regulation of natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing (hydrofracking) operations in Arkansas failed to clear a hurdle in the state’s House Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development Thursday and appeared unlikely to move to the full House during the current legislative session.

March 28, 2011

Cameron LNG Cleared to Begin Re-Exports Next Month

In the final regulatory hurdle needed for Sempra Energy to begin re-exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its Cameron LNG import terminal in Hackberry, LA, as soon as Feb. 1, FERC on Thursday approved the company’s request, saying no environmental or other sensitive resources will be adversely affected since no new facilities or modifications of existing facilities are required.

January 21, 2011

Mackenzie Project Overcomes Another Hurdle

Barring appeals to the courts, the last regulatory hurdle has been removed from obstructing an approval ruling on Canada’s entry in the Arctic pipeline race, the C$16.2 billion Mackenzie Gas Project (MGP).

October 18, 2010

Mackenzie Project Overcomes Another Hurdle

Barring appeals to the courts, the last regulatory hurdle has been removed from obstructing an approval ruling on Canada’s entry in the Arctic pipeline race, the C$16.2 billion Mackenzie Gas Project (MGP).

October 18, 2010

Ruby Pipeline Construction Gets FERC Green Light

Ruby Pipeline LLC has cleared the final regulatory hurdle to begin construction of its 680-mile east-to-west natural gas project, announcing last Monday that FERC has approved the company’s application for a Notice to Proceed and Construct.

August 9, 2010
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