West Virginia Governor ‘Concerned’ After City Bans Fracking

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said he was concerned about the Morgantown City Council’s decision Tuesday night to pass an ordinance banning hydraulic fracturing (fracking) within the city and an adjacent one-mile buffer zone, and requested the city to “confine its governance to its city limits.”

June 23, 2011

Upward Momentum Ends; June Drifts Lower

June futures made an initial attempt to rally Tuesday, but market technicians observed that the market failed to breach important resistance areas and prices settled slightly lower. At the close of trading June had eased 0.1 cent to $4.345 and July had shed 0.2 cent to $4.391. July crude oil surged $1.89 to $99.59/bbl.

May 25, 2011

Ohio River Regulator Considering Water Resources Management

Marcellus Shale operators in Pennsylvania are familiar with the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) and the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC), the interstate regulatory agencies that manage water resources in eastern and central Pennsylvania, but currently don’t have to deal with a similar organization in the western half of the state. However, that may soon change.

April 15, 2011

Texas Nearing Regulatory Renaissance

Texas Senate lawmakers Monday overwhelmingly passed legislation that would abolish the three-member Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) and replace it with the one-member Texas Oil and Gas Commission. The bill is headed for the House Energy Resources Committee, where a three-member commission is favored by Chairman Jim Keffer (R-Eastland).

April 6, 2011

Williams Expanding Alberta Off-Gas Facilities

Williams is investing C$311 million to expand two Alberta off-gas facilities that would support a new long-term agreement to produce up to 17,000 b/d of ethane and ethylene for Canadian petrochemical heavyweight NOVA Chemicals Corp.

April 4, 2011

Gas Storage ‘Political Football’ in California Capital

As energy storage generally becomes more important economically, a natural gas storage field proposed for an existing suburban residential area in Sacramento, CA, has its backers lamenting the political dust being stirred up (see Daily GPI, March 16). Nevertheless, the head of Sacramento Natural Gas Storage told NGI Wednesday he thinks the project ultimately will prevail.

March 17, 2011

The ‘Next Big Shale Play’ Is in…Alaska?

Ed Duncan is returning to Alaska’s North Slope where his career began about 30 years ago. This time around he has today’s unconventional drilling technologies to unlock what he expects will be a new beginning for himself and for the state.

March 14, 2011

Texas Lawmakers Seek More Air Monitors in Barnett Shale

Thirty Texas lawmakers recently wrote to Gov. Rick Perry seeking an emergency proclamation for additional air monitors in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to track emissions from Barnett Shale natural gas activity.

February 16, 2011

IPAA Scores Early Victory with EPA over Hydrofracking

A federal appeals court in Washington, DC, has rejected a motion by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to dismiss a case brought by independent producers alleging that the agency failed to go through the proper channels to regulate diesel fuel used in the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) process.

January 24, 2011

Shell Executive: Shales Have ‘Enormous Potential’

It might seem that the Eagle Ford and Marcellus shales are being developed at breakneck speed, but it’s important to remember that these are the early days in two resource plays that will be natural gas breadbaskets for the nation in the decades to come.

November 22, 2010