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Jobs ‘Gone to Texas’ Once Again on Renewed Optimism in Oil, Natural Gas Patch

A rising rig count and increased oil and gas spending are again spurring Texas employment, with the energy sector leading job growth in the state during May.

June 16, 2017
Stronger North Dakota Oil, NatGas Production Stats Spur ‘Happy Talk’

Stronger North Dakota Oil, NatGas Production Stats Spur ‘Happy Talk’

North Dakota’s chief energy regulator on Tuesday called the latest oil and natural gas production numbers “happy, happy, happy,” despite continuing low commodity prices.

June 14, 2017
July Natural Gas, Oil Output to Edge Higher in Lower 48’s Big Seven Plays, EIA Says

July Natural Gas, Oil Output to Edge Higher in Lower 48’s Big Seven Plays, EIA Says

Natural gas and oil production out of the nation’s seven most prolific unconventional plays is expected to continue its relentless push higher in July, according to data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA).

June 12, 2017

NatGas, Coal Are Silver Lining As West Virginia Wades Through Budget Impasse

In the midst of a historic budget impasse, West Virginia’s severance tax collections have again provided a glimmer of light, as higher natural gas prices and more coal sales in May helped push state revenue 20% above projections to $350.4 million.

June 7, 2017

Enable Launches Anadarko Basin NatGas Project; Gathered Volumes Rose During Q1

Enable Midstream Partners LP on Wednesday announced a new Anadarko Basin rich gas takeaway project called Project Wildcat.

May 4, 2017

BHP Raising Rigs in Haynesville, Putting Fayetteville Back on Market

BHP Billiton Ltd. on Wednesday detailed a sweeping plan to accelerate some U.S. activity onshore and offshore, highlighting plans to raise more natural gas rigs in the Haynesville Shale, swap land in the Permian Basin, complete more wells in the Eagle Ford Shale and sell off the Fayetteville Shale portfolio.

April 26, 2017
Sanchez Hits Record Production Level, Raising Eagle Ford Rig Count

Sanchez Hits Record Production Level, Raising Eagle Ford Rig Count

Benefitting from a recent acquisition and production growth from legacy assets, Sanchez Energy Corp. is currently producing at a record level of about 76,000 boe/d, the company said Wednesday.

April 26, 2017
U.S. Marketed NatGas Production Declined 2.5% in 2016, EIA Says

U.S. Marketed NatGas Production Declined 2.5% in 2016, EIA Says

Marketed natural gas production increased from two shale-heavy states in 2016, but that was overshadowed by a 2.5 Bcf/d decline in Texas, resulting in an overall national decline compared with 2015, the first annual decline in more than a decade, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA).

April 25, 2017

Briefs — Avista Utilities

On a 2-1 vote, the state of Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) on Monday rejected a request by Spokane-based Avista Utilities to have its natural gas and electric rate case decisions from December reconsidered. UTC Chairman David Danner and Commissioner Ann Rendahl voted not to reconsider or rehear the 2016 rate case decision, while Commissioner Phil Jones, who filed a dissent in the original 2-1 decision, did so again on Monday. Avista’s petition for a rehearing was opposed by UTC staff, the public counsel unit of the state Attorney General’s Office, the Industrial Customers of Northwest Utilities, and the Northwest Industrial Gas Users. The combination utility had requested a two-phase increase of $4.4 million (5%) for natural gas rates the first 12 months and an additional $900,000 annual increase (1.8%) after 18 months; electric rates were pegged for a $38.6 million (7.8%) increase at first with an added $10.3 million (3.9%) after 18 months. The two commissioners in the majority decided that Avista failed to show that its current rates are not sufficient to meet its operating needs. Avista has 30 days to petition for judicial review in a state Superior Court.

February 28, 2017

Calls Renewed For More Pennsylvania DEP Funding

As state budget hearings kicked-off on Tuesday, calls to increase the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) general fund appropriations were again voiced, this time by the agency’s Citizens Advisory Council.

February 22, 2017