EPA Withdraws Request For Emissions Data From Industry

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has withdrawn its request that oil and gas owners and operators provide additional information on existing equipment and methane emissions, reversing a policy that was enacted under the Obama administration.

March 3, 2017

Brief — Railroad Commission of Texas

The Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) now accepts electronic filings of oil/natural gas producer well log data; paper logs are no longer required. “This new electronic filing system will save operators about $362,000 annually and reduce the time and resources necessary for them to comply with reporting requirements, as well as make the information they submit more quickly and easily accessible to the public,” RRC said. The commission said it will save about $105,000 and nearly 4,000 hours of staff time per year because of the change. Operators must submit well logs in both .TIFF and .LAS formats. For information, check the L-1 Electric Log Status Report form on the RRC website. RRC began accepting electronically filed well completion reports in 2010.

January 13, 2017

Brief — EIA Reserves Survey

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) is taking comments through Monday (April 4) on a proposal that would revise the annual surveys filed by producers of their domestic oil and natural gas reserves. The proposal would require county-level information on wells versus using field-level data. Regulators proposed thechanges to Form EIA-23L in March, and if approved, the updated information would be required beginning in 2017. Comments may be sent to Chad S. Whiteman,, or Department of Energy Desk Officer, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Room 10102, 735 17th St. NW, Washington, DC 20503; or to Steven G. Grape,, EIA, Mail Stop EI–24, Forrestal Building, 1000 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20585.

March 31, 2016

Obama Targets Oil/NatGas in Latest Emissions Reduction Effort

Stymied, for now, in attempts to further regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at the utility level, the Obama administration Thursday announced plans — in collaboration with Canada — to target methane emissions from existing oil and natural gas production/transmission facilities.

March 10, 2016

Survey Finds 82% of Oil/Gas IT Professionals Report Increase in Cyberattacks

A survey conducted last November of more than 150 information technology (IT) professionals in the oil and gas industry found that 82% had seen an increase in successful cyberattacks in the preceding 12 months.

January 15, 2016

California Regulators Cite Subsidence Concerns in Clamping Down on Freeport-McMoRan Exploration

Under increasing criticism for being too soft on oil and natural gas operators, California regulators on Monday ordered the exploration unit of Freeport-McMoRan Corp. to provide additional data on the Inglewood Oilfield in the greater Los Angeles area.

December 2, 2015
Range Loses Appeal, Must Disclose Chemicals Used at Well Site in Pennsylvania

Range Loses Appeal, Must Disclose Chemicals Used at Well Site in Pennsylvania

A Pennsylvania appellate court has upheld an order that Range Resources Corp. must collect information from third-party manufacturers about additives it used in wells at a controversial site in Washington County, and disclose them to nearby residents who filed a lawsuit three years ago.

April 17, 2015
Chesapeake Sues McClendon Over Trade Secrets

Chesapeake Sues McClendon Over Trade Secrets

American Energy Partners LP (AELP) and its founder, Aubrey K. McClendon, said they intend to “respond vigorously” to a lawsuit filed Tuesday by Chesapeake Energy Corp. that alleges the former Chesapeake CEO stole trade secrets during his final months at the helm to benefit the partnership.

February 17, 2015

Gas Utility Group Shares Info to Repel Cyber, Physical Attacks

The American Gas Association (AGA) has launched a program to help protect natural gas utilities from cyber and physical attacks.

September 12, 2014

North Carolina Bill A Smorgasbord of Changes to Oil, Gas Laws

A trio of lawmakers supporting oil and natural gas drilling in North Carolina introduced a bill Thursday that would extend the deadline for the state to develop its own regulatory program; create a new Oil and Gas Commission; reconstitute the state’s Mining and Energy Commission (MEC); invalidate local bans on oil and gas activities; ban wastewater injection wells, and establish a severance tax.

May 16, 2014
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