Issues

Debate on Energy Issues Expected as Tax Reform Heads to Conference

With comprehensive tax reform winning passage in the Republican-controlled Senate on Saturday, lawmakers in the House, where the GOP also holds sway, are preparing to hold conference committee talks to iron out differences, including on energy issues, between bills passed in the House and Senate.

December 4, 2017

FERC, CFTC Officials Provide Regulatory Update to Energy Marketers

While FERC waits to hear what its role will be under the Clean Power Plan (CPP) being formulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), one of its five commissioners said he is more concerned about infrastructure issues with natural gas, not limiting access to abundant supplies.

May 8, 2015
Colorado Local Issues Task Force Reconvenes

Colorado Local Issues Task Force Reconvenes

Colorado’s governor-appointed 21-member local issues task force reconvened for two days of meetings Thursday and Friday, hearing from a panel of local government representatives on differences between local and state regulations governing oil and gas operations.

November 21, 2014

Is the Sandman Fracking’s New Boogeyman?

The mining and transport of proppant sand are drawing controversy similar to that related to the content and handling of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) fluids if recent events are an indication.

August 23, 2013

Shell May Dump Some North American Land After $2B Writedown

Royal Dutch Shell plc has launched a strategic review of its North American oil and gas operations, particularly the unconventional assets, after taking a charge of more than $2 billion on the value of its U.S. and Canadian liquids-rich properties.

August 2, 2013

West Virginia Court Clarifies ‘Surface’ Definition

West Virginia’s legal system continues to struggle with surface rights issues, with the state’s Supreme Court of Appeals finding recently that the term “surface” means just what it says and does not include underground resources.

June 26, 2013

Senators Debate FracFocus Registry, State v. Fed. Rules

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee put the spotlight on two important shale policy issues during its third and final forum on natural gas Thursday: the FracFocus chemical registry and whether a middle ground can be found in the dispute between the states and federal government over regulation of hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

May 28, 2013

Senators Attempt to Find Middle Ground on Fracking

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee put the spotlight on two important shale policy issues during its third and final forum on natural gas last Thursday: the FracFocus chemical registry and whether a middle ground can be found in the drawn-out dispute between states and the federal government over regulation of hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

May 27, 2013

SGICC Crowns Three Winners in Shale Gas Innovation Contest

After choosing 12 finalists from more than 70 applicants, Ben Franklin Technology Partners’ Shale Gas Innovation and Commercialization Center (SGICC) on Tuesday selected the three winners of its 2013 Shale Gas Innovation contest aimed at recognizing and promoting small- and mid-sized businesses behind emerging technologies in the Appalachian region’s growing natural gas industry.

May 9, 2013
California Report: ‘Scientific Uncertainty’ on Fracking’s Water Impact

California Report: ‘Scientific Uncertainty’ on Fracking’s Water Impact

There is still too much “scientific uncertainty” surrounding hydraulic fracturing’s (fracking) impact on water supply, and because of this regulators and operators need to be more transparent and accountable, according to a University of California, Berkeley, report that was released last Thursday.

April 16, 2013
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