Issues

Pennsylvania House Panel OKs Marcellus Tax Credit Bills

Lawmakers on a key committee of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives approved three “Marcellus Works” bills on Tuesday.

April 11, 2013

Industry Briefs

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has scheduled three forums on natural gas issues in May. The forums, which would be held in a roundtable format “to encourage discussion and allow flexibility to find areas of agreement,” would include input from members and a variety of stakeholders, according to committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) and ranking member Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). Topics for the forums are “Infrastructure, Transportation, Research and Innovation” (May 16), “Domestic Supply and Exports” (May 21) and “Shale Development: Best Practices and Environmental Concerns” (May 23).

April 5, 2013

Industry Brief

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has scheduled three forums on natural gas issues in May. The forums, which would be held in a roundtable format “to encourage discussion and allow flexibility to find areas of agreement,” would include input from members and a variety of stakeholders, according to committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) and ranking member Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). Topics for the forums are “Infrastructure, Transportation, Research and Innovation” (May 16), “Domestic Supply and Exports” (May 21) and “Shale Development: Best Practices and Environmental Concerns” (May 23).

April 4, 2013

Wells Fargo: Exports Hold Key for NGL Sector

While oversupply and pricing issues continue to be problematic, it is premature to write off natural gas liquids (NGL) with the prospect that increased U.S. natural gas exports would help bolster NGL trade, an equity research team at Wells Fargo Securities LLC said after meeting with two Houston-based NGL companies.

April 2, 2013

North Dakota Officials Continue Focus on Flaring

With just minuscule movement downward in the amount of associated natural gas being flared, North Dakota’s top oil and gas official in his latest monthly report said that the state and industry are stuck at about a 28.5-29% level of flared associated gas.

March 20, 2013
Williams’ Marcellus Revisions Could Change Infrastructure Plans

Williams’ Marcellus Revisions Could Change Infrastructure Plans

The Marcellus Shale’s natural gas volumes are continuing to flow higher, but significant revisions in growth expectations by pipeline giant Williams Partners Ltd. (WPZ) has led one analyst to question whether the “excellent adventure” to establish a major natural gas hub is turning into a “bogus journey.”

February 25, 2013

Maryland and Marcellus Shale Development Part Ways

Maryland’s fledgling Marcellus Shale industry — which would be based solely in two of the state’s westernmost counties — has ended even before it began, according to Robert Summers, secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE).

January 25, 2013

Energy Downplayed in Wyoming Governor’s Annual Speech

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead spent little time discussing energy issues in his state-of-the-state speech Wednesday, but he did call out coal’s role in the resource-rich state, which has substantial natural gas and coal supplies.

January 10, 2013

Industry Briefs

The Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) has released the latest revised draft amendments of rules relating to the well integrity issues of well casing, cementing, drilling and completions, cathodic protection wells, and seismic holes and core holes. The draft revisions are being circulated for an informal comment period, which is to end Dec. 31. The revisions are in response to comments RRC staff has received so far. The proposals are working drafts that have not been finalized and have not been submitted to the Texas Register for publication for public comment. Revisions are proposed to rules relating to cement sheath thickness; drilling fluid programs; isolation of productive zones; surface casing testing; cement specifications, quality and requirements; new requirements for wells that are to be hydraulically fractured (fracked); minimum separation of wells to be fracked; and well control/blowout preventer and pipeline shut-off valve requirements. One of the proposed revisions would ban fracking at noncemented wells when the zone being fracked ends within 1,000 vertical feet of a usable aquifer.

December 13, 2012
Miss-Understood Lime ‘Unconventional Conventional’ Play

Miss-Understood Lime ‘Unconventional Conventional’ Play

What explorers know about the Mississippian Lime formation could fill a book. What they don’t know about the Midcontinent play could fill a few more, industry experts said Wednesday.

November 29, 2012