Tag / Land



Corbett Executive Order OKs Fracking Under State Forests, Parks

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett issued an executive order Friday lifting a moratorium on new oil and gas leases in state parks and forests and replacing it with a measure that will allow such leases, provided the drilling occurs on nearby land and surfaces in the parks and forests are not disturbed.

May 23, 2014

Corbett Considering Limited Order to Lift Ban on Leasing PA Forest, Park Land

Pennsylvania Republican Gov. Tom Corbett could soon issue an executive order to lift a nearly four-year moratorium on new oil and gas leases in state parks and forests that would continue to bar new leases for surface operations, but offer operators access to the mineral rights under state land from wells on adjoining private land.

April 24, 2014

Range, EQT Get Green Light for Airport Drilling in Southwest Pennsylvania

Range Resources Corp. and EQT Corp. were given the go-ahead to drill under 135 acres of land on Thursday after the Washington County, PA Commissioners unanimously approved a permit for the land which sits beneath the Washington County Airport.

January 9, 2014

Environmentalists Sue BLM Over Oil Shale Move

A coalition of seven conservation groups has filed a lawsuit in federal court against the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) allocation of more than 800,000 acres of federal lands in three western states to potential oil shale and tar sands development.

August 1, 2013

‘Miscommunication’ Halts Ohio Forest Lease Sale

Federal and state officials concede there was a “miscommunication” between them over plans by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to put more than 4,000 acres of a state forest in Ohio up for oil and gas leasing, and the sale has been put on hold.

August 1, 2013
BLM Nets $49.8M from Dakotas Lease Auction

BLM Nets $49.8M from Dakotas Lease Auction

Continuing to fetch higher per-acre prices, the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) took in $49.8 million last Wednesday, selling 87 leases totaling 19,015 acres in North and South Dakota, the BLM Billings, MT, office said. South Dakota had the most activity.

July 22, 2013
Chesapeake Moving from Risk-Taker to Profit-Maker

Chesapeake Moving from Risk-Taker to Profit-Maker

Chesapeake Energy Corp., the mega-operator that Aubrey McClendon built shale-by-shale, is being repurposed brick-by-brick as the company transitions from risky exploration to steady production.

July 8, 2013

Draft Fracking Rules Get Mixed Reviews

The Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management has made some concessions in its latest draft rule issued Thursday to avoid duplication of the states’ and tribal requirements for hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on public lands (see Daily GPI, May 17).

May 20, 2013

BLM Issues Revised Draft Fracking Rules

Calling them a common sense approach that will complement state efforts, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) officials Thursday unveiled revised draft rules for hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on all federal and Indian lands. The draft rules will now go through a 30-day public comment period.

May 17, 2013

California BLM Puts Lease Sales on Hold for Remainder of Year

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has postponed a lease sale in California that was scheduled for May 22 due to budget constraints, a shift in priorities to inspection and enforcement of existing leases, and processing of new applications for permits to drill. This was the only lease sale that the agency had proposed in the state for the remainder of the fiscal year.

May 10, 2013