Leases

In Final Days of Obama Administration, USFS Moves to Quash Wyoming Leases

In Final Days of Obama Administration, USFS Moves to Quash Wyoming Leases

A focus of oil/natural gas industry and environmental tensions for years, the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming became a last stand for the Obama administration recently as U.S. Forest Service (USFS) officials took steps to protect 40,000 acres within the national forest from potential oil/gas leasing.

December 21, 2016
Obama Decision to Block Arctic Drilling ‘Stunning,’ Says Alaska Delegation

Obama Decision to Block Arctic Drilling ‘Stunning,’ Says Alaska Delegation

President Obama’s decision to place the entire Chukchi Sea and most of the Beaufort Sea off-limits to energy development is “stunning” and will deny economic opportunity, according to a trio of powerful elected officials, all of them Republican, representing Alaska.

December 21, 2016

Devon to be Repaid and Retreat from Badger-Two Medicine Development

The Department of Interior on Wednesday reached a milestone settlement with Devon Energy Corp. to cancel 15 oil and natural gas leases in northwest Montana, an area considered sacred by the Blackfeet Tribe.

November 16, 2016

BLM Completes Comprehensive Update of NatGas, Oil Measurement Rules

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has finalized three rules designed to ensure the accurate measurement, proper reporting and accurate recordkeeping of natural gas and oil produced from federal and Indian leases in order to ensure that royalties are correctly paid.

October 18, 2016

PA DCNR Plans to Buy More Land to Protect Forests Against NatGas Development

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has finalized its latest State Forest Resource Management Plan (SFRMP), releasing with it an oil and gas development position statement that reaffirms no new leases will be sold for state-owned land.

September 9, 2016

House Hearing Dissects Mancos Shale, Criticizes BLM

The turnaround in natural gas reserve prospects within the Mancos Shale of Colorado’s Piceance Basin gained further amplification Tuesday during testimony before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources.

July 13, 2016

BLM’s Long Contested Roan Plateau Plan Retains Options for Oil, NatGas Development

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Colorado on Tuesday released the final supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) and proposed plan for the long-controversial Roan Plateau in Western Colorado that is highly coveted by producers and naturalists alike.

June 29, 2016

Spain’s Repsol Joins Chukchi Exodus, Relinquishes Federal Leases

About one month after Royal Dutch Shell plc and other producers collectively abandoned millions of acres of leasehold in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea, Spain’s Repsol SA has joined the exodus, relinquishing nearly 100 federal leases it acquired at auction in 2008.

June 9, 2016
Montana Leaseholder to Keep Fighting Interior Cancellations

Montana Leaseholder to Keep Fighting Interior Cancellations

The lead attorney for the Mountain States Legal Foundation (MSLF) told the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Monday that Solenex LLC plans to file an amendment to its 2013 legal challenge of the U.S. Interior Department’s inaction and eventual cancellations of 18 oil and gas leases on federal lands in Montana.

March 30, 2016
Interior Secretary Cancels Montana Oil/Gas Leases to Avoid Tribal Conflict

Interior Secretary Cancels Montana Oil/Gas Leases to Avoid Tribal Conflict

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Thursday bowed to Blackfeet Indian Nation concerns and cancelled a proposed oil/natural gas lease sale in the Badger-Two Medicine area of the Lewis and Clark National Forest in northwest Montana.

March 18, 2016