Legislation

Colorado Governor’s Call for Energy Industry Collaboration Praised by PDC

Colorado Governor’s Call for Energy Industry Collaboration Praised by PDC

Colorado’s natural gas and oil industry has faced pressure from all sides in recent years, reviled by landowners and litigated by environmental groups, but Gov. Jared Polis has shown he can compromise, PDC Energy Inc. executives said last week. CEO Bart Brookman discussed second quarter results in a wide ranging conference call that hit on…

August 10, 2020

Natural Gas, Nuclear Interests Again Clashing Over Pennsylvania Power Subsidies

The natural gas industry went before Pennsylvania lawmakers to again spar with representatives of the nuclear power sector, who pushed in recent testimony before the state Senate’s consumer protection committee for passage of a bill requiring electric distribution companies and suppliers to purchase credits from nuclear plants.

April 12, 2019

Proposed Colorado Ballot Measure Designed to Repeal Expected Oil, Gas Reform Bill

Officials in two of Colorado’s largest oil and natural gas producing counties are pushing a ballot measure that would repeal reform legislation on the fast track to the governor’s desk.

March 27, 2019
Colorado Oil, Gas Rules Overhaul on Fast Track to Governor’s Desk

Colorado Oil, Gas Rules Overhaul on Fast Track to Governor’s Desk

The Colorado Senate on a 19-15 vote Wednesday passed and sent to the lower House a fast-track omnibus bill to extensively reform the oil and natural gas industry, empowering local governments to the exclusion of regulators.

March 14, 2019
Colorado’s Plan to Tighten Oil, Gas Regulations Draws Industry Ire

Colorado’s Plan to Tighten Oil, Gas Regulations Draws Industry Ire

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and legislative leaders want to reform oil and natural gas regulations, allowing more local government input on future energy development and, among other things, strengthen forced pooling requirements for producers.

March 4, 2019

Utica Spacing, Well Plugging Bills Advance in West Virginia Legislature

With less than a month before the West Virginia Legislature’s 60-day regular session concludes, a suite of oil and natural gas-related bills is advancing in what has so far been a calmer year for the industry at the capitol, especially compared to 2018 when it won a long-fought battle for co-tenancy.

February 13, 2019

In Bipartisan Move, House Lawmakers Introduce Landmark Carbon Tax Proposal

Three weeks into the lame duck period on Capitol Hill, a bipartisan group of House lawmakers has introduced a landmark proposal to enact a national carbon tax, from which all of the revenue would be returned as a rebate to taxpayers and some of their dependents.

November 28, 2018

Bill to Protect Legacy Oil, Natural Gas Producers Passes Pennsylvania House

A Republican-sponsored bill introduced in the Pennsylvania House earlier this year to update the state’s Oil and Gas Act of 1984 to clarify language and address the current challenges facing conventional producers has passed and now moves to the Senate for consideration.

June 6, 2018

Ohio Legislation Seeks More Funds for Communities With Injection Wells

Two Democratic lawmakers from Northeast Ohio have introduced a bill that would see the communities they represent and others where injection wells are located receive more of the fees collected to dispose of oil and gas waste.

April 11, 2018

Briefs — Colorado Orphan Well Bill

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed into law a bill to direct excess environmental-related funds to the long-term mitigation of abandoned oil and natural gas wells. House Bill 18-1098 addresses the adverse impacts from drilling activities administered by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and mandates that any excess funds in the account at the end of each fiscal year not be diverted to a broader state fund.

April 11, 2018
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