Legislative

California Lawmakers Weigh In on Utility Wildfire Exposure

A California legislative committee has started examining the impact of last year’s devastating wildfires on the state’s investor-owned utilities (IOU) and the potential financial consequences.

March 1, 2018

Texas Regulator Name Change, Reforms Still Pending

With about a month to go in the regular legislative session, Texas lawmakers are again inching their way toward changing up the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC), including its name, or maybe not.

April 29, 2013

Alaska In-State NatGas Pipe, Oil Tax Bills Pass

During the last days of the legislative session, Alaska lawmakers passed one bill intended to revive the state’s declining oil production by cutting taxes, and another to advance development of an in-state pipeline that would commercialize North Slope natural gas reserves for use by Alaskans.

April 22, 2013

Multi-Well Pads to Drive a Summer Surge in Bakken Production

While both oil and gas production rates in the Bakken Shale set records in February, there’s much more to come. With a large increase in multi-well pad operations, North Dakota’s chief oil and natural gas regulator expects to see “a big surge in production” in the Bakken Shale starting in June.

April 18, 2013

Alaska Lawmakers Pass Bills to Pipe NatGas, Spur Oil Production

During the last days of the legislative session, Alaska lawmakers passed one bill intended to revive the state’s declining oil production by cutting taxes, and another to advance development of an in-state pipeline that would commercialize North Slope natural gas reserves for use by Alaskans.

April 16, 2013

Ameren Illinois Proposes 10-Year Natural Gas Infrastructure Plan

Illinois business and labor organizations joined with Ameren Illinois Tuesday to outline a legislative proposal that could, over 10 years, accelerate rebuilding aging natural gas delivery infrastructure while maintaining regulatory oversight.

March 27, 2013

Illinois Oil and Gas Industry, Enviros Agree on Fracking Rules

Hoping to head off threats of a state moratorium on hydraulic fracturing (fracking), Illinois state legislative, oil/natural gas industry and environmental leaders on Thursday announced agreement on a bipartisan bill (HB 2615) establishing rules on the use of the contested well stimulation practice.

February 25, 2013

Biogas Pipe Integration Under Review in California

Responding to a legislative mandate, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on Wednesday launched a rulemaking to examine how to integrate biomethane into the state’s extensive natural gas pipeline grid.

February 15, 2013
North Dakota Turns Corner on Flaring, Officials Say

North Dakota Turns Corner on Flaring, Officials Say

When considering the increased rate that wells are getting connected to gathering pipeline systems, North Dakota is “turning the corner” on the volumes of natural gas flaring despite the relatively high percentage of associated gas that is still being burned at the wellhead, state officials told NGI’s Shale Daily.

December 26, 2012

People

Tom Hassenboehler, who has been vice president of policy development and legislative affairs at America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) since January 2011, is taking over as chief counsel for the Energy and Power Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over controversial energy and environmental issues. Hassenboehler previously worked on Capitol Hill for a decade as counsel for Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) on the Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee, and as counsel on the House Energy and Commerce panel. He also worked in the offices of former Reps. Billy Tauzin (R-LA) and Bob Riley (R-AL). Hassenboehler will succeed Maryam Brown, who House Speaker John Boehner tapped to be his top energy aide, according to sources. He has a bachelor’s degree and juris doctorate from Louisiana State University.

December 10, 2012
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