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Pittsburgh Drilling Proposals Advance to Planning Commission

The Pittsburgh City Council has referred a series of proposed amendments, which would create “mineral extraction districts” and possibly open the city to at least limited Marcellus Shale drilling, to the city’s planning commission.

October 8, 2012

CBO: Lifting of Drilling Ban Would Add Little Revenue, Production

The federal government would realize only a minor increase in gross oil and natural gas proceeds and production if all federal lands that are off-limits were immediately opened to leasing, according to a study by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

August 13, 2012

CBO: Lifting of Drilling Ban Adds Minor Revenue, Output

The federal government would realize only a minor increase in gross oil and natural gas proceeds and production if all federal lands that are off-limits were immediately opened to leasing, according to a study by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

August 13, 2012

Pennsylvania Adopts South Newark Basin Drilling Moratorium

Pennsylvania’s General Assembly moved with amazing speed late last week to install a drilling moratorium on upscale, ex-urban Philadelphia counties, attaching the provision in a must-pass budget measure (SB 1263) that Gov. Tom Corbett is expected to sign.

July 3, 2012

Water Withdrawal Suspensions Hit 22 Operators in SRBC Order

A drop in northern Pennsylvania stream flow levels once again has forced the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) to suspend water withdrawal permits for more than 22 companies holding 37 separate permits in Pennsylvania and New York. More than half of the companies affected are energy operators working in the Marcellus Shale.

July 2, 2012

Wyoming to Limit Coalbed Methane Lease Extensions

Wyoming’s Office of State Lands and Investments has tightened the limits to extend coalbed methane (CBM) leases that aren’t held by production in the midst of growing requests because of sagging natural gas prices.

June 20, 2012

USGS: Industry Data Helping with Bakken/Three Forks Study

In about 18 months the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) should be able to tell the energy industry, and everyone else, just how productive the Three Forks formation, which lies below the Bakken Shale, might be.

May 24, 2012

Federal Court Actions Stymie California, U.S. Emission Rules

Just before the New Year holiday, separate federal court actions dealt body blows to stiffer air pollution limits on vehicles and power plants. Industry sources hailed the rulings as a break for consumers facing higher fuel and energy costs.

January 5, 2012

Binghamton, NY, Enacts Two-Year Ban on Drilling

The City Council of Binghamton, NY, voted 6-1 Wednesday night in favor of enacting a two-year ban on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) within the city limits.

December 23, 2011

Colorado Springs Puts Six-Month Hold on Drilling

The nine-member city council in Colorado’s second largest city, Colorado Springs (pop. 416,000), voted unanimously Wednesday to invoke a 60-day moratorium on oil and gas drilling within the city limits. The action was taken in an emergency meeting scheduled to look at exploration and production (E&P) activity.

December 2, 2011