Colorado City Drops Drilling Moratorium; Frack Ban Stays

Elected officials in Fort Collins, CO, 60 miles north of Denver, on Tuesday rejected two proposals to extend the city’s oil/natural gas drilling moratorium, which is set to expire at the end of July. The measures were defeated on 4-3 votes of the seven-member city council.

July 22, 2013

Canadian LNG Export Favored Over Oil Plans

Canadian projects to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) are leading charmed lives by being left out of escalating conflicts over pipelines and tanker terminals planned for the Pacific Coast.

September 18, 2012

‘Haynesville’ Director Premiers Energy Short Films Series

The first four in a series of 10 short films on energy from the director and producer of “Haynesville: A Nation’s Hunt for an Energy Future” (see Shale Daily, Nov. 23, 2010) debuted at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado this week.

June 28, 2012

Utica Could Revive Ohio Manufacturing, Industry Says

If it lives up to its potential, the Utica Shale could revive the manufacturing sector in Ohio, industry leaders told an audience in Columbus last month.

October 3, 2011


Barry Smitherman was appointed to the Railroad Commission of Texas for a term that is to expire at the next general election. Smitherman, who lives in Austin, TX, is chairman of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, a position he has held since 2007. He is a member of the U.S. Department of Energy electricity advisory committee and a board member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. He is vice president of the Southwest Power Pool regional state committee and an ex officio board member of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. Smitherman received a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University, a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law, and a master of public administration from Harvard University.

July 11, 2011

Williams CEO: Shale Creating Petrochemical ‘Renaissance’

Shale formations are poised to create a renaissance in the U.S. petrochemical industry, Williams CEO Alan Armstrong said Wednesday.

March 29, 2011

Election Outcome Could Shift Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Policy

A proposed severance tax on natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania may be dead this year, but the issue could return during the 2011 legislative session and it lives on in the campaigns of the candidates for governor. With Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell leaving office in January and the makeup of the state’s currently Democrat-dominated House and Republican-dominated Senate likely to change with the Nov. 2 election, Pennsylvania’s Marcellus policies could be looking at a facelift next year.

October 28, 2010

Southwest Gas-Oneok Merger Lives On in Infamy

Recriminations, investigations and large dollar lawsuits wereflying last week in the wake of the failed Oneok-Southwest Gasmerger.

January 31, 2000

Questar Ready to Belly Up to Buyers’ Market

He who bids and runs away lives to bid another day-and at alower price. That could be the new mantra at Questar Corp. whichannounced a record $546 million capital spending plan for 1999.

February 8, 1999