Congress Reexamining NatGas-Based Ethanol

A measure was reintroduced last week in the House with bipartisan support to allow ethanol produced from U.S. natural gas to be included under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Whether the bill finds traction, which one failed to do last year (HR 3773), remains open to question.

May 20, 2013

Colorado Bill Would Change Oil/Natural Gas Well Inspections

In an attempt to install more of a risk-based approach to state inspection programs for the oil and natural gas industry, Colorado lawmakers are considering new requirements in a measure (SB 202) that passed out of the state Senate Wednesday on a 22-11 vote. The bill now goes to the lower House for consideration.

April 22, 2013

Newspapers on Jobs See Shale Impact Differently

In an article Tuesday, the Post looked to the future with a report, “European industry flocks to U.S. to take advantage of cheaper gas,” while the Times complained Monday that the “Jobs Boom Built on Cheap Energy Has Yet to Appear.”

April 4, 2013

Ohio Town OKs ‘Environmental Bill of Rights’

Supporters of an “environmental bill of rights” charter amendment in Mansfield, OH, prevailed at the polls last week, but opponents of the measure fear it could be used beyond its intended purpose — to possibly block wastewater injection wells — and applied to other types of business.

November 12, 2012

Dow Exec Sees Significant Gas Demand Increase Over Next Two Years

A Dow Chemical Co. executive said he believes the chemical industry will need several additional Bcf/d of natural gas in as little as two-years’ time, when a long list of petrochemical plant projects begin to come online. It’s a demand that should be easy to meet, he said, as long as the United States hasn’t given away its competitive advantage in the marketplace — a gift from shale gas — through the undisciplined export of liquefied natural gas (LNG).

October 29, 2012

Key Onshore Gas Plays Under Microscope in Emissions Study

A research team led by the University of Texas at Austin (UT) is collaborating with nine natural gas producers on a major field study to measure methane emissions at onshore gas well sites, about which only a handful of empirical data exist.

October 15, 2012

USGS Provides Methane Baseline for New York Water Wells

Naturally occurring methane in New York water wells could serve as a baseline to measure the quality of the water supply if and when natural gas drilling is expanded and high-volume hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is allowed, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said in a new report. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to announce any day a decision about whether to allow more gas drilling to proceed.

September 10, 2012

North Carolina Governor Vetoes Fracking Bill

Despite earlier promulgations that hydraulic fracturing (fracking) can be performed safely, North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue on Sunday vetoed a bill that would have legalized the practice and begun the process for its regulation.

July 3, 2012

House Adopts Bill Exempting End-Users from Margin Requirements

The House Monday overwhelmingly passed two bills that would exempt commercial end-users from margin requirements and ease regulations for affiliate transactions.

March 28, 2012

Clock Running Out On Pennsylvania Impact Fee Debate

With only a few days left before the Pennsylvania General Assembly recesses for the year, some groups are calling on lawmakers to pass an impact fee on Marcellus Shale development now, while others are criticizing the bills currently on the table.

December 13, 2011
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