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Flaring No Longer ‘Dirty Secret’ in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale

In the midst of its improbable oil and natural gas boom, North Dakota is coming clean on a dirty little secret — flaring of more than one-third of its gas supplies produced in its rapidly expanding Bakken Shale formation’s record-breaking oil production. While the latest analyses look closely at North Dakota’s experience there is no exact measurement of how much of the nation’s flaring is centered there; a reasonable guess is 25%, sources say.

August 13, 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

IHS CERAWeek: ExxonMobil CEO Says ‘Historic’ Energy Makeover Under Way

ExxonMobil Corp. CEO Rex Tillerson on Friday said North America is in the midst of an “historic energy transformation.” And “the world is watching.”

March 12, 2012

IHS CERAWeek: ExxonMobil CEO Says ‘Historic’ Energy Makeover Under Way

ExxonMobil Corp. CEO Rex Tillerson on Friday said North America is in the midst of an “historic energy transformation.” And “the world is watching.”

March 12, 2012

PG&E Faces Pipe Queries, Pressure Plan Denied

In the midst of a year-long battle regarding large-diameter transmission pipelines, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) in late August experienced leaks and a resulting fire in its two-inch diameter plastic distribution main. Then last Thursday California regulators rejected the combination utility’s proposed plan for raising the pressures on some of its transmission pipelines.

September 12, 2011

Inflection Energy Tries Again in New York’s Broome County

Denver-based Inflection Energy has leased 3,000 additional acres in Broome County, NY, in the midst of the Marcellus Shale, bringing the total under its control in the state to approximately 15,000 acres. The county is located on the border with Pennsylvania, where the privately held exploration and production company holds more than 6,000 acres.

May 31, 2011

PG&E Utility Loses Two Executives

In the midst of intense consumer and regulatory unrest, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) acknowledged Thursday that it will be replacing two of its key senior executives: COO John Keenan and Senior Vice President for Engineering and Operations Edward Salas.

April 11, 2011

Fossil Fuel Demand ‘Surging,’ Global Report Says

In the midst of a global climate change strategy among policymakers, the demand for fossil fuels is surging, which in turn is impacting the deployment of clean energy technologies, according to a report released Wednesday at the second Clean Energy Ministerial in Abu Dhabi.

April 8, 2011

New York County Bans Fracking

The legislature of Tompkins County — which is in west-central New York in the midst of the state’s Marcellus Shale area — has approved a resolution prohibiting the leasing of county-owned land for natural gas drilling that involves hydraulic fracturing (fracking) well stimulation.

December 28, 2010

New York County Weighing Marcellus Drilling Options

One New York county in the midst of the Marcellus Shale may be looking to promote natural gas drilling in an effort to regain jobs that have left the area since the Empire State instituted a de facto moratorium on drilling two years ago.

October 25, 2010