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EPA Weighing Expanded North Texas Ozone Region

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering adding two Texas counties — Wise and Hood — overlying the Barnett Shale in North Texas to the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) nonattainment area, which has failed to meet federal standards for ozone. Gas drilling activities in the region are thought by EPA to be contributing to the ground-level ozone, or smog, problem.

December 13, 2011

Transportation Notes

Southern plans to implement a systemwide OFO Type 6 Notice effective Wednesday until further notice, saying it must maintain the pipeline’s operational integrity by requiring shippers and poolers to remain in balance (including available no-notice injection entitlements). Tiered penalties will apply to customers running positive daily imbalances exceeding 2% or 200 Dth, whichever is greater.

November 23, 2011

Norse Readies for Release of New York Fracking Rules

Norse Energy Corp. ASA, which early in the year had sent notices of force majeure in response to New York’s ban on permitting for drilling operations involving hydraulic fracturing (fracking), has reallocated resources to focus on Marcellus and Utica shale development in anticipation of new rules allowing the use of fracking in the state, the company said Tuesday.

August 12, 2011

Woodford Shale Liquids Lift Atlas Pipeline Partners Volumes

The ongoing expansion of Atlas Pipeline Partners LP’s (APL) Velma system and similar projects on the partnership’s other systems must be completed before it can take on all of the production coming its way, APL said Tuesday.

August 4, 2011

Feds Seek Dismissal of NY Marcellus Shale Lawsuit

The federal government will ask a judge to dismiss a lawsuit from New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, which he filed to compel a full environmental review of proposed regulations for Marcellus Shale development in the Delaware River Basin.

August 4, 2011

Policymakers Weigh Marcellus Commission Recommendations

The Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission (MSAC) released its final report on Friday and now Pennsylvania policymakers in the executive and legislative branches must decide which recommendations to keep, which to change and which to toss.

July 25, 2011

Policymakers Weigh Marcellus Commission Recommendations

The Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission (MSAC) released its final report last Friday and now Pennsylvania policymakers in the executive and legislative branches must decide which recommendations to keep, which to change and which to toss.

July 25, 2011

Louisiana Must Rethink Produced Water Discharge

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) must modify permitting for the discharge of produced water and other offshore oil and gas industry waste to the Gulf of Mexico to “insure that the environmental costs of discharging produced water directly into the territorial seas of Louisiana are being minimized or avoided as much as possible…” an appeals court said Friday.

June 15, 2011

Marcellus Blowout Stable; Chesapeake Faces Regulators

Chesapeake Energy Corp. gained control of a blowout of a Marcellus Shale well in northeast Pennsylvania last week, but now must manage inquiries from state and federal regulators, and criticism from lawmakers, environmental groups and the public.

May 2, 2011

New York IOGA Urges State to Complete Frack Study

New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) should complete work on a supplemental generic environmental impact statement (SGEIS) on hydraulic fracturing (hydrofracking) by July 1 and the State Assembly should “reject all forms of obstructive legislation” that would delay natural gas development, according to letters sent to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers by the The Independent Oil & Gas Association of New York (IOGA).

April 13, 2011