Interior Chief Testifies about Atlantic OCS Analysis, Fracking

The Interior Department is moving at an “accelerated” pace on a programmatic environmental impact statement (EIS) to allow exploration and production off the Mid- and South Atlantic coast, department officials told a Senate committee Thursday.

June 7, 2013

Northeast Ohio Group Devises Midstream Development Plan

A group of elected officials, economic development and real estate experts in northeastern Ohio have developed a proposal to create a network of wet gas gathering lines and other infrastructure in the Utica Shale, using the region’s steel industry, abandoned or partially used rail lines and existing highways.

June 5, 2013
North Dakota Governor Welcomes New Gas Pipeline

North Dakota Governor Welcomes New Gas Pipeline

With flaring of wellhead associated natural gas still hovering around 30%, state officials in North Dakota welcome the proposed new natural gas pipeline from the Bakken to Minnesota by a unit of Bismarck-based MDU Resources Inc., and the governor has pledged support for the pipeline’s development.

June 3, 2013
Wyoming Landowner Group Seeks E&P Rule Revisions

Wyoming Landowner Group Seeks E&P Rule Revisions

A landowner coalition, the Powder River Basin Resource Council, has petitioned Wyoming energy officials to revise rules pertaining to oil and natural gas development.

May 24, 2013

EVEP Seeking JV Partners to Unlock Utica Volatile Oil Window

Officials with EV Energy Partners LP (EVEP) say the company is still looking to sell thousands of wet gas acres in the Utica Shale and is looking for one or more joint venture (JV) partners in the play to develop the volatile oil window.

May 15, 2013

New Mexico County Believed to Be First to Ban Oil, Gas Drilling

In what is believed to be a first in the industry, elected officials in Mora County, NM, have enacted a total ban on oil and gas drilling.

May 13, 2013

SRBC Limits Scope of Multi-Year Study to Water Quantity

Officials with the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) announced Wednesday that the agency had started a multi-year effort to study water quantity, but rebuffed calls for it to be expanded to a comprehensive environmental study that could include the impacts of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the basin.

May 10, 2013
Three California Drilling Bills Advance

Three California Drilling Bills Advance

Three bills that if enacted would place a moratorium on using hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in drilling operations, as well as review oil and gas drilling practices, have advanced in the California legislature along partisan lines in a body dominated by Democrats.

May 3, 2013

Oxy Reports Record U.S. Production; CEO Silent on Future

Los Angeles-based Occidental Petroleum Corp. (Oxy) set a record U.S. production at 478,000 boe/d in 1Q2013, its 10th consecutive record quarter, Oxy officials reported Thursday during a conference call with analysts. Income from continuing operations during the quarter was down slightly from the same period last year ($1.4 billion, or $1.69/diluted share, vs. $1.6 billion, or $1.92/diluted share, in 1Q2012), they said.

April 26, 2013

Chesapeake Alters McClendon’s Exit Agreement

Chesapeake Energy Corp. last week altered former CEO Aubrey McClendon’s noncompete agreement, giving him the right to acquire oil and natural gas holdings that are adjacent to the company’s wells in which he holds a stake.

April 23, 2013