After Delay, Pennsylvania DEP Starts Well Inspection Program

After a nearly three-year delay, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is preparing to begin a well inspection program before the end of the year.

November 7, 2013

Pennsylvania Should Revise Fracking Regs, Says Stronger

Pennsylvania has a “well managed” and professional” regulatory program for oil and gas operations in the state, but should make four specific changes to how it regulates hydraulic fracturing (fracking), according to a report by the nonprofit State Review of Oil and Natural Gas Environmental Regulations Inc. (Stronger).

October 3, 2013

Set Standards Before Drilling in U.S. Arctic Ocean, Says Pew

The search for natural gas and oil in ever more remote regions is drawing more prospectors to the U.S. Arctic Ocean, which includes Alaska waters, but there aren’t enough safeguards in place to ensure accidents can be managed, according to The Pew Charitable Trusts.

September 24, 2013

PA Bill Would Require Monthly Production Reports to Landowners

A state lawmaker in Pennsylvania has introduced a bill that would require operators to submit monthly production reports, giving landowners more information to ensure that they are receiving accurate royalty payments.

September 16, 2013
Independents Proving Size Doesn’t Matter

Independents Proving Size Doesn’t Matter

Big Oil’s attempt to take over the North American onshore from U.S. independents so far hasn’t paid off as some would have imagined just a few years ago, with the majors still struggling to capture the kind of profits and production results they may have been anticipating.

August 23, 2013

Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia Issued 411 Permits in July

State regulators in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia collectively issued 411 permits for oil and gas drilling during the month of July, most of which targeted the Marcellus and Utica shales.

August 16, 2013

Haze Rules Could Cost Wyoming Plants $1B-Plus, Governor Says

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead on Monday reiterated his dislike of the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Regional Haze Plan, noting the agency denied his state’s haze plan after entering into a consent degree with environmental group WildEarth Guardians, which had filed a lawsuit in Colorado.

August 14, 2013

Pennsylvania Governor Signs Controversial Drilling Bill

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett signed 29 bills into law on Tuesday, including SB 259, which the state’s chapter of the National Association of Royalty Owners (NARO) has derided as “a kissing cousin to forced pooling.”

July 12, 2013

Western Grid Power Scheme May Dampen Gas Demand

FERC has green lighted an agreement between the West’s largest grid operators to create a real-time energy imbalance market (EIM) that promises substantial efficiencies and cost savings on the overall grid, and which could have lasting impacts on the region’s natural gas demand.

July 8, 2013

New Brunswick’s Shale Opportunities Strong, but Support Slipping

New Brunswick could see C$13 million in development for every shale gas well drilled in the province, opening up opportunities for the province to prosper, according to an analysis by Deloitte. However, a recent poll found that critics of development are gaining support.

June 13, 2013