Alliance Pipeline Seeks Capacity Commitments Beyond 2015

With most of the pipeline’s original 15-year term natural gas transportation agreements ending on Nov. 30, 2015, Alliance Pipeline is offering capacity on its system effective Dec. 1, 2015.

July 22, 2013
Ohio Court May Review Questionable Utica Lease Agreements

Ohio Court May Review Questionable Utica Lease Agreements

A class action lawsuit in Ohio pending in a Youngstown court could affect property owners attempting to rid themselves of original lease agreements with oil and natural gas operators.

July 18, 2013

Riverstone Raises Bigger-Than-Expected Investment Fund

Private energy equity behemoth Riverstone Holdings LLC has raised $7.7 billion to invest in energy businesses, exceeding its original $6 billion target, the firm said Wednesday.

June 20, 2013

Cuomo to Decide on New York Fracking Before 2014 Election?

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he will make the long-delayed decision on whether to lift a moratorium on high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) before the next gubernatorial election in 2014.

May 29, 2013
Rockies Express Aims to Be Shale ‘Expressway’

Rockies Express Aims to Be Shale ‘Expressway’

What once was Rockies producers’ hotshot ride to higher netbacks is to be remade as the “expressway to the markets” from the Marcellus and Utica shales. The Rockies Express Pipeline LLC (REX) is embarking on a “great reversal” with the aim of sparing Appalachia producers the pricing pain felt so deeply out west half a decade ago.

May 16, 2013
ConocoPhillips U.S. Unconventionals Trio Delivers 42% Output Increase

ConocoPhillips U.S. Unconventionals Trio Delivers 42% Output Increase

ConocoPhillips leaseholds in the Eagle Ford and Bakken shales, along with the Permian Basin, together boosted their year/year output by 42% in the first quarter, management said Thursday.

April 29, 2013

Nevada Utility Push to Cut Coal Gets Political Flak

Scaling back from original plans for a shift to more natural gas-fired generation, Nevada’s major utility, NV Energy, has submitted to state lawmakers a plan for dumping coal-fired generation, but so far the plan has stirred a political fight.

April 22, 2013

Industry Briefs

A lawsuit filed by Range Resources Corp. against a Texas couple that accused the company of contaminating drinking water with drilling activity should be heard in state district court in Weatherford, TX, the Texas Second District Court of Appeals in Fort Worth ruled recently. Landowners Steven and Shyla Lipsky sued Range in 2011 after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an order that said Range was responsible for the contamination. However, EPA ultimately backed down from its claim (see Shale Daily, April 2). Range counter-sued the Lipskys and environmental consultant, Alisa Rich of Wolf Eagle Environmental, claiming that they conspired to incriminate the company. The Lipsky’s lawsuit against Range was thrown out, but Range’s counter-suit was allowed to proceed (see Shale Daily, Aug. 29, 2012). The case could still be heard in appeals court but only if all parties, including the trial court judge, agree to it by April 11. Range is seeking $3 million in damages. A Range spokesman said the company was still considering the court question, but is confident that the original ruling is correct and that Range’s claims should proceed to trial.

April 4, 2013
USGS: Shale Underlies Some of Susquehanna Valley’s Prime Aquifers

USGS: Shale Underlies Some of Susquehanna Valley’s Prime Aquifers

Portions of the Susquehanna River Valley aquifer in an area of New York that overlies the Marcellus and Utica shales are among the most favorable for potential large-scale groundwater supply, according to a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study.

March 15, 2013

New York Debate Enters New Stage as Fracking Rules Deadline Passes

As the state of New York missed Wednesday’s deadline to create regulations for high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF), supporters and opponents of the practice took aim at Gov. Andrew Cuomo, anti-fracking lawmakers sought a one-year moratorium, and a landowners group said it would sue the state over the delay.

February 28, 2013
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