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EPA Submits Draft Hydrofracking Study Plan for Scientific Review

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tuesday submitted a 140-page draft plan to the agency’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) to study potential drinking water contamination associated with chemicals and fluids used in hydraulic fracturing (hydrofracking).

February 9, 2011

EPA’s Draft Hydrofracking Study Plan Under Scientific Review

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tuesday submitted a 140-page draft plan to the agency’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) to study potential drinking water contamination associated with chemicals and fluids used in hydraulic fracturing (hydrofracking).

February 9, 2011

Reaction to Delaware Watershed Rules Mixed

The members of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) likely knew what would happen once they issued their 83-page proposed rulemaking to conditionally allow natural gas drillers to tap into the watershed.

December 13, 2010

Industry Briefs

The Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service has released the guide “Oil and Gas Leasing on the Outer Continental Shelf,” detailing the federal offshore oil and gas leasing process. The 10-page brochure highlights statutory requirements and authorities, the process for developing the Five Year Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program, the process for planning and conducting specific lease sales and other related topics. “Given the importance of the national discussion regarding offshore energy development and this administration’s commitment to transparency, we are providing this brochure as a quick reference on the basic processes for authorizing oil and gas development on the OCS,” MMS Director Liz Birnbaum said. The guide is available at www.mms.gov.

November 19, 2009

Natural Gas a ‘Winner’ in Boxer Climate Bill

Debate in the U.S. Senate on measures to limit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the nation officially began Wednesday with the introduction of an 800-page bill that increases the targeted reduction for GHG to 20% by 2020 from the 17% in the version already passed by the House, eases the road to compliance for business and agriculture, and adds incentives for nuclear and natural gas-fired power.

October 27, 2009

BLM to Test Online Lease Auctions

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is borrowing a page from eBay to test an online platform that could replace the traditional oral auctions for oil and natural gas lease sales.

July 13, 2009

BLM to Test Online Lease Auctions

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is borrowing a page from eBay to test an online platform that could replace the traditional oral auctions for oil and natural gas lease sales.

July 9, 2009

Lawmakers Hear Tale of ‘Greed and Fear’ With a Bit of Loathing

Regulators of energy commodities markets would do well to take a page from An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations in which 18th century economist Adam Smith writes of “the invisible hand” as a beneficial consequence of free markets, a witness told a Senate subcommittee last Wednesday. “It’s been often quoted; it’s been seldom read,” said Robert McCullough of McCullough Research.

March 30, 2009

Lawmakers Hear Tale of ‘Greed and Fear’ Spiked with Loathing

Regulators of energy commodities markets would do well to take a page from An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations in which 18th century economist Adam Smith writes of “the invisible hand” as a beneficial consequence of free markets, a witness told a Senate subcommittee Wednesday. “It’s been often quoted; it’s been seldom read,” said Robert McCullough of McCullough Research.

March 26, 2009

‘Help Wanted’ Ad Urges Oregon Officials to Back LNG

A business/labor coalition put its push for the development of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal and related transmission pipeline into a full-page advertisement in the Portland Oregonian Sunday, urging Gov. Ted Kulongoski and the state legislature to back the major new natural gas infrastructure projects as a job-creating economic stimulus for the state.

March 10, 2009