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

Texas House Passes Drilling Waste Recycling Bill

Texas House lawmakers Thursday passed a bill (HB 2767) that is intended to encourage oil and gas operators to conserve and recycle as much as possible the water they use in the energy patch.

May 13, 2013
Tuscaloosa Operators Get Severance Tax Break in Mississippi

Tuscaloosa Operators Get Severance Tax Break in Mississippi

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Tuesday signed into law several energy bills that were passed by state lawmakers this spring, including one piece of legislation that should encourage more development in the emerging Tuscaloosa Marine Shale (TMS), as well as other unconventional oil and natural gas formations.

April 25, 2013
Ohio Surpasses 600 Permits Issued in Utica Shale

Ohio Surpasses 600 Permits Issued in Utica Shale

Regulators with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) passed a milestone in the Utica Shale last week, after having cumulatively issued more than 600 permits for horizontal wells targeting oil and natural gas.

April 19, 2013

Ohio Issues Second Unitization Order in the Utica Shale

The chief of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management (DOGRM) has issued a unitization order for Chesapeake Energy Corp. in Carroll County, putting forced pooling into effect for a second time in the emerging Utica Shale.

March 20, 2013

Colorado Oil Production at 50-Year High in 2012

Colorado’s oil production last year passed the 40 million bbl mark for the first time in 50 years, while natural gas and coalbed methane (CBM) production were down in the face of stubbornly low prices, according to preliminary data from the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC).

January 24, 2013

Report: Fracking Oversight to Grow in States, Lessen for Feds

States increasingly will push for more disclosure of the hydraulic fracturing process.

January 7, 2013

Bill to Build In-State Gas Pipeline in Alaska Dies in Congress

The Senate earlier this week passed legislation that would allow a natural gas pipeline to be built through the Denali National Park in Alaska. However, the House of Representatives failed to act on the measure before the 112th Congress adjourned.

January 4, 2013

House Passes GOP Leasing Plan, but Victory May be Short-Lived

The House Wednesday overwhelmingly passed a Republican-sponsored bill that would expand oil and natural leasing in the Outer Continental Shelf during 2012-2017. But the victory may be short-lived because it’s unlikely that the GOP plan, which was proposed as a replacement to the Obama administration’s slimmed-down OCS leasing plan, will be voted out of Congress.

July 26, 2012

New York Governor Touts ‘Home Rule’ As Fracking Gateway

Taking two opportunities to field questions on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in as many days, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he supports “home rule” legislation and believes such powers would be an appropriate method for communities that support drilling to have it.

July 11, 2012