West Virginia DEP Misses Report Deadlines But Still Making Progress

Although the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has missed deadlines for two of the three studies it was required to perform under the state’s Marcellus Shale regulatory reform law, the agency is close to completing one of the studies and should present it to legislators soon.

February 1, 2013

Report: Quebec Shale Development Foes Under Police Surveillance

Authorities in Quebec have been monitoring environmental groups opposed to shale gas development in the province for the last two years on fears that their activities could become radicalized and violent, according to a report by La Presse, a French newspaper in Montreal.

January 16, 2013

ConocoPhillips, Sinopec to Explore China’s Sichuan Basin

ConocoPhillips has entered into an agreement with China Petrochemical Corp., a state-owned company also known as Sinopec Group, to perform a study of unconventional oil and natural gas resources in China’s Sichuan Basin.

December 27, 2012

Ohio University Tries Trial Gas-to-Coal Switch

Ohio University (OU) said last week for the next five months the campus heating and power plant plans a switch from coal and will run entirely on natural gas.

April 18, 2012

Bill Would Empower Kansas Regulators on Fracking

A bill advancing through the Kansas Legislature would amend existing regulatory law and give the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) explicit authority over hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

March 12, 2012

EPA Wades Deeper Into Dimock, PA, Well Water Dispute

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will perform water sampling at about 61 homes in Dimock — the small Susquehanna County, PA, township where some state officials believe hydraulic fracturing (fracking) may have contaminated water wells — “to further assess whether any residents are being exposed to hazardous substances that cause health concerns,” EPA said.

January 23, 2012

Transportation Notes

Northwest said the Jackson Prairie storage facility will become available again for customer withdrawals on Friday’s gas day. The pipeline said it also will perform a withdrawal test that day and encouraged customers to limit banking as on-system balancing will be limited.

October 7, 2011

Group: Climate Goals, Water at Risk in British Columbia

A nonprofit environmental group recommends British Columbia keep a close eye on the shale gas industry, warning that expanding development in the Montney and Horn River shale plays could hamper the province’s goals of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and put stress on water sources.

September 19, 2011

Industry Briefs

As of last Friday Enterprise Products Partners was awaiting a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to perform a directional drill at a pipeline crossing of the Missouri River at Decatur, NE, to enable inspection and repairs of two natural gas liquids pipelines that were shut in Aug. 13 following damage caused by flooding on the river. The eight-inch diameter pipelines — one carrying propane and one carrying natural gasoline — run from Conway, KS, to Minnesota and are expected to be out for at least two months. The pipelines are on the western leg of the Conway North System, which is part of Enterprise’s Mid-America Pipeline.

August 29, 2011

Transportation Notes

ANR reported shutting in the Eugene Island 188/189 meter offshore Louisiana until Sept. 15 to perform unplanned pipe maintenance “due to a possible leak.”

August 30, 2010
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