Interior Audit Says BSEE Performing Better, but Inconsistencies Found

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), charged with overseeing offshore drilling for the Department of Interior, has no standardized procedures in place for reviewing permits nor a program to streamline the process, according to an internal audit.

October 3, 2014

Unconventional Permit Fees Increased in Pennsylvania

An increase in the fees charged for unconventional oil and gas well permits in Pennsylvania went into effect on Friday under a new flat-fee schedule that will not apply to traditional vertical wells.

June 13, 2014

Spurned Driller Seeking Millions from City of Dallas

As the mayor of Dallas predicted might happen, Fort Worth-based Trinity East Energy LLC is suing the city for millions of dollars after the city council voted last year to deny the company the permits it needed to drill on leases for which it had paid the city more than $19 million.

February 14, 2014

Ohio Exceeds 1,000 Horizontal Drilling Permits

Ohio has reached a milestone of sorts, surpassing its 1,000th drilling permit last month in what sources say represents the oil and gas industry’s early satisfaction with the Utica Shale and highlights the continued push to develop the play.

December 6, 2013
Texas Petro Index Charts Second Consecutive Monthly High

Texas Petro Index Charts Second Consecutive Monthly High

Robust crude oil production in August lifted the Texas Petro Index (TPI) to its second consecutive monthly record while the state’s oil and gas industry charted a new record as well. But a downturn in the number of drilling permits issued suggests that things might slow in the months ahead, an economist said.

October 3, 2013
ZaZa, EOG Step Up Eagle Ford JV Activity

ZaZa, EOG Step Up Eagle Ford JV Activity

ZaZa Energy Corp. and joint venture (JV) partner EOG Resources Corp. have revised their agreement in order to further develop and expand their Eaglebine/Eagle Ford Shale East assets

October 1, 2013

Texas Oil, Gas Production Climbed in July

Texas natural gas production during July was up about 7% from the July 2012 level, and oil production was up about 30%, according to preliminary data from the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC).

October 1, 2013

New York Could Lift Ban on New LNG Storage Facilities

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is proposing a permitting program for liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities and LNG transport within the state in light of increasing interest in the development of LNG facilities. Such a move could lift a 40-year ban on new LNG storage in the state.

September 27, 2013
Mississippian Lime Not ‘Best Value Option’ for Shell

Mississippian Lime Not ‘Best Value Option’ for Shell

A U.S. arm of Royal Dutch Shell plc is throwing in the towel in the Kansas portion of the Mississippian Lime, selling off 45 producing wells and about 600,000 net lease acres.

September 25, 2013

Fourth Circuit Rules for Chesapeake in West Virginia Dispute

A unit of Chesapeake Energy Corp. has won a victory in the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit about its rights to drill natural gas wells and use open waste pits on private property because the operator had all of the needed permits in place from West Virginia regulators.

September 9, 2013