Permits

Industry Brief

Boulder County, CO, officials may need to keep in place longer than expected a moratorium on the processing of development plans for oil and gas permits. County Planning Commission members said Wednesday they need more time to complete new regulations meant to address potential public health and environmental impacts of oil and gas exploration in unincorporated areas of the county, according to news reports. In February Boulder County commissioners passed a resolution that placed a moratorium on accepting applications until Feb. 4, 2013. The Planning Commission asked the Board of County Commissioners to extend the moratorium by three to six months. Government officials from around Colorado have challenged the state’s authority to regulate energy operations (see Shale Daily, Sept. 24; Aug. 17). The state maintains exclusive jurisdiction in this area under the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

October 22, 2012

GAO: Shale Development Risks ‘Unknown’

The extent of the risks associated with development of shale oil and natural gas is “unknown” because existing studies have not taken into account the potential long-term, cumulative effects of the activity, according to a new report issued by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) last Tuesday. The agency in a companion report did not make any recommendations to change environmental and public health requirements in light of advances in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

October 15, 2012

Gulfport Drills Another Whopper in Utica Shale

Gulfport Energy Corp. reportedly has the best producing well to date in the Utica Shale, according to initial production (IP) data released by the Oklahoma City-based operator.

October 15, 2012

Pennsylvania Bill Would Require Pre-Drill Water Quality Testing

A longtime foe of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the Pennsylvania General Assembly has introduced a bill that would require companies applying for permits to drill Marcellus Shale natural gas wells to conduct pre-drill water quality tests for nearby landowners that request it.

July 23, 2012

Obama Official Hints More LNG Exports Will Be Permitted

An Obama administration official said the export of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to other nations “makes sense” and strongly hinted that additional export permits would eventually be issued by the Department of Energy (DOE).

June 22, 2012

Shell Pencils in September for Alaska Drilling

With hopes high that all required permits will be in hand and all legal challenges will be overcome, Royal Dutch Shell plc officials have penciled in a late third quarter start for drilling offshore Alaska, CFO Simon Henry said last week.

April 30, 2012

Shell Pencils in September for Alaska Drilling

With hopes high that all required permits will be in hand and all legal challenges will be overcome, Royal Dutch Shell plc officials have penciled in a late third quarter start for drilling offshore Alaska, CFO Simon Henry said Thursday.

April 30, 2012

Legitimate, Crazy Pitches Offered for Marcellus Water ‘Solution’

As operators search for water treatment options in shale plays, they are hearing some crazy pitches, according to Rick McCurdy, senior engineering adviser for Chesapeake Energy Corp.

March 29, 2012

North Carolina Environmental Agency: Fracking ‘Can be Done Safely’

Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) can be done safely “as long as the right protections are in place prior to issuance of any permits for the practice,” according to a draft report from North Carolina’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

March 26, 2012

Louisiana Touts Tuscaloosa Results

Recent production test results from the first two horizontal wells completed in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale (TMS) in Louisiana have been encouraging and there is likely more good news to come, according to the state’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) secretary.

December 20, 2011