Texas RRC Spent $8.5M to Plug 544 Abandoned Wells in FY 2016

The Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) spent more than $8.5 million to plug 544 abandoned oil and natural gas wells during its 2016 fiscal year (FY), and it has started enforcement proceedings against the owners of more than 1,400 additional orphaned wells.

December 12, 2016

California Joins National Spotlight on Arkansas Oil Spill

With increasing national news media and regulatory attention and despite ExxonMobil’s assurances that everything is under control at a plugged oil spill near Little Rock, AR, hardened opposition and skeptical stakeholders in the high-stakes business of finding markets for Western Canada’s heavy tar sands-based crude oil are raising red flags, as evidenced in California this week.

April 5, 2013
‘Marinating’ Utica Wells Improving Output, Economics

‘Marinating’ Utica Wells Improving Output, Economics

Utica Shale operators are discovering that with some patience and seasoning, estimated ultimate recoveries (EUR) for liquids reserves appear to move higher.

February 1, 2013
No Drought About it: Produced Water Produces Oil

No Drought About it: Produced Water Produces Oil

The re-emerging Mississippian Lime may be cheaper to drill than in some deeper formations, but an abundance of produced water has created a flood of innovative solutions by some operators.

December 4, 2012

Colorado Sets Fracking Chemical Rules as ‘Model’ for U.S.

Calling them a model for other states, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) on Tuesday unanimously approved new rules for the disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing (fracking), including trade secret protections sought by the oil and gas industry. The Colorado Oil and Gas Association (COGA) said the state “now has the strongest hydraulic fracturing rule in the country,” and environmental groups praised the action.

December 14, 2011

Pennsylvania Shale Operator Bonding Too Low, Study Says

As Pennsylvania lawmakers move to increase the bonding requirements for shale operators, a new Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) study questions whether bonding adequately ensures reclamation.

November 9, 2011

Arkansas Establishes Injection Well Moratorium Area

Arkansas regulators Wednesday afternoon established a permanent moratorium area for any new drilling wastewater injection wells in an area of the Fayetteville Shale where four such wells are thought to have contributed to earthquakes.

July 29, 2011

Economic Impacts of Moratorium Projected by Moody’s, LSU

An estimated $1.2 billion in economic output and 17,000 jobs will be lost in the Gulf Coast states by the end of the year even if the spewing oil flow is permanently plugged by next month, according to a report issued by Moody’s Analytics Monday.

July 21, 2010

Residential Customers Not Plugged Into the Energy Web

“Significant web-based investments directed at residential consumers can only be justified on the basis of faith–not rational financial analysis,” according to a survey by Primen which found virtually no consumers interacting with energy companies on the internet.

July 10, 2001