Protection

New Mexico Pit Rule Changes Agreeable to Industry

New Mexico Pit Rule Changes Agreeable to Industry

While critics and environmental activists are unhappy, the oil and natural gas industry is celebrating long-awaited changes in New Mexico’s rules for disposal of drilling waste known as the “pit rule.”

June 13, 2013

Consol-Noble JV to Build Marcellus Dry Gas Pipeline

With natural gas prices increasing, a joint venture (JV) in the Marcellus Shale has announced plans to build a dry gas pipeline across two neighboring counties in north-central West Virginia.

May 29, 2013

Ninth New NatGas Power Plant Approved for Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently approved plans by a subsidiary of LS Power to build a 900 MW natural gas-fired power plant about 50 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, bringing to nine the number of gas-fired plants proposed in and around the state’s Marcellus Shale resource base.

May 20, 2013

People

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted out the nomination of Gina McCarthy to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The nomination cleared the Senate panel by 10-8, with key Republicans voting no, including Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), the ranking member. He said his support for McCarthy’s nomination on the Senate floor would hinge on the nominee’s answers to Republicans’ requests involving greater transparency at the agency. All eight Republicans on the committee had boycotted an earlier vote, preventing the panel from advancing the appointment to the Senate floor. Democrats were unable at the time to establish a quorum despite holding a two-seat advantage on the panel. McCarthy’s nomination is not out of the woods yet. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) still has a hold on McCarthy’s nomination over a dispute involving a water project in his state.

May 20, 2013

Pennsylvania Regulators OK NatGas Power Plant Project

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has approved plans by a subsidiary of LS Power to build a 900 MW natural gas-fired power plant about 50 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.

May 20, 2013

Ninth New NatGas Power Plant Approved for Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently approved plans by a subsidiary of LS Power to build a 900 MW natural gas-fired power plant about 50 miles northwest of Pittsburgh, bringing to nine the number of gas-fired plants proposed in and around the state’s Marcellus Shale resource.

May 20, 2013

GOP Boycotts Vote on EPA Nominee

All eight Republicans on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee boycotted a vote on the nomination of Gina McCarthy to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Thursday, preventing the panel from advancing the appointment to the Senate floor.

May 13, 2013

Republicans Boycott Committee Vote on EPA Nominee

All eight Republicans on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee boycotted a vote on the nomination of Gina McCarthy to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Thursday, preventing the panel from advancing the appointment to the Senate floor.

May 10, 2013

Senate Panel to Vote on EPA Nominee

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Thursday is scheduled to vote on the nomination of Gina McCarthy to head up the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

May 9, 2013

Fracking Comment Deadline Extended

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has extended the deadline from April 30 until Nov. 15 for the public to submit data and scientific literature as part of the agency’s study of the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on drinking water sources.

May 6, 2013