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Pennsylvania DEP Appeals Court Ruling to Stay Some New Shale Regs

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has appealed the state Commonwealth Court’s decision last month totemporarily stay parts of the agency’s regulatory overhaul for shale producers so it may consider a lawsuit filed by the industry.

December 8, 2016

BLM’s NatGas Venting/Flaring Final Rule Faces Challenge From Western Energy Alliance, IPAA

The final rule to reduce natural gas venting and flaring from oil and gas operations on public and Indian lands, issued Tuesday by the Department of Interior, drew an immediate lawsuit by two industry groups, which claim the broad air quality regime goes beyond any authority granted by Congress.

November 15, 2016
Green Group Asks FERC to Prepare Supplemental DEIS For Nexus Pipeline

Green Group Asks FERC to Prepare Supplemental DEIS For Nexus Pipeline

Environmental group Sustainable Medina County (SMC) filed a motion Monday asking FERC to complete a supplemental draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for the proposed Nexus Gas Transmission LLC pipeline.

October 18, 2016
Five California Regulatory Reform Bills Signed by Governor

Five California Regulatory Reform Bills Signed by Governor

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) faces a series of reforms after Gov. Jerry Brown’s signing last Thursday of five legislative measures (AB 2168, SB 62, SB 215, SB 512, and SB 661) all aimed at changing the way the semi-independent regulatory body does its business.

October 4, 2016
New Mexico BLM Lease Sale Sets Permian-Driven Records

New Mexico BLM Lease Sale Sets Permian-Driven Records

With opponents peacefully protesting, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) held a record-breaking $145.6 million oil/natural gas lease sale Thursday in Roswell, NM.

September 6, 2016
Sunoco’s Mariner East Wins Another Legal Battle in Pennsylvania Court

Sunoco’s Mariner East Wins Another Legal Battle in Pennsylvania Court

In another legal victory for Sunoco Logistics Partners LP’s embattled Mariner East 2 (ME2) project, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court ruled 5-2 Thursday to uphold the pipeline’s powers of eminent domain as granted under state authority.

July 15, 2016

Briefs — Texas Gas Transmission, Xcel Energy, Atlantic Sunrise

Boardwalk Pipeline Partners LPsubsidiary Texas Gas Transmission LLC has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for authorization to place its Southern Indiana Lateral Project into service by June 17. The project was designed to serve two industrial customers in southern Indiana, one of which subsequently dropped out of the project. The project includes 30.6-miles of 10-inch diameter pipeline lateral with a capacity of 53,500 MMBtu/d. The pipeline extends from an interconnection with Texas Gas’ existing Robards Junction facilities in Henderson County, KY, to an interconnection with SABIC Innovative Plastics Mt. Vernon in Posey County, IN.

June 2, 2016

Department of Interior Fails Transparency Tests, House Subcommittee Told

The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) has failed to inject more transparency into its regulatory processes affecting the oil/natural gas industry, witnesses told a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources Thursday in Washington, DC.

May 20, 2016

FERC ‘Webcast-Only’ Meeting Prompted by Widening Protests

FERC held its May 19 regular meeting before an audience of staffers and journalists, but no members of the general public, having voted unanimously the day before to make it “open to the public via webcast only.”

May 19, 2016

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Move to Stop New Oil/Gas Drilling Regs

The Pennsylvania House Environmental and Energy Resources Committee has approved a resolution to prevent a package of environmental regulations for the oil and natural gas industry from being implemented.

May 5, 2016