Railroad

Eagle Ford, Permian Counties Lifted Texas Production in April

According to the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC), the state’s preliminary April crude oil production averaged 1.6 million b/d, up from nearly 1.2 million b/d in April 2012. The preliminary production figure for April is 48.2 million bbl, up from 35.9 million bbl in April 2012.

July 1, 2013

RRC’s Smitherman Wants to Be Texas Attorney General

Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) Chairman Barry Smitherman plans to run for Texas attorney general (AG) next year, but only if current AG and fellow conservative Greg Abbott does not seek re-election. An AG’s office headed by Smitherman would be pro-drilling and a staunch opponent of federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation.

June 26, 2013

RRC’s Smitherman Seeking Attorney General Post

Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) Chairman Barry Smitherman plans to run for Texas attorney general (AG) next year, but only if current AG and fellow conservative Greg Abbott does not seek re-election.

June 26, 2013

Eagle Ford Keeps Giving as Production Climbs

Production of oil, natural gas and condensate continues trending upward in the Eagle Ford Shale, according to Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) data. During the first four months of this year, daily oil production surpassed that seen in 2012 and daily production of natural gas nearly met the 2012 level.

June 24, 2013

Canadian National Railway Chugging Forward on LNG Fueling Projects

As another sign that the railroad sector is a growing potential transportation market for natural gas, Canadian National Railway (CN) has ordered four liquefied natural gas (LNG) tenders from Vancouver, BC-based Westport Innovations Inc., the first of which are to be delivered later this year. A tender is a car behind the locomotive that carries the fuel.

June 6, 2013

Sun Sets Again on Reforming Texas Railroad Commission

Changing the name of the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) to more accurately reflect its duties as lead regulator over the state’s oil and natural gas industry and to provide more oversight over the elected members proved more difficult than some had thought, and the legislation died Tuesday in a state House committee.

May 16, 2013

Texas RRC Reform, Waste Piping Bills Advance

Bills to change the name of and make reforms to the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) were moving through the state legislature Friday, as was legislation to expand the use of pipelines to carry drilling waste rather than trucking it to injection wells.

May 6, 2013

Texas RRC, Waste Piping Bills Advance

Bills to change the name of and make reforms to the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) were moving through the state legislature Friday, as was legislation to expand the use of pipelines to carry drilling waste rather than trucking it to injection wells.

May 6, 2013

Texas Regulator Name Change, Reforms Still Pending

With about a month to go in the regular legislative session, Texas lawmakers are again inching their way toward changing up the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC), including its name, or maybe not.

April 29, 2013

Small-Scale LNG Fueling Equipment Unveiled

With potential ramification for long-haul trucking, railroad, marine and oilfield applications, small-scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling technology, dubbed “LNG In a Box” was unveiled Wednesday by General Electric (GE) unit GE Oil & Gas. The initial models are to be deployed in Europe under a deal with Luxembourg-based Gasfin.

April 19, 2013
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