Lawyer: Industry Should Follow Basin Issues, Especially at DRBC

Oil and natural gas companies looking to drill within regulated interstate river basins need to familiarize themselves with issues facing the local river basin commission and take those issues seriously before ultimately deciding whether to drill, an industry attorney said.

September 27, 2012

Another Colorado City Considering Drilling Restrictions

City council members in Lafayette, CO, agreed Tuesday to consider a temporary ban on oil and natural gas drilling while they revise regulations that have not been updated since 1994.

September 7, 2012

California Governor Signs Pipe Safety Bill

California Gov. Jerry Brown last Friday signed a bill (AB 1694) into law that is aimed at improving safety of the historically lightly regulated natural gas and propane distribution piping systems at mobile home parks in the state.

July 18, 2012

Comment Period Closes on EPA’s Proposed Emissions Rules

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) received more than 4,100 comments on its proposed standards to reduce air pollution from oil and natural gas drilling operations, especially operations employing hydraulic fracturing (fracking), by the time the public comment period closed Wednesday.

December 2, 2011

States, Industry, Congress Put EPA On Defensive

Industry experts told members of Congress that shale gas should be regulated by the states without interference from the federal government, while the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tried to clarify its plan to develop national pretreatment standards for wastewater.

November 18, 2011

Two ‘Other’ California Pipe Operators Offer Contrast

A year after the fatal Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) San Bruno, CA, pipeline rupture, California’s two other state-regulated pipe operators offer a marked contrast when it comes to safety practices. They vary greatly from each other as well as from PG&E.

September 9, 2011

Storage Business Sputters for NW Natural

So far its effort to reach outside the regulated utility structure with a new natural gas storage field in Northern California is not paying off for Portland, OR-based NW Natural, but CEO Gregg Kantor expressed confidence that things will turn around during a conference call Wednesday announcing second quarter earnings that were down quarter over quarter.

August 4, 2011

Pennsylvania Considering Disclosure Law

Inspired by pioneering legislation in Texas, a Pennsylvania state lawmaker is proposing a bill that would require Marcellus Shale operators to disclose all the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing (hydrofracking) operations.

July 6, 2011

Shareholders Approve $2.4B AGL Resources-Nicor Merger

Shareholders of AGL Resources and Nicor Inc. have approved a merger that would create a holding company with seven regulated gas distribution companies serving 4.5 million customers in Illinois, Georgia, New Jersey, Virginia, Florida, Tennessee and Maryland, the companies said Tuesday.

June 15, 2011

Liberty Energy to Pay $124M for Atmos Utilities

Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. (APUC) affiliate Liberty Energy Utilities Co. will pay about $124 million for Atmos Energy Corp.’s regulated gas distribution assets in Missouri, Iowa and Illinois, the companies said Friday.

May 16, 2011
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