Regulation

Court Rejects Obama-Era Methane Rule on Oil, Natural Gas Leases

Court Rejects Obama-Era Methane Rule on Oil, Natural Gas Leases

A federal judge on Thursday overturned an Obama-era rule from 2016 designed to curb methane emissions from associated natural gas on federal and tribal lands, indicating the Department of Interior (DOI) Bureau of Land Management (BLM) overstepped its bounds by attempting to regulate air pollution. The rule in question is the Waste Prevention, Production Subject…

October 9, 2020
Federal Judge Says BLM Chief Serving Unlawfully, Lacks Senate Confirmation

Federal Judge Says BLM Chief Serving Unlawfully, Lacks Senate Confirmation

A federal judge in Montana ruled that William Perry Pendley, the acting director of the U.S. Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM), had served illegally for more than a year and blocked him from continuing in the position. “Pendley has served and continues to serve unlawfully…His ascent to acting BLM director did not follow…

September 28, 2020
Amid Regulatory Upheaval, AMLO Says Pemex, CFE Strengthening Won’t Violate Existing Laws

Amid Regulatory Upheaval, AMLO Says Pemex, CFE Strengthening Won’t Violate Existing Laws

Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said during his Thursday morning press conference his government would continue to respect oil and gas laws and existing contracts in the country. He added, however, that if he were somehow unable to “rescue” national oil company Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) and state electricity firm Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE),…

September 24, 2020
Mexico Energy Regulators Said to Endorse AMLO Directive Favoring Pemex, CFE

Mexico Energy Regulators Said to Endorse AMLO Directive Favoring Pemex, CFE

Energy regulatory officials in Mexico reportedly agreed on Tuesday to follow a directive from President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to align regulations and permitting with his goal of strengthening state-owned oil company Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) and power company Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE). The news, which was first reported by local outlet Expansión, sent shockwaves…

September 23, 2020
Mexico Energy Regulator Losing Independence, Not Fulfilling Duties Under AMLO Government, Former Commissioners Say

Mexico Energy Regulator Losing Independence, Not Fulfilling Duties Under AMLO Government, Former Commissioners Say

Mexico’s Comisión Reguladora de Energía (CRE) is losing its independence and failing to carry out its constitutional mandate under the current government, according to a former chairman and two former commissioners of the energy regulator. Created in 1994 under the liberalizing economic reforms of former president Carlos Salinas de Gortari, the CRE performs similar functions…

July 22, 2020
Q&A with María Serna on Mexico’s Natural Gas Market Development

Q&A with María Serna on Mexico’s Natural Gas Market Development

Editor’s Note: NGI’s Mexico Gas Price Index, a leader tracking Mexico natural gas market reform, is offering the following question-and-answer (Q&A) column as part of a regular interview series with experts in the Mexican natural gas market. This 34th Q&A in the series is with María Serna, Partner of Legal Services at energy consultancy Talanza…

July 10, 2020
Mexico Energy Regulator Reportedly Lays Off 40% of Workforce Amid Pandemic, Sector Upheaval

Mexico Energy Regulator Reportedly Lays Off 40% of Workforce Amid Pandemic, Sector Upheaval

Mexico’s Comisión Reguladora de Energía (CRE) on Tuesday informed employees of mass layoffs effective immediately, with the natural gas regulation segment hit especially hard, a former employee confirmed to NGI’s Mexico GPI. The former employee, who asked to remain anonymous, said an estimated 200 staffers, or about 40% of CRE’s workforce, were told to return…

June 30, 2020

New Mexico County Believed to Be First to Ban Oil, Gas Drilling

In what is believed to be a first in the industry, elected officials in Mora County, NM, have enacted a total ban on oil and gas drilling.

May 13, 2013

People

NW Natural promoted CFO David Anderson to executive vice president for operations and regulation. Anderson was a senior vice president/CFO with TXU Gas prior to joining NW Natural as its CFO in 2004. Also, Stephen Feltz was promoted to senior vice president and CFO, and C. Alex Miller was promoted to treasurer.

March 4, 2013

Another Colorado City Nears Drilling, Fracking Ban

Elected officials in Ft. Collins, CO, the university town about 57 miles north of Denver, have passed a ban on oil and natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing (fracking) within the city limits. The measure still must pass on a second reading in early March.

February 25, 2013
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