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Argentina’s Fernández Launches Natural Gas Production Stimulus Plan from Vaca Muerta

Argentina’s Fernández Launches Natural Gas Production Stimulus Plan from Vaca Muerta

Argentina President Alberto Fernández unveiled the country’s long-awaited natural gas scheme on Thursday from the heart of the Vaca Muerta shale formation in Neuquén province. “We’re convinced that we are investing in Argentina for the country’s development,” Fernández said. The president spoke from the oil and gas fields at Loma Campana, considered one of the…

October 16, 2020
California Resources Bankruptcy Said Unlikely to Impact Abandoned Well Cleanup

California Resources Bankruptcy Said Unlikely to Impact Abandoned Well Cleanup

California’s oil and natural gas industry is pushing back against a report alleging that the state’s largest exploration operator, now mired in bankruptcy, could leave a billion-dollar abandoned well cleanup problem in its wake. The Sierra Club in a recent report labeled top producer California Resources Corp. (CRC), now in Chapter 11, as a stripper…

October 12, 2020
Industry Applauds as EPA Rescinds Oil, Natural Gas Methane Regulations

Industry Applauds as EPA Rescinds Oil, Natural Gas Methane Regulations

The Trump administration on Thursday validated reports of its intention to roll back Obama-era controls on methane emissions from the oil and gas sector. In a two-part rulemaking, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rescinded the regulations enacted under the 2016 Oil and Natural Gas New Source Performance Standards (NSPS). The NSPS sought to reduce emissions…

August 14, 2020
Q&A with Daniel Salomón Sotomayor on Mexico’s Natural Gas Market Development

Q&A with Daniel Salomón Sotomayor 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 36th Q&A in the series is with Daniel Salomón Sotomayor, an associate with the Mexico City-based legal…

August 7, 2020
Canada Indigenous Groups Gain Formal Standing in Pipeline, Transmission Approvals

Canada Indigenous Groups Gain Formal Standing in Pipeline, Transmission Approvals

Canadian natives gained a say in national supervision of pipelines and power transmission Wednesday, when the Canada Energy Regulator (CER) appointed its first formal Indigenous Advisory Committee (IAC). The IAC includes nine First Nations, Inuit and Metis representatives from Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan and Yukon Territory. Tribal associations chose three of the…

August 6, 2020
White House Says Trump to Nominate Two More to FERC

White House Says Trump to Nominate Two More to FERC

President Trump intends to nominate Mark Christie, the current chairman of the Virginia State Corporation Commission, and Allison Clements, the founder and president of energy policy and strategy consulting firm Goodgrid LLC, to become FERC commissioners, the White House said Monday. Christie previously was president of the Organization of PJM States Inc. and served on…

July 28, 2020
BC Faces Growing Backlog of Orphan Natural Gas Well Cleanups After Ranch Energy Failure

BC Faces Growing Backlog of Orphan Natural Gas Well Cleanups After Ranch Energy Failure

A two-year corporate bankruptcy case has resulted in a 110% jump in discarded orphan natural gas wells and production facilities awaiting cleanups, according to the British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission (BCOGC). A court-supervised distress auction in the province only sold 414 sites or one-half the BC assets of defunct Ranch Energy Corp. to Erikson…

June 30, 2020
Proposed EPA Rule to Add Benefit-Cost Analysis to Rulemaking

Proposed EPA Rule to Add Benefit-Cost Analysis to Rulemaking

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a proposed order that it said would codify best practices for benefit-cost analysis in rulemakings and provide clarity for states, local communities and industry.

June 5, 2020

Colorado Sets First New Rules Under Sweeping Oil, Gas Law

Colorado regulators last week set the first new rules under an omnibus oil and natural gas bill that was passed earlier this year.

August 5, 2019

Colorado Asserts Authority Over Local Oil, Gas Permitting

Colorado regulators on Monday notified Weld County that legislation giving local jurisdictions more authority over energy projects did not preempt the state’s authority to oversee oil and gas development.

July 23, 2019
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