Regulations

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

New York Producers Fighting Efforts to Further Curb VOCs, Methane

New York regulators are seeking input on an early draft of rules to further curb volatile organic compounds (VOC) and methane emissions, a proposal that one state oil and natural gas industry group has warned could be “devastating” for producers if it’s finalized.

December 20, 2018
Pennsylvania Proposes Emissions Regulations for Existing Oil, Natural Gas Sources

Pennsylvania Proposes Emissions Regulations for Existing Oil, Natural Gas Sources

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on Thursday unveiled draft regulations aimed at curbing smog-forming emissions from existing oil and natural gas production and midstream operations.

December 13, 2018

Ohio May Expand Emissions Rules for Unconventional Oil, Natural Gas Ops

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) is seeking input on potential rules that would expand air emissions rules for both existing and new unconventional oil and gas facilities that aren’t already covered by general permits for midstream and upstream equipment.

November 26, 2018

Pennsylvania Drafting Rules for Existing Oil, Natural Gas Emissions Sources

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is drafting another set of regulations aimed at curbing emissions from existing oil and natural gas production and midstream operations in the state.

September 26, 2018

California Sets New Rules for Injection and Idle Wells

The California Department of Conservation (DOC) has proposed final regulations to better safeguard against drinking water contamination from oil and natural gas operations involving underground injection control (UIC) wells and abandoned idle wells.

July 31, 2018

Bill to Protect Legacy Oil, Natural Gas Producers Passes Pennsylvania House

A Republican-sponsored bill introduced in the Pennsylvania House earlier this year to update the state’s Oil and Gas Act of 1984 to clarify language and address the current challenges facing conventional producers has passed and now moves to the Senate for consideration.

June 6, 2018

Canada to Begin Enforcing Methane Emissions Rules for Oil, Natural Gas Operators in 2020

The Canadian government on Thursday set a date of January 2020 to begin enforcing methane emissions reduction requirements on the oil and gas industry.

April 26, 2018
Australia Eyeing Canadian Model for Unconventional Drilling Oversight

Australia Eyeing Canadian Model for Unconventional Drilling Oversight

A formula for overcoming fear of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) surfaced from a sister Commonwealth Nation on Tuesday, in time for an inquiry launched earlier in March in a Canadian hotbed of unconventional natural gas development, British Columbia (BC).

March 29, 2018
Oklahoma Updates Seismicity Protocol for SCOOP, STACK Plays

Oklahoma Updates Seismicity Protocol for SCOOP, STACK Plays

Regulators in Oklahoma say data gathered since seismicity guidelines went into effect in late 2016 supports new requirements for oil and gas operators planning to drill in the state’s stacked reservoirs, thereby reducing the chances of future earthquakes from completion activities.

February 28, 2018