Regulations

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

Proposed Canadian Policy Could Make Pipelines Responsible for Wellhead-to-Burnertip Greenhouse Gas

The regulatory barrier that halted TransCanada Corp.’s Energy East pipeline conversion last year — blaming pipelines for cargo carbon emissions — would confront all future projects under legislation proposed Thursday by the Liberal government in Ottawa.

February 9, 2018

Pennsylvania Leaning on Federal EPA to Combat Methane at NatGas Sites

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has indicated that it could advance federal recommendations for reducing smog-forming volatile organic compounds (VOC) for the oil and natural gas industry as a way to better address methane emissions from existing sources in the state.

December 15, 2017

Quebec Proposes Modifying Oil, NatGas Regulations

The provincial government of Quebec has published a draft version of proposed regulations governing oil and natural gas activities in the province.

September 22, 2017
Mexico’s Water Use Rules for Unconventional E&P Projects Updated

Mexico’s Water Use Rules for Unconventional E&P Projects Updated

The Mexican government continues to update its environmental regulations as authorities prepare for the first exploration and production (E&P) auction to feature blocks with unconventional oil and natural gas resources since the energy reforms of 2013.

September 5, 2017