Regulators

New York Drilling Proposals Draw Mixed Reactions

Supporters of oil and natural gas exploration in New York are in disagreement with the state regulators over just how much of the state would be open to high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF), while an environmental group called the latest proposal “meaningless.” However, a pair of attorneys with extensive knowledge of New York’s regulatory, business and geological climates said they believe unconventional drilling permits will be issued soon.

December 10, 2012

Industry Brief

Washington state regulators fined Bellevue, WA-based Puget Sound Energy (PSE) $430,000 for improperly charging natural gas and electric utility residential customers for disconnecting their service. The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) approved a multi-party settlement agreement that alleged 1,639 violations by the combination utility of the state’s consumer protection rules. In addition, PSE now has refunded disconnect-visit fees it charged more than 9,000 customers, dating back to December 2009. PSE also has agreed to change its policy regarding the disconnection visits, the UTC said.

December 3, 2012

California Holds Cap-Trade Auction Despite Lawsuit

With natural gas-fired power generation plants and refineries both in the crosshairs of state regulators, California held its first auction for carbon emissions trading on Thursday, despite the state’s major business association filing a lawsuit to block the auction a day earlier.

November 16, 2012

Battelle Collaborates with Ohio on Drilling Water Issues

Independent researcher Battelle is deploying scientists and engineers to Ohio to collaborate with state regulators about solving water issues at Marcellus and Utica shale drilling sites with new technology.

November 14, 2012

People

After resigning earlier this year as Wyoming’s oil/natural gas supervisor after being openly critical of federal environmental regulators (see Shale Daily, June 18), Tom Doll has secured a position as a senior petroleum engineer with the Energy and Environmental Research Center, a nonprofit unit of the University of North Dakota. Doll now works for the center’s oil/natural gas technical group, focusing on reservoir characterization and simulation, geomechanics and providing “operational excellence” for clients. Working remotely from his Wyoming base, Doll also works in emissions control, coal utilization and water management for the Grand Forks, ND-based organization. Wyoming has yet to name a supervisor in its Oil/Gas Conservation Commission to replace Doll.

November 13, 2012

GAO Calls on Energy Secretary to Get Cracking on Energy-Water Issues

Energy Secretary Steven Chu should cooperate with other federal agencies to address key issues confronting energy and water, such as hydraulic fracturing processes, according to a new government report.

October 19, 2012

California Regulators Sued Over Fracking Risks

Environmental groups on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in California claiming that state regulators had failed to “consider or evaluate” the risks of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) as required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

October 18, 2012

New York Rules Delay Frustrates Operators

If New York regulators don’t meet a Nov. 29 deadline to finalize the rulemaking process for natural gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing (fracking), it may force more producers and service companies to move out of state, a spokesman for the Independent Oil and Gas Association of New York (IOGA-NY) said last week.

October 8, 2012

AGL Inks CNG Fueling Station Agreements

As part of a program approved last year by Georgia regulators, Atlanta Gas Light Co. (AGL) has signed agreements with the City of Atlanta and three commercial operators to open five compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations around the state.

October 2, 2012

New York Rules Delay Frustrates Oil, Gas Operators

If New York regulators don’t meet a Nov. 29 deadline to finalize the rulemaking process for natural gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing (fracking), it may force more producers and service companies to move out of state, a spokesman for the Independent Oil and Gas Association of New York (IOGA-NY) said Monday.

October 2, 2012
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