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House Bill Bars Interior from Enforcing Federal Frack Rules

The House Natural Resources Committee Wednesday voted out a bipartisan bill that would prohibit the Department of Interior from enforcing federal hydraulic fracturing (fracking) regulations.

August 1, 2013
U.S. E&Ps See Fracking Rules, Infrastructure Limits as Growing Threats

U.S. E&Ps See Fracking Rules, Infrastructure Limits as Growing Threats

The U.S. unconventional boom is far from over, but exploration and production (E&P) operators face a “reality check” from an increasingly stringent regulatory environment and “very real limitations” to domestic natural gas and oil infrastructure, according to BDO USA LLP.

June 5, 2013

Two Oregon LNG Export Projects Said on Track

The backers of two proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) export-import projects in Oregon said their plans remain on track, putting them ahead of competition from proposed facilities on British Columbia’s (BC) west coast. Jordan Cove LNG may file for federal approval this week.

May 20, 2013

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Thomas F. Darden has retired from the Quicksilver Resources Inc. board chairmanship and from his officer position effective Wednesday, the company said. He will remain on the board as a director and chairman emeritus and will continue to work for Quicksilver through the end of the year. He will be focused on pursuing a joint venture in British Columbia’s Horn River Basin, something that the Fort Worth, TX-based company has sought for some time (see Shale Daily, May 8). Darden is to retire from Quicksilver on Dec. 31 but will continue to advise the company on the Horn River development and other projects, the company said. W. Yandell Rogers was elected chairman Wednesday. He has served as an independent director since March 1999.

May 17, 2013
Competition from U.S. Oil Dooms Suncor Oilsands Upgrader

Competition from U.S. Oil Dooms Suncor Oilsands Upgrader

Because of production growth in U.S. oilfields, Calgary’s Suncor Energy has thrown in the towel on the centerpiece of its long-planned, $20 billion oilsands expansion, the Voyageur Upgrader.

April 1, 2013

ExxonMobil Builds Woodford War Chest

ExxonMobil Corp.’s quest to remain the biggest operator in the Ardmore Basin’s Woodford Shale remains on track after the super major agreed to pay $147.5 million to buy the bulk of BNK Petroleum Inc.’s leasehold in the Tishomingo Field.

March 25, 2013
ExxonMobil Builds Woodford War Chest

ExxonMobil Builds Woodford War Chest

ExxonMobil Corp.’s quest to remain the biggest operator in the Ardmore Basin’s Woodford Shale remains on track after the super major agreed to pay $147.5 million to buy the bulk of BNK Petroleum Inc.’s leasehold in the Tishomingo Field.

March 19, 2013

New York Moratorium Bills Face Uncertain Future in Senate

The New York State Assembly’s passage of a bill calling for a two-year moratorium on high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) in the state could divide the fragile bipartisan coalition that controls the Senate.

March 8, 2013

Utica Operators Would Face Many Changes Under Ohio Budget Bill

Operators of horizontal oil and natural gas wells in Ohio face a bevy of regulatory changes — including quarterly production reports, a $25,000 per well impact fee, and new testing and disposal requirements for drilling waste — under Gov. John Kasich’s biennial budget proposal.

February 26, 2013
Pennsylvania Air Quality Improved Amidst Marcellus Boom

Pennsylvania Air Quality Improved Amidst Marcellus Boom

Thanks to Pennsylvania air quality regulations and the “increased use of natural gas in the power generation sector,” Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Mike Krancer said air pollution has “gone down considerably” within the state since 2008, even as the unconventional production of shale oil and gas ramped up.

February 14, 2013
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