Rover Pipeline LLC and FERC remain at odds over pending in-service requests for the final portions of the 713-mile, 3.25 Bcf/d project, with the operator this week defending its actions after Commission staff scrutinized missed restoration deadlines.
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Rover Pipeline LLC is once again in regulators’ crosshairs as FERC staff on Thursday said the company is unlikely to meet the restoration deadlines set out in a May 1 order approving service on the Vector Delivery Meter Station, Defiance Compressor Station and the Market Segment.
The Pennsylvania Senate on Monday passed a bill that would roll back some of the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) recently-approved regulations for unconventional oil and natural gas drilling.
Proposed Pennsylvania legislation would make it more difficult to list and protect endangered species in the state, while making it potentially easier to site wells in the Marcellus Shale, but it also could force the “taking” of more than $27 million a year in federal funding for state fish and game commissions, according to officials.
A Chesapeake Energy Corp. subsidiary on Friday was fined $600,000 and placed on probation for two years after pleading guilty in federal court to violating the Clean Water Act (CWA) in order to build a roadway to a natural gas drilling site in northern West Virginia.
As a compromise bill to impose an impact fee on unconventional natural gas plodded through the Pennsylvania legislature Tuesday, Gov. Tom Corbett assumed a favorable outcome, commending lawmakers for their cooperation, saying he was “looking forward to signing the legislation into law.”
Despite the widespread destruction of Gulf of Mexico infrastructure from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita last year, the lengthy and expensive restoration process and the ongoing risks of offshore operations, deepwater exploration and development is moving full steam ahead, said Chris Oynes, Minerals Management Service (MMS) regional director for the Gulf of Mexico, in an interview with NGI.
Recovery and restoration of the Gulf of Mexico natural gas production to the pre-Katrina and pre-Rita levels is expected to take a fairly long period of time, lasting through the end of the year and into 2006, Interior Secretary Gale Norton said Tuesday.
Congress, meeting in an emergency session, has approved a $10.5 billion supplemental emergency spending measure to fund the immediate relief efforts and restoration of infrastructure in the three hurricane-stricken Gulf coastal states, including repairs to energy facilities toppled by hurricane force winds and submerged in floodwaters onshore.