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New York Fines Operator for Pennsylvania Drilling

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has filed an administrative complaint seeking $112,500 in fines — the maximum amount allowed by law — against U.S. Energy Development Corp. for water quality violations that allegedly occurred during drilling activities in Pennsylvania and affected Yeager Brook in Cattaraugus County, NY.

January 26, 2012

Montana Water Rules Sent Back to EPA

A federal judge in Wyoming has overturned water quality rules that gas producers and the state had alleged were too restrictive and not based on complete consideration of related science by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The rules were intended to protect cropland in Montana from the downstream discharge of water from Powder River Basin coalbed methane (CBM) production.

October 19, 2009

Montana Water Rules Sent Back to EPA

A federal judge in Wyoming has overturned water quality rules that gas producers and the state had alleged were too restrictive and not based on complete consideration of related science by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The rules were intended to protect cropland in Montana from the downstream discharge of water from Powder River Basin coalbed methane (CBM) production.

October 19, 2009

Industry Sees BLM Plan for Roan Plateau as Overly Restrictive

The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) proposed Roan Plateau resource management plan (RMP) released Thursday appears to be overly restrictive in requiring only one oil and gas development company to be the operator for all the leases on top of the plateau itself, which represents about 50% of the planning area in the Piceance Basin of western Colorado, said Greg Schnacke, executive vice present of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association. Schnacke said the idea of having one company do all the development is unprecedented and will probably backfire on the agency.

September 11, 2006

Industry Sees BLM Plan for Roan Plateau as Overly Restrictive

The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) proposed Roan Plateau resource management plan (RMP) released Thursday appears to be overly restrictive in requiring only one oil and gas development company to be the operator for all the leases on top of the plateau itself, which represents about 50% of the total western Colorado planning area in the Piceance Basin, said Greg Schnacke, executive vice present of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association. Schnacke said the idea of having one company do all the development is unprecedented and will probably backfire on the agency.

September 8, 2006

New Mexico Governor Threatens Lawsuit over BLM Drilling Plan

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson has appealed a decision by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to allow oil and gas drilling on the state’s Otero Mesa desert, which he said would impact groundwater and grassland. If the plan is not scrubbed, he said the state will consider legal action.

June 21, 2004

FERC’s Relaxation of Ex Parte Rules Elicits Support, Concerns

The proposed rulemaking calling for a relaxation of FERC’srestrictive policy for off-the-record communications is “essentialto providing timely and adequate information” for the Commissionstaff to conduct environmental reviews of proposed pipelineprojects, the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA)said last week.

December 28, 1998

Easing of FERC Ex Parte Rules Proposed

FERC last week proposed changes that would lead in certaininstances to a less restrictive policy for off-the-recordcommunications between the agency and those outside of it,particularly with respect to staff communications while conductingenvironmental investigations.

September 21, 1998