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Texas E&Ps Facing Stricter Oversight in ‘Substantial Overhaul’ of Oilfield Waste Disposal

Texas E&Ps Facing Stricter Oversight in ‘Substantial Overhaul’ of Oilfield Waste Disposal

Texas oil and natural gas regulators plan to streamline and modernize how the exploration and production (E&P) industry manages oilfield waste.  For the first time since 1984, the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) is updating Statewide Rule 8, which regulates oil and natural gas waste pits and disposal methods. The rule “will undergo a substantial…

October 9, 2023
Texas Natural Gas Production Slipped in March Amid Low Prices

Texas Natural Gas Production Slipped in March Amid Low Prices

Texas natural gas production was down 77 Bcf year/year in March, according to preliminary data from the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC). Regulators said production was 896 Bcf in March, or about 29 Bcf/d, compared to 973 Bcf, or around 31 Bcf/d, in March of last year. Production in February was 853 Bcf, or around…

June 14, 2023
As Permian Natural Gas Moves East, Blackfin Looking to Debottleneck Katy, HSC Hubs

As Permian Natural Gas Moves East, Blackfin Looking to Debottleneck Katy, HSC Hubs

A proposed Texas intrastate extension of the Matterhorn Express Pipeline could help preserve stronger pricing at the Katy and Houston Ship Channel (HSC) benchmarks as more natural gas volumes flow from the Permian Basin, according to analysts. Recent filings with the Railroad Commission of Texas outlined plans for the 193-mile Blackfin Pipeline, which would stretch…

April 10, 2023
Texas GOP Proposes Adding 10 GW of State-Funded Natural Gas-Fired Backup Generation 

Texas GOP Proposes Adding 10 GW of State-Funded Natural Gas-Fired Backup Generation 

A series of bills aiming to shore up the Texas power grid with backup dispatchable power is progressing through the state Senate, though some legislators fear the size and scope of the proposed rules ultimately will not address the reliability issues.  State Republican Sens. Phil King (District 10) and Charles Schwertner (District 5) introduced a…

April 5, 2023
Blackfin Looking to Debottleneck Katy Hub as More Permian Natural Gas Flows East

Blackfin Looking to Debottleneck Katy Hub as More Permian Natural Gas Flows East

A proposed Texas intrastate extension of the Matterhorn Express Pipeline could help preserve stronger pricing at the Katy and Houston Ship Channel benchmarks as more natural gas volumes flow from the Permian Basin, according to analysts. Recent filings with the Railroad Commission of Texas outlined plans for the 193-mile Blackfin Pipeline, which would stretch from…

April 5, 2023
Permian Injection Wells in West Texas Inspected After Second Quake in Month

Permian Injection Wells in West Texas Inspected After Second Quake in Month

A powerful earthquake in the Permian Basin of West Texas – the second in a month – shook the region last Friday, and regulators were inspecting injection well sites for clues. The 5.4 magnitude seismic event struck an area about 12 miles north of Midland in Martin County. The region is in the Gardendale Seismic…

December 19, 2022
Latest Permian Quake Prompts Injection Well Revisions to Texas Seismic Response Plan

Latest Permian Quake Prompts Injection Well Revisions to Texas Seismic Response Plan

An oil and natural gas operator-led response plan in West Texas, which targets seismicity from produced water injection wells in the Permian Basin, has been revised following a 5.4 magnitude earthquake last month. The Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) on Tuesday implemented several revisions to the seismicity reduction response plan in the Northern Culberson-Reeves Seismic…

December 14, 2022
Texas Enacts Rules for ‘Critical’ Natural Gas Infrastructure, but Enough to Prevent Another Uri?

Texas Enacts Rules for ‘Critical’ Natural Gas Infrastructure, but Enough to Prevent Another Uri?

Natural gas infrastructure considered “critical” by the state will be required to weatherize operations under rules approved Tuesday by the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC).  Objections by consumer and watchdog groups failed to sway the three-member commission, which enacted the rules unanimously.  Critics in comments sent to RRC and in person at the open meeting…

August 31, 2022
Lower 48 E&Ps Treating Less Water as Disposal Permits Drying Up, Quake Activity Rising

Lower 48 E&Ps Treating Less Water as Disposal Permits Drying Up, Quake Activity Rising

Exploration and production (E&P) companies, particularly in West Texas, appear to be in a bit of a conundrum. Amid an increase in seismic activity related to Lower 48 development, producers stand to lose nearly half of their disposal capacity in key basins at the same time the amount of water they are leaving untreated is…

January 10, 2022
Texas Natural Gas, Oil Regulator Investigating Another Permian Earthquake

Texas Natural Gas, Oil Regulator Investigating Another Permian Earthquake

The Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) is suspending all disposal well permits to inject oil and gas waste into deep strata within a portion of the Permian Basin following a series of earthquakes. The action, taken earlier in December and set to take effect on Friday (Dec. 31), applies to 33 deep disposal wells within…

December 29, 2021
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