PA Court Denies Trade Group’s Challenge to DEP Permitting Requirements

The Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association (PIOGA) has lost a lawsuit in which it alleged the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is overstepping its authority by enforcing permit requirements for oil and gas wells that it contends were invalidated in 2013.

September 2, 2016

Adjusting For Inflation, FERC Raises Maximum Civil Penalties

FERC issued an interim final rule Wednesday [RM-16-16] increasing maximum civil penalties for violations of federal statutes under its jurisdiction.

July 5, 2016

FERC Opens Investigations of Four Interstate NatGas Pipeline Company Rates

FERC commissioners voted Thursday to initiate Natural Gas Act Section 5 investigations of the rates charged by four interstate natural gas pipelines to determine if they are “substantially over-recovering their costs, resulting in unjust and unreasonable rates.”

January 21, 2016

Texas Asks EPA For Stay on Clean Power Plan Rule

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a stay on a rule in its Clean Power Plan (CPP) pertaining to power generation, on the grounds that it would harm how the state handles electricity and would lead to higher costs and reliability concerns.

August 21, 2015

Fifteen States Ask Federal Court to Postpone Clean Power Plan Deadlines

Fifteen states — led by West Virginia and including several oil and gas heavyweights — have filed an emergency petition in federal court, urging it to postpone the deadlines set forth earlier this month by the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP).

August 14, 2015

Williams’ Leidy Line Ruptures, But Capacity Intact

A section of Williams’ Leidy Line, which delivers Marcellus Shale natural gas from northeast Pennsylvania to the Transcontinental Gas Pipeline (Transco), ruptured late Tuesday, prompting the evacuation of more than 100 nearby residents.

June 11, 2015
Alaska LNG: Many Questions Before ‘Opportunity’ Realized

Alaska LNG: Many Questions Before ‘Opportunity’ Realized

After decades of attempts to commercialize its vast North Slope natural gas reserves, Alaska is on the cusp of years more work. But now, producer, pipeline and state interests are aligned; there’s a mandate from lawmakers to get a project done; and a real plan has begun to take shape.

May 7, 2014

Pennsylvania PUC, DEP Petition State Supreme Court on Act 13 Cases

Just days after a seventh justice was sworn in to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the Public Utility Commission (PUC) on Tuesday submitted a request that the high court reconsider its decision to quash an appeal by the commission regarding enforcement of Act 13, the state’s omnibus Marcellus Shale law.

August 9, 2013

Industry Brief

CN, Canada’s national railway, said it plans to accelerate work on a US$33 million project to upgrade a 74-mile section of the Whitehall Subdivision line in Wisconsin. The upgrade between the towns of Wisconsin Rapids and Blair would allow increased car-loading capacity and train velocity for hydraulic fracture (frack) sand suppliers Badger Mining Corp., Preferred Sands of Wisconsin LLC, Atlas Resin Proppants LLC and Taylor Frac LLC. After the upgrade, CN would be able to transport heavier freight cars loaded with frack sand, up to a maximum of 286,000 pounds. CN, which began the work in 2012, plans to complete the project by December 2014, a year ahead of time.

May 30, 2013

FERC Nixes Bahamas LNG Import Pipe Project

FERC Thursday vacated certificates — a Section 3 authorization and a presidential permit — for AES Ocean Express LLC to build the U.S. leg of a pipeline to import natural gas from the company’s proposed $800 million liquefied natural gas (LNG) import project in the Bahamas.

April 16, 2013
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