Pennsylvania to Study Oil & Gas Industry Radiation Levels

Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will undertake a 12-14 month comprehensive study of naturally occurring levels of radioactivity in by-products of oil and natural gas development, the agency said Thursday.

January 29, 2013

Colorado to Study Oil, Gas Emissions

Moving right along on the energy regulatory front, Colorado’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on Wednesday launched a study of air emissions tied to oil and gas development.

January 14, 2013

State Severance Taxes, Fracking Rules Rated

The four top natural gas producing states in the Lower 48 states — Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Wyoming — are collecting severance taxes on their dry gas of between 14.7 and 18.5 cents/Mcf based on recent gas prices, according to a review of regulations and taxes by Washington, DC-based Resources for the Future’s Center for Energy Economics and Policy (CEEP).

August 9, 2012

Water Withdrawal Suspensions Hit 22 Operators in SRBC Order

A drop in northern Pennsylvania stream flow levels once again has forced the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) to suspend water withdrawal permits for more than 22 companies holding 37 separate permits in Pennsylvania and New York. More than half of the companies affected are energy operators working in the Marcellus Shale.

July 2, 2012

Industry Applauds Obama Order on Unconventional Gas Development

Singling out natural gas as an economic engine for the nation, President Obama Friday signed an executive order establishing a high-level, interagency task force to support and oversee the development of unconventional natural gas resources and associated infrastructure.

April 16, 2012

FirstEnergy to Shut Six Coal-Fired Plants

Citing more stringent federal mercury and air toxic standards (MATS), Akron, OH-based FirstEnergy said Thursday it plans to retire six older coal-fired electric generation plants representing 2,689 MW by Sept. 1.

January 27, 2012

Total Takes 25% Stake in Chesapeake’s Utica Leasehold

As has been rumored for weeks, French energy giant Total SA is paying $2.32 billion to acquire a one-quarter stake in Chesapeake Energy Corp.’s massive Utica Shale leasehold in Ohio in the second big partnership targeting unconventional oil and gas between the companies.

January 4, 2012

Pennsylvania Impact Fee Moves, But Slowly

A Pennsylvania Senate committee moved Marcellus Shale impact fee legislation forward on Wednesday, but observers suggest that the move is mainly procedural and say there is still much work to be done.

December 8, 2011

EPA Defends Plans For National Wastewater Standard

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tried to clarify its plan to develop national pretreatment standards for wastewater before the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment on Wednesday.

November 21, 2011

Watchdog Faults Fayetteville Shale Oversight

A new report that slams the natural gas industry and state regulators for “widespread violations of Arkansas clean water standards” in the Fayetteville Shale is based on old data and overlooks the fact that some of the report’s recommendations already have been implemented, state regulators told NGI.

September 19, 2011