U.S. Rig Count Plummets 28; Horizontal, Vertical Units Nearly Tied For Losses

The North American rig count swooned last week, losing 31 units, according to Baker Hughes Inc., just as a group of oilfield services (OFS) analysts said in a note assessing the sector that things are “so bad it may be good.”

December 11, 2015

DOJ Scrambles, Asks Court to Stay Water Rule After Panel Denies Centralization

The Obama administration appears to have started a complex process of asking district courts across the nation — beginning in North Dakota on Tuesday — to halt proceedings over the controversial Clean Water Rule (CWR), thereby giving the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth District in Cincinnati time to decide whether it has jurisdiction over a multitude of legal challenges.

October 14, 2015

U.S. Appeals Court Blocks EPA Water Rule Nationally

The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth District in Cincinnati on Friday blocked implementation nationwide of the controversial U.S. Water Rule from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

October 9, 2015

North Dakota Judge Limits His Water Rule Injunction to 13 States

A North Dakota federal district judge on Friday limited to 13 states an injunction he approved late last month against the Obama administration’s proposed expansion of the scope of the federal Clean Water Act.

September 8, 2015

Crude-by-Rail Grants Intended to Improve Safety

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is offering states $10 million in competitive grants to improve railroad track and highway-rail crossings.

September 3, 2015

North Dakota Judge Delays Expansion of U.S. Water Rules

A North Dakota federal district judge on Thursday blocked the Obama administration’s proposed expansion of the scope of the federal Clean Water Act, calling the proposal from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “exceptionally expansive.” A preliminary injunction sought by 13 states was granted.

August 28, 2015

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

House Panel Grills BLM on Proposed Fracking Rule

House Republicans blasted the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for its proposed rule to regulate hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on federal and tribal lands, calling it “outrageous” and a “national embarrassment” had it not been blocked by a court, as Democrats were split over whether the measure was a “modest modernization” or “too weak.”

July 16, 2015

States Pour Cold Water on Proposed Federal Rules

A dozen states have joined a lawsuit against federal rules clarifying and expanding the reach of the Clean Water Act (CWA) that were published Monday in the Federal Register, asking for the rules to be remanded to federal agencies for reworking.

June 30, 2015