The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) plans to propose streamlining environmental reviews and permitting for oil and gas leasing in the forests and grasslands it manages, which it said should lead to expedited leasing decisions.
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FERC on Thursday approved the first pair of items drafted by a recently formed group in the Office of General Counsel (OGC) made up of attorneys dedicated solely to the rehearing process, a first at the Commission.
Differing state and federal environmental regulations, and a lack of political will to streamline them, could retard growth of natural gas vehicles (NGV) in the transportation fuel market, according to a white paper by the Ben Franklin Shale Gas Innovation and Commercialization Center in Pennsylvania.
The chair of the Railroad Commission of Texas has directed commission staff to look into its existing rules on water recycling in the oil and gas patch. “If we need to streamline our old rules and make amendments where necessary to encourage companies to expand their recycling activities, then that is what we will do,” said Chair Elizabeth Ames Jones. “…[W]e must maintain that hydraulic fracturing can continue to benefit Texas by allowing companies to manage water use and conserve when possible as it relates to this process of energy production.”
Responding to President Obama’s call for federal agencies to streamline their regulations, the Interior Department last week said it plans to explore a “simplified market-based approach” for valuing oil and gas to calculate the billions of dollars in royalty payments that are owed each year to the federal government for production on publicly owned onshore and offshore property.
Responding to President Obama’s call for federal agencies to streamline their regulations, the Interior Department said it plans to explore a “simplified market-based approach” to determine the value of oil and natural gas for royalty purposes.
A bipartisan group of senators led by Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) and Mary Landrieu (D-LA) introduced a resolution last Wednesday calling on the Interior Department to streamline the reviewing process for shallow and deepwater drilling applications and provide better guidance to producers seeking new permits.