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City of San Bruno Challenges CPUC Gas Safety Meeting

San Bruno, CA, the suburb south of San Francisco that endured a devastating natural gas pipeline rupture and explosion almost three years ago, on Wednesday filed a motion with California state regulators calling for postponement or changes in an upcoming two-day utility safety symposium. And the regulators on Thursday said they will postpone the event.

April 29, 2013

Senate Whitepaper: Modify, Replace, or Eliminate Energy Taxes?

A compilation of suggestions the Senate Finance Committee has received for reforming taxes on the energy sector can be boiled down to three basic ideas: modify the tax code, replace it, or eliminate it outright.

April 26, 2013

Western States Study Gas-Power Grid Coordination

With the advent of more renewables and more retirement of coal-fired power plants, an almost three-decade-old coalition of energy regulators and planners from throughout the western states has authorized a study of the level of coordination among the natural gas and electrical systems in the region.

April 22, 2013
Eyes on Baker, Schlumberger, Halliburton for Direction on U.S. Land

Eyes on Baker, Schlumberger, Halliburton for Direction on U.S. Land

The U.S. onshore rig count currently is “trendless,” but there’s hope for some direction in first quarter reports by three of the top domestic oilfield services providers, Schlumberger Ltd., Baker Hughes Inc. and Halliburton Co., according to Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. Inc. (TPH).

April 18, 2013

Producers Cautious on New Appalachian Certification Group

Three weeks after the launch of the Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD) and its proposed certification process, many oil and natural gas producers are in the dark about the initiative and taking a “wait and see” approach to participating. Meanwhile, the organization is predicting that its membership will grow, but at an organic pace.

April 15, 2013

West Virginia Nears Passage of Frack Fluid Trade Secret Bill

A bill that would allow companies to classify as trade secrets chemicals and concentrations used in hydraulic fracturing (fracking) fluids passed the muster of a key committee on Tuesday, and is nearing final passage in the West Virginia Legislature.

April 12, 2013
CSSD Says Membership Will Grow Slowly, But Producers Cautious

CSSD Says Membership Will Grow Slowly, But Producers Cautious

Three weeks after the launch of the Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD) and its proposed certification process, many oil and natural gas producers are in the dark about the initiative and taking a “wait and see” approach to participating.

April 11, 2013

Pennsylvania House Panel OKs Marcellus Tax Credit Bills

Lawmakers on a key committee of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives approved three “Marcellus Works” bills on Tuesday.

April 11, 2013

OSHA Investigating West Texas Oil Well Blowout

Two workers were killed and three others hospitalized Friday morning in an oil well blowout in the Bone Spring tight sands formation in West Texas, near Barstow.

April 10, 2013

One-Dozen Shale Gas Innovators Recognized by SGICC

The Ben Franklin Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center (SGICC) has named a dozen finalists in its annual Shale Gas Innovation Competition, which will award a total of $75,000 to three winners to be selected next month.

April 8, 2013