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Pennsylvania AG Seeks Dismissal of Marcellus ‘Gag Rule’ Lawsuit

Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly on Tuesday filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that Act 13, the state’s omnibus Marcellus Shale law, has a medical “gag rule” that violates a doctor’s constitutional rights to communicate with his patients.

October 19, 2012

Wyoming Well Testing Still Problematic, Governor Says

Even with more cooperation between state and federal officials in the testing of ground water in Pavillion, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead said Tuesday that unilateral actions by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are raising concerns.

October 3, 2012

WSI: Hurricane Season Already Winding Down

The closing weeks of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, which officially runs until Nov. 30, will see what has been a busy tropical season winding down quickly, according to Weather Services International (WSI), which increased its forecast to 17 named storms, including nine hurricanes, two of them major (Category 3 or higher).

September 26, 2012

Environmental Groups Want West Virginia Moratorium on Gas Drilling

A coalition of environmental groups is calling on Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to enact a moratorium on natural gas drilling in West Virginia until the industry and regulators with the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) meet several conditions.

September 17, 2012

Avista Resource Plan: Plenty of Gas Supplies

A combination of slackened demand and robust production will make natural gas supplies plentiful in the Pacific Northwest until 2029 at least, Spokane, WA-based Avista Utilities recently told regulators in the three states in which it has gas and electric operations.

September 14, 2012

USGS Provides Methane Baseline for New York Water Wells

Naturally occurring methane in New York water wells could serve as a baseline to measure the quality of the water supply if and when natural gas drilling is expanded and high-volume hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is allowed, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said in a new report. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to announce any day a decision about whether to allow more gas drilling to proceed.

September 10, 2012

Two New York Towns Take Wait-and-See Approach to Fracking

Two municipalities in upstate New York have decided to remain neutral on the issue of high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) and will wait until the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) issues its report on the practice.

August 13, 2012

BLM’s Proposed Frack Rule ‘Spells Trouble’ for Oil and Gas Industry

The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) proposed rule to require companies to publicly disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations on federal and Indian lands would duplicate regulations already in place in states where BLM lands are located, according to several comments filed with the agency over the past six weeks.

July 13, 2012

Global LNG in Summer Lull

Global LNG prices will be in a summertime lull until wintertime following a price run-up caused by a pre-summer supply buying spree, according to analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Still, LNG markets will remain tight in the coming years as import capacity additions continue while liquefaction growth takes a breather.

July 2, 2012

Global LNG in Summer Price Lull, But Markets Tight

Global LNG prices will be in a summertime lull until wintertime following a price run-up caused by a pre-summer supply buying spree, according to analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Still, LNG markets will remain tight in the coming years as import capacity additions continue while liquefaction growth takes a breather.

June 26, 2012