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Lawmakers Question EPA Chief on Fracking Study

Republican leaders on the House Energy and Commerce Committee have asked U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy to explain how the agency’s forays into three controversial sites will affect its comprehensive study of hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

August 1, 2013

Kansas Regulators Eye Fracking Chemical Disclosure Rules

Kansas state regulators have proposed a set of rules requiring oil and natural gas drilling companies to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing (fracking). A public hearing by the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) will he held Aug. 15 to review the draft rules as part of a 60-day public comment period now under way.

July 24, 2013
Colorado Readies E&P Groundwater Monitoring Project

Colorado Readies E&P Groundwater Monitoring Project

Colorado regulators and exploration and production companies (E&P) are working together to advance a new groundwater monitoring program that would monitor data at existing drilling sites and drinking water wells in one of the most heavily drilled areas of the state, Weld County.

June 27, 2013

Onshore Drillers Trending Toward Fast-Moving, AC Rigs

Efficiencies have made the onshore rig count not as relevant a data point as it once was, but digging deeper into the data shows what types of rigs are gaining favor and why, according to Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. (TPH).

June 24, 2013

Pre-Drill Methane Found in Pennsylvania Water Wells

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said it found naturally occurring dissolved methane at several household wells used for drinking water in Sullivan County, PA, during pre-drill baseline testing at sites not near existing oil and gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale.

June 24, 2013

USGS Finds Methane in Pennsylvania Water Wells Before Drilling

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said it found naturally occurring dissolved methane at several household wells used for drinking water in Sullivan County, PA, during pre-drill baseline testing at sites not near existing oil and gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale.

June 21, 2013

Natural Resource Partners Enters Bakken with Abraxas Deal

Natural Resource Partners LP (NRP) is buying nonoperated working interests in Bakken/Three Forks producing oil and gas properties from Abraxas Petroleum Corp. for $35.3 million in cash, marking its entry into the Bakken Shale.

June 18, 2013
New Mexico Pit Rule Changes Agreeable to Industry

New Mexico Pit Rule Changes Agreeable to Industry

While critics and environmental activists are unhappy, the oil and natural gas industry is celebrating long-awaited changes in New Mexico’s rules for disposal of drilling waste known as the “pit rule.”

June 13, 2013

New Brunswick’s Shale Opportunities Strong, but Support Slipping

New Brunswick could see C$13 million in development for every shale gas well drilled in the province, opening up opportunities for the province to prosper, according to an analysis by Deloitte. However, a recent poll found that critics of development are gaining support.

June 13, 2013

Mandated Natural Gas Price Tests Take Toll on U.S. E&Ps

Sharply lower natural gas prices year/year in 2012, used under required 12-month average price tests, resulted in significant negative revisions for many domestic gas- and liquids-weighted producers, which rendered some current projects uneconomic and pushed a boat load of proved undeveloped reserves (PUD) out of the five-year development window, according to an analysis by Fitch Ratings.

June 3, 2013
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