San Francisco to Sue Agencies Over Pipe Safety

Using a citizen lawsuit provision in the Pipeline Safety Act, San Francisco’s city attorney has informed the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) that it plans to sue both of them for alleged failure to “reasonably enforce” the federal pipe law regarding last year’s fatal natural gas transmission pipeline rupture and explosion in nearby San Bruno, CA.

August 3, 2011

SEC Said to Be Probing Possible ‘Overbooking’ of Shale Reserves

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) “recently began serving” subpoenas on producers active in natural gas shale development, according to Baird Equity Research, which cited an “attorney advertisement” issued by Houston law firm Fulbright & Jaworski as its source.

August 3, 2011

EIA: Japan Sets Record for LNG Consumption in Power Generation

Japan, the world’s leading importer of liquefied natural gas (LNG), set a record for using LNG to generate electricity during the first five months of the year in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami, which disabled nuclear facilities in the country, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported.

August 2, 2011

Internal Review Critical of Times’ Shale Reporting Tactics

A New York Times article last month, which slammed the shale gas industry using unnamed industry and government sources, was sharply criticized earlier this month by the newspaper’s public editor.

July 25, 2011

NYT Editor Criticizes Shale Gas Story

A New York Times article last month, which slammed the shale gas industry using unnamed industry and government sources, was sharply criticized over the weekend by the newspaper’s public editor.

July 19, 2011

Pennsylvania Lost $200 Million Without Natural Gas Production Tax

Pennsylvania lost nearly $200 million in state revenue by not imposing a tax on natural gas in October 2009, according a statewide think tank.

July 18, 2011

New York Legislators OK Bill to Prevent Water ‘Overconsumption’

New York legislators have sent Gov. Andrew Cuomo a bill intended to improve the state’s water management, using a permitting program to prevent “overconsumption” by large-scale users, which may include the energy industry.

June 20, 2011

Antero Bumps Up Spending for Marcellus, Piceance

To fund increased drilling in core areas of the Marcellus Shale and Piceance Basin, Antero Resources has added $126 million to its capital budget for 2011.

June 1, 2011

Texas Senate OKs Frack Fluid Disclosure

The Texas Senate Wednesday evening unanimously passed legislation to require disclosure of the contents of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) fluid, “breaking ground that no other state has done,” according to state Sen. Troy Fraser (R-Horseshoe Bay). However, a floor amendment could thwart the bill’s progress.

May 27, 2011

Industry Brief

An El Paso Corp.-operated well in North Louisiana is the first gas-producing well to be completed using all three of Halliburton’s proprietary CleanSuite production enhancement technologies for both hydraulic fracturing and water treatment, the companies said. More than four million gallons of an ecofriendly CleanStim fracture fluid system, which was first introduced by Halliburton last year (see Shale Daily, Nov. 16, 2010), was used to enhance the well, they said. CleanStim is a food-based fracking solution. Halliburton’s CleanStream process was used to treat nearly 4.8 million gallons of water and another one million gallons of produced water was prepared for recycling in the well through the CleanWave system.

May 6, 2011
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