Waters

Lower 48 Energy Operators Likely to Benefit from WOTUS Overhaul

The oil and natural gas industry reacted favorably to the Trump administration’s delivery on a promise to reduce environmental oversight of U.S. waters by issuing final rules Thursday that are certain to draw litigation.

January 23, 2020

Lower 48 Energy Operators Likely to Benefit from WOTUS Overhaul

The oil and natural gas industry reacted favorably to the Trump administration’s delivery on a promise to reduce environmental oversight of U.S. waters by issuing final rules Thursday that are certain to draw litigation.

January 23, 2020

Court Blocks Trump Administration Delay of Clean Water Rule in 26 States

A federal judge in South Carolina on Thursday blocked the Trump administration from delaying enforcement of a controversial Obama-era definition of what constitutes Waters of the United States (WOTUS), issuing an injunction making the rule law in 26 states where the 2015 Clean Water Rule (CWR) has not already been stayed.

August 17, 2018

EPA, Army Corps Move to Rescind Obama-Era Clean Water Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday proposed rescinding the Clean Water Rule (CWR), which was designed by the Obama administration to clarify what constitutes Waters of the United States (WOTUS).

June 27, 2017

Inhofe Asks Corps to Confirm Its Limited Role in Clean Water Rule

Two months after the Obama administration unveiled a final rule changing the definition of what constitutes Waters of the United States (WOTUS), a powerful Republican lawmaker opposed to the rule is asking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to confirm by Thursday that it played a limited role in formulating it.

July 27, 2015

Final Clean Water Rule Elicits Strong Reaction From Industry, GOP Lawmakers

The Obama administration unveiled its long-awaited finalized Clean Water Rule (CWR) on Wednesday, extending regulatory protection to smaller upstream rivers and creeks, but doing so against the wishes of the oil and gas industry, manufacturers and their Republican allies in Congress.

May 27, 2015

EPA, Corps Say Rule to Clarify CWA Moving Forward

Officials with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) said a rule designed to clarify the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) has been sent to an office within the White House and is moving toward finalization later this spring.

April 7, 2015
Offshore Fracking Report Catches California Unawares

Offshore Fracking Report Catches California Unawares

The California Coastal Commission (CCC) was alerted Thursday to potential environmental impacts from the use of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) offshore along the Pacific Coast in both federal and state waters.

August 19, 2013

House Passes Go-Nowhere Bill to Expand Offshore Access

The House Friday passed legislation that would open more federal waters to oil and natural gas exploration and production, but the bill has next to no chance of advancing in the Senate and being signed into law by President Obama.

July 1, 2013

Industry Brief

Apache Corp. said operations have been completed at a well at Main Pass 295 in the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico that had an uncontrolled flow of natural gas fluid flowing underneath. The operator detected the flow on Feb. 4 and activated a blowout preventer, but tests indicated that the hydrocarbon had migrated from the bottom of the 8,300-foot hole to a shallower sand formation 1,100 feet below the sea floor (see Daily GPI, Feb. 19). A relief rig was sent to the location in case a separate well had to be drilled. The bottom of the well has been plugged and cemented, and the gas migration has been stopped, Apache said. Management still is evaluating the next steps for the well, which is in 218 feet of water.

March 1, 2013
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