Regulatory

Lease Terminated for Natural Gas-Fueled NW Methanol Plant in Washington

Lease Terminated for Natural Gas-Fueled NW Methanol Plant in Washington

A Chinese-backed methanol export plant proposed for the Port of Kalama in Washington has effectively been canceled after the sponsor said it would terminate its lease. Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW) notified port officials on Friday that it would end efforts to develop a project. Port officials blamed the “state’s regulatory and political environment for killing…

June 17, 2021
U.S. Task Force’s Early Findings Show LNG Safe for Rail System

U.S. Task Force’s Early Findings Show LNG Safe for Rail System

A task force examining the safety of moving liquefied natural gas (LNG) by rail across the United States said the super-chilled fuel has been transported safely by sea and road for decades, as well as by rail in other countries, but the group noted more research is needed. The task force was convened by the…

June 17, 2021
Natural Gas said Vital to Shrinking Mexico’s North-South Development Gap

Natural Gas said Vital to Shrinking Mexico’s North-South Development Gap

Natural gas could help determine whether Mexico can shrink the economic gap between its industrialized north and developing south, according to a new report published by Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Through his Program for the Development of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec (PDIT), President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is aiming to succeed where…

June 16, 2021
Wyoming Looks to Boost Oil, Gas Jobs in Directing Funds to DUCs, P&A Projects

Wyoming Looks to Boost Oil, Gas Jobs in Directing Funds to DUCs, P&A Projects

Nearly nine months after Wyoming received $400 million from the first federal Covid-19 relief package, Gov. Mark Gordon plans to disperse the remaining $12 million to help complete oil and gas wells and get people back to work. The Energy Rebound Program (ERP), created last November to attract workers to the industry, provides business relief…

June 16, 2021
API, Chamber Urge Biden Administration to Lift Moratorium on Federal Oil, Natural Gas Leasing

API, Chamber Urge Biden Administration to Lift Moratorium on Federal Oil, Natural Gas Leasing

The American Petroleum Institute (API) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce joined Republican leaders in calling on the Biden administration to lift its temporary pause on federal oil and natural gas leasing after a Louisiana district court ordered the moratorium be lifted. Fourteen states in March challenged President Biden’s executive order (EO), which in January,…

June 15, 2021
Despite Midterm Blow, Mexico’s AMLO Still Aiming at Electric Power Reform

Despite Midterm Blow, Mexico’s AMLO Still Aiming at Electric Power Reform

Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said during his daily press conference on Tuesday that his government would work toward a constitutional reform in the electric power sector. “We need a reform so that domestic users, and the poor and middle class, don’t pay more for their electricity than big corporations,” he said. The president…

June 15, 2021
Pennsylvania Impact Fee Collections Down on Lower Natural Gas Prices

Pennsylvania Impact Fee Collections Down on Lower Natural Gas Prices

The impact fees paid by Pennsylvania’s unconventional natural gas producers in 2020 declined by $54 million year/year to about $146.3 million mainly because of lower natural gas prices, according to the state Public Utility Commision (PUC). Since the fees were enacted in 2012, operators have paid more than $2 billion to the PUC for distribution…

June 15, 2021
Federal Court Tosses GOP Lawsuit Against DRBC Fracking Ban

Federal Court Tosses GOP Lawsuit Against DRBC Fracking Ban

A federal court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by two Pennsylvania Senate Republicans against the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) ban on hydraulic fracturing (fracking).  The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania said state Sens. Gene Yaw and Lisa Baker lack standing to challenge the ban on unconventional oil and gas development…

June 15, 2021
G-7 Takes Stand for ‘Green Revolution,’ Resolving to Beat Covid-19 and Build Back Better

G-7 Takes Stand for ‘Green Revolution,’ Resolving to Beat Covid-19 and Build Back Better

The Group of 7 world leaders pledged over the weekend to protect the planet by supporting a “green revolution” to create jobs, reduce emissions and limit the rise in global temperatures.The G7, as it is better known, consists of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the United States. The seven countries in 2020…

June 14, 2021
Federal Judge Temporarily Halts New Oil Leases as Sage Grouse Battle Festers in Wyoming, Montana

Federal Judge Temporarily Halts New Oil Leases as Sage Grouse Battle Festers in Wyoming, Montana

Federal authorities must apply more scrutiny to potential impacts on greater sage grouse across hundreds of oil and natural gas leases in Wyoming and Montana before authorizing new drilling, a federal judge in Idaho has ruled. Magistrate Judge Ronald Bush ruled that the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM), under former President Trump, failed…

June 14, 2021
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