The Colorado Oil & Gas Association filed a lawsuit against the Colorado towns of Fort Collins and Lafayette that recently voted to place bans on hydraulic fracturing within city limits, The Associated Press reports
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — U.S. oil giant Chevron has resumed its search for shale gas in northeastern Romania amid ongoing opposition from local residents.
In October, Chevron suspended searching for shale gas in the village of Pungesti following protests in the capital and the local area against fracking.
The company said Monday its priority was to "conduct these activities in a safe and environmentally responsible manner." It gained permits to drill exploratory wells in Pungesti in October but halted activity after protests. On Monday, hundreds of police blocked a road to stop residents demonstrating.
The head of the National Park Service has withdrawn technical comments on the Interior Department's proposed regulations on hydraulic fracturing, saying the comments contained multiple flaws.
In a letter released late Tuesday by a House subcommittee chairman, NPS Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said the comments on the Bureau of Land Management proposal were filed without his review and inappropriately included a reference to an opinion column in The New York Times. He said he has asked that they be pulled from the comments on the rule under consideration by BLM.
Wyoming's Supreme Court heard arguments from environmental and landowner groups challenging a state policy allowing the gas industry to protect hydraulic fracturing chemical formulas as trade secrets while state officials and Halliburton defended the measure, The Associated Press reports.
House Republicans and a few Democratic colleagues locked arms Wednesday to tell President Barack Obama that states should be in charge of hydraulic fracturing on federal oil and gas leases.
Indeed, House passage of a bill by Rep. Bill Flores, R-Texas, to curtail the Interior Department's fracturing regulation proposal may make good politics, especially in the West. But it isn't going anywhere in the Senate, and that means states, stakeholders and industry will have to wait for Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to make her next move.
Broomfield, Colo. officials said the voter-approved hydraulic fracturing moratorium within city limits will be subject to a recount after it passed by a margin of 17 votes, Boulder County Business Report reports.
A group of former advisers to California Gov. Jerry Brown plans to send the governor a letter calling for a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in the state until further scientific studies are completed, National Journal reports.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez, D-N.J., said the panel is close to an agreement on a package of measures to deal with the Ukraine crisis, including aid to Kiev and some targeted sanctions, The Hill reports.
Ambassadors from four central European countries have written to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., urging them to move Congress to take action to loosen up natural gas exports in the face of the Ukraine crisis that has the potential to affect their gas supplies, The Hill reports.
The harsh winter of 2014 has seen many consumers slapped with higher electricity bills, but the retirement of coal-fired power plants to comply with new carbon regulations may stretch pocketbooks and power supplies further, The New York Times reports.
A report by grid operator the Electric Reliability Council of Texas says a combination of low temperatures, low wind and high demand nearly caused blackouts in the state on Jan. 6, noting the wholesale price for electricity that day hit the regulatory cap of $5,000 per megawatt hour for the first time, FuelFix reports.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ordered Hilcorp Energy Co. to stop drilling operations near Youngstown after three minor earthquakes were felt in the area Monday morning, The Vindicator reports.
Electricity entering California's grid that was generated from solar power hit a high of 4,093 megawatts on Saturday, setting a record for a second day in a row, according to the state's ISO, Reuters reports.
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board said it intends to investigate an incident Monday at a Tesoro Corp. refinery in northern Calif., where two contract workers received hospital treatment for acid burns, the second time in less than a month that has happened, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The European Union moved to suspend talks with Russia on plans to move ahead with completion of the South Stream natural gas pipeline and a plan to boost supplies flowing through the Nord Stream pipeline, Reuters reports.