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The head of the National Park Service has withdrawn technical comments on the Interior Department's proposed regulations on hydraulic fracturing, saying the comments contained multiple flaws.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.
House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif. and top Democrat Rep. Eliot Engel of New York are leading a congressional delegation to Ukraine next week, at a time when more lawmakers are pushing U.S. natural gas exports to eastern Europe and when tensions in the region are increasing, The Hill reports.
Anticipating an increase in oil demand from the latest U.S. and Chinese data, as well as continued concerns over the Ukraine crisis, benchmark crude for May delivery gained 45 cents to $104.21 in electronic trading on Nymex, while in London Brent crude was up 7 cents to $109.67 in Thursday morning trading, Reuters reports.
An official at China's Ministry of Commerce said the government “will spare no efforts” in appealing a World Trade Organization ruling that its export restrictions on rare earths violated global trade rules, The Wall Street Journal reports.
In comments filed with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, oil companies and trade groups have argued against proposed tougher standards on oilfields, with one official with Continental Resources likening the idea to “prescribing painkillers for a paper cut,” FuelFix reports.
Recently resigned Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is weighing requests from fellow Democrats to run against Republican Sen. Pat Roberts in Kansas, The New York Times reports, although it notes winning would be a tough task.
The Missouri Farm Bureau has filed with the state Public Utilities Commission opposing Clean Line Energy's application to be granted eminent domain status for a proposed route for its Grain Belt Express transmission line, which would bring wind-generated electricity from Kansas to Illinois, KQTV reports.
House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton leveled fresh criticism of President Obama’s energy policies after a report from the Congressional Research Service found that oil and gas production declined on federal leases, The Hill reports.