Environmental complaints about drillers and fracking – including methane emissions, burning excess gas by flaring and water contamination – are being addressed by advances in technology, The Wall Street Journal reports.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — An uncommon partnership between oil and gas companies and some environmental groups has accepted its first application for a certification program aimed at promoting voluntary but tough new standards in addition to existing government regulations on drilling in the Marcellus Shale.
The Pittsburgh-based Center for Sustainable Shale said Thursday one drilling company, which was not identified, has submitted an application to be certified. Director Susan LeGros said an independent audit of the company is scheduled for early June.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Pennsylvania appeals court appeared skeptical of gas drilling rules that would limit what "trade secrets" the industry must share after a spill.
Pennsylvania is trying to update 20-year-old laws to oversee the drilling boom in the Marcellus Shale. But the state's high court last year threw out much of the industry-friendly regulations passed in 2012, which would have limited local oversight of drilling operations.
In Commonwealth Court arguments Wednesday, President Judge Dan Pellegrini asked whether drilling companies alone should know what chemicals are "in the secret sauce" used in the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, process. Millions of gallons of fluids are forced into the earth in fracking to break through the shale. Under the existing law, companies must disclose the chemicals involved, but can make exceptions for what they deem trade secrets.
General Electric was set to break ground in Oklahoma City Monday on a new technology center, where it intends to work with partner Devon Energy to improve drilling equipment and technology, FuelFix reports.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The panel that regulates the Texas oil and gas industry is waiting for more information before will accept that there are any links between increased seismic activity and drilling activity — especially hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, its executive director told lawmakers on Monday.
The Texas Railroad Commission was reviewing how it regulates wells used for storing wastewater from drilling, Milton Rister, the commission's executive director, told the Texas House Subcommittee on Seismic Activity.
Rister declined to offer specifics and gave a warning to the lawmakers.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection thinks it is doing a good job regulating the biggest gas drilling boom in the nation, but environmental groups say that a new state report is far too optimistic.
The DEP report issued this week claims that Pennsylvania is a "world class leader" in regulating oil and gas production and balancing economic and environmental needs.
That's hardly the case, said Delaware Riverkeeper Maya K. van Rossum.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Some North Carolina lawmakers want to give a state panel three more months to finalize regulations for energy exploration like fracking before the rules reach the legislature next year for final review.
A study committee recommended on Thursday a bill to extend the deadline for the panel developing oil and natural gas rules from Oct. 1 to Jan. 1. The measure also would streamline the process once rules are settled before they can be implemented. Lawmakers have the chance to reject those rules.
The Environmental Protection Agency has sent its suggested blending mandate for the long-delayed 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard to the Office of Management and Budget without dropping hints about what’s in the proposal, which will now be reviewed by the White House and other federal agencies, and Platts suggests a final decision may not even be made public until after the November election.
Even with Russia sending a convoy of trucks into Ukraine Friday, oil prices continued to decline as there’s been no evidence of any disruption in supply. U.S. benchmark crude for October delivery slipped 31 cents to settle at $93.65 a barrel on the Nymex, a drop of 3.9 percent on the week, while in London Brent crude ended 34 cents lower at $102.29, Reuters reports.
The non-profit group Sky Truth has created a global interactive map displaying natural gas flaring – in the U.S. showing concentrated activity in the Bakken, Eagle Ford and Marcellus Shale plays -- while environmental advocate Earthworks has released a report entitled Up in Flames that contains extensive statistics, stating, for example, that flaring in the Bakken increased five-fold between 2010 and 2013, according to National Journal.
Approval for power transmission projects like Gateway West and the TransWest Express is taking the federal government far too long, Wyoming Infrastructure Authority chairman Mike Easley told Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Thursday, The Associated Press reports.
California territory in “severe” drought dropped slightly to 97.5 percent this week due to above normal rainfall in the south, but that hasn’t helped boost low reservoir levels, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Lawyers for the Kurdistan Regional Government appeared before U.S. District Judge Gray Miller Friday, asking him to throw out a previous order from a magistrate -- which had been issued at the behest of the Iraqi government -- allowing U.S. marshals to seize any crude unloaded from a tanker that's been anchored off Galveston for weeks, FuelFix reports.
According to filings with the Federal Election Commission this week, NextGen Climate Action Committee took in $8 million in July but $7.5 million of that came from founder Tom Steyer, Politico reports.
The California Senate approved and sent to Governor Jerry Brown a bill to streamline the solar permit process, intended to make it easier and quicker for homeowners to get solar power installations up and running, according to LBReport.com.
A burdensome approval process and delays in the city’s Department of Water and Power in getting customers hooked up to the grid is putting a damper on solar power installations in L.A., the Los Angeles Times reports.