Natural Gas

Wolf inauguration attracts fracking protests in Pa.


Eight protesters against fracking were arrested at the inauguration of Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pa., Tuesday, NPR reports.

Bolivian leader begins new term with economic clouds forming

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivian President Evo Morales is set to begin a new term that will make him the Andean nation's longest-serving leader, riding high on a wave of unprecedented growth and stability.

But as he prepares to take the oath Thursday, Morales and his countrymen face economic challenges that could quickly erode those gains and test the 55-year-old leader's popularity.

Obama vows to veto GOP-backed pipeline, abortion bills

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is vowing to veto a Republican-backed bill that would require a decision on pipeline construction within 12 months, as well as one that would ban abortions after the first 20 weeks of pregnancy.

The White House says Obama would veto legislation requiring the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve or deny applications for natural gas pipelines within 12 months. The administration says the bill would create conflicts with existing statutes and requirements.

Radiation exposure not big risk from shale drilling: Pa. DEP

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania’s natural gas drilling does not pose a major risk of radiation exposure even though there is some naturally occurring in shale rock, the state’s Department of Environmental Protection determined in a study, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

House Rules Committee meeting on Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act

Washington, January 20, 2015, 2:00 pm

House Rules Committee meets to set floor debate on H.R. 161, Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act. 

Methane cuts would let industry avoid more rules: McCarthy

The oil and gas industry can avoid future regulation of methane from existing oil and gas wells if it cuts emissions enough, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said Friday.

The agency and the White House this week issued a strategy to cut oil industry methane 40-to-45 percent by 2025, which includes limits on emissions from new wells and processing equipment, under a rule to be proposed this summer and finished next year.

Impact fee helps Pa. towns cope with drilling impact, commissioner says

The Washington Post

Tioga County Commissioner Erick Coolidge told The Washington Post that the impact fee he helped initiate in Pennsylvania has raised millions of dollars for projects that can help communities cope with the effects of drilling.

Bill to speed natgas pipeline permitting to get House vote

The Hill

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission would have one year to consider applications for natural gas pipeline permits, under legislation introduced by Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., that’s due to be voted on in the House next week, The Hill reports.

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Methane plan gets a rocky reception from oil lobby, mixed views from enviros

The strategy the Obama administration unveiled Wednesday to slash emissions of methane from oil and gas production is getting predictable resistance from industry, which is opposed to planned new regulations.

But the proposal isn't being greeted with enthusiasm by environmental groups, either.

They are applauding the move to regulate methane from new wells, processing and transmission. But the green lobby contends the decision to put off direct regulation of existing sources will make it hard to reach the administration's goal of cutting emissions up to 45 percent by 2025.

5 things to know about Obama's next climate move: Methane

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Wednesday announced its latest move to combat global warming, this time trying to rein in heat-trapping methane gas that escapes from oil and gas fields.

The plan relies on voluntary steps and new rules to reduce leaks from oil and gas production by 40 percent to 45 percent over the next decade. In a way, the proposal is an effort to plug what many viewed as a hole in the overall global warming strategy.


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