apress release received today:
PITTSBURGH, Pa., February 27, 2015 – The Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD), a collaboration of environmental organizations and energy companies to encourage prudent and responsible development of shale gas resources in the Appalachian region, announced today that it has expanded its wastewater Performance Standard 1 to address the treatment of shale wastewater at permitted facilities. The expanded standard represents the culmination of a year-long effort by a working group of stakeholders from industry and NGO participating organizations to address conditions necessary for safe surface discharge of treated shale wastewater.
The original performance standard identified recycling and underground injection as acceptable methods of managing produced water and recognized that there was also a need to address methods of wastewater treatment and discharge. For this reason, it contained a commitment that the group would address wastewater treatment by the Fall of 2014. In evaluating water management options, the working group took into account risks associated with long distance trucking, and the fact that outlets for recycling grow more limited as operations mature and begin to produce more water than they can recycle. After examining current federal and state regulatory frameworks, EPA guidance, and available technologies, CSSD’s working group determined that discharge through regulated Centralized Waste Treatment (CWT) facilities would be the most appropriate expansion of wastewater disposal options.To read more or comment...
Pennsylvania anti-drilling activist Vera Scroggins faces a fine and a jail sentence for contempt of court.
A Susquehanna County judge has found Scroggins has violated court orders keeping her from Cabot Oil and Gas sites in northern Pennsylvania.
Scroggins' case gained national and international attention in 2013 when she was barred from about half of the county.
Those restrictions were altered last spring to keep her at least 100 feet from drilling pads and access roads.To read more or comment...
From Czarrizo Oil and Gas earlier this week:
CARRIZO OIL & GAS, INC. ANNOUNCES STRONG FOURTH QUARTER AND YEAR-END RESULTS, INCLUDING
RECORD CRUDE OIL PRODUCTION FOR THE QUARTER AND RECORD CRUDE OIL RESERVES
HOUSTON, February 24, 2015 - Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc. (Nasdaq: CRZO) today announced the Company’s financial results for the fourth quarter of 2014 and provided an operational update, which included the following highlights:To read more or comment...
Some southern New York towns, unhappy with the state's fracking ban. are looking at seceding from New York and joining Pennsylvania where shale drilling is allowed.
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Beset by falling prices, the oil industry is looking at about 50,000 existing wells in the U.S. that may be candidates for a second wave of fracking, using techniques that didn’t exist when they were first drilled, Bloomberg reports.
New wells can cost as much as $8 million, while re-fracking costs about $2 million, significant savings when the price of crude is hovering close to $50 a barrel, according to Halliburton Co., the world’s biggest provider of hydraulic fracturing services.
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From Antero Resources earlier this week:
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From Southwestern Energy this week:
Houston, Texas – February 26, 2015...Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE: SWN) today announced its financial and operating results for the fourth quarter and the year ended December 31, 2014. Calendar year 2014 highlights include:
Record adjusted net income (a non-GAAP measure reconciled below) of $801 million, or $2.27 per diluted share, up 14% compared to 2013 levels when excluding gains on derivative contracts, net of settlements, discrete income tax adjustments and certain transaction costs associated with the West Virginia and southwest Pennsylvania acquisition closed in the fourth quarter of 2014;To read more or comment...
From the Inudtstrial Ebergy Consumers of America earlier this week:
SIXTEEN SENATORS CONCLUDE THAT LARGE VOLUMES OF LNG EXPORTS ARE “NOT” CONSISTENT WITH THE PUBLIC INTEREST
The Industrial Energy Consumers of America (IECA) genuinely thanks the sixteen U.S. Senators who championed a letter to the Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Ernest Moniz urging him to consider the impact of large-scale LNG exports on American consumers and businesses. Referring to the DOE sponsored NERA Economic Consulting study, the Senators state that, “we are concerned with the conclusions you draw from these analyses, which we believe demonstrate that large volumes of LNG exports are not consistent with the public interest.”To read more or comment...
From the American Petroleum Institute earlier this week:
DENVER, February 24, 2015 ─ API urged lawmakers to carefully review the recommendations put forth today by Governor John Hickenlooper’s task force on oil and natural gas development.
“The task force has engaged in a thoughtful dialogue about Colorado’s future as an energy leader,” said API Director of Upstream and Industry Operations Erik Milito. “But there is more to do. State policymakers must avoid creating unnecessary or unintentional roadblocks to the responsible energy production that is driving Colorado’s economic growth. Our industry has a long history of working collaboratively with state and local officials in Colorado to protect the environment and create jobs, and we’ll continue to work with policymakers to ensure the state remains at the forefront of America’s energy renaissance.
“Maintaining a balance is critical. Colorado has comprehensive and robust regulations covering oil and gas operations that still allow industry to support 200,000 jobs in the state. With the right energy policies, we can create thousands of additional jobs, generate more revenue to help support local schools, develop infrastructure, and preserve Colorado’s leading role in America’s energy revolution.”
API is the only national trade association representing all facets of the oil and natural gas industry, which supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8 percent of the U.S. economy. API’s more than 625 members include large integrated companies, as well as exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms. They provide most of the nation’s energy and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 25 million Americans.
From Stone Energy Corp. earlier this week:
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Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.
Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.
The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.
Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.
Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.
No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.
Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.
Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.