From the Ground Water Protection Council today:
Ground Water Protection Council Report Shows State Regulatory Activity is Increasing
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Earlier this week, Exxon Mobil released a report looking at the risks associated with shale development.
There is risk but it is a more desirable process than other forms of energy development, the energy giant said.
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From Texas-based Baker Hughes today:
The company announced in March of this year its plans to provide complete lists of all of its products and chemical constituents for all wells it fractures using its hydraulic fracturing fluid products, without detailing specific product formulations. In so doing,
"Introducing greater transparency about the chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing process and protecting the ability to innovate are not conflicting goals," said
From the Great Lakes Commission today:
Great Lakes Commission report: Dramatic increases in crude oil production and transportation via rail
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From a press release today by two eco-groups:
Riverkeeper and Scenic Hudson Submit Comments Calling on DOT to Enact Immediate, Comprehensive Changes to Crude Oil Rail Shipping Regulations
New draft regulations allow dangerous DOT-111 cars to remain on the rails for shipment of heavy tar sands crude and do not go far enough, fast enough, to protect the Hudson River and local communities
HUDSON VALLEY, NY – October 1, 2014 – Riverkeeper and Scenic Hudson jointly submitted comments on new regulations proposed by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) regarding new designs and other measures for reducing the risks of shipping explosive crude oil by rail. The formal comments describe in detail how and why the proposed safety upgrades fail to comply with federal law, sharply criticize PHMSA’s proposal for failing to require strict safety upgrades that will protect the public and urge the agency to use its emergency order authority to implement vital, immediate changes. PHMSA’s rulemaking is replete with loopholes and weak safety proposals, including:
“Put simply, these rules won’t stop the next bomb train disaster,” said Paul Gallay, President and Hudson Riverkeeper. “We deserve real protection for communities and the environment—not a rule that defers to the rail and oil industries at every turn.”To read more or comment...
The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has halted Antero Resources drilling in Doddridge County in the wake of a drilling accident.
The drilling was halted near West Union after drilling apparently hit on operating well, officials said.
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From the U.S. Energy Information Administration today:
In natural gas markets, analysts refer to the storage injection season as running from April 1 through October 31 of each year, but these dates are not strict cutoff points. In each of the past 11 years, going back to the first full year of EIA's weekly gas storage surveys, there have been net injections during one or more weeks in November. In 6 of those years, there have been multiple weeks of net injections. There have also been multiple weeks within the injection season when the weekly change resulted in a net withdrawal.To read more or comment...
From Dominion on Tuesday:
Sep 30, 2014
RICHMOND, Va., Sept. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Dominion (NYSE: D) today notified the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that it has accepted the commission's order approving the Cove Point LNG liquefaction and export project and all of FERC's environmental conditions.To read more or comment...
From CONE Midstream last week:
HOUSTON and PITTSBURGH, September 24, 2014 – Noble Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NBL), CONSOL Energy Inc. (NYSE: CNX) and CONE Midstream Partners LP, a Delaware limited partnership (“CONE Midstream Partners”) formed by CONSOL and Noble Energy, announced today that CONE Midstream Partners has priced its initial public offering of 17,500,000 common units representing limited partner interests at a price to the public of $22.00 per common unit. The common units are scheduled to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange on September 25, 2014 under the ticker symbol “CNNX.” The underwriters of the offering have a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 2,625,000 common units to cover over-allotments, if any.
At the conclusion of the offering, the public will own a 29.4% limited partner interest in CONE Midstream Partners (or a 33.8% limited partner interest if the underwriters exercise in full their option to purchase additional common units). Each of CONSOL and Noble Energy will own a 34.3% limited partner interest in CONE Midstream Partners (or a 32.1% limited partner interest if the underwriters exercise in full their option to purchase additional common units). In addition, CONSOL and Noble Energy will own, through their Marcellus Shale midstream joint venture, CONE Gathering LLC, a 2% general partner interest and the incentive distribution rights in CONE Midstream Partners.To read more or comment...
From the American Petroleum Institute on Tuesday:
WASHINGTON, September 30, 2014 – Industry is substantially reducing methane emissions from oil and natural gas production and is expected to continue reducing emissions, according to an EPA report released Tuesday. API Director of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs Howard Feldman said U.S. oil and natural gas companies are leading the charge to reduce emissions by making investments in new technology developed by the industry.
“We’re proud to see our industry’s efforts demonstrated in EPA data that show emissions are far lower than EPA projected just a few years ago, even as U.S. production has surged,” Feldman said. “Creating good paying jobs and growing the economy go hand in hand with our efforts to reduce emissions both voluntarily and in compliance with EPA emissions standards that take effect in January.”
According to EPA, reported methane emissions from the petroleum and natural gas systems sector have decreased by 12 percent since 2011, with the largest reductions coming from hydraulically fractured natural gas wells, which have decreased by 73 percent during that period.
“Thanks in large part to innovations like hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, America is leading the world in producing natural gas and reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” Feldman said. “Industry will continue to be a leader in environmental stewardship as it maintains our country’s leadership position as the top producer of natural gas.”
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 600 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 20 million Americans.
From the American Petroleum Institute on Tuesday:
WASHINGTON, September 30, 2014 – API will submit comments to the Department of Transportation today regarding proposed changes to the rules that govern the shipment of crude oil by rail, which API President and CEO Jack Gerard outlined during a conference call with reporters.
“Safety is a core value for America’s oil and natural gas industry, and our goal is always zero incidents,” said Gerard. “Reaching this goal of zero incidents requires a comprehensive approach. We define this as a three-legged stool that focuses on preventing accidents before they happen, mitigating any that occur, and enhancing emergency response.
“API has devoted the bulk of our efforts to the area where we have the most to offer – mitigation. This leg of the stool encompasses proper testing and classification as well as tank car design. As shippers, this is where the oil and natural gas industry can lead the way and make the greatest impact on safety enhancement.
“Our commitment to safety has led us to build tank cars since 2011 to voluntary standards that exceed current requirements, and we support additional upgrades to the tank car fleet that will yield meaningful safety benefits.
“While tank cars are an important part of the comprehensive approach to safety, there are limits to what tank car design can achieve. Getting to zero incidents will take an equal effort to prevent accidents and improve accident response.
“If all stakeholders continue to work from a strong foundation of science and data, I am confident that our joint efforts to better prevent, mitigate and respond to accidents will enhance the safety of shipping crude oil by rail.”
API represents all segments of America’s oil and natural gas industry. Its more than 600 members produce, process, and distribute most of the nation’s energy. The industry also supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8 percent of the U.S. economy.
Texas-based Magnum Hunter Resources is selling off non-core land in Noerth Dakota's Bakken shale.
The deal for $23 million covers land in Divide County, N.D.
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From ForestEthics, a national eco-group, on Tuesday:
145,000+ Comments on Draft Federal Oil Train Regulations Cite Weak Safety Standards, Call for Immediate Ban on Dangerous Tanker Cars
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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.