Pennsylvania's official watchdog on Tuesday criticized the state's protectors of natural resources for failing to crack down on oil and gas companies and make the public aware of what it's doing to keep the state's water clean.
Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said the Department of Environmental Protection is plagued by a lack of resources but routinely failed to follow its policies for policing the burgeoning Marcellus shale-gas industry.
“It is almost like firefighters trying to put out a five-alarm fire with a 20-foot garden hose,” DePasquale said in releasing a 158-page audit. “There is no question that DEP needs help, and soon, to protect clean water.”
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From Mark West Energy Partners:
DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 22, 2014--
During the period required to complete all necessary repairs to Houston’s Plant III, MarkWest was able to minimize disruption to its producer customers by utilizing its large, high-pressure, rich-gas header system to route gas to the Majorsville complex in
From the American Petroleum Institute:
WASHINGTON, July 23, 2014 – The American Petroleum Institute will review the regulations proposed by the Department of Transportation today for the shipment by rail of crude oil, ethanol and other flammable liquids and plans to submit detailed comments during the public comment period.
“Every decision in the oil and natural gas industry begins with our core value of safety, which we approach with a foundation grounded in science and data,” said API President and CEO Jack Gerard. “Knowing that more can always be done, our focus is and always has been on enhancing safety by addressing accident prevention, mitigation and response in a comprehensive manner.
“The government can and should take steps to ensure greater safety without stalling the energy renaissance that is creating good jobs, growing our economy and improving America’s energy security. As the regulatory process moves forward, we will continue to work collaboratively with the rail industry, regulators and local first responders toward our goal of zero incidents.”
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.
From the Center for Liquified Natural gas:
Washington, D.C.: The Center for Liquefied Natural Gas (CLNG) submitted three sets of comments to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on Friday, July 18 on the agency’s proposed changes in procedure for reviewing applications to export LNG. CLNG’s comments also addressed the potential inclusion of the National Energy Technology Laboratory’s (NETL) reports on the environmental impact of LNG exports and unconventional natural gas development as considering factors in applications’ approval.
CLNG President Bill Cooper noted in his organization’s comments that DOE’s proposal to only issue final approvals after applicants have completed National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review fails to address concerns about delays in the agency’s review process and the financial impact of regulatory uncertainty. Instead, CLNG encourages DOE to void the current Order of Precedence, withdraw the proposed procedural changes and follow the Natural Gas Act and its existing regulations by issuing a decision promptly after the close of each submitted applications’ required public comment period.To read more or comment...
From the American Chemistry Council:
WASHINGTON (July 21, 2014) – The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement after filing comments with the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management regarding its preparation of the 2017-2012 Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program.
"Responsible development of America’s oil and natural gas resources is vital to U.S. energy security and economic prosperity. Unfortunately, natural gas production on federal lands has fallen steadily, down 43 percent from FY 2003-2013, largely due to government policies restricting access: Only 13 percent of OCS acreage is open to development. No other developed nation puts comparable constraints on its own energy resources.To read more or comment...
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.