Category: Energy

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UT Study: Fracking Small Contributor to Methane in Water

Methane, the major component of natural gas, is a key component of the Texas economy. This has prompted interest in the state in a recently released study by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin, who found that hydraulic fracturing has little impact on methane in drinking water wells in the Fort Worth area.


Permit for Keystone XL Issued by State Department

Today, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) and TransCanada Corporation jointly announced that DOS has issued a Presidential Permit, which gives the company federal approval to construct, connect, operate, and maintain the Keystone XL pipeline.

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O&G Information Request Withdrawn By Pruitt

An information collection request (ICR) sent by the Obama EPA, which sought data on methane emissions from existing oil and gas (O&G) facilities, has been withdrawn by Administrator Scott Pruitt. In a brief notice, Pruitt says the ICR is being withdrawn because the “EPA would like to assess the need for the information the Agency […]

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Hydrocarbon Gases and Vapors Threaten Oil and Gas Workers

Between 2010 and 2014, nine workers in the oil and gas industry died of what were initially determined to be “natural causes.” But the explanation was unsatisfactory—the men were young and healthy and had been found dead for no apparent reason after working alone, either gauging fluid levels or drawing samples from oilfield tanks.


Fracking and Earthquakes in Pennsylvania

There is no evidence that hydraulic fracturing has been causing earthquakes to the extent the public and the media seem to believe, but the link does appear to exist. Most recently, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) reports that between three and five “micro” earthquakes in three towns were likely caused by fracking at […]


Bureau of Land Management’s Methane Rule Sunk by House Vote

Last Friday, the House voted 221 to 191 to nullify the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) final rule (November 18, 2016, FR) to limit venting, flaring, and leaking from oil and gas (O&G) operations on public land. The House exercised its authority under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to kill this major Obama-administration environmental regulation […]


President Issues Orders to Enable Ease of Keystone, Dakota, and Future Pipeline Approvals

On Tuesday, January 24, 2017, President Trump issued three presidential memorandums and one Executive Order (EO) that collectively may change the federal approach to permitting and constructing energy pipelines and other infrastructure projects in the United States. Two memorandums overrule decisions by the Obama administration not to permit construction of the U.S. portion of TransCanada’s […]


Energy Plan Released by Trump Administration

The Trump administration has unveiled its new energy plan. Following in Trump’s inauguration theme, “America First,” the plan sets forth the administration’s new commitment to home-grown energy independence to assist job growth for American workers. The plan discusses the elimination of policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the United States […]


Bureau of Land Management Issues Last-Minute Coal-Scoping Study

The Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released a scoping report that is the first step in a process that will produce a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) in 2019 on the management of coal leasing on public land, says the BLM. The intent of the report is to present […]


Offshore Drilling Plan Earns Strong Reactions

The Department of the Interior (DOI) and DOI’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) jointly announced the proposed final plan for offshore oil and gas (O&G) leases for 2017–2022. According to the BOEM, the proposed final plan makes available areas containing approximately 70 percent of the economically recoverable resources in the U.S. outer continental shelf […]