Category Archives: Oil and Gas

NGOs Seek to Block Pipeline Development

Last summer I published an article in this blog discussing the fact that many stakeholders were turning their focus to pipelines. With steady supplies of natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale plays as well as gas from gulf states and low prices expected to continue, it is not surprising that NGOs have… Read More »

Pennsylvania’s Plans For Controlling Methane Emissions From Shale Gas Operations

On January 20th Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Quigley hosted a webinar to announce the steps his department will take to control methane emissions associated with unconventional natural gas activities in the Commonwealth. He outlined an aggressive plan he and Governor Wolf believe is necessary to reduce Pennsylvania’s contribution of greenhouse gas emissions.… Read More »

Pennsylvania DEP Moves Forward with Oil and Gas Rulemaking Despite Legal and Political Challenges

On January 6, 2016, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) forwarded to the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) DEP’s proposed final rulemaking package that would revise the oil and gas regulatory program applicable to conventional oil and gas operations (Chapter 78) and create a separate chapter applicable to unconventional drilling (Chapter 78a) in Pennsylvania. As… Read More »

Ethane Storage Hub – Economic Development Opportunities

On December 2, 2015 Congressman McKinley gained unanimous agreement from the House to amend House Resolution 8 to include an Ethane Storage Study. H.R. 8, was introduced by Congressman Upton (MI-R) and is titled, “North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2015”. This resolution discusses the need to modernize energy infrastructure, build a 21st… Read More »

EPA to Require TRI Reporting from Natural Gas Processing Facilities

EPA has announced that it will begin requiring natural gas processing facilities to file Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) reports, although the announcement did not include a timeline for doing so. The agency had been under pressure by environmental groups to add the entire Oil and Gas Extraction Section, including well sites, compressor stations, pipelines and… Read More »

PA DEP’s Latest Revisions to Chapter 78a for Unconventional Wells – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s long, drawn out effort to promulgate new rules for oil and gas activities took another turn on August 12, 2015. On a DEP webinar on that day, the DEP announced several significant changes to its latest edition of proposed rules for regulating the environmental issues associated with unconventional well… Read More »

Ohio Secretary of State Determines That Local Ballot Initiatives Against Oil and Gas Development and Exploration-Related Waste Disposal Will Not Be on Ballot; Citizens’ Groups Appeal

Ohio’s Secretary of State, Jon Husted, has ruled against three ballot proposals which sought to create county-wide bans on certain oil and gas related activities. As a result of Husted’s ruling, the ballot proposals, from Athens, Fulton, and Medina counties, will not appear on the November ballot. The proposals sought voter approval to amend county… Read More »

EPA Releases Clean Power Plan

On August 3, 2015, President Obama and EPA Administrator McCarthy released the agency’s Clean Power Plan, regulations designed to significantly reduce CO2 emissions from power plants, as well as promoting low-emitting power sources and energy efficiency. These sweeping new rules may revolutionize the nation’s power generation system, and will be challenged vigorously in federal court.… Read More »

Stakeholders Focus on Pipelines

With the Marcellus Shale Play going strong after a decade and some speculation that the Utica Shale Play may be even larger (according to two-year geological study conducted by the Appalachian Oil and Natural Gas Research Consortium, a program of the National Research Center for Coal and Energy at West Virginia University, see, it… Read More »