2015 March-April 

Obama Administration Takes Action on Methane Emissions

Janet McCabe, Acting Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Air and Radiation on Jan. 14 released the details of a new goal to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by 40% to 45% from 2012 levels by 2025, and a set of actions to achieve that goal. Methane emissions accounted for nearly… Read More
2015 March-April 

EPA Proposes Oil Spill Amendments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to amend requirements under the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan to improve the nation’s ability to plan for and respond to oil spills. “Our emergency officials need the best available science and safety information to make informed spill response decisions when evaluating the use of specific products on oil… Read More
2015 March-April 

Senate Committee Hears Testimony on S.33

The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Jan. 29 held a hearing on the LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act (S. 33), sponsored by Sens. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.). The bill is designed to expedite the approval process for LNG exports to countries with which the U.S. does not have a free trade agreement. Sen.… Read More
2015 March-April Louisiana 

Comstock to Spend $161m in Haynesville/Bossier

Comstock Resources Inc. said in December 2014 that it plans to spend $161 million for drilling 14 Haynesville/Bossier shale natural gas wells. In addition, Comstock plans to refrac ten of its existing Haynesville shale producing wells as part of its 2015 program. The company said that, in response to low oil prices, it will suspend oil directed drilling activity in… Read More
2015 March-April Oklahoma 

OCC Updates Public on Seismic Activity Measures

Commissioner Dana Murphy in January provided updates on the latest developments in the Oklahoma Corporation Commission’s (OCC) earthquake response measures. “As I’ve said before, it’s very important for everyone to be kept informed and understand what’s being done,” said Murphy. “At the same time, it should be stressed that additions or changes are possible at any time. We know far… Read More
2015 March-April Texas 

Texas Railroad Commissioner Sitton Sworn-In

Commissioner Ryan Sitton was sworn-in on Jan. 5 as the 49th commissioner of the Railroad Commission of Texas. Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett administered the oath of office to Commissioner Sitton, who was joined by his wife, Jennifer, and their three children. The ceremony took place at the Railroad Commission headquarters in the William B. Travis State Office Building… Read More
2015 March-April Texas 

Spectra to Buy BIG Pipeline

Spectra Energy Corp and Spectra Energy Partners, through their affiliate, Spectra Energy Transmission II LLC, they have entered into a purchase and sale agreement to acquire from ConocoPhillips Company 100% of the equity interests in Brazoria Interconnector Gas (BIG) Pipeline LLC, which owns the BIG Pipeline. The BIG Pipeline is a 42-inch natural gas pipeline in Brazoria County, Texas, with… Read More
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