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Oil & Gas Journal reporters rarely write about agricultural commodities. This reporter previously has drawn upon her farm kid experience in the Nebraska corn fields to write about corn prices and ethanol.
For disclosure of chemicals injected into the subsurface during the hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells, the issue now is timing.
US policymakers should not enact legislation or regulations that would either promote or limit additional exports of LNG from the US, a Brookings Institution study issued on May 2 concluded.
The US Department of the Interior released its long-awaited proposal to regulate exploration and development of unconventional oil and gas resources on onshore public and tribal lands.
Witnesses testifying before a congressional subcommittee field hearing in Denver on May 2 said US Department of the Interior efforts to regulate hydraulic fracturing on public land will duplicate measures already implemented by some states.
Al Armendariz, the US Environmental Protection Agency's Region 6 administrator in Dallas, resigned effective Apr. 30 after apologizing 4 days earlier for a 2010 videotaped remark comparing his enforcement philosophy to an ancient Roman army invading a village and crucifying a few leaders to bring everyone else into line.
The US Environmental Protection Agency released draft underground injection control (UIC) program permitting guidance for Class II wells that use diesel fuel during hydraulic fracturing.
The US Bureau of Land Management didn't have to wait long for comments about its proposed hydraulic fracturing regulations.
Abundant US oil resources made possible by new technology potentially will provide significant economic benefits to the nation, but won't make the country energy independent by itself, a new report from Securing America's Future Energy's Energy Security Leadership Council concluded.
TransCanada Corp. has submitted a new Presidential Permit application to the US Department of State for its Keystone XL Pipeline from the US-Canada border in Montana to Steele City, Neb.
TransCanada Alaska (TCA), the state's licensee to build a natural gas pipeline from Alaska's North Slope, received state clearance on May 2 to change the project's focus to a large-diameter pipeline to an Alaska tidewater site for in-state use and for liquefaction and export.
An industry-government group has recovered gas from methane hydrates through a well on the Alaska North Slope in a tightly controlled test in which carbon dioxide and nitrogen were injected and the pressure reduced.
Recent advances in managing human and environmental risks associated with drilling and production operations in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico were brought into sharp focus for delegates attending a panel discussion Apr. 30 at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston.
Government regulators can work with oil and gas producers to monitor data, but this does not eliminate the risk of incidents such as the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, panelists said in a May 2 session of the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston.
New job numbers, crackling with political context, suggest a potent move President Barack Obama might make in his bid for reelection—but almost certainly will not.