New Jersey’s two US senators led an effort to defeat an amendment proposed by Sen. John W. Warner (R-Va.) on June 14 that would have removed Outer Continental Shelf acreage off Virginia from a congressional oil and gas leasing ban.
The US Senate rejected a proposal to give governors a final word in siting onshore LNG terminals but approved a measure authorizing the Department of Justice to prosecute members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries for violating US antitrust laws.
Much of the opposition to drilling on part of the Roan Plateau in western Colorado comes from out-of-state environmental groups, said the Independent Petroleum Association of Mountain States (IPAMS) and the Colorado Oil & Gas Association (COGA).
California Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown May 22 asked officials from the US Environmental Protection Agency for a wavier of the Clean Air Act (CAA) so that California and 11 other states could impose tougher standards on motor vehicle emissions than federal regulators require.
The opening of the 1,663-mile Rockies Express Pipeline system, running from natural gas producing basins in Colorado and Wyoming to market in the Midwest and Northeast, will provide many US gas consumers with new access to cheaper gas from the Rocky Mountain region.