Archive for '2012'

    Norway's Arctic Approach

    December 18, 2012 2:32 PM by NickS

    Norway is taking a phased development approach as it tries to create sustainable Arctic offshore oil and gas projects in the Barents Sea . . .

    IEA's global refining outlook

    December 10, 2012 9:27 AM by NickS

    Most of the interest so far in the International Energy Agency’s medium-term global energy outlook was in its suggestion that the United States could surpass Saudi Arabia...

    Quarterman cites progress, goals

    November 26, 2012 3:04 PM by NickS

    Federal regulators and US crude oil pipeline owners and operators have made real progress in 2012, PHMSA Administrator Cynthia L. Quarterman . . .

    Averting a Regulatory Blunder

    September 12, 2012 4:25 PM by NickS

    Early indications were that the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement avoided a well-intentioned mistake . . .

    A closer look at NPC’s future fuels report

    August 29, 2012 1:09 PM by NickS

    At first glance, the National Petroleum Council’s future transportation fuels report may have looked like a cop-out . . .

    Deficit, tax uncertainties

    August 20, 2012 9:51 AM by NickS

    Deep federal spending cuts and tax increases due to automatically kick in early next year actually may force Congress and the White House to finally begin addressing the budget deficit  . . .

    Lights! Camera! Advocacy!

    August 13, 2012 12:53 PM by NickS

    In retrospect, it was inevitable. Claims made in “Gasland”, Josh Fox’s anti-fracing documentary, were so dramatic and troubling . . .

    Arctic resource contradictions

    August 6, 2012 3:20 PM by NickS

    Arctic offshore oil and gas resources extend beyond North America, experts reminded their audience at a July 12 forum . . .

    What North Carolina did

    July 26, 2012 3:45 PM by NickS

    There was plenty of drama, intrigue, and even some comedy, on July 2 when North Carolina’s general assembly overrode a July 1 veto by Gov. Beverly Perdue . . .

    Delay or not, comments are on the way

    July 16, 2012 10:35 AM by NickS

    The Interior Department announced June 22 that it would accept comments on its proposed onshore hydraulic fracturing regulations for another 60 days. Then it unofficially explained why this was not a delay . . .

    Positive outcome in New Mexico, Texas

    July 9, 2012 11:33 AM by NickS

    Voluntary conservation agreements already in place in New Mexico and Texas have kept the US Fish and Wildlife Service from listing the dunes sagebrush lizard as an endangered species . . .

    State regulation under fire

    June 25, 2012 9:46 AM by NickS

    Can states effectively protect drinking water supplies as more oil and gas is produced from tight shales? That's the core question . . .

    Solving the 'mystery city'

    June 15, 2012 1:45 PM by NickS

    A British researcher was started as he studied a night-time satellite photo of the US when he saw what he termed a "mystery city" in western North Dakota and eastern Montana . . . .

    Frac fluid disclosure disagreements

    May 25, 2012 3:05 PM by NickS

    The US Bureau of Land Management didn't have to wait long for comments about its proposed hydraulic fracturing regulations. . . .

    Wigley sees 2012 opportunities

    May 15, 2012 10:34 AM by NickS

    It was Tim Wigley’s first Washington call-up as the Western Energy Alliance’s president, and he liked what he saw. . . .

    The road to breakthroughs

    April 24, 2012 3:04 PM by NickS

    Occasionally, it’s good to remember that decades of research and development normally precede technological breakthroughs . . .

    Forces behind gasoline prices

    April 20, 2012 3:04 PM by NickS

    Four experts reminded a congressional committee that forces driving global oil markets are still beyond federal lawmakers’ control as the US Senate . . .

    Still seeking a quick fix

    April 10, 2012 3:04 PM by NickS

    The Silly Season arrived earlier than usual in Washington, undoubtedly because gasoline prices soared and many members of Congress felt their constituents’ pain more than usual . . .

    The Alberta premier’s outlook

    March 30, 2012 10:00 AM by NickS

    Alberta Premier Alison Redford wasted no time delivering her message: Her government plans to more actively tell the oil sands story . . .

    Seeking ideal royalty rate

    March 20, 2012 10:00 AM by NickS

    US Sen. Lisa Murkowski believed that oil and gas production on federally-managed acreage dropped, as production grew on privately-held land, because the Obama administration created such a hostile environment . . .

    Daniel Yergin's travels

    March 7, 2012 3:45 PM by NickS

    Daniel Yergin had covered a lot of territory when he spoke at the US Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 16. . . .

    Monitoring remote wellsite activity

    February 29, 2012 3:45 PM by NickS

    A West Virginia University research associate professor has developed a technology to remotely monitor Marcellus Shale natural gas wells  . . .

    NARUC fracing session insights

    February 17, 2012 3:45 PM by NickS

    There were several insights as two National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners committees held a joint meeting on hydraulic fracturing Feb. 6 at NARUC’s 2012 winter meeting here . . .

    NGVs gain ground in some states

    February 6, 2012 3:45 PM by NickS

    Natural gas vehicles may not have much political appeal in Washington, but they're slowly gaining ground in some states . . .

    Behind successful pipeline safety bill

    January 29, 2012 1:07 PM by NickS

    The pipeline safety reauthorization bill, which US President Barack Obama signed into law on Jan. 3, 2012, was a conspicuous exception to 2011's hyper-partisan federal legislative gridlock . . .

    Ohio quakes in perspective

    January 23, 2012 10:37 AM by NickS

    Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director James Zehringer ordered operations halted at a fluid injection well . . .

    And now, the 2011 Watchies

    January 12, 2012 2:03 PM by NickS

    It’s time for this column’s annual awards for dubious achievements and amusing moments in government: the 2011 Watchies . . .

    Challenges for local governments

    January 6, 2012 10:49 AM by leifn

    Many rural US communities facing economic pressures and high unemployment would welcome oil and gas resource development. It can also challenge local governments . . .

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