Archive for '2013'

    US Chamber's president sees regulatory overkill

    December 19, 2013 3:19 PM by NickS

    Thomas J. Donohue issued a clarion call Dec. 3 that nearly every oil and gas executive, manager, and supervisor can understand: It’s time to do something about excessive government regulation. . . .

    Energy Secretary Moniz’s urgent message

    December 13, 2013 10:05 AM by NickS

    Ernest G. Moniz quickly got to the point. “The intertwined energy challenges we face today call for a whole range of policy and technology options for their simultaneous resolution . . .

    Colorado uses collaboration, not confrontation

    December 4, 2013 3:01 PM by NickS

    Colorado proposed air pollution rules that would make it the first US state to directly regulate methane emissions associated with oil and gas drilling. . . .

    BSEE Director Salerno on risks, safety

    November 26, 2013 10:09 AM by NickS

    Collaboration will be critical as new offshore oil and gas safety standards are developed and best practices are identified, BSEE Director Brian Salerno declared . . .

     

    Transboundary treaty’s glitch may be fading

    November 18, 2013 11:55 AM by NickS

    There are growing indications now that the Gulf of Mexico transboundary treaty glitch described in Watching Government’s Oct. 14 column might not be a problem after all. . . .

    Will a major opportunity be wasted?

    November 8, 2013 1:40 PM by NickS

    The US oil and gas outlook’s dramatic shift from scarcity to abundance potentially could increase the country’s geopolitical leverage, but its current leaders will need to show they can govern first . . .

    Politics imperils essential data

    October 31, 2013 1:31 PM by NickS

    The 40-year anniversary of the 1973 Arab oil embargo’s beginning has made many energy community members consider progress which has been made – and how many underlying problems remain unsolved . . .

    BC Premier Christy Clark’s energy stance

    October 21, 2013 3:53 PM by NickS

    British Columbia will not budge on its requirements proposed heavy oil export projects must meet, Premier Christy Clark said on Oct. 4. But that doesn’t mean she opposes such exports . . .

    Transboundary hydrocarbons treaty glitch

    October 15, 2013 11:15 AM by NickS

    The federal government’s partial shutdown didn’t keep the US Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee from discussing the pending US-Mexico transboundary hydrocarbons agreement on Oct. 1. . . .

    What California actually did

    October 4, 2013 1:40 PM by NickS

    California now has its own hydraulic fracturing requirements. Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, signed Senate Bill 4 into law Sept. 20. . . . 

    A controversial Utah decision

    September 27, 2013 12:58 PM by NickS

    Two Utah politicians who normally support oil and gas development questioned a decision by the state’s School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration to lease acreage . . .

    Atlantic OCS seismic is imperative

    September 23, 2013 3:39 PM by NickS

    A group of offshore energy experts nearly stole the show from the 2013 Democratic and Republican Virginia gubernatorial nominees . . .

    More uncertainty for refiners

    September 13, 2013 3:00 PM by NickS

    An Aug. 2 federal court settlement the US Environmental Protection Agency reached with some environmental groups creates more uncertainty for domestic refiners . . ,

    No easy answers from USGS study

    September 4, 2013 1:02 PM by NickS

    US Geological Survey research may begin to help public-well water managers identify how vulnerable their systems are to contamination. But its study identified more variables than culprits . . . 

    Oil-by-rail safety inquiries, actions

    August 28, 2013 2:01 PM by NickS

    Railroads and their regulators on both sides of the Canadian-US border have continued to address oil-by-rail transportation safety issues after the July 6 accident . . .

    Fracing’s burden of proof

    August 21, 2013 2:15 PM by NickS

    The observation was one of the few cautionary notes during the Bipartisan Policy Center’s otherwise upbeat conference on the domestic shale gas boom’s implications for the US economy, trade, and geopolitics. . . .

    Wyoming’s water well testing proposal

    August 14, 2013 4:24 PM by NickS

    Wyoming’s proposed requirement for water well testing before oil and gas activity begins nearby could set a pattern for other producing states. . .

    Fine-tuning gas pipeline permitting

    August 7, 2013 11:02 AM by NickS

    Even a law as far-reaching as the 2005 Energy Policy Act can’t anticipate every potential problem with its provisions. That much quickly became apparent . . .

    Overseas rule hits close to home

    July 31, 2013 12:01 PM by NickS

    The US District Court for the District of Columbia’s July 2 ruling vacating the Securities and Exchange Commission’s foreign expenditures disclosure requirement under the Dodd-Frank law was good news for the oil and gas industry. . . .

    More work lies ahead for TAP

    July 23, 2013 3:15 PM by NickS

    The Shah Deniz II consortium’s selection of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline as its natural gas western export gateway moved the project farther along. Much more will need to be done . . .

    Wyoming takes over Pavillion inquiry

    July 16, 2013 1:18 PM by NickS

    Wyoming will conduct further investigations of drinking water quality in rural areas east of the town of Pavillion with the US Environmental Protection Agency’s support . . .

    Canada’s NEB holds safety forum

    July 8, 2013 4:57 PM by NickS

    Nearly two weeks later, it was apparent that something significant happened June 5-6 when Canada’s National Energy Board held its pipeline safety forum in Calgary. . . .

    Lautenberg’s safety legacy

    June 28, 2013 2:57 PM by NickS

    At first glance, Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) did not have as much impact on the oil and gas industry as other US senators before he died on June 3. A closer look reveals that . . .

    Ready and waiting at Cove Point

    June 20, 2013 11:14 AM by NickS

    The US Department of Energy continues to review applications to export liquefied natural gas. Dominion Cove Point LNG LLP is fourth in line . . .

    Illuminating a shady process

    June 10, 2013 4:18 PM by NickS

    To settle or not to settle; that is the question. Whether it’s practical or simply expedient for a federal agency facing legal action to negotiate a compromise so it can use increasingly scarce resources elsewhere . . .

    Taking concerns to Washington

    June 3, 2013 4:45 PM by NickS

    Heavy rain didn’t dampen Western Energy Alliance members’ enthusiasm the morning of May 7 during their 2013 Washington call-up. They had too many places to go . . .

    Gems from Noto’s recollections

    May 28, 2013 10:58 AM by NickS

    Lucio Noto supplied interesting details as he reminisced Apr. 29 about the merger which created ExxonMobil Corp. in 1999. . . .

    Federal fracing research update

    May 17, 2013 1:33 PM by NickS

    Four agencies are moving ahead and continuing to coordinate federal hydraulic fracturing research despite missing a pair of deadlines . . .

    Broader questions at Richmond

    May 10, 2013 10:08 AM by NickS

    Broader questions emerged from the US Chemical Safety Board’s initial report on its investigation of an Aug. 6, 2012 incident at Chevron USA’s Richmond, Calif., refinery. . . .

    Jobs and Keystone XL

    May 1, 2013 10:34 AM by NickS

    During Bill Clinton’s first US presidential campaign in 1992, workers at its headquarters kept focused by periodically glancing at a poster proclaiming: “It’s the economy, stupid.” . . .

    Curbing methane emissions

    April 19, 2013 4:21 PM by NickS

    Fugitive methane emissions from natural gas operations are a significant global warming pollution source which should be reduced sharply, a new World Resources Institute working paper asserts. . . .

    Pipelines and a new Silk Road

    April 12, 2013 12:52 PM by NickS

    Countries in Asia’s southern Caucasus region already have shown they can work together and build long-distance pipelines . . .

    A timely future workforce report

    April 5, 2013 1:16 PM by NickS

    Many people in the oil and gas industry have been thinking hard about future workforce needs. They cite the number . . .

    Overseas efforts enter new phase

    March 28, 2013 10:43 AM by NickS

    American security and prosperity are increasingly, and inextricably, linked to developing countries, a new Center for Strategic and International Studies report says . . .

    Tier 3 and other EPA woes

    March 22, 2013 10:12 AM by NickS

    Gina McCarthy would not be nominated as the next EPA administrator for 3 more days. But an American Petroleum Institute official was ready on Mar. 1 . . .

    Venezuela after Chavez

    March 12, 2013 9:15 AM by NickS

    Many anticipated Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s death from cancer. It still raised significant questions about what will happen next when it actually happened . . .

    Wearing a Taxation Target

    February 28, 2013 11:57 AM by NickS

    Washington’s major league baseball team, which became the National League’s eastern division champion in 2012, isn’t the only group in the nation’s capital which feels as if it’s wearing a target . . .

    A Surprising Choice

    February 21, 2013 11:16 AM by NickS

    Sally Jewell’s nomination on Feb. 6 to succeed Ken Salazar as US Interior secretary was indisputably a surprise. . . .

    Building downstream outreach

    February 7, 2013 1:10 PM by NickS

    American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers President Charles T. Drevna made his primary 2013 New Year's resolution early, and quickly started to keep it. . . .

    Colorado deals with setbacks

    January 30, 2013 3:06 PM by NickS

    The idea that Colorado regulators faced setbacks seems confusing at first. In this context, however, “setback” refers to . . .

    2012’s war of words

    January 21, 2013 3:17 PM by NickS

    Maybe it was because it was a presidential election year. Whatever the reason, words seemed to matter more than substance . . .

        

    Pursuing pipeline safety

    January 11, 2013 9:06 AM by NickS

    The US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is expected to announced new safety regulations in 2013 . . .

    The Iranian Oil Question

    January 3, 2013 12:36 PM by NickS

    From the outset, the discussion’s question seemed provocative: Can the world live without Iranian oil? . . .

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