Home / Energy / Natural Gas (page 30)

Natural Gas

Railroad Commission picks Porter as new leader

Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter was unanimously selected Tuesday to be the new chairman of the state’s oil and gas regulatory agency. Porter, a CPA who practiced in Midland, providing services to oil and gas producers, royalty owners and oil field service companies, takes over the post from outgoing Chairwoman Christi Craddick. “As Railroad Commissioners, it is our job to ...

Read More »

Broad approach needed to pinpoint earthquake causes

Requiring oil and gas drillers to provide additional data and developing better maps that detail underground fault lines would help state officials — and the public — come to a better understanding of why the Earth is suddenly on the move in North Texas. The ideas came during a sometimes testy meeting Friday in Austin between scientists and oil and ...

Read More »

US oil and natural gas rig count drops by 7 to 868

HOUSTON — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by seven this week to 868. Houston-based Baker Hughes said Friday 642 rigs were seeking oil and 222 explored for natural gas. Four were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago, with oil prices nearly double the current ...

Read More »

Environmentalists upset over court ruling for Uinta Basin

SALT LAKE CITY — Environmentalists and clean air advocates are decrying a federal appeals court ruling this week that upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision not to red flag an eastern Utah region flush with oil and gas development. The groups that mounted the legal challenge to the EPA’s ruling after high levels of ground-level ozone were detected in the ...

Read More »

North Dakota refuses to flinch as OPEC keeps output high

WILLISTON, N.D. – Oil executives in North Dakota, a center of the U.S. shale revolution, say OPEC made a questionable bet when it decided on Friday to stick with a policy that aims to push higher cost American producers out of the market by keeping output high. Here, in the top U.S. oil state after Texas, oil companies have slashed ...

Read More »

Minnesota PUC approves Enbridge’s Sandpiper pipeline but didn’t settle its route

Minnesota regulators on Friday endorsed a controversial northern Minnesota pipeline to carry North Dakota’s crude oil, but left open the prospect of shifting its course away from northern lakes. The 5-0 vote by the state Public Utilities Commission (PUC) grants pipeline developer Enbridge Energy a certificate of need to construct the $2.6 billion Sandpiper pipeline from the Bakken oil fields ...

Read More »

Oil drilling in Montana taps out

Oil drilling in Montana has all but tapped out, according to state records showing that the state has been without a major drilling rig since April. Observers said the inactivity is due to low oil prices, which have also slowed drilling activity in North Dakota’s much more active Bakken formation, though crews are still drilling there. Montana drilling has been ...

Read More »

Lawmakers seek answers about pipeline company’s ‘troubling’ safety record

A group of U.S. lawmakers is questioning the safety record of the pipeline company responsible for last month’s oil spill along the Santa Barbara coast. In a letter Friday to Plains All American Pipeline Chief Executive Greg Armstrong, Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) asked the company to provide ...

Read More »