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Monthly Archives: November 2010

CO2 Sequestration Rule Announced

Posted in Energy, Environment
U.S. EPA has finalized a rule governing the sequestration of carbon dioxide, according to this press release.  More specifically:  "EPA finalized a rule that sets requirements for geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide, including the development of a new class of injection well called Class VI, established under EPA’s Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program. The rule requirements are … Continue Reading

Updated Gulf Report

Posted in Energy, Environment
The WSJ is reporting that chemical dispersants worked better than previously thought in breaking up oil spilled in the Gulf of Mexico:  "The updated [NOAA] report finds that of the estimated 4.9 million barrels released after the Deepwater Horizon off-shore rig exploded and sank last April, roughly 77% either was directly recovered, burned off, skimmed, … Continue Reading

Natural Migration

Posted in Energy
This article from the Columbus Dispatch reminded us that natural gas migration is often blamed on oil and gas operators, ignoring the fact that this type of migration occurs naturally in many producing regions:  "Naturally occurring natural gas led to Thursday’s explosion at Darbydale Elementary School, which is to remain closed for the rest of this … Continue Reading

NYT: “There Will Be Fuel”

Posted in Energy
The NYT has an interesting article on energy supplies:  "Just as it seemed that the world was running on fumes, giant oil fields were discovered off the coasts of Brazil and Africa, and Canadian oil sands projects expanded so fast, they now provide North America with more oil than Saudi Arabia. In addition, the United … Continue Reading

Texas: Pipeline Safety

Posted in Energy
The Houston Chronicle is reporting that more than half of the natural gas transmission lines in Texas are vulnerable to failure:  "In Texas alone, more than 25,000 of nearly 46,000 miles of transmission pipe are older than 1970 ***.  Federal regulators warned companies more than 20 years ago to reconsider the use of all pipelines … Continue Reading

Natural Gas Storage

Posted in Energy
The Energy Information Administration (EIA) has released its weekly storage report:  "Working gas in storage was 3,840 Bcf as of Friday, November 5, 2010, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net increase of 19 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 31 Bcf higher than last year at this time and 342 Bcf above … Continue Reading

Short-Term Energy Outlook

Posted in Energy
The Energy Information Administration (EIA) has released its Short-Term Energy Outlook for November, and the projected spot price for natural gas in 2011 is not robust: The decline in prices over the past two months was partly the result of high production, mild weather, and the absence of significant hurricane activity in the Gulf of … Continue Reading

Update: EPA Frac Study

Posted in Energy
We’ve reported previously on the study being done by U.S. EPA on the potential impact of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water (see here, e.g.).  EPA announced yesterday that eight of the nine frac companies that it had sent a voluntary information request had agreed to provide the sought-after information.  Halliburton refused and is being chastised, … Continue Reading

An Accurate Headline

Posted in Energy, Environment
From the NYT:  Obama’s Enthusiasm for Gas Drilling Raises Eyebrows.  "President Obama’s newfound interest in expanded natural gas drilling yesterday surprised many on all sides of the drilling debate, from environmentalists to drillers and even the coal industry."  Indeed… Continue Reading

WV Development Can Go Forward

Posted in Energy
Earlier this week, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals cleared the path for oil and gas development in Chief Logan State Park, according to this article in the Charleston Gazette.  The pivotal question, according to the court, was whether "the statutory provision prohibiting the DNR from authorizing mineral exploitation within West Virginia state parks, … Continue Reading

PA Marcellus Air Study

Posted in Energy, Environment
We’ve reported several times on the emergence of alleged air contamination issues relating to E&P operations, primarily out of the southwest and U.S. EPA.  Not surprisingly, the claim has come to the Appalachian Basin.  The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has released a report on a short term air quality study conducted near Marcellus Shale … Continue Reading