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Monthly Archives: March 2011

Ohio Potential

Posted in Energy
The Plain Dealer has an interesting article on the potential for Ohio oil and gas resources and proposed legislation for drilling on state lands.  "Ohio’s new governor proposed leasing park land in his biennial budget and both the Ohio House and Senate have bills in the hopper that could authorize the state Department of Natural … Continue Reading

WV Task Force Report

Posted in Energy
The Register-Herald is reporting that a task force consisting of members from the Bipartisan Policy Center and the American Clean Skies Foundation recently issued a report on the benefits of domestic natural gas production, but recognizing the need for reasonable regulation… Continue Reading

CA GHG Law Put on Hold

Posted in Environment
The LAT is reporting that a court has delayed implementation of California’s greenhouse gas law, finding that the governing agency had failed to properly evaluate alternatives:  "In a 35-page decision, Judge Ernest H. Goldsmith said the Air Resources Board had failed to consider public comments on the proposed measures before adopting the plan, which affects … Continue Reading

Columbus CNG Station

Posted in Energy, Environment
The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that the city will be constructing a CNG fueling station, to be open to the public by October.  "The city of Columbus is among those helping to change that. The city is building a CNG fueling station at its fuel center on Groves Road and hopes to open it to … Continue Reading

Natural Gas – The Alternative Energy

Posted in Energy, Environment
The NYT has an interesting article on the likely increased use of natural gas worldwide.  "Still, with the global demand for energy expected to grow by double digits in coming decades, analysts are anticipating a new boom in gas consumption. Given the growing concerns about nuclear power and the constraints on carbon emissions, one bank, … Continue Reading

Marcellus: The Origins

Posted in Energy
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has an interesting article on the start of the Marcellus shale boom.  "But a convergence of Wall Street interests, corporate money and academia helped transform Marcellus almost overnight from rock to rock star, spurring predictions of a natural gas bounty in the U.S. and unleashing a massive land rush across the commonwealth."  … Continue Reading

Lesson: The Science Matters

Posted in Energy, Environment
That’s the message from the Texas Railroad Commission (RRC) to U.S. EPA, according to this article in the WSJ.  After exonerating Range Resources from claims that its operations had contaminated nearby drinking water wells, one RRC Commissioner observed:  "‘This is an example of overreaching at its worst,’ said Michael Williams, one of three elected commissioners who … Continue Reading

Haynesville Top Shale Producer

Posted in Energy
The Houston Chronicle is reporting that the Haynesville Shale has become the largest producing natural gas shale formation in the country.  "The U.S. Energy Information Administration said the Louisiana find, which experts say could have up to 39 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, overtook Barnett’s volumes by mid-February even after the Texas site recovered … Continue Reading

House Moves to Limit EPA GHG Authority

Posted in Energy, Environment
The NYT is reporting that a House panel has voted to limit U.S. EPA’s authority over greenhouse gas emissions:  "Moving on a central tenet of the Republican energy and environment platform, a House committee on Tuesday approved a measure to halt the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed program to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Republican leaders promised … Continue Reading

Rail Resurgence?

Posted in Energy
Bloomberg is reporting that there is a resurgence in the use of railroads to transport oil produced out of the Bakken and Three Forks shales (see here – http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9LUG0RG0.htm).  "Trains have quickly become a huge part in hauling crude from North Dakota’s oil patch with producers shipping barrels to more profitable markets not served by … Continue Reading

Article on Potential Ohio Development

Posted in Energy
The Dayton Daily News has an interesting article on potential development in Ohio.  "The major new target is what geologists call the Utica Shale, a deep rock formation beneath eight states with untapped potential here. Speculation runs high that it could amount to a major deposit."… Continue Reading

This is Cool

Posted in Energy
According to this article in the Herald-Dispatch, West Virginia geologists have created an interactive online map of the Marcellus Shale.  "The map shows completed and permitted well sites, thickness and depth of shale, and other information. It also has a list of frequently asked questions." You can access the map here… Continue Reading

PA Rebuts Radiation Claim

Posted in Energy, Environment
We noted earlier the articles recently published by the NYT regarding shale development, including the claim that it involved the discharge of radioactive wastewater in PA (see here).  Well, you would think they would have waited for the facts – right after those articles came out, the PA Department of Environmental Protection announced the results of … Continue Reading

Ohio EPA Proposed Budget 2012-2013

Posted in Environment
The Ohio Governor’s proposed budget was released yesterday, including the proposed two-year budget for Ohio EPA and the Ohio Environmental Review Appeals Commission (ERAC).  The proposed budget outlines the Governor’s environmental objectives/priorities as well as provides some clue as to where the Governor wants and does not want to spend money.  Overall, Ohio EPA’s funding … Continue Reading

“Personal Injury” Insurance Coverage for CERCLA Clean-up Costs?

Posted in Environment
Relying on an interpretation of Washington State Law, the federal district court for the eastern district of Washington opens the door for potential coverage of CERCLA clean up costs under the "personal injury" section of a CGL policy.  The decision may be significant because pollution exclusion clauses generally do not apply to personal injury coverage.  The opinion, … Continue Reading

DRBC Hearings

Posted in Energy
We noted previously the regulatory proposals of the Delaware River Basin Commission (see, e.g., here).  Hearings on those proposals have started and have generated quite a bit of coverage.  If you are interested – DRBC gas regs not popular, on either side of the natural gas drilling debate; Delaware River Basin Commission listens as it … Continue Reading

NYT Articles

Posted in Energy
The NYT recently had a series of articles on E&P operations.  Notice a trend? Is Natural Gas Good, or Just Less Bad? Regulation Lax as Gas Wells’ Tainted Water Hits Rivers Toxic Contamination From Natural Gas Wells The follow up NYT article – perhaps illustrating the purpose of the earlier ones:  Pressure Grows for Answers on … Continue Reading