Natural gas price up on production cuts

Chesapeake Energy Corp. told investors its production cuts are “actually higher” than the minimum of 500 million cubic feet per day it announced in January.  More »

NRC approves first new nuclear plant in 3 decades

The nation’s first new nuclear power plant in a generation won approval Thursday as federal regulators voted to grant a license for two new reactors in Georgia.  More »

Pa. fines Chesapeake Energy $565K for violations

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has fined a gas driller more than $500,000 for three separate violations.  More »

Santorum touts fracking during Okla. campaign stop

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum is concentrating on local energy issues as he works his way through natural-gas rich Oklahoma.  More »

Ohio AG seeks tougher drilling laws

Ohio’s top law enforcer is advocating increased environmental sanctions on polluters in the oil and gas industry and required disclosures of the chemicals used in the drilling technique called fracking that would be among the toughest in the nation.  More »

Point Thomson lease case on tap for Supreme Court

Alaska’s procedures for dealing with companies that buy oil leases but don’t develop them were debated Wednesday in a case before the state Supreme Court.  More »

Feds: Few pipeline plans account for river risks

Federal officials investigating a pipeline break that spilled 1,500 barrels of oil into a Montana river said Wednesday that few companies take river erosion and other risks into account when evaluating pipeline safety.  More »

Energy firm has new wastewater plan for Ohio wells

An energy company has announced a new system for treating wastewater from gas wells in eastern Ohio, where a natural gas boom is underway.  More »

Major gas drilling bill awaits signature in Pennsylvania

Democrats weren’t included in negotiations and were strongly critical of provisions to limit the ability of municipalities to control drilling activity.  More »

Repsol YPF ups Argentine shale potential

Repsol YPF its estimate for potentially recoverable oil and gas in its part of Argentina’s “Vaca Muerta” (Dead Cow) basin to the equivalent of nearly 23 billion barrels.  More »

Oil rises after U.S. supply report

The Energy Information Administration reported that the nation’s crude supplies increased by 300,000 barrels last week, much less than the increase of 2.25 million barrels analysts expected.  More »

Democrats say federal drilling oversight is lax

The report said the government does little to ensure accountability or protect the environment, even as drilling on federal land has increased in recent years.  More »