Category: Natural gas

Pa. would let counties set gas drilling fees

Gov. Tom Corbett released a plan for Pennsylvania’s natural gas boom that would allow the state’s counties to impose a fee on drilling to help pay to regulate it and fix environmental damage in communities where it is happening.  More »

Gas boom means little space for Pa. flood victims

Pennsylvania residents who lost their homes to Tropical Storm Lee more than three weeks ago are having a tough time finding affordable housing, or any housing at all, because workers in the area’s natural gas drilling boom have filled nearly every room.  More »

Industry adds more voices to gas debate

No longer content to be passive observers of the debate, some of the largest oil companies in the U.S. have begun mounting their own, more forceful defense against criticism of the boom in natural gas development.  More »

EDP Renewables lays off 10 percent of N. American workforce

The Spanish wind energy developer, whose North American unit is headquartered in Houston, had roughly 330 employees in the U.S. and Canada, but it is unclear how many jobs were cut in Houston.  More »

New York law shields park from gas drilling

The state is moving to protect its largest park from natural gas drilling by trying to clean up – and in some cases, extinguish – a legal tangle of private drilling rights, some dating back more than a century.  More »

Q&A: Daniel Yergin found surprises while writing ‘The Quest’

The oil industry historian gives us the inside story on his latest book — and reveals what he had to leave out.  More »

Exxon confident it can book Russian Arctic oil reserves

Exxon Mobil Corp. says it will be able to book oil and gas reserves it finds in an Arctic and Black Sea venture with OAO Rosneft even though its Russian state-run partner owns the licenses.  More »

Groups plan EPA lawsuit over severe Wyo. ozone

Environmentalists said they served formal notice to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in preparation for a lawsuit over severe wintertime ozone pollution linked to gas drilling in western Wyoming.  More »

International law firm looking to buy a Houston firm

SNR Denton says it wants to have a presence in Houston, but it’s not just going to open an office — it’s going to buy an entire law firm.  More »

Sides in drilling debate square off at EPA hearing

Environmentalists and advocates for drilling companies are facing off in a Dallas-area hearing over proposed federal rules to limit pollution at oil and natural gas wells.  More »

Eagle Ford boom brings tricky problems

Truck traffic, high rents and pipelines everywhere a hassle as the Eagle Ford booms.  More »

Oil industry PR reps to meet in Houston to coordinate message on fracking

The conference will “offer practical, commercial solutions to drive forward the industry’s position” through the internet, social media and grassroots efforts, with the goal of presenting a “united industry front” in answering critics, according to promotional materials.  More »