Category: Politics/Policy

Study documents fish kill from hydraulic fracturing fluid

Hydraulic fracturing fluids from nearby natural gas wells probably caused endangered fish in a Kentucky creek to die off, according to two federal agencies that studied the 2007 incident.  More »

Feds net $102.4 million in Gulf lease sale

Dozens of companies submitted $144.6 million in bids to drill in the Gulf of Mexico during a government auction Wednesday, guided by fresh seismic research offering new hints about oil and gas that could lurk underground. BP skipped out on the sale because it is suspended from new government contracts.  More »

Feds to collect info on ‘near misses’ offshore

The federal government on Wednesday moved to fill a major gap in overseeing the safety of offshore oil and gas development, by pledging to develop a system for tracking near-miss incidents that could be a harbinger of bigger problems.  More »

Western Gulf lease sale draws tepid interest

The federal government will open bids from a dozen companies seeking new drilling leases in the western Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday. But none of them will be from BP, which is suspended from new government contracts in connection with the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.  More »

New oil and gas chief named at Energy Department

A natural gas industry veteran is set to oversee oil and natural gas issues at the Energy Department.  More »

New groups join battle over drilling on public lands

A new Colorado-based group launched Monday with the aim of countering the oil industry’s pro-drilling message in the West. It is the latest entry in a state rapidly becoming a battleground for oil and gas development.  More »

Oil companies and environmentalists ask for changes in feds’ fracturing rule

Oil companies, environmentalists, hunters and Texas regulators are weighing in on new federal mandates proposed for hydraulic fracturing and drilling on public lands. Here is a sampling of some of the submissions, as the deadline for filing public comments approaches.  More »

Proposed fracturing rules draw dueling commentary

As Friday’s deadline for commenting approached, various interests offered opinions on proposed rules for hydraulic fracturing on federal land.  More »

Protesters to target Obama with anti-fracking demonstrations

President Barack Obama will be greeted with a panoply of protesters and picketers during his trip to upstate New York on Thursday and Friday.  More »

Mexico seeks tax similar to Brazil for private oil producers

The government plans to significantly reduce oil-drilling royalties paid by Pemex as the oil company is known, as soon as an overall energy overhaul is approved, Mexico’s deputy finance director for revenue told Bloomberg News.  More »

Feds push stricter rules for offshore production systems

The Obama administration on Wednesday proposed a rule to tighten standards for oil and gas production systems used offshore, in a bid to keep pace with the industry’s march into deeper waters and more challenging terrain.  More »

Report: Fracking not endangering W.Va. air quality

A state study says no new rules are needed to protect West Virginia’s air quality from natural gas drilling.  More »