Tag: regulation

Q&A: Small generators pose big challenge to utilities

“Distributed generation” — or power generators installed at or near the sites they serve — threaten to shake up the electricity sector as we know. Attorney Ram Sunkara discusses how the industry will have to adapt to the new technology.  More »

Poll: Public wants action on flaring

The oil industry’s practice of burning or releasing natural gas from wells where crude is the big moneymaker is unpopular in several western states, according to a poll released Thursday.  More »

Methane pollution from federal lands rising, oil boom to blame

Data from the Interior Department shows a huge uptick in methane being vented or burned as waste from wells on public lands.  More »

Oil industry wants 7-10 years to phase out tank cars

Leading oil industry trade groups on Tuesday told federal regulators that proposed regulations to boost the safety of transporting crude by trains need to be phased in more slowly and should not mandate tank cars with extra-thick shells.  More »

Shell, ConocoPhillips plead White House for flexibility in Arctic

Oil companies hoping to find crude under Arctic waters north of Alaska are imploring the Obama administration to ensure new rules governing drilling in the region don’t force them to stash emergency equipment nearby nor block them from using chemical dispersants to clean up any spills.  More »

Producers fighting North Dakota rules on rail safety

Oil producers in the state say the crude oil being loaded on to rail cars is safe, but environmental groups are pushing the North Dakota Industrial Commission to act.  More »

EPA looking at new mandates on methane

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy signaled that the agency may turn to voluntary programs and regulatory mandates in its bid to clamp down on methane emissions tied to oil and gas drilling.  More »

Feds advance hydraulic fracturing rule

The Obama administration is on track to impose new mandates governing hydraulic fracturing on public land by the end of the year, a move that threatens to topple the White House’s delicate balancing act assuaging worried environmentalists while still sustaining a domestic drilling boom that is bolstering the U.S. economy.  More »

Feds boosting oil spill liability limits

The Coast Guard moved Tuesday to boost the liability limits capping how much companies must pay for oil spills that foul U.S. waters.  More »

Administration studies Arctic requirements

The Obama administration is closer than ever to imposing the first minimum standards for oil and gas activity in U.S. Arctic waters, as Shell pursues permits that could allow it to resume drilling in the region next year.  More »

Show them the money; Feds to boost offshore bond requirements

With oil companies boring wells and building offshore facilities in ever-deeper waters, federal regulators on Friday moved to update decades-old requirements to ensure they have enough money to dismantle the equipment once crude stops flowing.  More »

State regulator unveils proposed rules on disposal wells

Facing mounting concerns about ties between earthquakes and oil and gas activity, Texas regulators are proposing new rules for wastewater storage wells.  More »
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