Tag: regulators

Oklahoma looks for answers on earthquakes

Earthquakes used to be almost unheard of on the vast stretches of prairie that unfold across Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma, but they’ve become common in recent years.  More »

Pipeline defects lead to new federal safety mandates on Keystone XL

Safety regulators have quietly placed two extra conditions on construction of TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL oil pipeline after learning of potentially dangerous construction defects involving the southern leg of the Canada-to-Texas project.  More »

Texans shaken by quakes demand halt on injection wells (video)

Residents of a North Texas town that has been shaken by a rash of earthquakes descended on a meeting of state regulators Tuesday and called for a moratorium on nearby injection wells.  More »

Trio of Texas universities win bid to launch offshore safety center

Three Texas universities will launch a new safety institute designed to help offshore drilling regulators keep pace with rapidly evolving technology for extracting oil and gas from the sea floor, Interior Department officials announced Thursday.  More »

Leaked proposal irks both oil and ethanol groups

The Obama administration isn’t giving U.S. refiners enough “wiggle room” to comply with federal renewable fuel mandates, the oil industry’s leading trade group said Thursday.  More »

ConocoPhillips, Noble among first targets of Colorado fracking rule

Colorado oil and gas regulators are scheduled to take their first enforcement measures later this month against companies that fail to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing.  More »

Citations pending for California nuclear plant flaw

Federal regulators announced Monday they are considering slapping a California utility with two violations for problems that eventually led to the permanent closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant.  More »

Claims from pipeline blast will reach $565M, utility says

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. expects to pay a total of $565 million in legal settlements and other claims from a deadly 2010 gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area suburb, the utility said.  More »

Black Elk Energy: Fatal fire hit finances, production

Houston-based Black Elk Energy said Thursday it was still dealing with economic fallout from last year’s fatal explosion at one of its Gulf of Mexico production platforms, even as federal investigators continue to probe the company’s overall safety.  More »

Kansas regulators considering new fracking rules

Kansas utility regulators are considering new rules to require oil and natural gas companies to disclose some information about the chemicals they use in hydraulic fracturing, but representatives of an environmental group said Monday that the regulations wouldn’t go far enough.  More »

Top offshore drilling regulator stepping down

The nation’s top offshore drilling regulator is set to step down later this year, just as the federal government drafts new rules to boost the safety of coastal oil exploration.  More »

Feds launch new offshore safety institute

Three years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster put a new focus on the risks of offshore drilling, the Interior Department on Wednesday announced it would create a new institute focused on boosting the safety of coastal oil and gas development.  More »
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