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Why the Marcellus and Utica are paying close attention to Norman Bay

FERC, Norman C. Bay

Norman C. Bay just resigned as chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), leaving a mess behind him. This is the entity that controls the power to approve contested electric transmission lines, natural gas pipelines and utility plans. He resigned after President Trump promoted Cheryl A. LeFleur to chair the commission. Now, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, FERC doesn’t have ...

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TransCanada receives approval for two Marcellus area pipelines

TransCanada Marcellus Utica pipeline projects

The executive order that gave TransCanada the go ahead to pursue completion of the Keystone XL Pipeline stole the spotlight from two smaller, but still substantial pipeline projects received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). A TransCanada press release announced the approval for the construction of the Leach XPress and RayneXPress projects. Both will provide natural gas from the ...

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Will Trump’s policies affect drilling or pipelines?

Oil field, Lost Hills, California (Image: Vincent Lammin) flickr

The election of Donald Trump has thrilled many people across the West’s oil and gas industry who say his promises to roll back regulations will free it from unfair and unnecessary obstacles imposed by President Obama, including drilling in the Western part of the United States. As California “If the Trump administration does nothing but stop being hostile to us, we’ll ...

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Settlement reached in damages from Exxon’s Yellowstone spill

Yellowstone River, oil spill, Montana

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Exxon Mobil Corp. will pay $12 million for environmental damages caused by a pipeline break that spilled 63,000 gallons (238,474 liters) of crude into Montana’s Yellowstone River and prompted a national debate over lax pipeline safety rules, officials said Wednesday. The payment settles claims from the U.S. and state governments that the 2011 spill harmed natural ...

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Top Eagle Ford news stories: April 8-15

Eagle Ford news

A variety of headlines hit the site this week. Trade, tragedies, theft and more. Take a look at the top Eagle Ford news stories from the past week. 5.) Stricter offshore drilling rules issued, upsetting industry NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Obama administration issued new rules Thursday to make oil and natural gas offshore drilling equipment safer and to reduce ...

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Michigan wants risk analysis about St Clair River pipelines

St. Clair River, Michigan, lawmakers, oil, piping

MARYSVILLE, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan wants the federal government to request a comprehensive risk analysis about several pipelines under the St. Clair River. The request was included in the state’s comments announced Thursday about proposed issuance of a presidential permit to Plains LPG Services that officials say could allow two St. Clair River pipelines built in 1918 ...

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Gas line explosions bring new safety proposal

Gas line explosions bring new safety proposal

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. officials moved Thursday to strengthen safety rules for the nation’s 300,000-mile network of natural gas transmission pipelines in response to numerous fiery accidents, including a 2010 California explosion that killed eight people and injured more than 50. The Department of Transportation proposal would expand inspection and repair rules to include lines in some rural areas ...

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Lawmakers: Delay permit for piping oil beneath St. Clair River

St. Clair River, Michigan, lawmakers, oil, piping

DETROIT (AP) — Two members of Congress want the Obama administration to put the brakes on a move to allow piping of crude oil beneath the St. Clair River through lines that are nearly a century old. Houston-based Plains LPG is applying to move the oil through two pipelines that run from Marysville, Michigan, to Canada. Because they cross an ...

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Marcellus and Utica remain on top at the bottom of 2015

The Burning of the Sky (Image: Justin Vidamo)

Some toast to new beginnings, others toast to new resolutions, but the Marcellus and Utica shales will be toasting the past four years as the clock ticks into 2016 on Friday.  Together, the two oil plays account for 85 percent of U.S. natural gas production growth since 2012 according to the Drilling Productivity Report (DPR) the Energy Information Administration (EIA) ...

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