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NARUC study lists adverse effects of moratorium on offshore leasing

February 15, 2010 (Oil & Gas Journal) Continuing US offshore oil and gas leasing moratoriums from 2009 through 2030 would decrease US oil production by 9.9 billion bbl—or an average 15%/ year—and natural gas production by 46 tcf—or 9%/year—a study commissioned by the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners concluded. 

EPA official: State Regulators are doing a good job overseeing hydrofracking

February 15, 2010 (Fox Business News). State regulators are doing a good job overseeing a key natural gas production technique called hydrofracking and there's no evidence the process causes water contamination, a senior federal environment official said Monday.

Colleges add gas programs

February 10, 2010 (The Abington Journal) Natural gas industry proponents have often pointed to one key phrase in their support of the Marcellus Shale play: job creation.

Manchin meets with Obama, carbon storage task force created

February 4, 2010 (West Virginia Public Broadcasting). President Obama met with 11 governors from key energy producing states, including West Virginia’s Governor Manchin.

PA DEP announces 259 Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells Plugged in 2009

February 4, 2010 (Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection). Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger today reported the department last year managed 14 project sites in nine counties that successfully plugged 259 abandoned oil and gas wells.

Governor Rendell: PA Taking Aggressive Action to Protect Public, Environment as Marcellus Shale Drilling Operations Expands

January 28, 2010 HARRISBURG -- In order to protect Pennsylvania’s residents and environment from the impact of increased natural gas exploration across the state, Governor Edward G.

‘Green Machine’ Recycles Wastewater Used in Hydraulic Drilling Process for Natural Gas

January 22, 2010 (environmental LEADER) The practice of hydraulic drilling – which has caused PR tremors for ExxonMobil and XTO Energy – contaminates close to 4 billion gallons of water during dril

House panel reaction to Exxon-XTO merger mostly favorable

January 20, 2010 (Star-Telegram) WASHINGTON — Exxon Mobil’s proposed $41 billion merger with Fort Worth-based XTO Energy was met with a largely favorable reaction Wednesday on Capitol Hill, with one notable exception.

IEA Web Conference on CCS Outcomes from Copenhagen

January 14, 2010 (International Energy Agency). This webinar, presented by the International Energy Agency was held to look at how Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) was featured in the recent round of climate change negotiations in Copenhagen from a number of perspectives.

Department of the Interior creates new federal leasing guidelines

January 6, 2010. Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Ken Salazar issued a new ordercreating the Energy Reform Team.