News & Updates

Poll: Most Californians Support Plan for Carbon Trading Market

December 9, 2010 (San Fransisco Chronicle/FuelFix - David R. Baker) According to a poll released Wednesday, a majority of Californians support creating a carbon-trading market to cut greenhouse gas emissions and using the money to address the state's widening budget deficit.

Tougher Rules Proposed for Drilling Near Delaware River

December 9, 2010 ( - Susan Philips) The multi-state agency that protects the water flowing in the Delaware River has proposed regulations for the natural gas drilling industry.

Arkansas to Require Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Disclosure in January

December 8, 2010 (Platts) - Arkansas will begin requiring oil and natural gas producers that use hydraulic fracturing for their wells to disclose the composition of their fracturing fluids beginning January 15, 2011, the states Oil and Gas Commission ruled late Tuesday afternoon.

TX Railroad Commission’s Active, Ongoing Investigation of Parker County Water Well Complaint

December 7, 2010 (Texas Railroad Commission).Austin, TX ––The Railroad Commission of Texas has been notified that the Environmental Protection Agency is issuing an Endangerment Order for southern Parker County even though the Commission’s investigation is actively ongoing, and Commission staff have made no conclusions about possible sources of natural gas and hydrocarbons found in a water well.

API provides expanded online access to its safety standards

October 28, 2010 (API). As part of its ongoing commitment to encourage transparency and safe performance in the oil and natural gas industry, the American Petroleum Institute made available to the public today over 160 key industry standards

Halliburton to Give EPA Hydraulic-Fracturing Data

December 7, 2010 (WSJ) WASHINGTON—Halliburton Co. agreed to provide the Obama administration with thousands of pages of data on hydraulic fracturing, ending a showdown between the company and the administration that led the Environmental Protection Agency to subpoena the documents in November.

EPA Finalizes Rule - Federal Requirements for Geologic sequestration of CO2 – Class VI

EPA announces the Federal Requirements Under the Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program for Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Geologic Sequestration (GS) Wells Final Rule. The notice was signed by Lisa P. Jackson, Administrator on November 22, 2010 for publication in the federal register.

Halliburton to disclose frac chemicals

October 22, 2010 ( Halliburton will disclose all the ingredients of its hydraulic fracturing fluids on a web site next month, a company exec said today.

ND to have record oil production this year

October 27, 2010 (James MacPherson, Associated Press). North Dakota's oil patch is on pace to shatter last year's record oil production by about 30 million barrels, according to an Associated Press analysis confirmed by a state official.

States split over GHG regulations

October 27, 2010 (PennEnergy). States are split over the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Jan. 2, 2011 implementation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions regulations from stationary sources under provisions of the Clean Air Act.