News & Updates

Pa. environmental board approves proposed disclosure regulations for Marcellus Shale gas drilling

October 12, 2010 (Associated Press). A set of proposed regulations to modernize safety in Pennsylvania's booming natural gas industry and force drillers to disclose the chemicals they use cleared a first procedural hurdle Tuesday.

STRONGER to Review Oklahoma Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing

October 12, 2010 (BusinessWire) State Review of Oil and Natural Gas Environmental Regulations, Inc. (STRONGER), a non-profit organization whose board is comprised of state, industry and public interest representatives, will be conducting a focused review of the hydraulic fracturing portions of the oil and gas regulatory program of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission against guidelines developed by STRONGER.

White House Lifts Ban On Offshore Drilling

October 12, 2010 (NPR Staff and Wires).  The Obama administration announced Tuesday that companies able to meet new safety standards will be allowed to drill in the Gulf of Mexico, ending a six-month moratorium that had been scheduled to end next month.

Federal Government Lifts Offshore Drilling Ban - But Don't Expect New Wells Anytime Soon

October 12, 2010 (FuelFix - Jennifer A. Dlouhy) The Obama Administration lifted the offshore drilling moratorium a month ahead of schedule but new wells are not expected in the near future. Oil and gas industry officials welcomed the news, but described the lifting of the moratorium as mostly symbolic because it could be weeks or months before the government grants permits for new deep-water wells.

Regulators voice concerns at Marcellus Shale Summit

October 11, 2010 (Oil and Gas Journal - Nick Snow). IOGCC Shale Gas Directors Scott Perry (PA), Bradley Field (NY), Rick Simmers (OH) and James Welsh (LA) spoke yesterday at the Marcellus Summit in State College, PA.

Pennsylvania Marcellus rules protect environment, official says

October 11, 2010 (Oil and Gas Journal - Nick Snow) Pennsylvania has responded to Marcellus shale development by enacting the country's most stringent development regulations.

Marcellus Shale Leaders to meet in State College for Summit

October 9, 2010 (Centre Daily Times (State College, Pa.))trackingBy Cliff White, Centre Daily Times, State College, Pa.). The 2010 Marcellus Summit, which will bring together dozens of experts in natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania,

British Columbia Celebrates the Contributions Oil and Natural Gas has Made to its Economy

October 9, 2010 ( The Government of British Columbia is celebrating Oil and Gas Week for October 10 - 16, 2010.  The celebration recognizes the important contributions oil and natural gas make to the province's economy and way of life.

DOE Manual Studies 11 Major CO2 Geologic Storage Formations

October 5, 2010 (Dept. of Energy) The Department of Energy has released a study of 11 geologic formations suitable for underground storage of CO2. Using data from DOE’s Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships (RCSP) and other sponsored research activities

FutureGen Industrial Alliance Announces Carbon Storage Site Selection Process for FutureGen 2.0

October 6, 2010 (Dept. of Energy) The FutureGen Industrial Alliance announced details of a process that will lead to the selection of a site in Illinois for the underground storage of CO2.