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Boulder County approves new oil/gas regulations, wades further into legal quagmire

Boulder County approves new oil/gas regulations, wades further into legal quagmire

Colorado Supreme Court ruling last year found local bans on development “invalid and unenforceable” By by Aileen Yeung , EnergyInDepth After being sued by the Colorado attorney general just last month over the county’s extended moratorium on oil and natural gas development, the Boulder Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) voted yesterday to adopt new oil and natural […]

Latest EDF methane study overstates emissions from refineries, NG power plants

Latest EDF methane study overstates emissions from refineries, NG power plants

EDF authors spend significant amount of last two pages of report making the case for more aggressive regulations By Jackie Stewart, EnergyInDepth After spending $18 million on 16 previous methane studies with the stated purpose to “influence government policy concerning…the regulation of fracking,” the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has come out with yet another methane […]

Colorado Democratic leaders tout benefits of oil/gas, urge ‘collaborative conversation’

Colorado Democratic leaders tout benefits of oil/gas, urge ‘collaborative conversation’

“The more discussion, the higher probability we’ll get a solution both sides can live with” By Aileen Yeung, EnergyInDepth At an event sponsored by the Colorado Petroleum Council and the American Petroleum Institute (API) yesterday, Colo. Gov. John Hickenlooper (D), Denver Mayor Michael Hancock (D), and API president and chief executive officer Jack Gerard hailed […]

Texas can’t take for granted all that’s possible because of oil & natural gas – opinion

Texas can’t take for granted all that’s possible because of oil & natural gas – opinion

“Texans benefit when our lawmakers embrace smart policy that allows the oil and natural gas industry to provide for Texas” – Staples By Todd Staples, Texas Oil & Gas Assoc. With 100-plus years of oil and natural gas history in Texas, it may be tempting to take for granted all that is possible because we […]

Scottish independence puts £44 billion in oil and gas revenue in question

Scottish independence puts £44 billion in oil and gas revenue in question

1.3 billion boe of yet to find resources for Scotland are undiscovered Just two-and-a-half years after the 2014 referendum, the prospect of Scottish independence is again on the UK agenda. The picture has improved since 2014, but there are still a number of issues on the UKCS, according to an analysis from Wood Mackenzie. Since […]

New IEA data shows US continues to lead world in GHG reductions

New IEA data shows US continues to lead world in GHG reductions

Forecast to average 73.7 billion cubic feet per day in 2017, a 1.4 Bcf/d increase from the 2016 level By Amber Glenn, EnergyInDepth New International Agency Agency (IEA) data released today further confirms that U.S. shale gas development is spearheading global efforts to reduce carbon emissions. The IEA reports that global CO2 remained flat for […]

“Risk of harmful health effects is low” for residents living near oil & gas operations

“Risk of harmful health effects is low” for residents living near oil & gas operations

Despite significance of findings, report received almost no press attention by Courtney Loper, EnergyInDepth Last month at an oil and gas forum in Broomfield, Colorado, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released a landmark health assessment found that “the risk of harmful health effects is low for residents living [near] oil and gas […]

Exxon filing puts spotlight on Schneiderman’s PR campaign

Exxon filing puts spotlight on Schneiderman’s PR campaign

Bottom line: Schneiderman’s attack on Exxon was always about politics By Katie Brown, PhD, EnergyInDepth New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has been investigating ExxonMobil for nearly two years and during that time, he’s received 2.4 million pages of company documents. Yet all he has to show for it is a company-issued alternate email for former […]

Proposed rewrite of auto fuel economy rules threatens new “gas tax” for drivers

Proposed rewrite of auto fuel economy rules threatens new “gas tax” for drivers

“This will harm national security by spurring more oil imports, rewarding Russian oil companies and OPEC cartel” By Gregory C. Staple, CEO of the American Clean Skies Foundation The American Clean Skies Foundation responded today to pending action by the Environmental Protection Agency to re-visit the post-2020 goals for automobile tailpipe pollution and fuel economy or […]

EPA budget slashed as Trump targets regulation

EPA budget slashed as Trump targets regulation

EPA budget cut by 31 per cent On Thursday, the Trump administration proposed a 31 per cent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency, as the White House continues to work towards eliminating climate change programs and trimming initiatives to protect air and water quality. The proposed EPA budget cuts are a starting point in negotiations […]

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