Colombian Hydraulic Fracturing Moratorium Does Not Block 'Investigative' Projects

Colombia's top administrative court on Sept. 17 clarified that a moratorium on fracking it upheld last week does not prevent "investigative" pilot projects, surprising both oil companies and environmental activists.

September 18, 2019

Exploration & Production , Legislation , Lease Sales

US Takes Major Step Toward Oil Drilling In Alaska Wildlife Refuge

The Trump administration on Sept. 12 took a major step toward opening Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil drilling, drawing criticism from environmentalists and an effort by Democratic lawmakers to put the pristine wilderness area off limits to development.

September 12, 2019

Deepwater , Legislation

House Passes Two Bills To Ban New Offshore Drilling

Neither are likely to gain much traction in the Senate.

September 12, 2019

Exploration & Production , Legislation

Colorado’s Adams County First In State To Tighten Oil Regulations

Adams County on Sept. 3 became the first in Colorado to adopt new oil and gas regulations since the state passed a law that bolstered local control over fossil fuel development.

September 4, 2019

Exploration & Production , Legislation , Emissions

Trump Administration Proposes Scrapping Methane Limits At Oil, Gas Operations

The Trump administration on Aug. 29 proposed rescinding Obama-era limits on oil and gas industry emissions of methane.

August 29, 2019

People , Legislation

Oil Executive Claire Chase Running For New Mexico Congressional Seat

The 36-year-old government affairs director at Mack Energy wants to take on those who ‘demonize an industry that covers one-third of the state’s school spending, health care, and public safety, as well as provides over 100,000 jobs.’

August 28, 2019

Legislation , Renewables

EPA Grants 31 Small Refinery Waivers From Biofuel Laws

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted 31 small refinery biofuel waivers for 2018 on Aug. 9, infuriating the ethanol and corn producers.

August 11, 2019

Legislation , Pipelines

Trump Administration Moves To Limit State Powers To Block Pipelines, Terminals

The Trump administration on Aug. 9 unveiled a proposal that would curb state powers to block pipelines and other energy projects, drawing praise from the oil industry but criticism from progressive states and Democratic lawmakers who said it would jeopardize water quality.

August 9, 2019

Natural Gas , Legislation , Renewables , Pipelines

Ore. Renewable Natural Gas Bill Signed By Governor

Law sets goal of adding 30% of renewable gas into the state’s pipeline system.

August 1, 2019

Natural Gas , Legislation , International , Pipelines

Senate Panel Backs Nord Stream 2 Sanctions Bill

Bipartisan measure that reflects concern over Russian influence passes by 20-2 vote.

August 1, 2019