EPA, states requiring stricter leak detection testing, repairs

WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) final rules at reducing methane emissions includes new requirements for finding and repairing leaks. READ MORE

Gas flaring in North Dakota declines by a third since 2014

WASHINGTON D.C. -- The volume of North Dakota's natural gas production that is flared has fallen sharply in both absolute and percentage terms since 2014. READ MORE

BSEE & BOEM: No significant impact from well stimulation

BSEE and BOEM issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) from the use of specific well stimulation treatments.

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Federal judge sets aside BLM’s fracking rules on public lands

CHEYENNE -- A U.S. District Court Judge has made permanent his temporary injunction BLM's comprehensive regulations regarding fracking on some 700 million acres of public lands. READ MORE

Germany bans fracking in low-depth clay formations

BONN -- Germany has imposed a ban on hydraulic fracturing in clay formations, between 1,000 to 2,500 m depth. READ MORE

Third Amazon spill leads to Petroperu CEO ouster, $3.5 million fine

LIMA – A third oil spill in the Amazon region of Peru has cost the job of the head of Petroperu and a fine of $3.5 million. READ MORE

Reliance to drill with strict environmental compliance

MUMBAI, India -- India's Reliance Industries has received environmental clearance to drill eight additional exploratory wells in Block DY-III-D5, offshore the southern state of Tamil Nadu. READ MORE

Colorado study: Methane in water wells due to leaks, not fracking

DENVER -- Methane contamination of water wells from nearby oil and gas fields is likely due to faulty well completions rather than fracturing. READ MORE

Democratic party platform call for 100% clean energy by 2050

PHILADELPHIA -- The platform committee for the Democratic party and its presumptive nominee, Hillary Clinton, is pressing forward a draft that is highly tilted toward clean energy.  READ MORE

BLM delays New Mexico lease sale due to protests

PHILADELPHIA -- The platform committee for the Democratic party and its presumptive nominee, Hillary Clinton, is pressing forward a draft that is highly tilted toward clean energy.  READ MORE

Enbridge reaches $176 million settlement for 2010 spill

PHILADELPHIA -- The platform committee for the Democratic party and its presumptive nominee, Hillary Clinton, is pressing forward a draft that is highly tilted toward clean energy.  READ MORE

Refiners set $425 million settlement to cut emissions

SEATTLE – Department of Justice and the U.S. EPA reached a $425 million settlement with Tesoro and Par Hawaii Refining that resolves Clean Air Act violations. READ MORE

Regulatory News

EPA to regulate aircraft emissions under Clean Air Act

WASHINGTON D.C. -- EPA has issued a final determination that aircraft emissions contribute to air pollution, paving the way for new regulations. READ MORE

Texas sues EPA over new regs for cutting methane emissions

WASHINGTON D.C. -- Texas has joined several other states to sue the U.S. EPA over new rules aimed at cutting methane emissions. READ MORE

Alberta assembles diverse panel to meet GHG targets in oil sands

CALGARY -- Alberta has assembled a diverse 18-member oil sands advisory panel for keeping GHGs under a target of 100 megatonnes by 2030. READ MORE

Methane cloud over Four Corners coming from natural gas sources

ALBUQUERQUE -- Methane cloud hovering over the Four Corners region of southwestern U.S. is coming from natural gas operations. READ MORE

BOEM seeks comment on environmental impact for upcoming GOM lease sales

NEW ORLEANS -- BOEM is seeking input on environmental impacat for proposed Gulf of Mexico Lease Sales 250 and 251, scheduled for 2018. READ MORE

Fewer tremors after restrictions on frac water injection

OKLAHOMA CITY -- After restricting frac water injection, Oklahoma has about two earthquakes a day, down from about six last summer. READ MORE