BOEM Extends Two Notices to Gulf of Mexico Lessees and Operators

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management recently issued a Notice to Lessees and Operators of Gulf of Mexico OCS oil, gas, and sulphur leases extending NTL 2008-G04 (providing guidance on information requirements for exploration plans and development operations coordination documents) and 2008-G05 (describing the shallow hazards program) through Dec. 31, 2014. The two NTL’s… More »

MD Releases Health Impact Study

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene released on June 28 its Marcellus Shale Public Health Report to a crowd of 50 attendees at Garrett College.  The report concluded that health dangers from fracking include potential contamination from fracking fluid and increased truck traffic and its associated pollution. The report included a series of… More »

Lawmakers Address Surge in OK Quakes

Researchers from Cornell University published in the journal Science a report on the “Sharp increase in central Oklahoma seismicity since 2008 induced by massive wastewater injection.” Researchers concluded that they found earthquakes could be induced as far as 19 miles from the injection well, much farther than the current range of 3 miles used to… More »

Open Comment Period for CA Well Stimulation Regs

 Calif. Updates Well Stimulation Regs; Opens Comment Period: The California Department of Conservation issued on June 13 the latest version of public regulations to govern well stimulation in oil and gas production. The proposed regulations are available for public comment through July 28 and five hearings will be held later this month in Santa Maria,… More »