Thursday, September 30, 2010

Natural Gas Pipeline Capacity Increasing In West Virginia

A number of pipeline construction and expansion projects are underway in West Virginia to meet new demands from drilling and production activities. Click to read AP story.

Friday, September 24, 2010

State DEP Forms Regulatory Review Task Force

The W.Va. Department of Environmental Protection has formed a nine-member task force to look at regulations of oil and natural gas drilling and production. This task force was formed to address the recent boom in drilling activity in the Marcellus Shale in West Virginia. It is anticipated the task force will recommend regulations that will recognize differences between the drilling of conventional vertical wells and the newer horizontal wells employing hydraulic fracturing to produce from the Marcellus and other gas horizons. Click to read news article.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

EPA Holding Final Public Hearing On Fracking

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will conclude its public hearing today in Binghamton, N.Y. on the issue of natural gas hydraulic fracturing. Click to read more. This is the final of four public hearings that the agency has held.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Legislation Being Developed Regarding Horizontal Well Forced Pooling

During the 2010 regular session of the W.Va. Legislature, legislation was reviewed with key legislators that would create a new code section to deal with forced pooling under a new horizontal well board. LGCR developed the legislation along with key horizontal well drillers. WVONGA picked up on this legislative proposal, and for the 2011 legislative session the association has developed draft legislation to achieve similar goals. Meetings are ongoing to finalize the draft of a bill that will be presented during the 2011 legislative session. LGCR is substantially involved in this effort.

W.Va. May Implement Two-Tiered Regulatory System For Natural Gas Drilling, Production

The state's top environmental official says West Virginia will likely need a two-tiered regulatory system to properly permit and monitor the proliferation of Marcellus shale and other horizontally drilled gas wells, according to a story by the Associated Press. State DEP Secretary Randy Huffman said his agency's ongoing review of the Division of Oil and Gas also suggests the state needs more rigorous oversight of horizontal drilling operations because complying with industry-accepted best management practices isn't good enough. Read entire article -