Category Archives: Oil & gas

Texas Railroad Commission Undergoes Review

Earlier this year, for the third time since 2010, the Sunset Advisory Commission of the 85th Texas Legislature has completed its review of the Texas Railroad Commission. It concluded that no major structural changes were necessary but emphasized improvements to … Continue reading

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Environmental industry news roundup – August 2015

July 2015 was warmest month ever recorded US government seeks to cut methane emissions from oil and gas industry Canada’s Largest Refinery Shifts from Bakken Shale Oil to Brent Crudes Wind Turbine Makers Become Top Stock Performers as Growth Surges … Continue reading

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BLM Hydraulic Fracturing Rule Expected September 2015

This past March the Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released new rules on hydraulic fracturing activities on federally managed lands. The BLM oversees and performs regulatory duties on around 700 million subsurface acres of federal mineral estates and 56 … Continue reading

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USGS Study: Water Use in Fracking

Our city of Austin has seen a much wetter summer than many of us expected. That being said, drought and water use continue to be major issues across the country. The USGS recently released a study on water use in … Continue reading

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Deepwater Horizon oil spill: 5 years later

Looking Back on the BP Oil Spill: How It All Started

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First federal fracking regulations in 30 years

The regulation of hydraulic fracturing has recently been seen as a local and state government issue. After more than 30 years however, the Obama administration has unveiled the nation’s first major federal regulations. According to the Interior Department, the new … Continue reading

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America’s changing energy landscape

Commercial energy production in the United States has in recent years been a mixture of coal, nuclear, natural gas, solar, and wind. Due to advancements in technology and the abundance of natural gas, traditional coal powered plants and nuclear reactors … Continue reading

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Debate heating up over Denton ban on fracking

Last week residents of Denton, Texas voted to ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, within the city limits. This decision drew national attention and seemed to produce equal amounts of enthusiasm and unrest. The next day, officials at the Texas General … Continue reading

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Source of water well contamination in Texas and Pennsylvania identified

The recent US shale boom has spurred economic growth but it has also generated a public debate about whether the hydraulic fracturing methods of extracting the fossil fuels cause water, air, or other environmental degradation. This week, the Proceedings of … Continue reading

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Big changes in Mexico’s oil & gas industry

As the world’s 15th largest economy and 9th in crude oil production, Mexico stands in a unique position to elevate their economic status on the international market after a monumental shift in national policy Monday. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto … Continue reading

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USDOT proposes new regulations for transportation of crude oil

This past week, United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (pdf) and an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (pdf) that seeks to improve the safe transportation of large quantities of flammable materials by rail. The … Continue reading

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Public information concerns over oil shipments

In the wake of recent railway accidents involving crude oil shipments, the United States Department of Transportation issued an emergency order requiring railroad companies to notify state officials of specific route details and oil volume on trains shipping one million … Continue reading

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EPA seeking comments on proposal to require disclosure of fracking fluids

The EPA is seeking comments on a proposal that would require or incentivize the voluntary disclosure of fluids used in hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.” Non-disclosure of fracking fluids has been a hot topic in recent years and people still debate … Continue reading

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DOT issues new guidelines for shipping crude oil by rail

In response to recent crude oil tank car derailments in North America, the US Department of Transportation (DOT), the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued new actions this week. The DOT issued … Continue reading

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Railway accidents involving crude oil raise alarms

The Bakken area is one of the largest crude oil producing regions in the United States. The recent surge of production in the Bakken region is due to the increased use of hydraulic fracturing to access oil and gas from … Continue reading

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