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Alberta Energy Regulator ready to expand global impact
The Alberta Energy Regulator will take a big leap onto the international stage with the launch of its centre for regulatory excellence.The question is whether this initiative will give the AER the credibility it deserves
Canada Oil Industry Gets $173 Million Loan to Clean Up Abandoned Wells
The oil industry in Canada’s resource-rich Alberta will be on the hook for a C$235 million ($172.7 million) government loan to clean up a rising number of oil wells abandoned by owners who have gone bankrupt. The loan..
Oklahoma's Water for 2060 Produced Water Working Group Releases Study Report
Oklahoma's Water for 2060 Produced Water Working Group (PWWG) today released its study report as part of a review of alternatives for produced water disposal from oil and gas operations in Oklahoma. In December 2015....
Senate approves Zinke’s nomination as next Interior Secretary
The US Senate approved President Donald J. Trump’s nomination of Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) to be Secretary of the Interior by 68 to 31 votes on Mar. 1 as several Democrats joined Republicans in affirming the selection.
US Senate confirms Pruitt’s nomination as next EPA administrator
The US Senate confirmed Oklahoma Atty. Gen. Scott Pruitt’s (R) nomination to be US Environmental Protection Agency administrator by 52 to 46 votes on Feb. 17. The action quickly followed a rejection by 51 to 47 votes...
Senate Confirms Former Exxon Chief Tillerson as Secretary of State
The Senate on Wednesday approved Rex Tillerson to lead President Trump’s State Department, despite a late effort by Democrats to slow down the nomination. Tillerson surpassed 51 votes for him, enough for a simple......
Perry’s Energy nomination advanced by committee
A Senate panel on Tuesday signed off on former Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s nomination to lead the Department of Energy. The Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted 17-6 to approve Perry’s nomination, sending
Oilpatch-friendly royalty system takes effect in Alberta
As the calendar flipped to 2017, Alberta's oilpatch will begin paying the government under a new royalty system that took five months and cost $3 million to review — but basically looks the same as it did before. The NDP
OGS announces new action for SCOOP, STACK oil plays
New seismicity guidelines were announced by Oklahoma Corporation Commission’s Oil and Gas Conservation Division and Oklahoma Geological Survey. The organizations announced the guidelines for the South Central Oklahoma..
Trump to pick ExxonMobil’s Tillerson for Secretary of State
President-elect Donald J. Trump said on Dec. 13 that he will nominate ExxonMobil Corp. Chief Executive Officer Rex W. Tillerson as his cabinet’s Secretary of State. “His tenacity, broad experience and deep understanding
Former Texas Gov. Perry gets nod from Trump as Energy Secretary
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who said he would abolish the US Department of Energy during one of his presidential campaigns, will be nominated to lead DOE in the next administration, President-elect Donald J. Trump....
Trump finalizes EPA selection: Scott Pruitt
President-elect Donald J. Trump has selected Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general and a close ally of the fossil fuel industry, to run the Environmental Protection Agency. "Attorney General Pruitt has great...
Oklahoma Agency Plans to Shut Disposal Wells After Earthquake
Oklahoma’s oil and gas regulator plans to shut some disposal wells and reduce the volume of others as its initial response to Sunday’s earthquake near the oil hub of Cushing.“Other plans are being developed that will...
Oklahoma regulators, EPA order closure of more injection wells
Oklahoma state regulators along with federal regulators ordered the operators of 70 disposal wells to either shut them down or reduce disposal volumes after an earthquake shook northern Oklahoma. The US Geological Survey
Federal government to spend $32B over 10 years on infrastructure
The Trudeau Liberals are swinging open the doors to the federal treasury to push some $32 billion more out the door in the coming decade for infrastructure projects.
Walker Suspending More Fuel Transport Regulations
Gov. Scott Walker has issued another executive order to help alleviate some of the problems caused by the shutdown of the West Shore Pipeline earlier this year. As part of the latest decree, exceptions of certain load..
AER prepares to issue report cards on Alberta pipelines
As children head back to school this month, it seems appropriate the Alberta Energy Regulator is making plans to issue its own form of report card. The regulator will release information later this year, or early in 2017
Oklahoma Orders 35 Wastewater Disposal Wells To Be Shut Down Following 5.6-Magnitude Earthquake
A 5.6-magnitude earthquake was felt across seven different states today with the epicenter located approximately 9 miles northwest of Pawnee, Oklahoma. As a result of the quake, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.....
Alberta Energy Regulator urges firms to step-up detection of pipeline leaks
The Alberta Energy Regulator is urging pipeline operators to do a better job of developing and maintaining programs to discover leaks after it examined nearly two-dozen spills over the last three years. The AER said....
NDP to move ahead with oil and gas incentive programs
The provincial government will announce it is revamping drilling incentive programs for the hard-hit oilpatch, as Alberta continues to overhaul its royalty system. The moves, part of the NDP’s review of oil and gas.....