EPA acts on a natural gas drilling groundwater case

Michael Giberson From the EPA news release: (DALLAS – December 7, 2010) Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ordered a natural gas company in Forth Worth, Texas, to take immediate action to protect homeowners living near one of its drilling operations who have complained about flammable and bubbling drinking water coming out of … More EPA acts on a natural gas drilling groundwater case

Speed blogging

Michael Giberson Speed blogging = copying a Zetland trope so I can clear these items off my “to blog” list: Robert Rapier on the Renewable Fuels Association‘s wild efforts to hold onto all possible subsidy and policy advantages that it can grab.  Elsewhere, the Wall Street Journal reports the emergence of a left-right coalition in … More Speed blogging

What scientific information or data does the Department of Interior intend to rely upon in fracking policy actions?

Michael Giberson U.S. House Republicans sent a short note over to the U.S. Department of the Interior, inquiring as to Interior’s plans for regulatory or policy changes with respect to hydraulic fracturing on public lands.  My favorites from among the questions asked: What scientific information or data does DOI intend to rely upon to form … More What scientific information or data does the Department of Interior intend to rely upon in fracking policy actions?

Best “Investigation/Price Gouging/Showdown/Violence” Romance Movie

Michael Giberson According to the Internet Movie Data Base, just one movie shows up when you search on keywords  “Investigation/Price Gouging/Showdown/Violence” in the Romance genre: The Boss of Big Town. It is a 1942 film in which, “A criminal plot to control produce and dairy products during the wartime emergency is foiled by an courageous … More Best “Investigation/Price Gouging/Showdown/Violence” Romance Movie

Designing electricity auctions

From the inbox, notice of the new Utilities Policy, this a special issue on designing electricity auctions edited by Thomas P. Tangerås, drawn from a workshop in Stockholm, September 2009 hosted by the Research Institute of Industrial Economics.  Tangerås introduces the topic: What are the boundaries of the market in a system with strong requirements on centralized management of power … More Designing electricity auctions

Polish gas choices: LNG imports, shale gas resource development, and/or trusting Gazprom

Michael Giberson The is significant industry optimism concerning the potential for shale gas development in Poland (more here), with estimates sufficiently high to suggest that Poland  could shift its supply base away from heavy dependence on Gazprom and Russia’s good will to domestically produced gas from shale.  Granted exploration for shale gas in Poland is … More Polish gas choices: LNG imports, shale gas resource development, and/or trusting Gazprom

The rule of capture in Pennsylvania oil and gas law

Michael Giberson Via the Agricultural Law Resource and Reference Center at Pennsylvania State University, a presentation on “The rule of capture in Pennsylvania oil and gas law” (see also this summary). Among other things, the presentation clears up my question (in yesterday’s post on oil production in the state) about the current relevance of the … More The rule of capture in Pennsylvania oil and gas law