DOE shale gas hearings, day 1: Companies want state, not fed regulation; Environmentalists suspicious of panel bias

Michael Giberson FuelFix has the run down on the first day of the U.S. Department of Energy’s hearings on shale gas fracking regulation. The title above offers captures much of the tone: Company execs urgedĀ regulationĀ of fracking at the state level, rather than federal level; Environmental groups saw significant pro-energy industry bias among the advisory panel … More DOE shale gas hearings, day 1: Companies want state, not fed regulation; Environmentalists suspicious of panel bias

Do anti-price gouging laws help the victims of natural disaster?

Michael Giberson At the LegalMatch Law Blog, Sonya Ziaja editorializes in favor of laws against price gouging: Natural forces are blind to what they destroy. People aren’t. In the past month, tornadoes and flooding in the South and Midwest left behind crippled lives, destroyed homes, and eviscerated infrastructure. Now as the victims of the tornadoes … More Do anti-price gouging laws help the victims of natural disaster?

Another data point on oil and gas shale fracking profitability

Michael Giberson Marathon Oil has agreed to pay $3.5 billion to acquire the Eagle Ford holdings of privately-owned Hilcorp Resources, about $25,000 per acre. The Eagle Ford is primarily a oil shale resource. Among other things, the purchase provides another public data point about the production promise of fracked shale resources. Much of the public … More Another data point on oil and gas shale fracking profitability