Colo. Senate passes 'sweeping' oil and gas regulation restructuring bill
The Colorado Senate voted to approve a bill that would give local entities more regulatory authority over oil and natural gas drilling operations and well locations in the state. Colorado Senate lawmakers on March 13 passed State Senate Bill 181, which would reduce the authority of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, or COGCC, and would hand some control over oil and gas production activity to local governments.
Regulator raises doubts about First Nations relics on TransCanada pipeline route
British Columbia's energy regulator has determined that First Nation artifacts reportedly found on the right of way of a TransCanada Corp. pipeline under construction likely did not originate from the site. The BC Oil and Gas Commission said it dispatched a team that included a senior archaeologist to a site along the route of the Coastal GasLink project Feb. 14 after receiving a complaint from a hereditary house group of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation that two "lithic stone tools" had been found and recovered from the area by members of the group.
NJ agency declares South Jersey Gas' pipeline application invalid
The New Jersey Pinelands Commission found that South Jersey Gas Co.'s application to build a gas pipeline to feed an electric power plant is invalid after the generation facility owner decided against converting the plant to gas fuel, Press of Atlantic City reported March 9. RC Cape May Holdings had planned to convert its oil-and-coal-fired power plant to gas but recently decided not to move forward with the project. In light of that development, the Pinelands Commission told South Jersey Gas that since the B.L. England power plant would not need gas service, South Jersey's project was no longer justified and the company's application was void.
Pa. agency orders Diversified units to plug abandoned wells, pay $7M surety bond
Diversified Gas & Oil PLC subsidiaries Diversified Gas & Oil Corp., Diversified Oil & Gas LLC and Alliance Petroleum Co. LLC reached a settlement with a Pennsylvania environmental regulator over oil and gas well plugging violations in 23 counties in the state. The companies agreed with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, or DEP, to plug or restore its nonproducing or abandoned wells in the counties within the next 15 years, according to a March 11 news release. Diversified also agreed to a $7 million surety bond to cover plugging costs if the companies fail to meet their obligations.
Report: US postpones review of Trafigura's Gulf Coast deepwater terminal project
The U.S. Maritime Administration and the U.S. Coast Guard postponed their review of Swiss commodity trading company Trafigura AG's application for a deepwater oil export facility along the Gulf Coast, potentially delaying the trader's plans by one month. Maritime officials asked Trafigura to provide additional information on pipeline construction through waterways, as well as on its consultations with the Texas Historical Commission, among other groups, Reuters reported March 16, citing a statement from a Coast Guard official.