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DOI Suggests Revising Royalty Rates in Federal Coal Program Review

The Department of the Interior has released a scoping report identifying potential reforms to the federal coal program including options to increase royalty rates and account for climate impact. Efforts to follow through the recommendations under the new administration are unlikely, given that both President-elect Trump and Zinke, Trump’s nominee for DOI Secretary, are inclined to further coal development.

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EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – DOI Suggests Revising Royalty Rates in Federal Coal Program Review

The Department of the Interior has released a scoping report identifying potential reforms to the federal coal program including options to increase royalty rates and account for climate impact. Efforts to follow through the recommendations under the new administration are unlikely, given that both President-elect Trump and Zinke, Trump’s nominee for DOI Secretary, are inclined to further coal development.

Department of Interior Finalizes Pending Regulations amid Presidential Transition

The Department of the Interior (DOI) has announced the final Methane and Waste Prevention Rule, one of the last major climate mitigation efforts of the Obama Administration, the 2017-2022 Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing Plan, and final rules creating competitive leasing processes for renewable development on public lands. Multiple rules finalized in the last months of the administration face the risk of being rescinded or weakened under the incoming Trump administration.

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EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Department of Interior Finalizes Pending Regulations amid Presidential Transition

The Department of the Interior (DOI) has announced the final Methane and Waste Prevention Rule, one of the last major climate mitigation efforts of the Obama Administration, the 2017-2022 Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing Plan, and final rules creating competitive leasing processes for renewable development on public lands. Multiple rules finalized in the last months of the administration face the risk of being rescinded or weakened under the incoming Trump administration.

SoCalGas Seeks Authorization to Resume Gas Injections at Aliso Canyon

Southern California Gas has requested regulatory approval to resume natural gas injections at the Aliso Canyon storage facility, nearly one year after a massive leak prompted regulators to ban injections into the underground storage field until the completion of a comprehensive review. The interagency task force, established in response to the incident, has issued recommendations for additional actions to reduce similar incidents in the nation’s 400 plus facilities. The PHMSA is set to issue the first federal standards for underground natural gas storage facilities incorporating the task force recommendations.

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EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – SoCalGas Seeks Authorization to Resume Gas Injections at Aliso Canyon

Southern California Gas has requested regulatory approval to resume natural gas injections at the Aliso Canyon storage facility, nearly one year after a massive leak prompted regulators to ban injections into the underground storage field until the completion of a comprehensive review. The interagency task force, established in response to the incident, has issued recommendations for additional actions to reduce similar incidents in the nation’s 400 plus facilities. The PHMSA is set to issue the first federal standards for underground natural gas storage facilities incorporating the task force recommendations.

Pennsylvania Issues New Regulations for Unconventional Drilling

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has published regulations to set performance standards for surface activities associated with unconventional drilling, representing the first update to oil and gas well regulations since Marcellus shale development transformed natural gas production in the state. Some of the changes implement the requirements of Act 13 enacted in 2012 to overhaul Pennsylvania’s oil and gas regulations. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has rescinded several provisions of Act 13, reflecting support for municipal authority in the light of several state decisions that quashed local bans on hydraulic fracturing.

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EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Pennsylvania Issues New Regulations for Unconventional Drilling

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has published regulations to set performance standards for surface activities associated with unconventional drilling, representing the first update to oil and gas well regulations since Marcellus shale development transformed natural gas production in the state. Some of the changes implement the requirements of Act 13 enacted in 2012 to overhaul Pennsylvania’s oil and gas regulations. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has rescinded several provisions of Act 13, reflecting support for municipal authority in the light of several state decisions that quashed local bans on hydraulic fracturing.

Ohio Approves 1,105 MW Natural Gas-Fired Power Plant Adding to List of Projects Replacing Coal

The Ohio Power Siting Board has approved South Field Energy’s proposal to construct a 1,105 MW natural gas-fired electric generation facility in Ohio’s Columbiana County. The project adds to the growing list of natural-gas fired power plants taking over the market share of coal-fired generation that is retiring due to tighter environmental regulations and higher costs.

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EnerKnol’s Visual Primer – Ohio Approves 1,105 MW Natural Gas-Fired Power Plant Adding to List of Projects Replacing Coal

The Ohio Power Siting Board has approved South Field Energy’s proposal to construct a 1,105 MW natural gas-fired electric generation facility in Ohio’s Columbiana County. The project adds to the growing list of natural-gas fired power plants taking over the market share of coal-fired generation that is retiring due to tighter environmental regulations and higher costs.

Access Northeast $3B Pipeline Project in Peril as Utilities Cancel Capacity Contracts

After a court ruling forbidding the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities to approve contracts requiring electric customers to pay for new gas pipelines, electric utilities have withdrawn their petitions to acquire capacity on the Access Northeast. The ruling deals a setback to New England state plans examining ways to advance regional pipeline projects through capacity contracts with electric distribution companies.

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Enerknol’s Visual Primer – Access Northeast $3B Pipeline Project in Peril as Utilities Cancel Capacity Contracts

After a court ruling forbidding the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities to approve contracts requiring electric customers to pay for new gas pipelines, electric utilities have withdrawn their petitions to acquire capacity on the Access Northeast. The ruling deals a setback to New England state plans examining ways to advance regional pipeline projects through capacity contracts with electric distribution companies.