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Happy Memorial Day

by Elizabeth Alford on May 30, 2016

Happy-Memorial-DayWishing you a safe and happy Memorial Day.

Please take a minute today to remember those who sacrificed so much for our quality of life.

One veteran’s perspective on what this day means to him.

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Court Decides No Pooling for Ohio Town

by Elizabeth Alford on May 20, 2016

Ohio court strikes down mandatory pooling for one Ohio town.

Related: Idaho Pooling Now Law

On Tuesday, the 10th District Ohio Court of Appeals ruled that the Ohio Oil and Gas commission moved too quickly in 2013 when it ordered forced pooling for landowners of North Royalton, Ohio. The case swirled around whether officials took city’s safety concerns into account.

North Royalton officials had cited three specific instances to highlight their concerns about whether Cutter Oil should be allowed to drill their first horizontal well in the city:

  • 2008: a 700-foot long, one-half inch thick metal rod was ejected under pressure from a Cutter well near an elementary school and oil was sprayed from the well.
  • 2011: a production line at another well leaked oil into the city’s storm sewer leading to Chippewa Creek.
  • 2012: a natural gas release at another well forced some residents to be evacuated.

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Ultimately the court ordered that the commission didn’t carefully weigh the safety concerns and removed the pooling order.

“It is not surprising that the city has taken a more cautious approach to the drilling …, ” Judge Gary Tyack wrote in the court opinion. “The urbanized environment, the inexperience of Cutter Oil in drilling a horizontal well and prior safety incidents … are of special concern to the city that is … charged with the responsibility to protect the health, safety and welfare of its citizenry.” 

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Quotas on Oil & Gas Imports?

May 18, 2016

The newly formed  Panhandle Import Reduction Initiative is pushing back against OPEC and calling for quotas on oil and gas imports. Related: Iranian Oil Will Add to Global Glut A grassroots movement in the Texas panhandle pulled together several pro-industry groups who hope to propose a ban on shale oil imports from abroad. The group is working to […]

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U.S. Active Rig Count Falls to 406

May 17, 2016

Oil and gas producers across the United States have idled more rigs this week and sink to record lows. Related: Eagle Ford Rig Count Dips Again Baker Hughes released its weekly rig report on Friday, showing a total of 406 oil and gas rigs were running across the United States this week, down nine from last week. Of this number, 87 rigs […]

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EPA: Tougher Methane Emissions Approved

May 16, 2016

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved new, tougher standards for methane emissions. Related: New Ruling to Slash Methane Emissions Last summer, President Obama revealed a plan designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions 40 – 45 percent by 2025. It has taken almost a year, but last week the EPA finalized the new rule that sets standards for methane […]

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New Test to Monitor Water Safety after Fracking

May 2, 2016

Researchers from the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow and the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre have created a new test that will help monitor the risk of contamination of groundwater due to fracking activity. Related: EPA Finds Little Risk to Drinking Water from Fracking Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is the process of splitting shale rock with high-pressure fluids to […]

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Top 10 List for Negotiating a Mineral Lease

April 28, 2016

Every day across America, mineral owners receive oil and gas lease proposals asking to lease their mineral interests. Negotiating an oil and gas lease is a big responsibility and requires knowledge, patience, and a balanced mindset. Unfortunately many mineral rights owners don’t do their homework and miss available upside during oil and gas lease negotiations. The following infographic gives you the […]

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Hearing Held in Washington Over Mineral Rights on Public Land

April 27, 2016

The Cooperative Management of Mineral Rights Act is working its way through Congress. Related: Proposed Law Will Uphold Private Property Rights Last week, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resource held a hearing on HR 3881, also known as the “Cooperative Management of Mineral Rights Act. The bill was introduced in 2015 over concerns of mineral rights […]

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$1.5 Million Royalty Judgment Not Enough

April 20, 2016

A Denver oilman who has made a career out of fighting oil and gas companies says a recent royalty judgment is not enough. Related: Mineral Litigation Surges in Texas A Harris County jury recently awarded Jack and Celeste Grynberg $1.5 million for a four year-old breach of contract lawsuit that claimed Exxon Mobil payed the family unreasonably low prices […]

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Colorado Says NO to Local Control of Oil & Gas

April 18, 2016

Colorado legislators strike down a bill to give more local control over oil and gas activity.. Related: Greeley Colorado Reverses Decision on Drilling On April 4, 2016, the Colorado House of Representatives said no to House Bill 1355, which sought to give local governments the ability to exercise land use authority over oil and gas development […]

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