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State AGs Call Oil & Gas Methane Rules ‘EPA Overreach,’ File Lawsuits

New oil and gas sector methane emissions standards will be too costly to the industry and represent “EPA overreach,” according to Texas and North Dakota, which are suing the EPA to block the methane rule. The final methane standards, released in May, require the industry to repair leaks and limit … Read more »

ElectraTherm

Flaring Alternative Reduces Emissions in Oil & Gas, Wastewater Treatment, Landfills

ElectraTherm says is new technology offers an emissions-reducing flaring alternative for oil and gas, wastewater treatment and landfills. The distributed, waste heat to power generation company completed a project in the Bakken oil field demonstrating how its Power+ Generator reduces flaring while generating low-emission electricity. ElectraTherm partnered with the Environmentally … Read more »

coal power plant

Clean Power Plan Becomes Law, 24 States Sue to Block Carbon Rule

The EPA published the Clean Power Plan in the federal register today, making existing power plants in the US legally responsible to limit carbon pollution for the first time. Under the new carbon law, existing coal-burning power plants must cut carbon emissions by 32 percent by 2030, compared to 2005 … Read more »

braid of the Snake River

EPA Can Enforce Clean Water Rule in States That Didn’t Sue, Judge Says

A judge’s ruling that blocked the Clean Water Rule from taking effect late last month only applies to the 13 states that sued to stop the rule — not nationwide. A federal judge in North Dakota clarified the injunction he issued at the request of North Dakota and 12 other … Read more »

braid of the Snake River

Judge Blocks Clean Water Rule

A federal judge in North Dakota blocked the Clean Water Rule from taking effect Friday in 13 states. The rule, authored by the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers expands the reach of the Clean Water Act to protect US streams and wetlands from pollution. While the EPA says … Read more »

APG Dual Fuel System

APG to Double Existing Natural Gas Flare Capture, Processing

American Power Group plans to purchase a two additional natural gas flare capture and recovery systems after securing a $3.25 million loan. The systems — designed to meet the EPA’s proposed oil and gas methane flare reduction regulations — can monetize captured flared gas converted into natural gas liquids (NGLs) … Read more »

Joint Ventures Develop North Dakota Crude Transportation Infrastructure

Phillips 66 Partners and Paradigm Energy Partners have formed two joint ventures to develop midstream logistics infrastructure in North Dakota to transport crude oil in the Bakken region. The two joint ventures — The Sacagawea Pipeline and Palermo Rail Terminal — will improve efficiency, providing cost-effective take away options, increased … Read more »

Last Mile

Statoil, GE, Ferus Natural Gas Fuels Expand Flare Gas System

A joint venture of General Electric and Ferus Natural Gas Fuels, along with energy company Statoil, says it will expand a pilot project to capture flare gas and use it to power up to six of Statoil’s drill rigs and one frac fleet in North Dakota. The expansion is the … Read more »

Oil Production Byproduct Controls Roadway Dust

North Dakota may soon begin using brine, a byproduct of oil production, to control dust on roads. A state health department official says test are underway to determine the environmental impact and effectiveness of using brine — which is 10 to 30 times saltier than seawater — compared to commercially … Read more »

Oil Companies to Capture Flared Natural Gas

An oil industry task force representing hundreds of companies in North Dakota has pledged to capture as much as 90 percent of the natural gas being flared in the Bakken shale oilfield in six years, the New York Times reports. The task force says the industry will gradually scale up … Read more »

Waste Management

Waste Management Cashes in on Fracking Boom

Waste Management — and other companies outside the oil and gas industry — are benefiting from the US fracking boom. The waste disposal and recycling company has acquired Summit Energy Services and Liquid Logistics, two North Dakota energy services companies. The purchases give Waste Management access to new markets in … Read more »

Hess Sustainability Report: Water Use Rises 27% in One Year

Hess Sustainability Report: Water Use Rises 27% in One Year

Oil and gas company Hess Corporation’s fresh water use jumped 27 percent last year to 13 million cubic meters, primarily due to higher use in its North Dakota operations and in its gas processing and refining operations, according to the company’s 2011 sustainability report. Hess exploration and production operations used 9.2 … Read more »