Industry welcomes new Western Australia shale regulations

The introduction of new resource management regulations this week in Western Australia should enhance community confidence in local oil and gas activities, The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (Appea) said in a statement. The new safeguards follow an independent review of WA’s regulatory framework for petroleum and geothermal activities and reflect world-best practice for…

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Argentina, China lead shale development outside North America

As recently as last year, only four countries in the world were producing commercial volumes of either natural gas from shale formations (shale gas) or crude oil from tight formations (tight oil): the U.S. and Canada, and more recently, Argentina and China. Beyond these four countries, other countries have started exploring hydrocarbons from shale and…

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Rejection of shale proposal a ‘set-back for shale gas exploration’ in UK – legal expert

Cuadrilla Resources’ plans for shale gas exploration at a site between Preston and Blackpool have been rejected by local councillors. The move will be “viewed as a considerable set-back for shale gas exploration in England”, an expert has said. The energy company had applied for permission to conduct drilling, hydraulic fracturing and gas flow testing…

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Shale gas opposition has shifted to transportation – US forum

Opposition to natural gas projects has moved from exploration and production to transportation, speakers said during a discussion on Capitol Hill of US gas infrastructure needs. “Pipeline opposition has become a stand-in for opposition to fossil fuels for some groups,” said Kim Watson, Kinder Morgan’s (KMI) eastern pipeline group president. “Attacking hydraulic fracturing hasn’t worked,…

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Oklahoma shale drilling regulator says spike in earthquakes is a ‘game changer’

A spike in earthquakes across Oklahoma is forcing the state’s energy regulator to urgently consider tougher restrictions on drilling activity, a spokesman said on Wednesday, calling it a “game changer”, according to news agency Reuters. From June 17 to 24, there have been 35 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater in the state, according to…

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Pressured Lancashire councillors delay decision on key UK shale gas permit again

British officials have adjourned until Monday the process for deciding whether to grant shale gas firm Cuadrilla Resources a project planning permit in northwest England. If approved, the shale gas project at Preston New Road near Blackpool could become Britain’s first producing shale gas site, should the testing stage demonstrate commercial viability. A decision was…

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