House Bills 3620 and 3621, by Representative Isaac, Erode Water Quality and Open Space Protections in the Hill Country

On April 13th, the Texas House of Representatives Committee on Land and Resource Management heard House Bills 3620 and 3621, authored by State Representative Jason Isaac of Dripping Springs. In a maneuver likely designed to avoid heated debate over his bills, which critics argue will fuel development in environmentally sensitive areas of the Hill County,… Full Story

Should We Maintain Current Oil Production Levels?

Oil prices have fallen dramatically from their peak, and the forward curve is in extreme contango, which means that forward prices are considerably higher than spot prices. The forward curve reflects the fact that more oil is being pumped than can be consumed, and storage facilities are nearing capacity. Given the current situation, I continue to… Full Story

Bill Requires Applicants for Oil and Gas Disposal Well Permits to Notify Groundwater Conservation Districts

In June 2013, the Gonzales County Underground Water Conservation District (GCUWCD) discovered, through a newspaper publication in the Gonzales Inquirer, that Marathon Oil Company had applied to the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) for a permit to inject oil and gas waste into a former brackish groundwater well in the Carrizo formation of the Carrizo… Full Story

Time for a new approach: Ensuring accurate reporting of greenhouse gas emissions from the oil and gas sector

Earlier this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its 20th Annual Inventory of Greenhouse Emissions and Sinks (Inventory). The Inventory reports emissions of seven key greenhouse gases – carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, sulfur hexafluoride, and nitrogen trifluoride – from a variety of industry sectors. The reported data can be, and… Full Story

The good news about BLM’s fracking rules

The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) – the agency responsible for overseeing energy development on federal lands – issued its long-awaited rules for oil and gas operations using hydraulic fracturing (fracking) last week. The rules, which will take effect in June, apply to fracking operations on roughly 750 million acres of… Full Story