Pa. Governor-elect’s policy changes to impact natural gas industry

In a decisive election this past November, Democrat Tom Wolf defeated sitting Pennsylvania governor and Republican, Tom Corbett, running on a platform of, among other things, changes to the natural gas industry. Wolf will take office January 20, and his policy ideas for this industry, if implemented, would impact operators both prior to and after the point of extraction. Tom Wolf campaigned on supporting local municipalities’ rights to impose distinct…

What you need to know about OSHA’s intensifying focus on fracking operations

Over the past couple of years, OSHA has intensified its focus on the oil and gas industry, leading to several proposals for new regulations and the publication of multiple bulletins specific to perceived hazards in oil and gas operations. OSHA’s most recent publication comes in the form of a guideline, titled Hydraulic Fracturing and Flowback Hazards Other than Respirable Silica, which was drafted in the form of an educational bulletin.…