Arkansas Energy

Two associations representing the oil and gas industries are holding a joint meeting in Little Rock this week.

Members of the Arkansas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners, or AIPRO, are meeting with the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, which describes itself as a “multi-state agency.” The meeting takes place staring Sunday Oct. 2nd  and will end Tuesday Oct. 3rd.

Natural Gas Drilling Mt. Vernon in Faulkner County
Arkansas Times

For the first time since the end of 2015, a natural drilling rig in Arkansas is up and running in the Fayetteville Shale play as natural gas futures bounced around $3 per million British Thermal units over the past week.

According Baker Hughes’ weekly oil rig count released Friday (Sept. 30), the commodity-driven oil and gas industry got a boost this week number of rigs in operation rose by 11 to end the week at 522. The oil rig count rose by a robust 7 to 425, while the number of natural gas rotary rigs increased by 4 to 96, and miscellaneous rigs unchanged at 1.

Clean Line
Arkansas Business

Federal lawsuits are pending over a project to build a transmission line through Arkansas delivering wind energy from Oklahoma to the Memphis area. In this week’s issue of Arkansas Business there’s a closer look at the arguments involved in the case involving two groups of landowners who would have to sell property. 

From reporter Kyle Massey:

Who wouldn’t support a project that promises to bring cheap, clean power to 160,000 Arkansas homes along with hundreds of jobs and tens of millions of dollars for state landowners and schools?

Loreal
clintonfoundation.org

Cosmetics maker L'Oreal USA is building thousands of solar panels at manufacturing facilities in Kentucky and Arkansas, a move the company says will help cut carbon emissions and create two of the biggest solar-powered projects in each state.

The subsidiary of the L'Oreal Group said Tuesday it plans to install 5,000 solar panels at its Florence, Kentucky, plant and another 4,000 at its North Little Rock, Arkansas, plant, with both projects expected to be operational by the middle of next year.

Bruce Westerman
c-span.org

Republican U.S. Representative Bruce Westerman’s bill to revamp the management of federal forests is moving its way through Congress. The Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015 passed the House last year 262-167, largely along partisan lines, and this week was approved by the U.S. Senate Agriculture committee.

Diamond Pipeline LLC

One week after getting the go ahead to begin work on a 440-mile crude oil pipeline across the heart of Arkansas, Diamond Pipeline officials said Tuesday they still expect to begin construction by year’s end and begin hiring the hundreds of workers needed to complete the project.

white bluff entergy power plant coal energy
Arkansas Business

The Environmental Protection Agency has finalized a plan intended to decrease haze in two federal wildlife areas in Arkansas.

Natural Gas Drilling Mt. Vernon in Faulkner County
Arkansas Times

The energy sector continues to struggle in Arkansas and nationwide, with state severance tax revenue down almost 60%. But there are some signs of resurgence in the oil and gas industry

Despite increases in crude oil prices since the start of the year, employment in oil and natural gas extraction and support activities continued declining from levels reached in the fall of 2014, just before the onset of falling oil prices.

An earlier proposed route for the Plains and Eastern Clean Line.
Clean Line Partners

Two landowner groups along the proposed $2 billion Plains & Clean Line project filed a legal complaint Monday against the U.S. Department of Energy and the Southwestern Power Administration over the use of federal eminent domain powers in Arkansas to benefit a Texas for-profit venture group.

Diamond Pipeline officials are prepared to begin construction on a $900 million, 440-pipeline before the end of 2016 once state utility regulators hold a hearing next week that will close the book on any remaining hurdles for the three-state project.

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