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Obama-era standard from Oct. 1, 2017,
to Oct. 1, 2018 (AOGR, July 2017, pg.
33), but a few months later rescinded that
order (AOGR, September 2017, pg. 34).
However, EPA missed the Oct. 1
deadline, saying it needed additional time
to gather information, which it contended
the Clean Air Act allowed. In December,
the attorneys general for 14 states plus the
District of Columbia, as well as several
environmental organizations, filed suit
(AOGR, January 2018, pg. 24).
According to the reports, EPA
responded to Judge Gilliam's order by
saying it was reviewing smog
information from the states and
"look(ed) forward to working with coregulators to continue the designation
process for the 2015 standards."
The reports mention that in
November, EPA announced 2,646
counties in the country-about 85
percent-met the new standards, but it
did not declare the remaining counties
to be in nonattainment. r

USGS Weighs Dredging
Fracture Sand Sediment
SACRAMENTO, CA.-Instead of
requiring costly dredging to remove
sediment behind water reservoirs and
diversions, sediment from reservoirs in
the Missouri River Basin may be used
as fracturing proppant feedstock, the
U.S. Geological Survey says.

USGS scientists investigated the
potential of reservoir sediments in the
delta headwaters of Lewis and Clark
Lake in Nebraska and South Dakota,
downstream from the Niobrara River.
They collected and analyzed 71
sediment samples from 25 locations,
and found that 48 percent of the
samples were the adequate size, shape
and strength to be used as fracture sand.
Sediments similar in size to those
found in the Niobrara River also are
carried by the Loup River, which
already is used as a source of proppant,
notes Ron Zelt, a USGS hydrologist at
the California Water Science Center in
Sacramento and lead author of the
study. He points out both of the rivers
run through the Sand Hills of Nebraska.
The study also analyzes particular
methods that can be used to identify and
assess sediments for fracture-related
commercial products.
"Information from the new study
could shift how deposited reservoir
sediment is mitigated, and how
recovered sediments potentially could be
viable to various industries," Zelt says.
The study also notes that sediment
buildup in waterways can impair
infrastructure life span, public water
supplies, hydroelectric power
generation and recreational activities.
Using the material as fracturing sand
feedstock can defray some costs of
mitigating the problematic sediment
buildup, it suggests. r

Members of the Kentucky Oil & Gas Association who attended
KOGA's annual legislative day at the Capitol in Frankfort shown
here are, front row from left: Emily Childers, Stacee Dover, GiGi
Lazenby, President Maurice Royster and Wes Cate. Back row: Jason
Bentley, Donald Lumm, Tim Bittle, Erin Osting, Bill Barr, Mark
Hughes, Bobby Short, Joey Stumbo, Maverick Bentley, Harry

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Texas Petro Index Rises
For 14th Month In A Row
WICHITA FALLS, TX.-Increased
production and higher wellhead prices
propelled the Texas Petro Index upward
for the 14th consecutive month in
January. The Texas Alliance of Energy
Producers, which sponsors the monthly
measure of Texas' oil and gas economy,
says the index reached 192.7 in
January, 25 percent above its year-ago
level of 153.7.
"The statewide upstream oil and gas
economy remains in a state of
expansion with generally favorable
pricing, a slowly rising rig count,
growing industry employment, and
record crude oil production," affirms
Karr Ingham, the economist who
created the TPI.
Ingham says the number of drilling
permits granted in January increased to
1,166, about 22 percent more than in
January 2017, and was the highest
January level in four years. Oil well
completions also turned the corner in
January, Ingham adds, rising 77 percent
while natural gas completions increased
113 percent.
Ingham says most of the impetus for
the continuing upstream expansion in
Texas comes from crude oil. "According
to TPI estimates, crude oil production in
Texas in January totaled 119.4 million
barrels, which would surpass all prior
volumes in January, including the early

Callicotte, Erik Young, Bobby Thomas and KOGA Executive Director
Ryan Watts. KOGA members discussed issues affecting the industry
with legislators, and Senate Natural Resources and Energy Chairman
Jared Carpenter, R-Berea, recognized the group during a committee
hearing. The day ended with KOGA co-hosting the Kentucky Energy
Reception at the historical Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort.



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