Posts by Romany Webb

Romany Webb is a post-graduate research fellow in the KBH Energy Center. Her research interests include legal approaches to promoting clean energy development and mitigating climate change.

Finally Some Good News for Natural Gas Producers in Texas

After a tumultuous year, things are beginning to look up for natural gas producers, particularly in Texas. As previously reported, Texas producers have been among the hardest hit by the recent decline in gas prices, which reached a low of just $1.66 per million British thermal units (MMBtu) earlier this year, down from $6.00 in… Full Story

New York Throws Struggling Nuclear Generators a Lifeline, but Their Long-Term Survival Remains Uncertain

Nuclear generators in New York are breathing a collective sigh of relief this week after the state Public Service Commission (PSC) on Monday approved a new Clean Energy Standard (CES), providing nearly $500 million in annual subsidies for generating facilities experiencing financial difficulties. Continued operation of nuclear facilities is seen as vital to achieve the… Full Story

Colorado Supreme Court Strikes Down Local Fracking Bans

(This post is co-authored with Janani Srinivasan, UT LLM ’15) Earlier this month, the Supreme Court of Colorado struck down local bans on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the cities of Longmont and Fort Collins, north of Denver. The city bans were imposed in response to growing public concern over the potential health impacts of fracking, which involves… Full Story

What’s in a Name? Seeking to Increase Transparency, Sunset Review Advocates Renaming the Texas Railroad Commission, But Other Reforms May Have Greater Success

Texas’ oldest regulatory agency, the Railroad Commission (RRC), celebrated its 125th birthday last month. Despite its long history of energy sector regulation, the RRC remains a mystery to most Texans. Ask the average citizen what the RRC does and they’ll likely reply “it regulates railroads, of course.” At one time, they would have been right…. Full Story

India Invites Texas Energy Companies to Invest in its Shale Market

(This post is co-authored with Janani Srinivasan, UT LLM ’15) Last May, India’s Petroleum & Natural Gas Ministry announced plans to expand the country’s hydrocarbon production by commencing commercial drilling for shale oil and gas resources. Developing shale resources will require use of hydraulic fracturing (fracking), whereby fluid is injected underground at high pressure to fracture… Full Story