Canada's National Energy Board (NEB) has launched an online interactive map of pipeline incidents that covers events occurring since 2008. The Pipeline Incident Map includes customizable filters and incident details including location, company and volumes. Updates to the map will occur quarterly, with the next update scheduled to take place in July. As incident investigations are completed or new information becomes available, records are updated and will be reflected on the online map. The map can be accessed at www.neb-one.gc.ca/sftnvrnmnt/sft/dshbrd/mp/index-eng.html. The NEB is an independent federal regulator of several parts of Canada's energy industry.
Boston-based private equity firm Old Ironsides Energy LLC has made an undisclosed equity investment in Fort Worth startup Brazos Midstream Holdings LLC, to acquire and develop midstream assets in the U.S. The Brazos management team possesses both upstream and midstream experience, according to the company. CEO Brad Iles previously was senior vice president of Business Development for EnLink Midstream Partners, while CFO William Butler was CFO at independent producer Athlon Energy Inc. Chief Commercial Officer Stephen Luskey previously was responsible for Permian Basin business development at EnLink, and COO Ryan Jaggi was vice president of Engineering at Wildcat Midstream.
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) has voted unanimously to investigate a proposed $46.2 million rate increase requested by Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania. Last month, the utility requested a rate increase of 4-9% for its commercial, residential and industrial customers to help it fund $186 million in infrastructure and safety upgrades (see Daily GPI, March 24). Columbia provides natural gas service to 415,000 customers in 26 counties in the state. The PUC said it would assign the investigation to its Office of Administrative Law Judge. That means the proposal is suspended until at least Dec. 18.