Columbia Propane named Donald F. Schalk president and CEO of
Columbia Petroleum Corp. He reports to A. Mason Brent, Columbia
Propane president and CEO. Columbia Petroleum is a wholly owned
subsidiary of Columbia Propane, an affiliate of Columbia Energy
Group. Richland, PA-based Columbia Petroleum acquired the assets of
Carlos R. Leffler, Inc. and certain affiliates on May 11 and
currently serves 36,000 customers in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New
Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia. Schalk's most recent position was
president, retail services for Agway, Inc. in Syracuse, NY.
Marathon Oil announced that Edward F. McFarland, vice president
of domestic production, Gulf Coast and offshore, has elected to
retire effective Sept. 1, after completing more than 34 years of
service. L. Michael Mueller has been appointed in his place and to
a new position that strategically aligns all domestic offshore
operations and worldwide deep-water development activities. In
emphasizing the new offshore focus, Marathon's southern production
region will begin reporting to A. Robert Kukla, vice president,
domestic production, continental U.S.
CMS Energy announced Laura L. Mountcastle has assumed additional
responsibility for managing the company's treasury function.
Mountcastle has been named vice president, investor relations and
CMS Energy elected David G. Mengebier to the new position of
vice president, governmental and international affairs. He will
head CMS Energy's Washington, D.C. governmental affairs office and
will be responsible for managing public policy and political issues
involving the U.S. government and the governments of 22 other
countries around the world in which CMS Energy has investments. He
also will be responsible for managing the state governmental
relations in more than 20 states in which CMS Energy has a major
presence. Mengebier, 41, was previously executive director of
federal governmental affairs.
The Public Service Commission of West Virginia (PSC) approved
the merger of Dominion Resources Inc. and Consolidated Natural Gas
Co. The West Virginia PSC approval marks the third for the merger.
Shareholders of both companies approved the merger June 30, and the
Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission approved it June 24. The
deal is expected to close by year-end. Approvals are also required
from the Virginia and North Carolina public utility commissions and
from several federal agencies.
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