The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources is expected to vote Tuesday on the Trump administration’s nominations of Neil Chatterjeeand Robert Powelson to be members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Dan Brouillette to be deputy secretary of the Department of Energy, and David Bernhardt to be deputy secretary of the Department of the Interior. Trump sent their names to the committee after a “torturously slow” nomination process, according to Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), but their hearingsproduced little controversy or criticism from Senators. If approved by the committee, the nominations will be sent to the full Senate for confirmation.
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on Thursday issued a $200,000 citation to Las Vegas, NV-based Southwest Gas Corp. for violations in its California utility operations stemming from the utility’s Distribution Integrity Management Program. The violation was found during an inspection by the CPUC’s Safety and Enforcement Division’s conducted last fall jointly with Arizona and Nevada to examine Southwest's integrity management efforts. The underlying violation involved the alleged improper definition and calculation of risk under the program. The utility safety effort is a programmatic approach to identifying, analyzing, and mitigating risk in distribution operator pipeline systems, according to the CPUC.