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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 treasurer.

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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