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Rich Nemec

Richard Nemec began writing for NGI in 1995 and has 30 years experience in the energy industry. He holds BA from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles; and a MA in journalism from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL; and completed MBA courses at Northwestern's Evening Graduate School of Management.

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West Coast Correspondent | Los Angeles, CA


Alternatives Pushed for Kinder Morgan’s Proposed Lateral to Mexico

The U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) has requested that FERC look at alternative routes for Kinder Morgan’s proposed Sierrita Pipeline Project, which is slated to connect with a new pipeline in Northern Mexico at the U.S. border. The recommendation was included in DOI’s comments on the pipeline project’s draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).

January 21, 2014

Accelerator Stays Down on NGV Advances

Compressed natural gas (CNG) made more noise this month with advances in fueling technology, engines and the transit system in Phoenix, AZ, while AGL Resources liquefied natural gas (LNG) transportation fuel marketing expanded into Florida.

January 21, 2014

Oregon LNG Seeks Partner/Tolling Customers

While the Columbia River-based Oregon LNG project to import/export shale gas supplies from British Columbia (BC) has quietly filed for a permit from the National Energy Board (NEB) in Canada, it is still searching for the right mix of partner/customers that can give the $6 billion venture a realistic chance of being completed before 2020.

January 17, 2014

North American Oil/Gas Growth to Continue, New Report Says

The shale revolution in North America will keep chugging along in a variety of areas in the years ahead, although some of the very robust recoverable reserve estimates in some basins may be trimmed back to more realistic levels, according to the overall conclusions of a new report from Ziff Energy released Thursday.

January 17, 2014

Feds, Industry Agree to Address Safety of Rail Crude Transport

In a meeting hosted by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Thursday, rail and oil industry representatives pledged to improve the safety of rail transport of U.S. crude oil. Following the meeting, however, news media reported criticism among the various representatives.

January 17, 2014

ND Lawmakers Would Split Helms’ Regulator-Promoter Role

Citing state policy that makes the state’s chief oil and natural gas regulator both a promoter and regulator for the industry, minority Democrat North Dakota state legislative leaders on Tuesday asked Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple to shake up the state Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) that oversees the oil/gas sector.

January 16, 2014

NW Natural Gets OK to Offer CNG Service to Fleets

The Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) on Wednesday approved Portland-based NW Natural’s proposal to offer compressed natural gas (CNG) services for the first time. The service is restricted to business vehicle fleets.

January 16, 2014

Florida’s First LNG Vehicle Fueling Station Opens

As part of a new year’s sprint along America’s Natural Gas Highway, the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling station in Florida has opened, according to California-based Clean Energy Fuels Corp., which announced several other natural gas transportation advancements on Wednesday.

January 15, 2014

North Dakota Production to Slow Despite More Records, Official Says

Last November was another record-setting month for North Dakota oil and natural gas production, but a slowdown is coming as the winter months are tallied up, according to Lynn Helms, director of the state Department of Mineral Resources (DMR), which released its most recent monthly statistics on Tuesday.

January 15, 2014

California Fracking Foes Pump Up Volume in Sacramento

The eclectic coalition that has become Californians Against Fracking converged Tuesday in Sacramento, targeting the state’s oil/natural gas regulators who are working to implement a new set of statewide rules governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking). The protesters carried anti-fracking signs and delivered what a purported 100,000 signatures of citizens commenting on the state’s draft new rules.

January 15, 2014