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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

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LNG Preferred for Over-the-Road Trucks, Clean Energy Says

LNG Preferred for Over-the-Road Trucks, Clean Energy Says

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is the preferred alternative fuel for over-the-road trucks, compared to compressed natural gas (CNG), according to California-based Clean Energy Fuels Corp., which supplies both LNG and CNG to customers.

January 2, 2014

FERC, DOT Inaction Slows LNG Export Projects, Oregon Backer Says

Bureaucratic indecision and squabbling surrounding some parts of liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facilities are holding up processing of FERC applications, according to one Oregon LNG project executive.

January 2, 2014

North Dakota Oil Train Derailment: Fires but No Injuries

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) had a team of investigators on the scene Tuesday near Casselton, ND, where a BNSF train carrying crude oil smashed into another train that had derailed earlier, setting off explosions and fires in nine tanker cars.

December 31, 2013
North Dakota Set for More Records in New Year

North Dakota Set for More Records in New Year

The new year in North Dakota looks like it will be another record-breaker in terms of oil and natural gas production levels, along with a few surprises that may include adding another shale formation to the prolific Bakken/Three Forks plays.

December 31, 2013

Oregon LNG Project Gets Key State Review Extension

Oregon regulators on Monday granted a three-month extension for a review of Oregon LNG’s plans for a multi-billion-dollar liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility along the Columbia River at Warrenton, OR.

December 31, 2013

MDU Utility Gets $4.25M North Dakota Gas Rate Hike

Bismarck, ND-based MDU Resources Group’s Montana-Dakota Utilities operations received approval Monday from the North Dakota Public Service Commission (PSC) for a $4.25 million (3.9%) annual natural gas rate increase. MDU said it was its first rate hike since 2004.

December 30, 2013

NatGas Truck Market to Hit 1.9M in 2022, Report Says

Citing a growth spurt in the natural gas vehicle (NGV) market for trucks late this year, a new report from Navigant Research projects that 1.9 million NGV trucks and 1.8 million NGV buses will be on the road globally by 2022.

December 27, 2013
Roll CNG: Colorado Puts $30M Federal Grant into NGVs

Roll CNG: Colorado Puts $30M Federal Grant into NGVs

Colorado plans to use a $30 million Federal Highway Administration congestion mitigation and air quality grant to open 30 new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations and access up to 1,000 additional natural gas vehicles (NGV).

December 26, 2013

PG&E Fine Refund Stirs Concerns on San Bruno Penalty

California’s state regulatory commission safety unit last Friday refunded to Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) a $375,000 fine paid earlier in the year for decades-long shortcomings in the utility’s natural gas transmission pipeline safety programs.

December 26, 2013

Renewed Effort for Oil/NatGas Severance Tax in California

A former hedge fund billionaire and environmental activist is attempting to stir new life into a so-far failed state legislative and ballot initiative effort to impose a severance tax on oil and natural gas production in California, the only fossil fuel-producing state without some sort of production tax.

December 24, 2013