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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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California Gov. Jerry Brown has appointedSaul Gomez and Robert Powell, who both assist the state’s Natural Resources Agency, to help implement SB 4, the new hydraulic fracturing (fracking) law. Gomez is a special assistant for oil, natural gas and geothermal resources, and Powell, a faculty member at the University of California, Davis, helped develop the fracking study. Gomez formerly headed the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority.

January 8, 2014

CA Regulators’ 2014 Focus on Pipe Safety, Replacing Nuke Power

California regulators start the new year with a focus on two areas: gas pipeline safety issues continuing since the San Bruno transmission line failure and explosion three years ago (see Daily GPI, Sept. 13, 2010), and how to deal with the closure of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) in Southern California (see Daily GPI, June 10, 2013).

January 6, 2014

North Dakota High Court Royalty Ruling Payoff Still Unknown

The amount of North Dakota’s added state revenues from a post-Christmas state Supreme Court ruling is still unknown and will take some time to resolve, according to Lance Gaebe, commissioner of the Department of Trust Lands.

January 6, 2014

North Dakota Supreme Court: State Wins Mineral Rights Case

The state, not private landowners, owns the bulk of certain disputed mineral rights in the Bakken Shale oil/natural gas production fields, according to a North Dakota Supreme Court ruling released the day after Christmas. The ruling affects disputed stretches between high- and low-water marks of the Missouri River.

January 3, 2014
Tank Car Explosions Spur Federal Alert on Bakken Crude

Tank Car Explosions Spur Federal Alert on Bakken Crude

The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) on Thursday issued a safety alert on Bakken crude oil, warning emergency responders, the public and others that the light, sweet crude may be more flammable than traditional heavy crude oil.

January 3, 2014
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