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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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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

North Dakota Stiffens Oil Pipe, Reporting Rules

North Dakota officials on Thursday approved more extensive proposed pipeline regulations and reporting requirements for the oil and natural gas industry, including provisions aimed at cutting the amount of wellhead gas flaring.

December 24, 2013

SoCalGas Gets OK to Provide CNG Service to Customers

Sempra Energy’s Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) has won approval from California regulators to implement a retail rate for providing compressed natural gas (CNG) for customers using it in transportation or other applications.

December 24, 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

People

Los Angeles-based Occidental Petroleum Corp. (Oxy) said it is paying a $14 million lump sum to former chairman and CEO Ray Irani as part of a $26 million settlement following his ouster earlier this year from chairing the Oxy board. After a 30-year stint at the mid-major oil/natural gas company, Irani, 78, was pushed out of his chairman role in May (see Daily GPI,May 6). Occidental said in a regulatory filing that Irani will get lifetime security and financial planning services estimated at up to $1.3 million annually. The former executive was paid an average of $90 million annually in total compensation during the past 11 years, according to a calculation by the Los Angeles Times. Initial comments from Wall Street analysts characterized the exit package for the former executive as excessive.

December 24, 2013

CPUC Slams PG&E with $14M Fine, OKs Higher Pipe Pressure

California regulators on Thursday applied both the carrot and the stick to Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s (PG&E) natural gas pipeline operations.

December 23, 2013

Anti-NatGas Campaign Emerges in California

Anti-natural gas sentiments are emerging in the California regulatory process for determining what to do in the wake of the closing of a major nuclear generation plant in the southern part of the state.

December 23, 2013

Kodiak’s 2014 Williston Plan: Get More from Less

Reflecting reports of decreasing well completion costs in North Dakota’s Williston Basin, major Bakken Shale producer Kodiak Oil and Gas Corp. said Wednesday it expects its production to increase by 45% to near 44,000 b/d in 2014, despite decreasing its capital expenditures below the billion-dollar level of recent years.

December 23, 2013
Scientists, Engineers Tout Fracking to California Governor

Scientists, Engineers Tout Fracking to California Governor

A group of 21 scientists, engineers and other technical experts last week wrote California Gov. Jerry Brown in support of shale oil and natural gas development and the use of hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

December 23, 2013