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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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Radioactive Oilfield Waste Dumped in Bakken

A piece of the nuclear world lurks in oilfields, and it has reared its unwanted head in the Williston Basin of North Dakota, with reports continuing of illegally dumped oilfield byproducts from the Bakken Shale that contain naturally occurring radioactive waste.

March 13, 2014

Western Senators Introduce Bill to Expedite Pipes, Reduce Flaring

Three U.S. senators from fossil fuel-rich North Dakota and Wyoming introduced legislation Wednesday to combat associated natural gas flaring at the wellhead on federal and Native American lands.

March 13, 2014
North Dakota Finalizes Updated Drilling Rules

North Dakota Finalizes Updated Drilling Rules

A state legislative committee on Wednesday approved industry-supported rule changes for oil and natural gas drilling in North Dakota, according to the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR). The changes take effect April 1.

March 13, 2014

People

Bismarck, ND-based MDU Resources Group Inc. named John Stumpf senior vice president for development and midstream operations at its natural gas pipeline and services unit, WBI Energy Inc., effective April 1. Stumpf has been MDU’s vice president for strategic planning. In his new position, Stumpf will help develop and implement growth opportunities around midstream operations concentrated in the Bakken Formation in North Dakota at the Dakota Prairie Refining and Proghorn gas processing plants in which MDU holds interests. Stumpf joined MDU in its construction materials unit, Knife River Corp., in 1993.

March 13, 2014

Industry Brief

California power plant regulators decided Wednesday to begin the certification process for building a new natural gas-fired baseload generation plant along the coast in Long Beach to replace an older gas-fired plant that faces retirement because of new statewide restrictions on using ocean water for cooling coastal power plants. The California Energy Commission unanimously agreed to begin the formal siting proceedings for AES Southland Development LLC’s proposed 1,936 MW Alamitos Energy Center, concluding the power plant operator’s application was “data adequate.” If certified, the new plant would replace the existing 2,000 MW AES Alamitos facility that uses once-through cooling, which has been deemed to harm marine life.

March 13, 2014

Colorado Oil, Gas Focus Shifts to Statewide Ballot

With some local oil and natural gas drilling ballot measures now on the books and a new, first-of-its-kind set of methane emissions rules (see Daily GPI, Feb. 24), Colorado’s focus has shifted to potential ballot measures this fall to further regulate energy operations, according to the Colorado Oil and Gas Association (COGA).

March 12, 2014

Renewed Anti-Fracking Effort Surfaces in California

California Gov. Jerry Brown was shouted down by anti-hydraulic fracturing (fracking) advocates last weekend in Los Angeles at a state Democratic Party meeting in which a majority of the political party attendees forced a call for a ban on the drilling practice as part of the official platform this election year.

March 12, 2014

West Storage Could Ride Shale, Renewables Push, NW CEO Says

While more natural gas storage remains problematic in the West in the short term, the growth in shale development and renewable energy in the power sector hold considerable promise for storage in the longer term, according to NW Natural CEO Gregg Kantor.

March 11, 2014

NGV Engines Recalled for Minor Fix

Natural gas vehicle (NGV) engine manufacturer Cummins Westport Inc. of Vancouver, BC, has recalled two of its dedicated NGV engines, the 8.9-liter ISL G, and the 11.9-liter ISX-12 G for a software fix.

March 11, 2014
Macquarie Gets OK on Hawaii LNG Shipments

Macquarie Gets OK on Hawaii LNG Shipments

Hawaii state regulators last Thursday gave the green light to importing liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipments from the U.S. mainland to supplement an ongoing synthetic gas operation on Oahu, which includes Honolulu.

March 11, 2014