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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.