Articles by Richard Nemec

Amid Political Fight, LADWP Head Resigns

The nation's largest municipal utility, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), a major force on the California energy landscape, is surrounded by public controversy at the start of the new year, caught between political infighting with a newly-elected mayor and an entrenched utility union boss. As a result, LADWP General Manager Ron Nichols resigned suddenly last Thursday. Read More

Producers Appeal Utah BLM Lease Deferrals

Contending that uncertainty is raising doubts about the federal leasing process, Denver-based Western Energy Alliance, the independent petroleum organization for the Rockies, said on Monday it has filed an appeal to the federal Interior Board of Land Appeals seeking to reverse a decision last November to defer 57 leases on federal lands in Utah. Read More

New Federal EPA Rule for SoCal Offshore Fracking

Although state sources contend they are unaware of recent drilling activity in federal waters, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Thursday published a new rule requiring reporting of future use of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) offshore Southern California. The new requirement is to be effective March 1, according to a notice in the Federal Register. Read More

15-Liter NatGas Engine Delayed, But NGVs Keep Trucking

Citing the need for more fueling infrastructure, one of nation's major makers of natural gas engines, Cummins Inc., has decided to "pause" the development of its 15-liter spark ignition engine for at least the first six months of this year. Industry sources, however, indicate that this should not slow the development of more long-haul trucking moving to natural gas vehicles (NGV). Read More

California Budget Includes Climate, Oil Rail Issues

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday outlined a multi-billion-dollar state budget that includes $850 million of revenues from the state's cap-and-trade auction for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions credits, a preparedness program for increased rail shipments of oil into the state from Wyoming, and additional spending to implement new rules on hydraulic fracturing (fracking). Read More