Articles by Richard Nemec

Powder River NGL Pipe, Open Season Launched

Signaling stepped up future activity in the Powder River Basin, a unit of Meritage Midstream Services II LLC launched a 30-day open season Wednesday through Nov. 29 for an interstate natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline in Wyoming with possibly two connection points in Colorado. Read More

Oxy’s California E&P Spin-Off Likely, Says CEO

Occidental Petroleum Corp. (Oxy) CEO Stephen Chazen indicated Tuesday that spinning off the company's estimated $16 billion oil and natural gas operations in California is a likely offshoot of new strategic plans to sell off some domestic and foreign assets to expand existing U.S. holdings. Read More

PG&E Pipe Penalty Decision Expected 1Q2014

Noting that the company is operating in a politically charged environment, PG&E Corp. CEO Tony Earley predicted Wednesday that pending multi-billion-dollar natural gas pipeline fines and penalty cases should be decided by state regulators in the first quarter of 2014. If proposed penalties exceeding $2 billion are imposed, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) will appeal in either state or federal courts. Read More

California Regulators Slammed for Utility Lapses

Using unusually harsh language, the California Senate Subcommittee on Gas and Electric Infrastructure Safety in a staff-generated report strongly criticized the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for allegedly dropping the ball on safety oversight of the state's major energy utilities. Read More