Adjustments

Piceance Sale Makes Antero an Appalachia Pure Play

Antero Resources is selling all of its natural gas and pipeline assets in the Piceance Basin for $325 million in cash plus assumption of its Rocky Mountain firm transportation obligations in order to focus more on the Marcellus and Utica shales.

November 6, 2012

New England’s Growing Gas Use Brings Risks, ISO-NE Says

New England must acknowledge the significant role that the natural gas transmission system plays in its electricity system, and the gas and electric industries “must make adjustments to ensure the reliability of both systems and the efficiency of both markets,” according to a draft white paper recently completed by independent grid operator ISO New England (ISO-NE).

August 13, 2012

New England’s Growing Gas Use Brings Risks, ISO-NE Says

New England must acknowledge the significant role that the natural gas transmission system plays in its electricity system, and the gas and electric industries “must make adjustments to ensure the reliability of both systems and the efficiency of both markets,” according to a draft white paper recently completed by independent grid operator ISO New England (ISO-NE).

August 10, 2012

Industry Groups on EPA Fracking Study: ‘Do It Right’

Flaws in a study of potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on drinking water supplies being conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must be addressed in order for the agency’s final report to be credible, according to a review of the study released Tuesday by the Battelle Memorial Institute.

July 11, 2012

Industry Brief

Spokane, WA-based Avista Utilities’ retail natural gas rates for residential customers in Ohio dropped about 5.7% as the result of periodic adjustments for changes in wholesale gas prices. The tariff was decreased from 41.8 cents/therm to 36.2 cents/therm, based on the changes approved earlier by the Idaho Public Utilities Commission (PUC), providing a decrease of about $3.46 on the average residential customer’s monthly bill. Large commercial customer rates decreased by about 7.3%. Rates are adjusted by the PUC at least once a year based on a purchased gas cost adjustment mechanism, which has shown steady decreases in recent years with the continuing fall in wholesale gas prices.

March 2, 2012

House Dems Hike Estimate of Diesel Fuel Used in Fracking

Due to adjustments made by oil and natural gas service companies, Democratic leaders on the House Energy and Commerce Committee Tuesday said 500,000 gallons more of diesel fuel and fluids were used in hydraulic fracturing (fracking) between 2005 and 2009 than were previously reported.

October 27, 2011

Noble, CONSOL Finalize Marcellus JV

Noble Energy Inc. and CONSOL Energy Inc. have clinched their joint venture agreement to develop a swath of Marcellus Shale properties in southwest Pennsylvania and northwest West Virginia, the companies said Monday.

October 5, 2011

New York’s Southern Marcellus Acreage Enticing But…

New York appears more likely to lift the de facto natural gas drilling moratorium in parts of the state’s Marcellus Shale, but for a variety of reasons — not the least of which is hesitation by operators to commit capital — determining how much of an impact the prospective acreage may have on U.S. gas markets leads to more questions than answers, according to research by Goldman Sachs & Co.

July 15, 2011

Industry Brief

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber signed a bill (SB 967) that repealed a controversial law (SB 408) passed six years ago requiring annual state regulatory adjustments to align retail utility rates with the actual amounts of taxes paid by the state’s four major investor-owned utilities. NW Natural, the gas-only utility distribution company based in Portland, said it has had a surcharge in place every year that the tax true-up law has been in existence. As a result of the new law being effective immediately, NW Natural said it will be denied recovery of its surcharge for the 2010 tax year. The gas utility said it is now required to record a one-time pre-tax charge to earnings in the second quarter this year of approximately $7.4 million ($4.4 million, or 17 cents/share, after tax) related to amounts earned from the surcharge last year. The original law grew out of a concern that utilities were collecting more in taxes as part of customer rates than they were paying out to governments (see Daily GPI, April 15, 2008).

May 26, 2011

Kodiak Building Bakken/Three Forks Acreage

Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp. has agreed to acquire from an undisclosed private seller Bakken/Three Forks leasehold and producing properties in the Williston Basin for about $85.5 million, the company said Monday.

May 24, 2011
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