Administrative

People– Jennifer M. Long, FERC ALJ

Federal Energy Regulatory CommissionChairman Norman Bay announced the appointment Tuesday of Jennifer M. Long as a FERC administrative law judge (ALJ). Long has served as an ALJ in the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review at the Social Security Administration since 2012. Prior to that, she was a principal ALJ in the District of Columbia Office of Administrative Hearings, served as a commissioner on the District of Columbia Rental Housing Commission, and was an arbitrator at the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas. Long is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, earned a certificate of Judicial Development in Administrative Law Adjudication Skills from the National Judicial College and a bachelor’s degree from Howard University. She is a member of the Bars of the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania and Georgia.

October 4, 2016

Court Rejects Motion by Environmental Groups in BLM Fracking Rule Case

A federal judge in Wyoming has denied a motion by a coalition of six environmental groups to expedite the legal proceedings surrounding rules governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on public and tribal lands.

December 18, 2015

ALJ Finds REX Fuel Tracker Unlawful; Calls for $22.2M Refund

A FERC administrative law judge (ALJ) initial decision issued last week has found that the fuel tracking provisions for Rockies Express Pipeline LLC (REX) are not just and reasonable, recommended refunds to shippers of $22.2 million, and endorsed an alternative to the existing tracker, which was found to be overly complex and almost impossible to monitor.

July 8, 2013

ALJ Finds REX Fuel Tracker Unlawful; Calls for $22.2M Refund

A FERC administrative law judge (ALJ) initial decision has found that the fuel tracking provisions for Rockies Express Pipeline LLC (REX) are not just and reasonable, recommended refunds to shippers of $22.2 million, and endorsed an alternative to the existing tracker, which was found to be overly complex and almost impossible to monitor.

July 2, 2013
First of Several Fracking Bills Passes California Senate

First of Several Fracking Bills Passes California Senate

Even as an administrative process is ongoing to hammer out new state rules on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) by oil/gas regulators, the California Senate on Thursday passed on a 27-11 vote a measure (SB 4) to cover chemical disclosure requirements and public notice before fracking can take place. It drew short, at the industry’s urging, of placing any moratorium on the practice for an interim period.

June 3, 2013

ALJ Rejects Appeals of Permits for Tennessee’s Northeast Upgrade

An administrative law judge (ALJ) has turned down a request from two environmental groups to block Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co’s plans for an expansion of a natural gas pipeline in Pennsylvania, saying the groups “failed to show that they were likely to succeed on the merits or that they would suffer irreparable harm.”

February 6, 2013

DRBC Launches Online Surface Water Reporting

The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), which governs water use for a portion of the Marcellus Shale, has launched an online reporting system for the Water Supply Charges Program (WSCP) to streamline operations. All reports beginning this year must be completed online; reporting and payment deadlines are unchanged.

January 9, 2013

Gulfport Tacks More Utica Acreage Onto Agreement in Ohio

Four days after Gulfport Energy Corp. said it would buy 30,000 net acres in the Utica Shale in eastern Ohio, the company announced Thursday that the agreement has been amended to include an additional 7,000 net acres for $70 million.

December 21, 2012

Industry Briefs

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has issued for public comment a proposed decision by an administrative law judge (ALJ) and an alternate proposed decision by Commissioner Timothy Alan Simon regarding requests by San Diego Gas and Electric and Southern California Gas Co. to recover from ratepayers costs related to wildfires that affect their operations. The ALJ’s proposal rejects the utilities’ requests, finding that the companies haven’t proven that the proposed rates would be just and reasonable. Simon’s alternate proposal partially approves the utilities’ requests by limiting the wildfire costs to 90% of uninsured payments that are more than $10 million per wildfire and imposing restrictions on the recoveries. “As assigned commissioner to this state’s fire safety proceedings, I harbor grave concerns regarding the liability risk surrounding critical energy system infrastructure in this fire-prone region of our great state,” said Simon. Comments on the proceeding, No. A.09-08-020, are due by Nov. 5; reply comments are due by Nov. 13. CPUC could vote on the proposals as soon as Nov. 29. For information contact the CPUC Public Advisor’s Office at (415) 703-2074, (866) 849-8390 or e-mail public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov.

October 19, 2012

Contested Hearing on EOG ‘Fracking’ Sand Plant Set for July 12

The Texas State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH), which was created to referee contested cases, will hold a hearing July 12 in Gainesville, TX, on EOG Resources Inc.’s application for an air permit to build a plant to process sand to be used primarily to hydraulically fracture (frack) oil and natural gas wells.

June 13, 2012
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