Ohio Says Injection Well May Have Caused Quakes, Unveils New Rules

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) said Friday a dozen small earthquakes in northeastern Ohio over the last year may have been triggered by a wastewater disposal well in Youngstown, and it unveiled a series of tough new regulations for injection wells.

March 12, 2012

MarkWest Utica, Gulfport Set Sights on Utica Infrastructure

MarkWest Utica EMG LLC said Tuesday it has an agreement in principle with Gulfport Energy Corp. and some undisclosed producers to develop extensive midstream infrastructure in the liquids-rich portion of eastern Ohio’s Utica Shale.

March 8, 2012

Antero Pays $193M to Increase Marcellus Leasehold

Antero Resources has acquired from CONSOL Energy a 7% overriding royalty interest in approximately 115,647 net acres in the Marcellus Shale in southwestern Pennsylvania and north central West Virginia for $193 million, the companies said Monday. The deal closed Sept. 21 with an effective date of July 1, 2011.

September 27, 2011

Shippers Back Proposed Ban on Capacity Bidding by Affiliates

Pipeline shippers Tuesday expressed support for FERC’s proposal to bar multiple affiliates from bidding in an open season for capacity allocated on a pro rata basis — unless an affiliate has an “independent business reason” for submitting a bid. Interstate pipelines took no position on the issue, but stressed that they shouldn’t bear any of the responsibility for whether or not a bidder complies with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) final rule.

June 2, 2011

California Sets $17M for Low-Income Efficiency Marketing

California regulators last Thursday allocated funding of more than $17 million to the state’s four major investor-owned utilities to be used for marketing energy efficiency to low-income customers through the individual utilities and through a statewide integrated program involving marketing, education and outreach programs.

October 20, 2009

FERC Chair: Stimulus Funds for Grid Upgrades a Drop in Bucket

The money to be allocated by Congress to build U.S. power transmission facilities is just a drop in the bucket of what will be needed to improve reliability of the grid and deliver renewable power to population centers from remote locations, FERC Acting Chairman Jon Wellinghoff said last Thursday.

February 16, 2009

Questar Uses Drill Bit to Grow Gas-Rich Output 15% in Final Quarter

Natural gas-focused Questar Corp.’s quarterly earnings were up 42% on stronger production results and higher realized prices for gas, oil and natural gas liquids (NGL), as well as increased gas gathering and processing volumes and margins. However, the company warned that the recent decline in gas prices will impact 2006 earnings.

February 16, 2006

FERC Upsets Arbitrator’s Ruling Against CA Cities, Orders Refunds

In a surprising move, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last Tuesday reversed an arbitrator’s decision denying claims by six California cities that they were unfairly charged for generation dispatched in early 2000 to replace service from reliability must-run (RMR) units that were unavailable at the time.

April 26, 2004

Transportation Notes

Transwestern allocated its San Juan Lateral capacity for Tuesday’s Cycle 3 nominations from 800,000 MMBtu/d to about 600,000 MMBtu/d. Bloomfield Station’s Unit #4 and the Gallup Electric Compressor Station were not available for Tuesday’s gas day, the pipeline said. Teams are evaluating and working on the stations’ problems. Transwestern expected to schedule 800,000 MMBtu/d for Wednesday. The Blanco-Thoreau segment of the lateral was scheduled to remain limited to 800,000 MMBtu/d through April 14 before returning to full 860,000 MMBtu/d capacity on April 15 (see Daily GPI, March 28).

April 9, 2003

Transportation Notes

Transwestern said Wednesday it was experiencing problems with the control valve and meter at the TransColorado interconnect on Transwestern’s San Juan Lateral. Transwestern allocated the point for Wednesday’s Intraday Cycles 1-3 and said shippers should monitor its Internet site for updates.

March 27, 2003
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