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Windsor Energy Faces Possible Fines In New Brunswick

Windsor Energy Corp. has found itself on shaky ground in New Brunswick after it allowed a contractor to conduct seismic testing in a town without its consent, violating the province’s Oil and Natural Gas Act.

November 15, 2011

Report: BC Should Cap Natural Gas Production, End Subsidies

A progressive political advocacy group said the government of British Columbia (BC) should cap annual natural gas production and end subsidies to the industry over fears that it is expanding too rapidly at the expense of air, water and power resources.

November 14, 2011

Transportation Notes

Columbia Gas, which had allowed two Critical Days for storage to lapse Monday (see Daily GPI, Sept. 4), said a new Critical Day will be implemented Thursday; see the bulletin board for associated restrictions. Affiliate Columbia Gulf said effective with Timely cycle nominations Wednesday it was not allowing either AutoPAL (Park and Loan) service or nominations to resolve due-pipe imbalances.

October 6, 2011

New York Issues Proposed Fracking Rules, Schedules Hearings

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has released a proposed rulemaking that would impose additional regulations on natural gas drillers using high-volume hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the state, and has scheduled a series of hearings on the proposed rulemaking.

September 29, 2011

CPUC Judge Recommends PG&E Raise Pipe Pressure

A California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) judge recommended Friday that Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) be allowed to increase maximum allowable operating pressure (MAOP) at its Topock receipt transmission pipeline along the Arizona-California border. The CPUC will take up the recommendation when it meets Oct. 6.

September 26, 2011

California Utilities Judge Recommends PG&E Raise Pipe Pressure

A California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) judge recommended Friday that Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) be allowed to increase maximum allowable operating pressure (MAOP) at its Topock receipt transmission pipeline along the Arizona-California border. The CPUC will take up the recommendation when it meets Oct. 6.

September 26, 2011

Transportation Notes

Southern California Gas (SoCalGas) kept a high-linepack OFO in place through Sunday, then allowed it to expire Monday. SoCalGas also said it lost 100 MMcf/d of North Needles border delivery capacity Sunday for an undetermined amount of time when it declared a force majeure at the receipt point in order to replace a piston on the #1 unit.

July 6, 2011

Industry Brief

Lower-than-anticipated natural gas prices and purchased power costs have allowed NV Energy’s southern Nevada utility to avoid a general rate increase next year. The Las Vegas-based utility is seeking a $246 million general rate hike, but it will defer collection of $64 million of that total until a future rate case and apply $182 million of projected rate decreases to avoid having to raise residential customer rates at the start of next year. NV Energy said its recent investment in more efficient generation has contributed to the cost reductions in fuel and purchased power. Even with holding total revenues flat, NV Energy’s southern utility will get boosts in its overall return (8.53% to 8.66%) and return on equity (10.5% to 11.25%).

June 8, 2011

New York Assembly Once Again Pushes Fracking Ban

The New York Assembly has overwhelmingly approved legislation to limit hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the state’s portion of the Marcellus Shale, but whether the latest attempt to limit drilling will be approved in the state Senate remained a question on Tuesday.

June 8, 2011

Pennsylvania DEP Clarifies Rules for Inspections

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) said its inspectors have always been allowed to issue notices of violation (NOV) to Marcellus Shale operators without requiring approval from top agency officials. The agency said it has issued its staff a clarification stating as much.

May 9, 2011