FERC Approves Tennessee’s Orion Project

FERC issued a certificate of public convenience and necessity to Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. LLC (TGP) on Thursday, authorizing it to construct and operate the Orion Project, a looping project on its 300 Line designed to serve increasing demand in the Mid-Atlantic and New England.

February 3, 2017

Gas Natural Shareholders Approve First Reserve Merger

Gas Natural Inc. shareholders have approved the company’s merger with a subsidiary of energy-focused private equity firm First Reserve, clearing the way for regulatory approval and keeping the deal on track to close in the second half of 2017.

December 29, 2016
FERC Timing on Rover Decision Could Have Big Impact as Deadline to Avoid Delay Nears

FERC Timing on Rover Decision Could Have Big Impact as Deadline to Avoid Delay Nears

FERC needs to approve the Rover Pipeline Project this week in order to avoid delays, project backers told the Commission in a filing earlier this month.

December 28, 2016

FERC Approves Construction of Transco’s Virginia Southside Expansion Project II

FERC has approved construction of Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Co. LLC’s (Transco) Virginia Southside Expansion Project II, which would serve the needs of Dominion Virginia Power to fuel a new 1,580 MW power plant it plans to build in Greensville County, VA.

October 5, 2016

FERC Approves Settlements, Closing Out Tuscarora, Columbia Pipeline Rate Cases

FERC approved two separate uncontested settlements Thursday, bringing an apparent end to investigations into whether a pair of interstate natural gas pipelines set unreasonable rates to recoup costs.

September 22, 2016

Briefs — Washington Utility Rates, Hillabee Expansion

Washington state regulators approved a $17.8 million, or 8.7%, decrease in retail natural gas utility rates for Cascade Natural Gas Corp. The decrease is the net effect of two decisions by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) — one related to Cascade’s annual purchased gas adjustment (PGA) to reflect changes in the wholesale costs of its gas supply purchases, and the other approved an all-party settlement in the gas utility’s last general rate case. In July UTC approved the all-party settlement, resulting in a $4 million, or 1.6%, general rate hike, but the PGA more than offset that resulting in an overall rate reduction.

September 2, 2016

Latest Mexico Bidding Round Offering Burgos Basin NatGas Acreage

Mexico’s Energy Secretary on Tuesday approved the bidding process for a dozen onshore exploration and production areas open to international investment. The acreage contains mostly natural gas and includes nine blocks in the Burgos Basin south of the Texas border.

August 24, 2016

New PA Shale Regulations Advance, But Legislature Squashes Conventional Well Rules

After more than five years in the making, months of fiery debate and weeks of behind-the-scenes negotiations, the Pennsylvania General Assembly on Wednesday approved new environmental regulations for shale gas production and voted for legislation to scrap new rules for legacy producers.

June 16, 2016

Energy Company With Barclays Ties Wins Key Approval to Frack in UK

In an encouraging sign for the future of shale gas development in the United Kingdom (UK), a county government in northern England has awarded a planning application to perform hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations to an energy company with ties to Barclays plc.

May 25, 2016

Colorado Council Overturns Commission Ruling, OKs 22-Well Development

The city council in Greeley, CO, located in oil and natural gas-rich Weld County, on Tuesday overturned its planning commission and approved a 22-well development by a 5-2 vote.

March 9, 2016