CPUC Gives Staff More Authority to Issue Safety Fines

Citing the action as an attempt to prevent public safety and environmental degradation, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on Thursday approved a citation program under which its staff can levy fines, payable by shareholders, against public utilities.

May 13, 2013

Los Angeles Council Endorses End to Coal Generation

The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the city utility’s long-range plans to eliminate coal-fired generation from the power mix in favor of more natural gas and renewables.

April 25, 2013

Ohio Water District Approves Sales to Antero, Gulfport For Utica Development

The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) approved two separate agreements Friday to provide water from several managed lakes in eastern Ohio for approximately three months to Antero Resources and Gulfport Energy Corp. for Utica Shale operations.

April 23, 2013

Colorado, Wyoming Considering More Drilling Oversight

Colorado legislators and Wyoming regulators are looking at different ways to tighten oversight of their states’ oil and natural gas drilling.

April 22, 2013

Industry Briefs

The United States has completed its bilateral consultations with Japan for the country’s membership in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). If ultimately approved, membership is seen as potentially aiding U.S. liquefied natural gas to Japan (see Daily GPI, March 19). “Since November 2011, the United States has been engaged in consultations with Japan focused on Japan’s readiness to meet the TPP’s high standards for liberalizing trade and investment, and to address specific bilateral issues of concern in the automotive and insurance sectors, as well as other Japanese non-tariff measures,” said Acting U.S. Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis. “…[W]e are pleased to welcome Japan’s participation in the TPP negotiations pending a consensus agreement among the current TPP members and the completion of our respective domestic processes.” Through the TPP, the United States and 10 Asia-Pacific countries are seeking to negotiate a next-generation, regional trade agreement.

April 16, 2013

Senate Confirms Sally Jewell to Head Interior Department

Sally Jewell was sworn in as Interior secretary Friday, two days after the Senate approved the Obama administration nominee by an 87-11 vote.

April 15, 2013

Senate Confirms Jewell to Head Interior Department

The Senate approved President Obama’s nomination of Sally Jewell as Interior secretary Wednesday by an 87-11 vote.

April 11, 2013

Pennsylvania House Panel OKs Marcellus Tax Credit Bills

Lawmakers on a key committee of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives approved three “Marcellus Works” bills on Tuesday.

April 11, 2013

Indiana Lawmakers Ponder Incentives for CNG Vehicle Use

A bill (HB 1324) recently approved by the Indiana House and now being considered by the state Senate would provide an income tax credit for large natural gas-fueled trucks and would impose a motor carrier fuel tax on natural gas equivalent to rates already imposed on gasoline.

April 10, 2013

FERC OKs CenterPoint’s Pre-Filing Request for Arkansas Expansion

FERC has approved CenterPoint Energy Gas Transmission LLC’s (CEGT) request to participate in the agency’s pre-filing process for a proposed pipeline system expansion in central Arkansas.

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