The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has awarded more than $1.6 million to schools and businesses in the state for projects that will use alternative fuels and infrastructure. Ten grants were awarded, mostly for alternative fuel vehicle purchases and retrofits. Those include 41 propane-fueled buses for a school district in Montgomery County and 20 United Parcel Service trucks that will run on compressed natural gas. In all, 111 alternative fuel vehicles will be put into service through the grants and utilize seven new alternative fuel stations. The grant program remains open throughout 2016. Applications will be accepted until Dec. 30 for “innovative, advanced fuel and vehicle technology projects,” the agency said.
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After deliberating for two days, a federal jury has awarded two families in rural Dimock Township, PA, more than $4 million, finding that Cabot Oil & Gas Corp.’s operations there were responsible for contaminating their water wells.
Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LP (CPChem) has received the go-ahead from its board of directors to proceed with its US Gulf Coast (USGC) Petrochemicals Project, which was announced in 2011.
Officials in two Pennsylvania counties with significant oil and gas drilling that targets the Marcellus Shale say they support plans by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to conduct baseline testing at private water wells in their counties next year.
ENGlobal Corp. has been awarded a $5 million contract to provide engineering and procurement support services for a cryogenic processing plant being built in Carroll County, OH, and owned by Utica East Ohio Midstream LLC (UEO).
Inergy LP’s Tres Palacios 20-mile header pipeline extension is now in service, allowing shippers to transport up to 300 MMcf/d of natural gas from the tailgate of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP’s Houston Central gas processing plant in Colorado County, TX, to the Tres Palacios gas storage facility. The 24-inch diameter extension also enables delivery of gas from the Houston Central plant to any of the 10 interstate and intrastate pipelines interconnected with the Tres Palacios header system. “Beyond providing Eagle Ford Shale producers with significant new market options, we believe our new Houston Central interconnection will increase liquidity at the Tres Palacios hub point for marketers to access supply,” said Bruce Page, Tres Palacios vice president for commercial operations and business development. The Houston Central plant provides 700 MMcf/d of processing capacity and 22,000 b/d of fractionation capacity and is being expanded to process an additional 400-800 MMcf/d of rich gas from the Eagle Ford Shale.
General Electric unit GE Oil & Gas Wednesday said it has been awarded contracts to supply natural gas compression trains for Dominion Cove Point’s liquefaction project in Lusby, MD, which would give the existing import terminal export capability.
As part of a current fiscal year $90 million program, the California Energy Commission (CEC) on Wednesday awarded two more grants totaling nearly $700,000 to help advance alternative fuel and vehicle technology throughout the state. One grant ($278,000) went to a Southern California school district in Upland, CA, to update the district’s compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling facility to expand its fleet of CNG-powered buses. A second award ($400,000) went to Greenkraft Inc., an automotive manufacturer in Anaheim, CA, to use as buy-down incentives on the purchase of 40 medium-duty propane trucks. These incentives help pay the difference between alternative fuel vehicles and conventional ones. They are available only for new natural gas- and propane-powered vehicles that meet all of the emissions requirements of the California Air Resources Board. The CEC administers the state’s “Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program,” created by the state legislature in AB 118 a few years ago.
Bechtel has been awarded the engineering, procurement and construction contract for the Panda Temple II Generating Station, a 758 megawatt natural gas-fueled, combined-cycle power plant to be built in Temple, TX, south of Dallas. It is the third power facility to be built by Bechtel and consortium partner Siemens for Panda Power Funds.
Mexico’s Petroleos Mexicanos’ (Pemex) exploration and production (E&P) unit has awarded contracts with a total value of more than $350 million to Empeiria Acquisition Corp. and subsidiary Integrated Drilling Equipment Co. Holdings (IDE) to build four 3000HP AC modular platform rigs, Houston-based Empeiria said Monday.