Blast

Transportation Notes

A nonaffiliated worker was killed when ANR experienced a pipe rupture about 10 a.m. EST Tuesday in Cass County, MI. The blast occurred on a 24-inch diameter tie line connecting the Bridgman, La Grange and Defiance compressor stations, said a spokesman for ANR parent firm El Paso Corp. There was no fire, but an employee of Midwest Energy Cooperative who was doing work in the vicinity was fatally injured, he added. An investigation is under way. There was no service impact.

December 20, 2006

Softness Prevalent in Mixed Post-Holiday Market

With the worst of the latest blast of arctic cold having occurred over the holiday weekend and a modest warm-up under way, the cash market turned in a mixed performance Tuesday that was dominated by softening.

February 22, 2006

Storm Clouds Will Form Over Consumers’ Winter Heating Bills

While the 26th named tropical storm this year is raging far out in the Atlantic, the natural gas industry needs to look out for the 27th blast of turbulence, which will hit when consumers get their first big heating bills of the season, according to Stephen E. Ewing, vice chairman of DTE Energy. “We’re in the calm before the storm,” and face a “turbulent future marked by unprecedented high prices.”

December 5, 2005

Transportation Notes

Dominion experienced a rupture Saturday on a 20-inch supply line to one of its storage facilities in Harrison County, WV. The blast occurred in a remote area and didn’t cause a fire or injuries, a spokesman said. The line was isolated shortly afterwards, and because it wasn’t a residential line, no one lost service, he said. The pipeline was continuing an investigation into the cause of the incident Monday.

August 2, 2005

Prices in Moderate Retreat as Heating Load Drops

With a midweek winter blast due to yield to more moderate conditions in key northern market areas, prices dropped at nearly all points Thursday by amounts ranging from a couple of pennies to a little more than 30 cents. A little more than half of the declines were a dime or less.

January 7, 2005

Producers, Consumers Blast GTI RD&D Plan; Pipelines Support It

Gas producers and large consumers told FERC they are dumbfounded by an attempt by the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) to reinstate mandated surcharges on interstate gas transportation for the purpose of funding its gas research, development and demonstration (RD&D) budget after the entire industry reached an agreement in 1998 to do away with the program.

August 16, 2004

Producers, Consumers Blast GTI RD&D Plan; Pipelines Support It

Gas producers and large consumers told FERC they are dumbfounded by an attempt by the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) to reinstate mandated surcharges on interstate gas transportation for the purpose of funding its gas research, development and demonstration (RD&D) budget after the entire industry reached an agreement in 1998 to do away with the program.

August 11, 2004

Cantwell, Feinstein Blast CFTC for Opposing Legislation to Allow OTC Market Regulation

In a letter to Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman James Newsome last Monday, Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) berated the CFTC for continuing its fight against legislation that would allow more regulatory oversight of the over-the-counter (OTC) energy market.

July 5, 2004

Cantwell, Feinstein Blast CFTC for Opposing Legislation to Allow OTC Market Regulation

In a letter to Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman James Newsome on Monday, Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) berated the CFTC for continuing its fight against legislation that would allow more regulatory oversight of the over-the-counter (OTC) energy market.

June 29, 2004

Algerian LNG Blast Impacts Plans in the U.S., Industry Proponents Say

Last month’s tragic accident that killed at least 27 people at a liquefaction plant in Skikda, Algeria has had a chilling effect on the numerous plans for importing large quantities of liquefied natural gas (LNG) into the United States, according to speakers at a West Coast industry conference.

February 17, 2004