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Critics Blast Senate’s Pipe Safety Bill as too Soft

The deadly explosion that occurred on El Paso Natural Gas’ pipeline Aug. 19 in Carlsbad, NM, killing 12 people who were camping nearby provided enough incentive for the Senate to swiftly pass pipeline safety legislation last week. However, critics say the legislation fails miserably by doing nothing to improve the terrible track record of the government agency in charge of overseeing pipeline safety.

September 11, 2000

Duke Offers Solutions to California’s Power Shortfall

As the western states generally, and California in particular,faced another blast of power-draining summer heat, Duke EnergyNorth America (DENA) last week proposed to California Gov. GrayDavis a combination of long- and short-term new generation and afive-year, fixed-price electricity option to buffer mass consumersfrom electric price volatility.

August 7, 2000

Duke Offers Solutions to California’s Power Shortfall

As the western states generally, and California in particular,faced another blast of power-draining summer heat, Duke EnergyNorth America (DENA) proposed Monday to California Gov. Gray Davisa combination of long- and short-term new generation and afive-year, fixed-price electricity option to buffer mass consumersfrom electric price volatility.

August 1, 2000

Northern Border Shippers Blast Amended Extension

U.S. and Canadian shippers on Northern Border Pipeline havelobbed a barrage of protests at the pipeline’s latest request toroll-in the costs of its Project 2000 extension, with some going asfar as to question the need for the Illinois-to-Indiana extension.

January 20, 2000

Producers Blast Bradley’s Plan to Cut Tax Breaks

The Independent Petroleum Association of America came outstrongly against a proposal presented earlier this week byDemocratic presidential candidate Bill Bradley that would do awaywith several tax loopholes currently benefiting oil and gasproducers.

January 6, 2000

Producers Blast Gore on Offshore Ban

The Natural Gas Supply Association (NGSA) last week called intoquestion Vice President Al Gore’s pledge to continue the drillingban along the Florida and California coasts if he’s electedpresident. “The producers of natural gas are dismayed by yourrecent announcement” to stop in its tracks any drilling along thesetwo coasts, where it’s believed more than 40 Tcf of gas may beavailable, wrote NGSA President R. Skip Horvath in a letter toGore. “Denying access to this environmental fuel, some of whichresides offshore, appears inconsistent with the goal for a cleanerfuture.”

November 1, 1999

Shippers Blast Sonat’s Proposed Rate Hike

Shippers shot Southern Natural’s proposed rate increase full ofholes last week at FERC. Wholesale and retail marketers, municipaland investor-owned utilities, industrial gas users and gasproducers alike told FERC to deny Sonat’s request that theincreased rates be made effective Oct. 1. There was a unanimouscall for hearings and a suspension of the filing for the fullfive-month period subject to refund.

September 20, 1999

Customers Blast Change to FERC Complaint Process

A broad coalition of gas and electric trade groups has askedFERC to reconsider a July rehearing decision that prompted it topurge any reference to immediate relief from its final rule oncomplaint procedures.

September 1, 1999

Shareholders Blast PennzEnergy for Selling too Cheap

While analysts consider Devon Energy Corp.’s planned acquisition of PennzEnergy Co. a smart move, PennzEnergy investors are smarting over what they consider too low a price.

May 24, 1999

Ford Powerplant Blast Pressures CMS Project

Construction of a new 710 MW gas-fired cogeneration plant toreplace a 75-year old powerhouse supplying Ford Motor Company’smassive Rouge complex and Rouge Steel Co. in Dearborn, MI, is goinginto overdrive following the explosion of a boiler Tuesday thatkilled one person, critically injured a dozen others and shut downthe old plant.

February 4, 1999