Columbia

Merrimack Valley Gas Pipeline Contractors Lacked Necessary Replacement Info, Says NTSB

A series of natural gas explosions and fires that rocked three Massachusetts communities in September killing one man and damaging 131 structures may have been caused by gaps in construction work orders for the old system that were prepared by NiSource Inc. subsidiary Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

October 12, 2018

Columbia’s 1.3 Bcf/d WB XPress Gets Partial FERC Nod to Start Service

The same day it OK’d the startup of Atlantic Sunrise, FERC authorized service on another Appalachian takeaway expansion aimed at serving the East Coast, Columbia Gas Transmission LLC’s WB XPress Project.

October 4, 2018

Natural Gas Pipeline Restoration in Massachusetts Targets Mid-November In-Service

A construction restoration project is underway in the greater Lawrence area of Massachusetts as Columbia Gas of Massachusetts aims to restart natural gas service to customers by mid-November.

October 3, 2018

People — New FERC ALJ

Patricia M. French has been appointed as a FERC administrative law judge (ALJ), according to Chairman Kevin McIntyre. French has been an ALJ with the Social Security Administration’s Office of Disability Adjudication and Review since October 2016, and was an energy regulatory salaried shareholder in Bernstein Shur Sawyer & Nelson LLC’s energy and environmental practice group before that. French also served as chief compliance officer and division counsel for Columbia Pipeline Group and is a past vice president, assistant general counsel and chief compliance officer for Kern River Gas Transmission Co. She is a graduate of the Boston University School of Law and a member of the bars of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First and District of Columbia Circuits and the U.S. District Courts for New Hampshire, Utah, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Maine.

September 28, 2018

Natural Gas Line Replacement Begins in Massachusetts Towns Affected by Explosions

Columbia Gas of Massachusetts is aiming to have natural gas service restored to all residential and commercial customers by Nov. 19 and has begun the “massive replacement program” of the utility’s distribution system following a series of explosions on Sept. 13 in Merrimack Valley near Boston.

September 24, 2018

Shell Releases Canadian West Coast Offshore Drilling Rights

Shell Canada Ltd. courted favor in environmentally sensitive British Columbia (BC) on Thursday by surrendering about 50,000 square kilometers (19,300 square miles) of offshore drilling rights to the federal government.

September 17, 2018

NTSB Investigating Natural Gas Flow Regulator as Potential Culprit in Massachusetts Tragedy

Columbia Gas of Massachusetts on Sunday said it would “completely replace” the natural gas distribution system in the Merrimack Valley after a series of explosions and fires last Thursday killed one man and damaged or destroyed around 80 structures.

September 17, 2018

TCO Restoring Leach XPress, Testing Damaged Joints

Columbia Gas Transmission LLC’s (TCO) Leach XPress pipeline was still out of service on Thursday, a week after an explosion and fire in Marshall County, WV, knocked out volumes and forced the company to issue a force majeure.

June 14, 2018

Appalachian Producers Reroute Natural Gas Around Leach XPress Blast Site

There was no more clarity on Friday about when service might be restored on Columbia Gas Transmission LLC’s (TCO) Leach XPress line after an early morning explosion near Moundsville, WV, on Thursday forced the operator to cut capacity to zero, which is stirring up the Appalachian spot market.

June 8, 2018

Leach XPress Explosion Roils Appalachian Spot Market

There was no more clarity on Friday about when service might be restored on Columbia Gas Transmission LLC’s (TCO) Leach XPress line after an early morning explosion near Moundsville, WV, on Thursday forced the operator to cut capacity to zero, which is stirring up the Appalachian spot market.

June 8, 2018