The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) on Thursday approved yet another settlement with a retail natural gas and electricity supplier to resolve complaints about deceptive marketing and inaccurate pricing information during the brutally cold winter of 2013-2014.
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Marcellus heavyweight EQT Corp., one of Pennsylvania’s leading producers, is in a showdown with the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) over a 2012 impoundment leak that finds it facing a $4.53 million fine and six separate criminal charges in Commonwealth Court.
Washington state regulators saidPuget Sound Energy(PSE) has agreed to pay a $275,000 penalty to settle a natural gas safety complaint lodged against the Bellevue, WA-based combination utility last year regarding a pipeline leak, explosion and house fire in North Seattle in 2011. TheWashington Utilities and Transportation Commission(WUTC) alleged that PSE violated certain gas safety rules when it responded to reports of gas leaks in the Pinehurst neighborhood of Seattle two years ago. An explosion and fire subsequently destroyed a home and injured two people. Under the settlement, PSE admits there were violations and agreed to pay the penalty. The utility is not allowed to pass on the cost of the fine in the retail rates it charges customers. The WUTC staff found the cause of the leaks late last year and recommended a $400,000 penalty (seeDaily GPI,Dec. 28, 2012).
A Pennsylvania lawmaker wants to repeal a controversial section of a new drilling law — as well as portions of state law dating back to 1961 — to protect landowners from what she says amounts to forced pooling.
TransCanada Corp. moved Thursday to calm a hornets’ nest of protest among its natural gas customers in Ontario, Quebec and the northeastern United States by making a formal promise to maintain service continuity.
Environmental groups have filed a complaint in federal court in Washington, DC, challenging a supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) that clears the way for the first oil and natural gas lease sale since the Macondo well blowout to be held in the western Gulf of Mexico (GOM).
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a complaint against Range Resources Corp. to compel its compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) order last month that claims at least two water wells in Parker County, TX, “have been significantly impacted by…methane contamination” from its oil and gas operations in the Barnett Shale.
The Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) has set for hearing a complaint by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) against Range Resources Corp. alleging methane contamination of residential water wells in Parker County in the Barnett Shale play (see Shale Daily, Dec. 9). The hearing date is to be Jan. 10. “Because this matter has now been set for hearing, and the commission will sit in judgment of the facts, the commissioners cannot comment on the case,” said RRC General Counsel Lindil Fowler. “However, RRC staff expects both parties, the EPA as well as Range Resources representatives, to appear before hearings examiners and testify as to the allegations…”
FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff, acting as Motions Commissioner, Tuesday overrturned and stayed decisions by an administrative law judge (ALJ) in a Section 5 complaint proceeding involving Northern Natural Gas Co.