Contention

Court Rejects Sierra Club’s Plea to Block Keystone Pipe

In a major victory for pipelines, a federal court in western Oklahoma has denied a request by the Sierra Club and two other organizations to enjoin the construction of the Cushing, OK-to-Port Arthur, TX, portion of the Keystone Pipeline, which was slated to begin Monday (Aug. 6). It further rejected an attack on the legality of a water-crossing permit needed in pipeline construction.

August 7, 2012

Pennsylvania Governor Would Rein in Municipals

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is asking state lawmakers to hold firm on local zoning restrictions included in legislation to impose an impact fee on natural gas drillers.

February 3, 2012

Judge Orders EPA to Be Deposed in Range Case

Range Resources unit Range Production Co. may depose an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official on Tuesday (Jan. 25), a federal judge in Austin, TX, has ruled. The agency has accused the company of contaminating water wells with its Barnett Shale drilling activities, a claim Range disputes.

January 21, 2011

California Air Regulators, Utility Spar Over LNG Supplies

San Diego County air pollution regulators are battling California officials over the state’s contention that imported liquefied natural gas (LNG) potentially is raising pollution levels, and they want San Diego Gas and Electric Co. (SDG&E) to do something about it. SDG&E contends that there is no problem and it can’t stop the flow of gas imports anyway.

January 19, 2011

Oregon LNG Project Gets Hit by Local Planning Staff

NorthernStar Energy LLC received an unfavorable review this week from the Clatsop County (OR) Planning Commission staff’s updated report, which follows an earlier recommendation for denial of zoning changes for the proposed Bradford Landing liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving terminal along the Columbia River in Oregon. NorthernStar, however, said it was unconcerned.

August 27, 2007

Consultant’s Report Gives Green Light to LADWP Rate Changes

A city-mandated independent financial review of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) last week supported the utility’s contention it needs new natural gas and renewable energy surcharges as well as permanent new retail water rates. The report prepared by the Barrington-Wellesley Group (BWG) will be considered by the LADWP five-member oversight board when it meets Tuesday.

April 4, 2006

Washington, Oregon File Amicus Briefs on LNG Jurisdictional Fight

The states of Washington and Oregon last month filed friends-of-the-court (amicus) briefs in the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal supporting California’s contention that FERC does not, as it has asserted, have exclusive jurisdiction in the siting of liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities. They asked the court to reverse the federal regulatory panel’s finding.

February 14, 2005

Washington, Oregon File Amicus Briefs on LNG Jurisdictional Fight

The states of Washington and Oregon last month filed friends-of-the-court (amicus) briefs in the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal supporting California’s contention that FERC does not, as it has asserted, have exclusive jurisdiction in the siting of liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities. They asked the court to reverse the federal regulatory panel’s finding.

February 10, 2005