New York Again Shuts the Door on Natural Gas, Denies Transco Expansion

New York regulators are once again threatening to strand 400 MMcf/d of natural gas in Pennsylvania by denying Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. LLC’s (Transco) Northeast Supply Enhancement Project a water quality certification (WQC).

April 23, 2018

FERC Upholds ACP Tree Clearing Restrictions, Pushing Some Work to 2019

FERC has denied Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC’s (ACP) request to extend tree clearing activities in West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina beyond seasonal restrictions, finding that it would not offer an equal or greater level of environmental protection as the company claimed in a filing in mid-March.

March 29, 2018

Constitution Running Out of Options After FERC Denies Petition

FERC dealt another blow to the long-delayed Constitution Pipeline on Thursday, denying a petition for a declaratory order that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) waived its authority when it failed to issue a water quality certification (WQC) within a reasonable period of time.

January 11, 2018

New York Shuts Down Millennium NatGas Project, Blames FERC

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has denied Millennium Pipeline Co. LLC a water quality certification (WQC) and other permits for its Valley Lateral Project, sending another clear signal of the challenges natural gas projects face in the state.

August 31, 2017

California OKs PG&E Pipe Plan

California regulators last week approved a three-year natural gas pipeline enhanced safety plan for Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E), but they denied ratepayer support for most of the cost of the utility’s proposal. Separately, the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) adopted new protections for safety-related whistleblowers as directed by a new state law (AB 705).

December 24, 2012

California Regulators Reject Urban Gas Storage Project

The five-member California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on Thursday denied a long-standing proposal to develop an idle dry natural gas field into an underground storage project beneath a residential community in Sacramento. CPUC members voted 3-2 against the 7.5 Bcf capacity independent project.

July 13, 2012

Appeals Court Rejects Attempt to Block MARC I Hub Project

A federal appeals court on Tuesday denied a petition by environmental groups seeking to halt construction of a natural gas pipeline that would traverse three counties in the heart of Marcellus Shale country in northern Pennsylvania.

June 13, 2012

PG&E Hit Twice with California Pipeline Fines

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) lost twice Thursday as California regulators denied the utility’s appeal of a $16.7 million staff-imposed pipeline fine and assessed a separate $3 million penalty for shoddy record-keeping.

April 20, 2012

Texas Court Decision ‘Benefit’ to Shale Producers

A landmark ruling by the Texas Supreme Court last month that landowners own groundwater “in place” will benefit shale producers by facilitating the sale of the water, according to Kathleen Hartnett White, a distinguished senior fellow and director at the Texas Public Policy Foundation in Austin, TX.

March 16, 2012

Oklahoma Lawmakers OK $150M Driller Rebate

A vote by an Oklahoma Senate panel to refund $150 million of an estimated $294 million in tax breaks denied to oil and gas drillers over the past two years is “counter productive” to the state’s efforts to improve its economy, according to the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association (OIPA).

February 27, 2012
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