The Senate voted Thursday to move forward with a vote to confirm Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), but one Republican senator said she will oppose his confirmation.
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PG&E Corp., the holding company for the San Francisco-based combination utility, on Wednesday announced senior executive changes in anticipation of CEO Tony Earley’s retirement March 1. The company is downsizing its workforce, resulting in executive and staff layoffs.
The West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association (WVONGA) has hired Anne C. Blankenship as executive director. An energy attorney at Babst Calland’s Charleston office, Blankenship has nearly 15 years of experience working in the industry. She previously served as WVONGA’s chief counsel. The appointment ends a search that was launched by the organization’s board of directors to replace Nicholas “Corky” DeMarco, who died unexpectedly in July. Babst Calland works on behalf of the industry throughout the Appalachian Basin. Blankenship “has a deep background in law and environmental regulations and is a skilled communicator,” said board President Maribeth Anderson. Blankenship starts the new job on Nov. 28.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged billionaire Leon Cooperman and his hedge fund, Omega Advisors Inc., with insider trading on Wednesday, alleging that they illegally profited from the sale of a natural gas processing facility in Oklahoma in 2010 and then tried to cover it up.
Former Cheniere Energy Inc. marketing executive Meg Gentle has ponied up $10 million of her takings from that company to buy into startup liquefied natural gas (LNG) developer Tellurian Investments, which was co-founded by ousted Cheniere co-founder Charif Souki. Gentle will be Tellurian’s president and CEO, and a member of its board.
Many energy executives expect natural gas prices to remain below $3.00/MMBtu this year while renewables are expected to continue to take more market share, according to an annual survey by KPMG Global Energy Institute.
Linden (Linn) Evanswas named to the new position of president/COO at Black Hills Corp., effective Jan. 1, according to CEO David Emery, who relinquished his president’s title while remaining chairman/CEO. Evans, who joined Black Hills in 2001 as an attorney, has been president/COO of the Black Hills utilities since 2004. Evans’ new role will include all of the company’s business segments, including the addition of oil/gas exploration and production subsidiary and newly acquired SourceGas utilities (see Daily GPI, July 13).
Most global oil and gas companies are poised for dealmaking in 2016, but volatile commodity prices still pose a significant threat, more than 100 senior energy executives said in a recent survey.
Apache Corp.announced several executive changes effective Jan. 1, 2014. COORod Eichleris transitioning to two newly created roles: executive adviser to the chairman and CEO of liquefied natural gas projects and upstream, as well as oversight of gas monetization, and corporate health, safety, environment and emergency response. Permian Basin Region Vice PresidentJohn Christmannis to become COO of North America. International Operations EVPTom Voytovichis becoming COO of International, whileMike Bahorich, chief technology officer, also assumes responsibility for exploration and production technology. Argentina Region Vice PresidentMichael Bosewould take over the Permian Region, whileDavid Chi, manager of Argentina production, would become interim region vice president.Rob Johnstonis to become vice president of the Central Region.
The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), which has played a key role in the de facto moratorium on oil and gas drilling in the basin, will soon begin a search for a new executive director, following Carol Collier’s announcement Thursday that she will retire March 12, 2014.