Failing

Industry Brief

An affiliate of Chesapeake Energy Corp. is being sued by the U.S. government for failing to pay taxes in 2001 through 2003. Chesapeake Appalachia LLC is the successor company of Triana Energy Inc., which Chesapeake purchased in 2005 as part of a transaction with Columbia Natural Resources LLC. The deal gave Chesapeake entry into the relatively unexplored Marcellus Shale, with acreage in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, New York and Kentucky. According to a complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, the United States assessed taxes against Triana in 2001 through 2003 for a total of $431,988, which as of May 17 it “has failed, neglected or refused to pay” (U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia at Charleston, No. 2:13-cv-11988). Federal officials are seeking the tax assessment and statutory additions accrued.

June 10, 2013

Wyoming Counties Get Low Air Pollution Grades

Two Wyoming counties have been given failing and “D” grades for their air quality in the American Lung Association’s “State of the Air 2013” report. It said that while air quality overall my be improving nationwide, that is not the case in Wyoming.

April 29, 2013

States Consider Suing EPA for Ignoring Methane Emissions

A coalition of seven states, led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, last week threatened to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for failing to address methane emissions from oil and gas operations in violation of the Clean Air Act.

December 17, 2012

States Suing EPA Over Methane Emissions Regulations

A coalition of seven states, led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Tuesday told the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) it will sue the agency for failing to address methane emissions from oil and gas operations in violation of the Clean Air Act.

December 12, 2012

Industry Brief

Washington state regulators fined Bellevue, WA-based Puget Sound Energy (PSE) $250,000 for failing to correct violations found two years ago in the combination utility’s management of customer accounts. The state Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) originally fined PSE $104,300 in October 2010 for allegedly improperly handling customer accounts, including low-income customers that were disconnected for nonpayment. In addition to the penalty, PSE was ordered to correct 265 accounts. UTC approved a multi-party settlement of a complaint that originally alleged 515 violations of the regulators’ 2010 order. Besides the UTC staff and PSE, the settlement included the Public Counsel Section of the Washington Attorney General’s Office, and the nonprofit The Energy Project, representing low-income customers. UTC said PSE now has provided refunds and credits to the customers with the mishandled accounts, and it has changed its billing practices to ensure that customer payments are applied correctly to avoid improper shutoffs. The utility also has agreed to make a $75,000 contribution to its low-income assistance program.

November 14, 2012

Monterey Shale Fracking Lawsuit Previewed

The San Francisco-based Center for Biological Diversity has issued a 60-day notice of intent to file a lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for allegedly failing to keep wildlife protected from hydraulic fracturing (fracking) of oil and gas wells on federal lands it manages in the Monterey Shale in central California.

September 11, 2012

Alaska Governor Seeks Producer Support for LNG Export

After decades of trying — and failing — to develop a natural gas pipeline from its North Slope to Canadian and Lower 48 markets, Alaska is looking to Asia — accessible by liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers — to commercialize its large gas resource.

January 9, 2012

Alaska Asks Producers to Step Up for LNG

After decades of trying — and failing — to develop a natural gas pipeline from its North Slope to Canadian and Lower 48 markets, Alaska is looking to Asia — accessible by liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers — to commercialize its large gas resource.

January 9, 2012

Pennsylvania Impact Fee Delayed Again

Pennsylvania lawmakers approached Halloween hoping to bring drilling impact fee legislation to the Senate floor before the end of October, but after failing to resolve major issues over the weekend they now hope to pass a bill before Thanksgiving.

November 2, 2011

SemGroup Rejects Plains Merger Offer

SemGroup Corp. on Monday soundly rejected a $1.24 billion takeover bid by Plains All American Pipeline LP, calling the offer “opportunistic” and failing to reflect the company’s “bright prospects.”

October 25, 2011
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