DOE to OK Gas Exports by Early 2013, Sempra CEO Says

Political and regulatory indicators point to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) giving the green light to pending applications to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) to non-free trade agreement (FTA) nations by no later than early next year, according to Sempra Energy CEO Debra Reed.

August 8, 2012

Industry Briefs

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave Southern Natural Gas Co. the green Light to begin service on the Phase III leg of its South System Expansion III project, which will provide up to 375,000 Dth/d of firm capacity for Southern Company Services Inc. to serve affiliate Georgia Power Co.’s proposed expansion of its Plant Jack McDonough electric generation facilities near Atlanta. The Phase III portion of the expansion included construction of a a 2.4-mile, 36-inch diameter Bay Springs Loop paralleling Southern’s main system in Clarke County, MS; construction of a 5.2-mile Gallion Loop in Hall and Perry counties in Alabama; abandonment and replacement of 11.7 miles of 16-inch diameter pipeline with 42-inch diameter pipeline in Elmore County, AL; and installation of a 7,000 hp electric motor unit at its existing Ellerslie Compressor Station in Harris County, GA.

June 1, 2012

Salazar Calls Anadarko Utah Project ‘Template’ for Industry

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar last Tuesday signed a record of decision (ROD) giving Anadarko Petroleum Corp. the green light to proceed with a major natural gas development project in eastern Utah.

May 14, 2012

Salazar OKs Anadarko’s Utah Project, Calls It ‘Template’ for Industry

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar Tuesday signed a record of decision (ROD) giving Anadarko Petroleum Corp. the green light to proceed with a major natural gas development project in eastern Utah.

May 9, 2012

Vermont Lawmakers Call for Ban, Reports on Fracking

Lawmakers in the Vermont House of Representatives were to vote Friday on a bill that would ban hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the Green Mountain State and require regulators with the state Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) to submit a report by 2015 on the best ways to regulate the practice.

May 7, 2012

Southern Seeks to Iron Out ‘Wrinkle Bend’ Hazards on Pipe System

Southern Natural Gas Co. LLC (SNG) has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the green light to abandon nearly 20 miles of pipeline and associated facilities in Alabama to comply with a correction action order issued by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to address the hazards associated with wrinkle bends, which led to a failure on SNG’s system in 2009.

April 9, 2012

Outside Auditor Praises Pennsylvania Forest Management

An uptick in Marcellus Shale development last year didn’t keep an independent auditor from certifying Pennsylvania’s state forests as sustainably managed.

April 5, 2012

SoCalGas (Again) Gets OK for $1B Smart Meter Program

For the third time, California regulators Thursday gave the green light to Sempra Energy’s Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) to embark on a proposed $1 billion, multi-year transition to an advanced metering system consistent with what all of the state’s other private-sector utilities have been doing the past five years.

March 23, 2012

Urban Gas Storage Gets Nod in California, But Regulator Revises

A state regulatory judge last Friday indicated that he is recommending that the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) give a green light to a proposal to develop an underground natural gas storage field under a residential neighborhood in the southeast corner of Sacramento, but the assigned CPUC member has filed an alternative.

March 14, 2012

Industry Briefs

Western Gas Partners LP. agreed to acquire the Red Desert Complex and related assets, primarily located in the greater Green River Basin of southwestern Wyoming from parent Anadarko Petroleum Corp. for $483 million. Included in the purchase is Anadarko’s 100% ownership interest in Mountain Gas Resources LLC (MGR), which owns the Red Desert Complex, a 22% interest in Rendezvous Gas Services LLC and related facilities. Red Desert represents most of MGR’s cash flow (90%) and includes the Patrick Draw processing plant with a capacity of 125 MMcf/d, the Red Desert processing plant with a capacity of 48 MMcf/d, 1,295 miles of gathering lines and related facilities. Rendezvous owns a 338-mile mainline gathering system serving the Jonah and Pinedale Anticline fields in southwestern Wyoming, which delivers gas to WES’s Granger Complex and other locations. Red Desert and Rendezvous together are expected to generate more than 98% of MGR’s operating cash flows. The acquisition is scheduled to close in January.

December 19, 2011