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California Regulators Reshuffle San Bruno Legal Team

Under pressure from San Bruno, CA, officials who have asked for an investigation, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) last week reshuffled two key legal positions in the three consolidated penalty cases against Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) for the 2010 natural gas transmission pipeline tragedy.

July 1, 2013

Ohio Oil & Gas Commission Upholds Shutdown of D&L Injection Wells

A decision by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) that D&L Energy Inc. cannot keep its injection well permits and must properly dispose stored material has been upheld by the Ohio Oil and Gas Commission.

June 28, 2013

Louisiana Plant Explosion Claims Second Life

Two people have now died as a result of Thursday morning’s explosion at the Williams Geismar, LA, olefins plant in Ascension Parish.

June 17, 2013

API, Groups Ask Court to Stay SEC Disclosure Rule

The American Petroleum Institute (API) and a coalition of business groups have asked the appellate court in Washington, DC, to stay the Securities and Exchange (SEC) mandate requiring producers to publicly report how much they pay governments for access to oil, natural gas and minerals.

June 10, 2013

Industry Brief

Under a five-year memorandum of understanding (MOU), Sandia National Laboratories and SRI International have partnered to explore, test and evaluate a range of hydrogen and natural gas fuel systems and components for transportation. The MOU is the first agreement in Sandia’s new Center for Infrastructure Research and Innovation (CIRI), an alternative fuel research facility whose goal is to accelerate hydrogen and natural gas infrastructure technologies. The collaboration also will capitalize on research at Sandia’s Combustion Research Facility (CRF). CIRI will be located at Sandia’s Livermore Valley Open Campus, adjacent to the CRF.

June 5, 2013

Kinder Morgan Shelves Permian-California Crude Pipeline

Following an unsuccessful open season, Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP (KMP) has shelved plans for the Freedom Pipeline, which would have carried Permian Basin crude oil from Texas to California refineries.

June 3, 2013

ExxonMobil, Chevron Investors Once Again Veto Shale Proposals

For the fourth year in a row, ExxonMobil Corp. and Chevron Corp. investors soundly defeated proposals calling for more disclosures regarding shale extraction operations.

May 31, 2013

Poland Nixes Shale Gas Taxes Until 2020

In an attempt to lure foreign investment back to its shale natural gas plays following several high profile defections, the country’s finance minister said a severance tax on unconventional production will take effect in 2015 but no tax would be levied until 2020.

May 24, 2013

NEB: Canada NatGas Producers ‘In A Holding Pattern’

While natural gas prices have recovered to nearly $4.00/MMBtu, the National Energy Board (NEB) Thursday said Canadian gas producers are undertaking minimal drilling activity, as current prices do not cover the full costs of developing most prospects.

May 13, 2013

Canadian NatGas Producers ‘In A Holding Pattern,’ NEB Says

While natural gas prices have recovered to nearly $4/MMBtu, the National Energy Board (NEB) reported Thursday that Canadian natural gas producers are undertaking minimal natural gas drilling activity, as current prices do not cover the full costs of developing most natural gas prospects.

May 13, 2013