Improvement

Congress Asked to Relax Reinspection Interval in Pipe Safety Law

As part of the reauthorization of the Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002 this year, a senior pipeline official asked Congress to relax a controversial standard requiring pipelines to reinspect facilities in high-density areas every seven years.

April 28, 2006

FERC OKs El Paso Purchase of Phoenix-Area Lateral

FERC on Thursday gave El Paso Natural Gas the green light to acquire a 37-mile lateral from the Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District for an estimated $32 million.

April 21, 2006

El Paso Plans $76M in Spending As Part of Arizona Settlement Deal

El Paso Corp. will pay the state of Arizona $3.4 million, invest another $43 million in capital improvement projects in the state and accelerate $30 million in already-planned pipeline integrity expenditures as part of a settlement that received final approval from the Maricopa County Superior Court on Monday. The settlement covers pending litigation against the company from the western energy crisis in 2000 and 2001.

December 28, 2004

S&P Sees Improvement but Wants More Detail on Merchant Activities

Almost two years after Enron Corp. imploded and exposed the flaws in the rest of the energy merchant sector, a Standard & Poor’s (S&P) analyst suggests in a new report that diversified energy companies with marketing and trading activities still don’t provide enough information for investors to discern all of the credit risks or the potential earnings.

October 20, 2003

Analysts: Utility Sector 2Q Credit Fundamentals Improving

The utility sector is continuing to benefit from an ongoing improvement in credit fundamentals as well as an overall increase in the “risk appetite” of investors in 2003, according to a report issued last week by CreditSights analysts.

July 7, 2003

Pioneer Reports Earnings, Production Growth

Pioneer Natural Resources Tuesday reported a vast improvement in first quarter 2003 earnings over last year and a 45% growth in daily production over the last 12 months. Company officials predicted production would continue to grow at a 12% compounded annual rate over the next five years.

April 30, 2003

Temporary Baker Chief Promises Improvement

Joe B. Foster, the new chief — at least for now — of BakerHughes Inc., is promising improved performance to shareholders inthe wake of the disclosure of accounting irregularities that havelaunched a slew of investor lawsuits.

February 2, 2000

Marketing Losses, Warm Temps Trouble Columbia

A strong performance by Columbia Energy Group’s transmission,distribution, and exploration and production operations last yearin spite of 17% warmer than normal weather and lower commodityprices was significantly tainted by several major blunders in itsenergy marketing operations.

February 15, 1999
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