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Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead submitted his slate of agency, board and commission appointments to his state Senate, including 10 that impact the energy sector. Mead reappointed Todd Parfitt as head of the state Department of Environmental Quality and Bill Russell as one of the three-member Public Service Commission (PSC), along with adding a new PSC nominee, Kara Brighton. For the 12-member Energy Resource Council at the University of Wyoming, he reappointed Carl Bauer, a private-sector consultant; resubmitted two earlier appointments from last year, Martha Wyrsch from Vestas American Wind; and Jeane Hull from Peabody Energy; and added two industry representatives, Tom Botts, a retired Shell Oil executive, and David Emery, CEO at Rapid City, SD-based Black Hills Corp. Among the other agency/commission appointments are Mark Doelger to the Oil/Gas Commission, and Bill Hawks who was reappointed to the Wyoming Pipeline Authority. The state Senate has five days to approve or reject the appointments.

February 25, 2013

Analyst: North America to Be Important LNG Supplier

The global liquefied natural gas (LNG) market is supply constrained, but that will change in the coming years as new liquefaction capacity comes online, including in North America, allowing LNG consumption growth to resume, Poten & Partners Inc.’s Darryl Houghton told a Houston audience recently.

February 25, 2013

Analyst: North America to Be Important LNG Supplier

The global liquefied natural gas (LNG) market is supply constrained, but that will change in the coming years as new liquefaction capacity comes online, including in North America, allowing LNG consumption growth to resume, Poten & Partners Inc.’s Darryl Houghton told a Houston audience last week.

February 20, 2013

New Brunswick Unveils New Oil and Gas Rules

Officials in the Canadian province of New Brunswick unveiled new rules for oil and natural gas development in the prospective Frederick Brook Shale on Friday, including a requirement that operators disclose all of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

February 20, 2013
Wyoming Eyes Baseline Water Tests for Drillers

Wyoming Eyes Baseline Water Tests for Drillers

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead is considering a pre-drilling water testing requirement for oil and natural gas operators in the state.

February 7, 2013

BP, DOJ Criminal Settlement Approved

A federal judge in New Orleans on Tuesday approved an agreement between BP plc and the Department of Justice (DOJ) for the company to plead guilty to 14 criminal charges, including manslaughter, and pay more than $4 billion in criminal fines related to the Macondo deepwater well blowout in April 2010.

January 30, 2013

California Study Ties Fracking to Seismic Activity

While California state officials are mulling new regulations related to oil and natural gas drilling, including hydraulic fracturing (fracking), a Stanford-connected engineering researcher/consultant has completed an updated analysis on some earlier work cautioning that fracking can induce seismic activity in geologically active areas, such as some of California’s old producing fields.

January 18, 2013

Groups Attack Gas Pipe Projects in Courts, at FERC

Natural gas pipeline expansion projects came under attack last week in the courts and at FERC, including a New Jersey group of pipeline opponents that petitioned a federal appeals court in Washington, DC, to review Commission orders with respect to Spectra Energy’s New Jersey-New York Expansion. Tennessee Gas Pipeline and Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line (Transco) projects were the favorite target of environmentalists as well.

December 10, 2012

Industry Brief

Natural gas vehicles (NGV) are finding growing demand throughout North America, including Mexico, according to presentations at the recent NGV Global 2012 conference in Mexico City. Tepeapulco, Mexico-based Dina Camiones said it has an order for 50 compressed natural gas (CNG)-fueled intercity-suburban route buses that would be built in 2013 for use in the Guadalajara area. With a range of more than 500 miles, the buses include 8.9-liter ISL G engines from Cummins Westport and advanced carbon fiber-on-aluminum CNG fuel cylinders from Luxfer.

November 27, 2012

WSI: Northeast Colder Than Normal Through January

The U.S. northern tier will be colder than normal over the next two months, with the northern Rockies and northern Plains in line for especially cold conditions, and Arctic air is expected to be a “frequent guest in [the] largest gas-demand population centers,” according to forecasters at Andover, MA-based Weather Services International (WSI). Above-normal temperatures are expected across the southern United States over the next three months, the forecasters said.

November 26, 2012
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