‘Espionage’ Feared in Houston Energy Company Burglary

‘Espionage’ Feared in Houston Energy Company Burglary

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is asking the public for help with an investigation into a theft of intellectual property, as well as other items, that occurred last year at an energy company in Houston’s energy corridor. One concern is that the theft might be related to espionage.

October 5, 2016

Spectra Incidents Under Investigation in British Columbia

The Canadian Transportation Safety Board (TSB) is investigating the causes of two separate incidents affecting Spectra Energy Corp. facilities north of Fort St. John, British Columbia (BC).

July 2, 2012

Pennsylvania DEP, Shell Investigating Tioga County Methane Release

Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Shell Appalachia are investigating a methane gas migration issue first discovered last week in Tioga County, PA.

June 28, 2012

BP Investigating Compressor Station Blast

BP plc said Tuesday it was investigating the cause of an explosion Monday morning at its Pinon natural gas compressor station in western Colorado. One worker was killed and two others were injured.

June 27, 2012

Interior Misses Deadline to Turn Over Moratorium Documents

The House Natural Resources Committee has been investigating changes made to a report that suggested the post-Macondo well blowout moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico was supported by a panel of engineering experts, when in fact it wasn’t.

April 11, 2012

California Regulators Investigating PG&E Pipe Allegations

California regulators are investigating allegations by union members that there are flaws in the welds and corrosion repairs that Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) completed last year as part of its testing, repair and replacement of more than 160 miles of natural gas transmission and distribution pipeline running through high consequence areas (HCA).

February 15, 2012

Enbridge Investigating Possible GOM Leak

Enbridge Inc. is investigating the report of a small natural gas leak in West Cameron Block 275, 66 miles off the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM), the Calgary-based company said late Tuesday.

January 12, 2012

Industry Brief

Idaho regulators have begun investigating proposed natural gas and electric generation rate increases for Spokane, WA-based Avista Utilities, which serves 122,500 retail electric customers and 74,200 gas customers in the northern part of the state. Avista is seeking a 3.7%, or $9 million, annual electric rate hike and a 2.7%, or $1.9 million, increase annually on the gas side. Overall, Avista is asking for an 8.49% rate of return and a 10.9% return on equity. The utility asked for an Aug. 5 effective date and the Idaho Public Utilities Commission (PUC)suspended the gas and electric increase requests for six month to allow time for the PUC’s standard review. In the meantime, Avista’s Idaho customers will see rate hikes Oct. 1 — 3.9% on the power side and 0.72% for gas — based on the second-year payment of a settlement for Avista’s general rate case last year. The earlier case increased electric rates 9.25% and gas 1.9% over a two-year period for Avista.

July 27, 2011

Pennsylvania DEP Investigating Methane in Water Wells

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is investigating the source of methane found in some water wells and a nearby stream in Lycoming County, DEP said Friday.

June 20, 2011

CenterPoint Energy Gas Line Explodes in Minneapolis

CenterPoint Energy officials are investigating what caused one of the company’s gas lines to explode last Thursday morning around 8 a.m. in Minneapolis, MN. While the explosion and resulting fireball could be seen for miles, no injuries were reported and repair work was under way.

March 21, 2011
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