Bluewater Gas Storage Applies to Own Michigan-Canada Pipeline

Bluewater Gas Storage has applied to FERC for authorization to construct and operate a 300 MMcf/d pipeline to maintain the U.S. portion of a connection between its facilities in St. Clair County, MI, and an existing pipeline in St. Clair Township, Ontario.

February 1, 2012

New Mexico Court Halts Legal Appeals on ‘Pit Rule’

A state district judge in New Mexico Tuesday handed the state’s oil/gas industry an early new year’s present, putting a halt to legal appeals of ongoing industry efforts to revise rules for handling drilling and production waste, the so-called “pit rule.” An Oil Conservation Commission hearing on the industry efforts is now scheduled for Jan. 23 in Santa Fe.

January 13, 2012

Northern Natural Ordered to Change Outage Crediting Tariff

FERC Thursday approved Industrial Shippers’ request for Northern Natural Gas to revise its tariff to allow for partial crediting of reservation charges during force majeure or unplanned outages.

December 16, 2011

Transportation Notes

Southern plans to implement a systemwide OFO Type 6 Notice effective Wednesday until further notice, saying it must maintain the pipeline’s operational integrity by requiring shippers and poolers to remain in balance (including available no-notice injection entitlements). Tiered penalties will apply to customers running positive daily imbalances exceeding 2% or 200 Dth, whichever is greater.

November 23, 2011

Industry Says Utica Shale Reviving Ohio Manufacturing

As Ohio awaits results of preliminary Utica Shale wells, industry leaders told an audience in Columbus last week that the play, if successful, could revive the state’s manufacturing sector.

September 28, 2011

Congress Asked to Keep LIHEAP Funding at $5.1B

Governors have called on House and Senate appropriators to maintain funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in fiscal 2012 at the current level — $5.1 billion.

August 3, 2011

Transportation Notes

Southern California Gas declared a high-linepack OFO for Saturday, setting a 10% tolerance for positive daily imbalances.

June 13, 2011

Transportation Notes

Southern California Gas did not extend a high-linepack OFO beyond Wednesday,

June 9, 2011

SM Energy a ‘Significant’ Resource Player, Says CEO

After rebranding itself last year and finishing a transformation into “a significant resource play company,” SM Energy Co. plans to step up development in the Eagle Ford Shale of South Texas and the Bakken-Three Forks formation while it hopes to sell down Eagle Ford assets, secure a joint venture (JV) partner in the Haynesville Shale and exit the Marcellus Shale.

April 15, 2011

CEO: More to Come in Chesapeake Portfolio Shift

Chesapeake Energy Corp.’s shift to balance its natural gas-weighted portfolio required a lot of spending last year — an estimated $4.7 billion — to acquire liquids-rich property, but the risky outlay already is proving its worth, CEO Aubrey McClendon said this week.

April 14, 2011