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Northeast Weakens, Rockies Strong, And Futures Soft

Overall physical gas Wednesday was unchanged on average with Rockies points the major winners and volatile Northeast points showing the greatest losses. Midwestern and eastern locations were largely flat. At the close of futures trading the October contract had fallen 1.1 cent to $2.762 and November was 1.6 cent lower at $2.945. October crude oil plunged $3.31 to $91.98/bbl.

September 20, 2012

Japan Planning to Phase Out Nuclear Power by 2030s

Japanese government officials on Friday announced a proposal to phase out nuclear power by the late 2030s, a major policy shift that ensures the country will need to rely on imported energy and could secure its position as the world’s biggest importer of liquefied natural gas (LNG).

September 18, 2012

State Regulators Join San Francisco, PG&E Pipe Fray

A standoff between the city of San Francisco and its major private-sector utility, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E), which is preventing the last few miles of outdated cast iron natural gas pipelines in the city from being replaced, has caused state regulators to enter the dispute.

September 17, 2012

CPUC Adds Muscle to San Francisco, PG&E Fight

A standoff between the city of San Francisco and its major private-sector utility, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E), that is preventing the last few miles of outdated cast iron gas pipelines in the city from being replaced has caused state regulators to enter the dispute.

September 17, 2012

Pennsylvania Schedules Seminars on $20M NGV Grants

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is preparing to host several half-day seminars across the state this fall to educate parties on applying for $20 million in grants toward the purchase of natural gas vehicles (NGV) or the conversion of eligible vehicles to natural gas.

September 7, 2012

Marcellus Region ‘Ripe with Bottlenecks,’ Says Williams CEO

With energy demand high and producers climbing over each other in the Marcellus Shale region, the Northeast remains “ripe with bottlenecks,” and it’s likely to get more congested before natural gas infrastructure is completed, Williams CEO Alan Armstrong said Wednesday.

September 6, 2012

Court Knocks EPA in Vacating Cross-Border Pollution Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suffered another major defeat last Tuesday when an appeals court in Washington, DC, vacated an agency rule aimed at reducing sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions from coal- and natural gas-fired power plants in 28 upwind states located primarily in the East and Texas.

August 27, 2012

36,000 U.S. Shale Wells and Counting, Says Powell

There are roughly 36,000 shale wells in the five major shale basins in the United States that have produced nearly 23 Tcf of natural gas and 682 million barrels of oil and condensate, according to a tally gleaned from state regulatory records by Powell Shale Digest, a weekly newsletter specializing in North American shale news and research.

August 27, 2012

Wisconsin Energy Shifts Milwaukee Coal Plant to Gas

Coal-to-natural gas switching became a live issue for Wisconsin Energy’s major utility, We Energies, with the decision Friday to switch a long-time coal-fired cogeneration facility serving downtown Milwaukee to natural gas. The Valley Power Plant is a 280 MW facility providing steam and electricity.

August 20, 2012

36,000 Shale Wells and Counting

There are roughly 36,000 shale wells in the five major shale basins in the United States that have produced nearly 23 Tcf of natural gas and 682 million barrels of oil and condensate, according to a tally gleaned from state regulatory records by Powell Shale Digest, a weekly newsletter specializing in North American shale news and research.

August 16, 2012
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