Noting

Outside Auditor Praises Pennsylvania Forest Management

An uptick in Marcellus Shale development last year didn’t keep an independent auditor from certifying Pennsylvania’s state forests as sustainably managed.

April 5, 2012

North Dakota to Support Growing Energy Industry

Noting that progress never comes without some hardship, North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple last Tuesday said his state is prepared to spend up to $1.2 billion over the two fiscal years ending in mid-2013 to pay for enhanced local infrastructure and services needed to support the rapid oil/gas development in the western part of the state. From July through October $312 million was already allocated for infrastructure, water and housing needs.

December 12, 2011

North Dakota Spending $1.2B for Oil, Gas Support

Noting that progress never comes without some hardship, North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Tuesday said his state is prepared to spend up to $1.2 billion over the two fiscal years ending in mid-2013 to pay for enhanced local infrastructure and services needed to support the rapid oil/gas development in the western part of the state. From July through October $312 million was already allocated for infrastructure, water and housing needs.

December 8, 2011

Transportation Notes

Southern Star Central issued a System Critical Notice noting several restrictions on storage services and balancing that will take effect Tuesday. They include no Authorized Overrun Service for firm storage injections and no interruptible injections; see the bulletin board for details. Southern Star said an OFO could be issued as early as Tuesday to any customer that fails to comply with the restrictions.

November 1, 2011

ExxonMobil Backs Pennsylvania Fee in Principle

Although noting that industry never wants to be taxed, one of the largest players in the Marcellus Shale said it supports an impact fee in principle.

October 27, 2011

Consol Expects ‘Sweet Spots’ in Utica

The Utica Shale could be more profitable than the Marcellus Shale, but it could also prove to be more challenging, a Consol Energy Inc. executive suggested at a conference in Pittsburgh on Thursday.

October 21, 2011

Wind’s Pollution-Free Image Questioned by Study

Noting that traditional natural gas and coal-fired electric generation plants have to work extra and inefficiently, Colorado-based Bentek Energy’s study, “The Wind Power Paradox,” concludes that the integration of wind-generated supplies on a number of major grid systems in the United States has resulted in “little or no emissions reductions” on a systemwide basis.

July 28, 2011

Transportation Notes

After lifting a high-linepack OFO Friday, Southern California Gas issued a new one for Saturday with a 10% tolerance for positive daily imbalances.

July 5, 2011

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Pressing Shale Fee

Despite the promise of a veto from Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, Pennsylvania lawmakers are pushing to get a tax or fee on Marcellus Shale development included in the state’s fiscal 2012 budget, which is due at the end of June.

June 27, 2011

Transportation Notes

Noting forecasts of temperatures in the high 90s in Florida Tuesday and its linepack getting lower; Florida Gas Transmission issued an Overage Alert Day for market-area customers Tuesday with a 20% tolerance for negative daily imbalances.

June 22, 2011