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Industry Brief

A $619 million, 580 MW natural gas-fired combined-cycle electric generation plant has begun commercial operation in Virginia, according to owner/operator, Dominion Virginia Power. The Bear Garden Power Station is in the central part of the state, about 60 miles west of Richmond. Construction began in spring 2009. Bear Garden has two gas-fired combustion turbines, with oil as a backup fuel source. The turbines each generate 170 MW, and their exhaust is used to generate an additional 240 MW.

June 1, 2011

Report: Transocean Largely Contributed to Deepwater Horizon Disaster

In a recent preliminary report, the U.S. Coast Guard and Interior Department concluded that Transocean Ltd., the owner of the doomed Deepwater Horizon rig, and its crew largely contributed to the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico a year ago.

May 2, 2011

Report: Transocean Largely Contributed to Deepwater Horizon Disaster

In a preliminary report released Friday, the U.S. Coast Guard and Interior Department concluded that Houston-based Transocean Ltd., the owner of the doomed Deepwater Horizon rig, and its crew largely contributed to the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico a year ago.

April 26, 2011

BHP Billiton Officially Moves into Fayetteville Shale

Chesapeake Energy Corp. on Thursday completed the sale of its Fayetteville Shale properties to a subsidiary of Australia’s BHP Billiton Ltd.

April 4, 2011

Pennsylvania Business Owner Charged with Dumping Wastewater

The state of Pennsylvania has filed criminal charges against a Greene County business owner for allegedly dumping millions of gallons of wastewater — including Marcellus Shale drilling fluids — into local streams.

March 22, 2011

Few Happy with Proposed DRBC Regulations

The hundreds of people testifying Tuesday on the Delaware River Basin Commission’s proposed regulations for Marcellus Shale development agreed that the regulations won’t work, but the agreement ended there.

February 24, 2011

Alaska LNG Exports to Japan to Cease

This spring will see the end of shipments of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Kenai, AK, to Japan, at least for a while. ConocoPhillips, 70% owner and operator of the Kenai LNG terminal, is mothballing the facility after more than 40 years of operation due to poor conditions in the Asian LNG market.

February 14, 2011

Alaska LNG Export Terminal to Be Mothballed

This spring will see the end of shipments of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Kenai, AK, to Japan, at least for a while. ConocoPhillips, 70% owner and operator of the Kenai LNG terminal, is mothballing the facility after more than 40 years of operation due to poor conditions in the Asian LNG market.

February 11, 2011

West Virginia Bill Would Allow Pooling for Marcellus Wells

Legislation being drafted by West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s administration includes a statutory pooling provision for shallow horizontal wells, which would include Marcellus Shale drilling in the state, according to Nick Casey, a member of the Lewis Glasser Casey & Rollins law firm in Charleston, WV.

February 1, 2011

Williams Still Venting Leaky Salt Cavern

Depressurization of a leaking salt cavern gas storage cavern in Eminence, MS, was expected to continue through the weekend, said a spokesman for Williams, owner of the seven-cavern facility.

January 3, 2011