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With Growing U.S. Energy Independence, Canada Prowling Asian Markets

The United States has been the sole customer for Canada’s oil industry, but with energy independence on the horizon south of the border, Canadians are looking for other markets.

July 22, 2013

Industry Briefs

Tennessee Gas Pipeline has launched an open season through July 31 for firm natural gas transportation capacity on the Connecticut Expansion Project, which would deliver gas from its existing interconnect with Iroquois Gas Transmission in Wright, NY, to Zone 6 delivery points on Tennessee’s 200 and 300 Lines in Connecticut. The project, which would require upgrades and modifications to the existing pipeline system in New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut, is slated for service by November 2016. Available capacity would be about 72,100 Dth/d. The pipeline has entered into binding precedent agreements with three anchor shippers. Inexpensive shale gas has recently caught the attention of the Constitution State. In June Connecticut gas distribution utilities Yankee Gas, Connecticut Natural Gas and Southern Connecticut Gas, filed a joint gas expansion plan with the state’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (see NGI, June 24). The plan outlines how the utilities would meet expansion goals proposed in the Gov. Dannel Malloy’s comprehensive energy strategy and the the recently enacted HB 6360 (see NGI, March 18). The utilities plan a “structured approach” to add 280,000 new gas heating customers over the next 10 years.

July 22, 2013

McCarthy Confirmed as EPA Chief

The Senate Thursday confirmed Gina McCarthy to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), ending a four-month long stalemate between Republicans and Democrats over her controversial nomination.

July 22, 2013

U.S. NatGas Trade with Canada Still Gaining

U.S. natural gas exporters are on course for a seventh straight record year for northbound sales, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) trade scorecard.

July 22, 2013

Power Generator Feeling Mexico NatGas Exports

Large natural gas end-users, consumer advocates and environmentalists have raised a cry about exporting U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Asian and European markets, but one power generator executive wonders why no one is questioning increasing pipeline exports of gas to Mexico.

July 22, 2013

Nucor to Spend $700M-Plus to Fuel Encana’s Natural Gas Drilling

Steel manufacturer Nucor Corp. said it plans to spend more than $700 million on natural gas drilling over a two-year period to meet its contractual obligations with Encana Corp. for low-cost gas supplies.

July 22, 2013

Tennessee Offering Capacity on Cameron LNG Terminal Supply Pipe

Nearly two months after securing Mitsubishi Corp. as its foundation shipper, Tennessee Gas Pipeline is holding an open season through Aug. 9 for its Southwest Louisiana Supply Project, which is designed to provide transportation from various supply basins in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Louisiana to Cameron Interstate Pipeline, which connects directly to the proposed Cameron LNG export terminal in Hackberry, LA.

July 22, 2013

BP Launches Fraud Hotline as Claims Mount

BP plc last week launched a Gulf Claims Fraud Hotline “to help protect the integrity of the claims processes” related to the 2010 Macondo well blowout and Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

July 22, 2013

Alliance Pipeline Seeks Capacity Commitments Beyond 2015

With most of the pipeline’s original 15-year term natural gas transportation agreements ending on Nov. 30, 2015, Alliance Pipeline is offering capacity on its system effective Dec. 1, 2015.

July 22, 2013

Constitutionality of Pennsylvania’s Act 13 ‘Significant Concern’ for Industry

There is “significant concern” among oil and gas interests that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court could deadlock in a 3-3 tie over the constitutionality of Act 13 because the high court’s newest appointee will not participate in the case challenging the law.

July 22, 2013