Industry Briefs

Seal Beach, CA-based Clean Energy Fuels Corp. pushed ahead in three states with new natural gas fueling infrastructure. As part of an ongoing partnership, Clean Energy is spreading the use of compressed natural gas (CNG), operating and maintaining 14 fueling stations in upstate New York to support the 450-vehicle fleet of utility operator National Grid. In Connecticut, Clean Energy opened a station in West Haven at the headquarters of Metro Taxi, Connecticut’s largest full-service taxicab company. By the end of this year the taxi operator expects to have 110 CNG cabs in its fleet. And in Illinois, Clean Energy is working with Peoria Disposal Co., the city’s residential waste and recycling hauler, to build another CNG commercial fueling station in the city of Peoria. The station will serve as headquarters for 12 new CNG-powered trucks operated by the waste hauling firm.

October 14, 2011

Playing by the Rules No Longer Enough, Says Range Exec

Exploration and production companies have heeded the call to improve transparency and institute better practices, but there’s more to do to address the concerns of stakeholders in the shale plays, a Range Resources Corp. executive said last week.

October 4, 2011

Alaska Lease Sale Delayed

The state of Alaska pushed back the date of its annual Beaufort Sea, North Slope and North Slope Foothills lease sale to possibly expand the sale’s North Slope acreage offering as well as provide prospective bidders additional time to prepare.

September 13, 2011

Marcellus Commission: PA Should Consider Impact Fee, Pooling Mandate

A public commission established earlier this year to guide Marcellus Shale policy in Pennsylvania is recommending that the state consider an impact fee on natural gas drillers and look at conservation statutes that include forced pooling, among 96 total recommendations.

July 19, 2011

Repeal of Tax Breaks, Pro-Drilling Measure Fail in Senate

Senate Republicans Tuesday pushed back a Democratic effort to repeal $21 billion in oil and natural gas tax breaks for the five largest producers over the next decade. And Democrats responded Wednesday by erecting a barrier to Republicans’ pro-drilling measure.

May 19, 2011

Senate Vote on Oil, Gas Taxes May Be Delayed Due to Pakistan Events

Senate debate and a possible vote on repealing oil and natural gas tax breaks, which was anticipated this week, is now expected to be pushed back for at least a week following the news that Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan.

May 4, 2011

33% California Renewable Goal Passed by Lawmakers

Although already pushed by a past governor’s executive order and implemented by state agencies, California’s ambitious 33%-by-2020 renewable energy goal was passed by the legislature and sent to Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday, as the latest attempt to codify the goal in state law. Backers of the measure (SB 2X) said Brown is expected to sign it into law.

March 31, 2011

Bison Fully Operational, But Future Growth Uncertain

After a delayed start pushed into mid-January (see Daily GPI, Jan. 19), TransCanada Corp. has its new 303-mile, 30-inch diameter Bison Pipeline operating at near 90% capacity bringing Rockies supplies to the Midwest via an interconnection with Northern Border Inc., a U.S.-based company executive told NGI Thursday.

February 22, 2011

Futures Rally as the Lower 48 Forecast Turns Blue

Prolonged colder than normal temperatures pushed front-month natural gas futures to nearly a five-month high on Monday as the February contract started the new year off with a bang.

January 4, 2011

Administration Supports Drilling Study, DRBC Proposal

The Obama administration fully supports a cumulative study of the effects of natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale, but it also supports the Delaware River Basin Commission’s (DRBC) decision to release proposed rules that would allow some natural gas development projects before that study is completed, according to a letter written by Brigadier Gen. Peter A. DeLuca.

December 16, 2010