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Industry Brief

New York’s Con Edison said it will spend about $100 million on new natural gas mains, regulators and other upgrades to its system in several neighborhoods in Manhattan and the Bronx, enabling more customers to convert from heating oil. “Our customers are discovering the economic and environmental benefits of switching from heavy fuel oils to natural gas, and we want to do everything we can to make the conversion process easy for them,” said Nick Inga, director of the utility’s gas conversion group. A New York City environmental regulation phases out the use of No. 6 fuel oil by 2015 and No. 4 fuel oil by 2030. The regulation requires building owners to switch to another heating source, such as natural gas. Although the regulation does not require the phasing out of No. 2 fuel oil, hundreds of No. 2 oil-heated buildings have switched as well to natural gas due to economic benefits, Con Edison said.

June 25, 2013

New Gas-Fueled Power Plant Set for Oregon

As part of its multi-sourced, multi-year integrated resource plan (IRP) approved by state regulators three years ago, (PGE) said Monday it has signed deals to develop a 440 MW natural gas-fired electric generation plant in Oregon, along with new wind power and electric transmission.

June 5, 2013
First of Several Fracking Bills Passes California Senate

First of Several Fracking Bills Passes California Senate

Even as an administrative process is ongoing to hammer out new state rules on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) by oil/gas regulators, the California Senate on Thursday passed on a 27-11 vote a measure (SB 4) to cover chemical disclosure requirements and public notice before fracking can take place. It drew short, at the industry’s urging, of placing any moratorium on the practice for an interim period.

June 3, 2013

Transco Adding Firm Capacity in Alabama

A new compressor station in Dallas County, AL, has been given the green light by federal regulators to begin service, adding 130,000 Dth/d of capacity to the pipeline system of Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. LLC (Transco).

May 31, 2013

SoCalGas Underground Storage Upgrades Stalled

Proposed in 2009 to state regulators, Sempra Energy’s Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) utility is still treading water in its multi-million-dollar attempt to upgrade some of its vast underground storage in the region. The utility is still trying to finalize environmental reviews that wary local residents are using to question the projects.

May 29, 2013

Halcon’s Utica Test Wells Disappoint Analysts; EVEP Charges On

After disconcerting Utica Shale production figures were released earlier this month by Ohio regulators, industry analysts said they were disappointed with the results of the first two test wells Halcon Resources Corp. drilled in the play, and EV Energy Partners (EVEP) said it is continuing to look for buyers interested in its holdings there.

May 28, 2013

Halcon’s Utica Test Wells Disappoint Analysts

After disconcerting Utica Shale production figures were released earlier this month by Ohio regulators, industry analysts said they were disappointed with the results of the first two test wells Halcon Resources Corp. drilled in the play, and EV Energy Partners (EVEP) said it is continuing to look for buyers interested in its holdings there.

May 27, 2013

Ohio Bill Offers Local Benefits for Selling Water to Operators

A bill under consideration by the Ohio House of Representatives would allow local governments to transfer into their coffers revenue generated from water sales to unconventional drilling operators.

May 17, 2013

California Safety Division Wants PG&E Fined $2.5B for San Bruno

The Safety and Enforcement Division of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on Monday recommended that regulators impose a total $2.25 billion penalty against Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) for three penalty cases arising from the Sept. 9, 2010, pipeline rupture in San Bruno, CA.

May 7, 2013

Colorado, Wyoming Considering More Drilling Oversight

Colorado legislators and Wyoming regulators are looking at different ways to tighten oversight of their states’ oil and natural gas drilling.

April 22, 2013