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
Ohio Surpasses 600 Permits Issued in Utica Shale

Ohio Surpasses 600 Permits Issued in Utica Shale

Regulators with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) passed a milestone in the Utica Shale last week, after having cumulatively issued more than 600 permits for horizontal wells targeting oil and natural gas.

April 19, 2013

ExxonMobil Takes Heat on Arkansas Oil Spill

An ExxonMobil Corp. oil pipeline spill late last month in Mayflower, AR, has left many questions in its wake for regulators and state officials about what the accident may mean for future pipeline projects from, including the controversial Keystone XL project that would carry oilsands crude to Gulf Coast markets.

April 8, 2013

Industry Brief

Spokane, WA-based Avista Utilities on Wednesday gained approval Wednesday from Idaho regulators to raise its retail natural gas utility rates 5.2% this year with the bulk of the hike effective Monday. Retail electric rates for the combination utility will stay unchanged until Oct. 1 when a 1.9% power utility retail rate increase will start, according to the Idaho Public Utilities Commission (PUC). The rate changes are part of a settlement the PUC approved, dividing the gas hike into two parts: 4.9% effective Monday and 0.3% held until Oct. 1. Avista originally had proposed a 7.2% gas rate increase overall, and a 4.6% electric rate hike for Monday. The settlement precludes a separate base rate settlement from becoming effective until Jan. 1, 2015, the PUC said.

April 1, 2013

North Dakota Gas, Oil Production Declines

North Dakota regulators reported a decline in month-over-month production for both oil and gas in January, and weather conditions attributed to the drop may keep production down well into May, according to Lynn Helms, director of the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR).

March 25, 2013

California Downplays NatGas, Begins BioGas Push

California regulators last week took action that longer term could lower natural gas demand in a state with a 5 Bcf/d appetite by approving a less gas-dependent long-term plan for Southern California Edison Co.’s (SCE) future sources of electricity and launching a rulemaking to examine how to integrate biomethane into the state’s extensive gas pipeline grid.

February 18, 2013

California Deemphasizes NatGas in Utility’s Plans

California regulators on Wednesday approved a long-term plan for Southern California Edison Co.’s (SCE) future sources of electricity, which deemphasizes the use of natural gas.

February 14, 2013

Some GOM Offshore Drillers Directed to Suspend Operations

Federal regulators have ordered some offshore operators to suspend Gulf of Mexico (GOM) drilling operations after discovering some apparently faulty bolts were used on equipment to prevent well blowouts.

February 7, 2013

Consumer Group Seeks to Overturn PG&E Pipeline Safety Plan

California’s major utility watchdog group, The Utility Reform Network (TURN), asked state regulators Wednesday to reverse their approval in December allowing $214 million of utility ratepayer support for part of Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s (PG&E) multi-year natural gas pipeline safety enhancement plan.

February 1, 2013