FERC OKs Ruby Rate Hike to Recover Higher Project Cost

FERC has approved Ruby Pipeline’s requests to revise upward its initial rates for firm long-term transportation service to recover anticipated higher project costs, and to revise its initial in-kind fuel retention rate downward to reflect an expected decrease in projected fuel consumption when the pipeline starts up. The pipeline has sought approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to begin service on Wednesday, but the agency has not responded (see Daily GPI, July 14).

July 26, 2011

West Virginia Unlikely to Shut Morgantown Wells

West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Randy Huffman told NGI’s Shale Daily it is unlikely that the DEP would honor a request by the City of Morgantown to issue a stop work order on two Marcellus Shale gas wells in the city’s industrial park.

June 6, 2011

West Virginia City Moves Against Two Gas Wells

City officials in Morgantown, WV, were scheduled to meet Tuesday night to discuss two resolutions targeting two Marcellus Shale gas wells in the city’s industrial park and take up a proposed watershed protection ordinance.

June 2, 2011

West Virginia DEP Amends Two Marcellus Well Permits

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) last Thursday amended permits for two Marcellus Shale gas wells being erected in Morgantown to include closed-loop drilling systems, but it has no plans at this time to make the systems a statewide requirement.

May 25, 2011

Lawsuit Filed Over Fayetteville Shale Quakes

A lawsuit seeking class action status has been filed in Arkansas against a trio of energy companies alleging that their activities have caused “thousands of earthquakes in central Arkansas.”

May 25, 2011

Environmental Group Seeking Answers on Violations Policy

Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture) is asking the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for information about how it enforces its environmental regulations.

April 29, 2011

Reporting Error Throws Off Wastewater Statistics

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is having to revise wastewater statistics after one producer misreported figures.

March 11, 2011

Texas Town, Residents Suing Over Barnett Midstream Emissions

The town of DISH, TX, and some of its residents are suing several midstream energy companies, claiming that noise and pollution from nearby natural gas compression and related facilities have eroded property values and hindered economic development in the town of about 200 residents, which is named after a satellite television service provider.

March 7, 2011

NW Natural Seeks Oregon, Washington Rate Drops

For the second year in a row, NW Natural Gas Co. on Wednesday filed final requests to lower retail gas utility rates for its customers in Oregon and Washington state. The rate adjustments were filed with the Oregon Public Utility Commission and the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, reflecting the expected cost of wholesale gas purchases in the next year.

October 15, 2010

NOAA Creating Climate Service Office

Responding to what it said is a rising tide of requests for information about climate change from “individuals and decision makers across widely diverse sectors,” the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is creating a climate service office dedicated to bringing together NOAA’s climate science and service delivery capabilities, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said Monday.

February 9, 2010