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Trunkline Seeks OK to Modify Natural Gas Export System

Trunkline Gas pipeline is seeking FERC authority to reconfigure an existing receipt point on its system to accommodate increased capacity and allow for the bi-directional flow of natural gas to and from the Cheniere Creole Trail Pipeline, which would deliver domestic gas to the Sabine Pass liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project in Cameron Parish, LA.

June 20, 2013
Constitution Seeks FERC Approval for Marcellus Pipeline Plan

Constitution Seeks FERC Approval for Marcellus Pipeline Plan

Constitution Pipeline Co. LLC has filed its long-awaited application with FERC seeking approval to construct a pipeline to carry natural gas from northern Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale to Northeast markets, the company said Friday, and Iroquois Gas Transmission has filed an application to build a key interconnect project.

June 17, 2013

Fracking Bills Get Cold Shoulder in California

All but one of the proposals to address hydraulic fracturing (fracking), including all of those seeking moratoriums on the well stimulation practice, have bitten the dust in the California legislature. The lone bill standing (SB 4) is still awaiting committee referral in the lower house Assembly (see Shale Daily, June 3).

June 17, 2013

Industry Brief

An affiliate of Chesapeake Energy Corp. is being sued by the U.S. government for failing to pay taxes in 2001 through 2003. Chesapeake Appalachia LLC is the successor company of Triana Energy Inc., which Chesapeake purchased in 2005 as part of a transaction with Columbia Natural Resources LLC. The deal gave Chesapeake entry into the relatively unexplored Marcellus Shale, with acreage in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, New York and Kentucky. According to a complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, the United States assessed taxes against Triana in 2001 through 2003 for a total of $431,988, which as of May 17 it “has failed, neglected or refused to pay” (U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia at Charleston, No. 2:13-cv-11988). Federal officials are seeking the tax assessment and statutory additions accrued.

June 10, 2013

Shippers to TransCanada: Don’t Push Your Luck

TransCanada Corp. has been given unprecedented power to set prices for natural gas transportation and should try to make the freedom work instead of seeking even more concessions at the expense of shippers, the National Energy Board (NEB) has been told.

May 28, 2013

Tolls Are Just the Beginning of TransCanada’s NEB Appeal

TransCanada Corp. is seeking about C$3 billion in pipeline toll hikes to ensure that shippers cover costs of its aging natural gas Mainline from cradle to grave.

May 6, 2013

TransCanada Seeks Recovery for Aging Gas Pipes

TransCanada Corp. is seeking about C$3 billion in pipeline toll hikes to ensure that shippers cover costs of its aging natural gas Mainline from cradle to grave.

May 6, 2013

Industry Briefs

Range Resources Corp. won permission from a Texas appeals court to proceed with a defamation lawsuit seeking $3 million in damages from a man who accused the company of tainting his drinking water with drilling activities in the Barnett Shale (see Shale Daily, April 4). Two of the company’s claims against Steven Lipsky were allowed to stand by the Second Court of Appeals in Fort Worth. However, it ordered the trial court in Weatherford, TX, to dismiss Range’s claims against Lipsky’s wife, Shyla, and environmental consultant Alisa Rich, who was hired to assist in the lawsuit. The plaintiffs have claimed that Range tainted the Lipsky water well, but the Railroad Commission of Texas found otherwise after it investigated. While the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency also had blamed Range for contaminating the well, the agency later backed down (see Shale Daily, Feb. 13; Feb. 21, 2012).

April 29, 2013

Utility, NatGas Transportation Fight Emerges in SoCal

A range war of sorts has broken out in California between competitive compressed natural gas (CNG) transportation fueling companies and monopoly utilities seeking to serve some of the CNG load to their existing customers.

April 9, 2013

Maine, Atlantic Canada Pipeline Expansion Eyed

Portland Natural Gas Transmission System (PNGTS) indicated last week as it launched an open season that it is seeking market support of its plan to increase capacity on a pipeline to potentially benefit more of New England and Atlantic Canada customers.

April 8, 2013
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