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Pipeline Industry Needs Skilled Workers, Says PG&E Exec

In the wake of a string of major natural gas pipeline mishaps and stepped up regulatory oversight, a 30-year gas industry veteran said there is a critical need throughout the industry to produce a new generation of well-trained welders and other skilled personnel.

February 8, 2013

AES Plans Major Changes in California Gas-Fired Assets

What new state requirements restricting ocean water use to cool California’s string of coastal natural gas-fired power plants have done to reshape the state’s reliance on gas-fired generation has been magnified by the unexpected loss of the 2,200 MW San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (Songs) this year.

September 26, 2012

New Mexico Nears Decision on ‘Pit Rule’

New Mexico on Wednesday completed a string of hearings spread over four months on a request from the state’s two main energy industry groups that the “pit rule” be modified to make it more cost-effective.

August 31, 2012

Spills Prompt Alberta Pipeline Safety Probe

After a string of modest but attention-getting spills over the past 18 months, the government in the home base of the Canadian oil and gas industry has launched a review of pipeline safety standards.

July 23, 2012

EPA Backs Off Investigations, Delays Frack Rules

Capping off a string of regulatory actions that have been favorable to the oil and natural gas industry — and somewhat embarrassing to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) — the regulator last week delayed the release of final air pollution standards for hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

April 9, 2012

Air Pollution Rules for Fracking Delayed; ‘EPA Has Egg on Its Face’

Capping off a string of regulatory actions that have been favorable to the oil and natural gas industry — and somewhat embarrassing to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) — the regulator has said it will delay the release of final air pollution standards for hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for two weeks.

April 4, 2012

Air Pollution Rules for Fracking Delayed; EPA Backing Off Investigations

Capping off a string of regulatory actions that have been favorable to the oil and natural gas industry — and somewhat embarrassing to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) — the regulator has said it will delay the release of final air pollution standards for hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for two weeks.

April 4, 2012

Bargain Hunting, Short-Covering Lift Futures; November Gains

November futures managed to break the string of four losing sessions in a row on Tuesday in what was characterized as bargain hunting and not indicative of any significant fundamental or technical shift in the market. At the close, November had risen 2.1 cents to $3.638 and December had managed to add 1.6 cents to $3.944. November crude oil made it three losses in a row with a drop of $1.94 to $75.67/bbl.

October 5, 2011

CEO: Pipe Safety Concerns Are Capex Catalyst

In the aftermath of a continuing string of natural gas pipeline/infrastructure failures, the pressure from federal and state regulators will grow and so too will the capital expenditures (capex) among utilities and large transmission pipeline operators, according to Southwest Gas Corp. CEO Jeffrey Shaw. He made the observations earlier in August in response to questions from financial analysts.

August 18, 2011

Court Revives California Gas-Fired Project

In what could be a harbinger for a string of energy projects, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has exempted a proposed 600 MW natural gas-fired electric generation plant in California from new federal emissions rules. The action follows a strong dressing down of EPA’s handling of the case by a judge in the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia May 26.

June 6, 2011
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