Regulators Suspend Operations of Two Marcellus Shale Producers

Pennsylvania regulators have ordered two companies exploring for natural gas in the emerging Marcellus Shale play to suspend a portion of their operations in northern Pennsylvania for violating the state’s Clean Streams Law.

June 5, 2008

Wyoming Governor Wants Feds to Cancel Leases Near National Forest

Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal has asked federal officials to suspend energy leases issued in the Wyoming Range and offer a refund to the producers that were planning to drill there.

October 22, 2007

Wyoming Governor Wants Leases Canceled Near National Forest

Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal has asked federal officials to suspend energy leases issued in the Wyoming Range and offer a refund to the producers that were planning to drill there.

October 22, 2007

NAFTA Panel Calls for Probe of Mexico’s OK of Chevron LNG Project

The Secretariat of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, a tri-national commission set up under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), has denied a request by Mexico to suspend an investigation into whether the country violated its own laws when it approved a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal next to a biodiversity hotspot on the U.S. border.

February 5, 2007

FERC Temporarily Halts Schedule on Calpine Contracts Issue at Request of CA

Responding to a motion from the California parties, FERC Thursday agreed to temporarily suspend its procedural schedule established in an interim guidance order it released last week. The federal regulatory process will wait for a ruling from a federal district court in New York City that has scheduled a hearing for Jan. 26 on the issue of Calpine Corp.’s bankruptcy court request to set aside eight of its power supply contracts because they are unprofitable for the Chapter 11-protected company.

January 17, 2006

Quoddy Bay Urges FERC to Proceed with Pre-Filing Review of Maine LNG Project

A bid to suspend the pre-filing review process for Quoddy Bay LLC’s proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal while the courts decide if the company has lawful access to a site at Split Rock, ME, should be rejected by FERC, Quoddy Bay’s attorney said Tuesday.

January 4, 2006

AmerenUE to Help Missouri Residents Cope with Winter Heating Costs

Natural gas utility AmerenUE, at the request of the Missouri governor and state officials, has agreed to waive all reconnection fees and suspend deposit requirements for customers receiving assistance through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) or Missouri’s Utilicare program as part of an initiative to help residents cope with expected high heating costs this winter.

October 25, 2005

Industry Brief

Duke Energy Field Services LLC (DEFS) filed Form 15 with the Securities and Exchange Commission Monday to suspend reporting under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The company said it is eligible for the suspension because it has fewer than 300 security holders. DEFS said it plans to continue providing investors with quarterly financial statements and annual audited financial statements through its web site at Denver-based DEFS was formed by combining the Duke Energy and ConocoPhillips natural gas gathering and processing businesses. The company operates or has ownership in 66 plants and 59,000 miles of pipeline. Current handled volumes total 7.3 TBtu/d of natural gas and 363,000 bbl/d of gas liquids. DEFS also owns the general partnership share of TEPPCO Partners L.P., a publicly traded master limited partnership primarily engaged in the transportation of petroleum products.

February 1, 2005

TransCanada, ConocoPhillips End LNG Project in Harpswell, ME, But May Site Elsewhere

TransCanada Corp. and ConocoPhillips said Wednesday they will suspend further work on their planned Fairwinds liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Harpswell, ME, after the town residents earlier this week voted not to lease the former U.S. Navy Fuel Depot site to build terminal and regasification facilities.

March 11, 2004

Southeastern Utilities Suspend Efforts to Form SeTrans RTO

Backers of a proposed regional transmission organization (RTO) in the Southeast known as SeTrans last week said that they are suspending efforts related to forming the RTO, saying that it is “highly unlikely that consensus support and acceptance for the SeTrans RTO will be forthcoming from all applicable state and federal agencies.”

December 8, 2003