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Washington State Begins Process to Eliminate Fossil Fuels in Power Generation

Washington State Begins Process to Eliminate Fossil Fuels in Power Generation

Washington state regulators on Tuesday completed the initial steps toward establishing rules that would prohibit the use of fossil fuels in producing electricity.

August 30, 2019
Elections Part 2: Colorado’s Oil, Natural Gas Future Tops Western Issues

Elections Part 2: Colorado’s Oil, Natural Gas Future Tops Western Issues

*Part two of four. From east to west, this series previews the Nov. 6 midterm elections and their implications for the oil and natural gas industry. It offers a glimpse of candidates running for state and federal offices, the prominent energy-related issues factoring into campaigns, ballot initiatives and the fight for control of the U.S. House and Senate, which could have implications for key energy committees. Part 1 reviewed Appalachian issues;Part 3 highlights key issues in U.S. Senate races; andPart 4 focuses on implications of a possible Democratic takeover of the House

October 26, 2018
Washington State Makes Second Attempt to Establish First U.S. Carbon Tax

Washington State Makes Second Attempt to Establish First U.S. Carbon Tax

To the chagrin of the oil and gas industry, Washington state for the second time in two years has placed an initiative on its ballot to establish the first carbon tax in the United States.

August 13, 2018
Retail NatGas Utility Rates Stay Moderate in Washington State

Retail NatGas Utility Rates Stay Moderate in Washington State

Retail natural gas rates in Washington state are decreasing at two of the state’s major utility distribution companies, following actions Thursday by state regulators. Two other gas providers will have slight increases.

October 28, 2016

Xpress Natural Gas Gets Off-Pipeline CNG Moving in Washington State

A five-year-old Boston-based firm dedicated to taking compressed natural gas (CNG) to large customers beyond the traditional pipeline grid, Xpress Natural Gas (XNG) has opened a CNG supply facility southwest of Seattle within easy reach of the state capital at Olympia and Interstate Highway 5.

August 29, 2016
Washington Governor Looks to GHG Cap-and-Trade

Washington Governor Looks to GHG Cap-and-Trade

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee last Tuesday proposed establishing a cap-and-trade system for carbon emissions, estimating that it could generate $1 billion annually in state revenue and help fulfill his climate change mitigation goals along the lines of California’s approach.

January 20, 2015

Washington County, VA, Approves Natural Gas Drilling

Elected officials in Washington County, VA, approved a change to local zoning laws to open the county to natural gas development, which could include the use of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to extract natural gas locked in limestone, sandstone and some deeper shale formations.

September 12, 2014

Washington State Regulators OK Pipe Upgrades

The Washington Utilities Transportation Commission (WUTC) on Friday approved long-term, multi-year plans costing nearly $700 million for the state’s four investor-owned natural gas utilities to upgrade their respective pipeline systems in lieu of stiffer federal regulations since a series of pipeline ruptures and explosions in the West and elsewhere around North America in recent years.

November 8, 2013

Retail NatGas Rates Rise in Washington

Retail natural gas charges will increase Friday (Nov. 1) in the state of Washington, with the rate hikes varying over a wide range for the state’s four private-sector gas distribution utilities. Washington state regulators approved the rate hikes on Wednesday.

October 31, 2013

Western Pennsylvania Landman Pleads Guilty to Mail Fraud

One of two landmen accused of defrauding property owners in Washington County, PA, has pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud in federal court.

September 30, 2013
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