Infrastructure

PG&E Faces Another $8.1M Fine for Inept Pipe Testing

In what has become a public relations — and financial — concern, California regulatory staff on Tuesday slapped Pacific Gas and Electric Co. with an $8.1 million citation for allegedly failing to meet federal requirements in inspecting part of its natural gas transmission pipeline system earlier this year.

November 6, 2013

Sempra Expects LNG Export OK By Year’s End

Sempra Energy senior executives said Tuesday they remain optimistic that federal approvals will be in hand by the end of this year for a $9-10 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal at existing import facilities in Cameron, LA.

November 6, 2013

CPUC Regulator Accuses PG&E of ‘Dishonesty,’ Calls for $17.25M Fine

Within days of a regulatory judge’s recommending a lesser penalty, one of the five members of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) late Monday issued an alternate proposed decision, slapping a $17.25 million fine on Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) for “calculated dishonesty” related to a natural gas pipeline safety issue.

November 5, 2013

Transco Seeks Pre-Filing Review of Project to Lease Capacity to Sabal Trail

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line (Transco) has asked FERC to initiate a pre-filing review of the expansion of its system in Alabama to provide approximately 1.13 Bcf/d of natural gas to meet growing power generation demand in Florida.

November 5, 2013

DOT Questioned About Delay in Implementing Pipe Safety Act

A former chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee said he is concerned about the federal government’s delay in issuing regulations to implement the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty and Jobs Creation Act, which President Obama signed into law in January 2012 (see Daily GPI,Jan. 4, 2012).

November 1, 2013

LNG Fuel Consortium Chooses Florida for First Project

A consortium involving units of General Electric Corp. (GE) and Clean Energy Fuels Corp. announced Wednesday the first in a series of small-scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) production facilities they hope to develop will be sited in Florida.

October 31, 2013

CPUC Judge Recommends $6.75M Fine for PG&E

A California regulatory judge has recommended that Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) be fined $6.75 million for allegedly misstating facts to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) regarding an incorrectly classified natural gas transmission lateral on the peninsula south of San Francisco.

October 31, 2013
Wyoming’s Mead Says Trailblazer Changes Harmful to State, Nation

Wyoming’s Mead Says Trailblazer Changes Harmful to State, Nation

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead and the Wyoming Pipeline Authority (WPA) have called on FERC to reject Trailblazer Pipeline Co. LLC’s proposed revisions to its natural gas quality standards, saying they would be not only harmful to the state but the rest of the nation as well.

October 31, 2013
Report Predicts ‘Sustained Growth’ for NatGas Industry

Report Predicts ‘Sustained Growth’ for NatGas Industry

Sustained by low-cost shale gas resources, the North American natural gas industry has embarked on a period of sustained growth, but it will have to address the challenges of a rapidly evolving U.S. energy market for the economy to fully realize its benefits, according to a report issued Wednesday by Black & Veatch.

October 30, 2013

PG&E Pipe Penalty Decision Expected 1Q2014

Noting that the company is operating in a politically charged environment, PG&E Corp. CEO Tony Earley predicted Wednesday that pending multi-billion-dollar natural gas pipeline fines and penalty cases should be decided by state regulators in the first quarter of 2014. If proposed penalties exceeding $2 billion are imposed, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) will appeal in either state or federal courts.

October 30, 2013