Regulatory

Columbia Gas of Massachusetts Slammed with Three Years Probation, $53M Fine for ‘18 Natural Gas Explosions

Columbia Gas of Massachusetts Slammed with Three Years Probation, $53M Fine for ‘18 Natural Gas Explosions

A series of natural gas explosions in September 2018 that rocked three communities north of Boston, killing one man and injuring 22, has resulted in an expected criminal fine of $53 million and three years of probation for Columbia Gas of Massachusetts (CMA). The NiSource Inc. subsidiary already had agreed in February to plead guilty…

June 24, 2020
Mexico Competition Watchdog Seeks Supreme Court Intervention Against New Power Sector Rules

Mexico Competition Watchdog Seeks Supreme Court Intervention Against New Power Sector Rules

 Mexico’s Comisión Federal de Competencia Económica (COFECE), the federal economic competition commission, has asked the country’s Supreme Court to intervene on constitutional grounds against new power sector rules imposed by energy ministry Sener. The rules, published through an order in the official gazette on May 15, seek to limit the entry of renewable energy projects…

June 22, 2020
PG&E Reorganization Approved to Exit Bankruptcy

PG&E Reorganization Approved to Exit Bankruptcy

With approval of its $58 billion reorganization plan, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) and its parent company said they will exit Chapter 11 bankruptcy as a “re-imagined” enterprise. Driven to bankruptcy by devastating wildfires in 2017 and 2018, PG&E now is eligible to tap into a $21 billion state wildfire fund authorized under last…

June 22, 2020
PG&E Fined Following Guilty Plea for Camp Fire Tragedy

PG&E Fined Following Guilty Plea for Camp Fire Tragedy

After pleading guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter and another count of starting a deadly fire in Paradise, CA in 2018, the sentencing of Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) on Thursday was anticlimactic, with the court only imposing a fine of about $3.4 million. A restitution hearing is scheduled for early next year.

June 19, 2020
U.S. Issues Final Rule Authorizing Widespread Transport of LNG by Rail

U.S. Issues Final Rule Authorizing Widespread Transport of LNG by Rail

Federal regulators on Friday issued a final rule that would allow the bulk transport of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in specialized rail tank cars in what could prove a boon for small-scale projects across the United States.

June 19, 2020
ACP Seeks FERC Extension; MVP’s Southgate Project Approved

ACP Seeks FERC Extension; MVP’s Southgate Project Approved

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) project has asked FERC for a two-year extension to build and place the 1.5 Bcf/d system online, citing the legal and regulatory delays it has faced.

June 19, 2020
Higher Canadian Natural Gas Prices Seen Limiting Exports to Western U.S.

Higher Canadian Natural Gas Prices Seen Limiting Exports to Western U.S.

Imports of Canadian natural gas supplies through the western United States were subdued in April and May amid higher prices north of the border, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).

June 19, 2020
U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Bolsters ACP, but Obstacles Remain

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Bolsters ACP, but Obstacles Remain

Even after a major court victory upheld the Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s (ACP) plans to cross the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, the latest FERC filings point to the hurdles that remain for the 600-mile, 1.5 Bcf/d project to reach the finish line.

June 19, 2020
California’s San Luis Obispo Policy of All-Electric Seen as Knock to Natural Gas

California’s San Luis Obispo Policy of All-Electric Seen as Knock to Natural Gas

Following a growing trend, the city council in San Luis Obispo along California’s central coast on Tuesday established a policy calling for all-electric new buildings that would take effect Sept. 1.

June 18, 2020
Houston Nabs Greentown Hub as U.S. Energy Capital Accelerates Transition from Fossil Fuels

Houston Nabs Greentown Hub as U.S. Energy Capital Accelerates Transition from Fossil Fuels

Boston-based Greentown Labs, a “climate tech” start-up incubator, plans to open its second location next spring in the U.S. oil and gas capital of Houston, as city leaders move to transition from fossil fuels.

June 18, 2020