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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — This year already is the worst for oil spills in Wyoming since at least 2009, after a series of accidents from the remote Powder River Basin to downtown Cheyenne.

The oil and gas industry is changing as production demands of 21st century technology increases at an extraordinary pace. The industry faces challenges going forward, including remote monitoring of wellheads and storage tanks, 24-hour production demands and the high cost to manage remote sites in terms of time and resources.

BOSTON (AP) — Houston-based Kinder Morgan Inc. filed a request with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Monday, seeking federal approval for a natural gas pipeline through northern Massachusetts that has already garnered significant local opposition.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Northeast Utilities and Spectra Energy Corp. have announced plans to expand natural gas access to New England and end bottlenecks that have driven up prices when demand spikes in the winter.

Energy Transfer, through subsidiary ET Rover Pipeline LLC, conducted an open season which ran through July 25 to solicit additional binding Precedent Agreements for firm transportation service on a new interstate natural gas pipeline system designed to provide access for rapidly growing Marcellus and Utica shale natural gas production to growing markets.

Human Machine Interface (HMI) has evolved significantly from the days when operations staff had to sit in front of a single screen to monitor a machine or a process. HMI/supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) applications now not only monitor and help control equipment and processes, but also provide a huge range of information regarding machine and plant operations.

BENTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities in southwestern Michigan say operators of a natural gas pipeline have stopped a leak, clearing the way for evacuated residents to return home.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Emails showing California regulators and Pacific Gas & Electric Co. appearing to negotiate which judge would be assigned to hear one of the utility's rate cases led the state's top regulator to remove himself from two PG&E cases and four senior officials on both sides to resign.

The digital edition of Pipeline & Gas Journal for September 2014, Vol. 241, No. 9.