Department: Q&A

Q & A: Meet Michael Smith, GMRC’s 2017 Chairman

June 2017, Vol. 244, No. 6

Based in Dallas, the Gas Machinery Research Council (GMRC) is a subsidiary of the Southern Gas Association, which manages it. GMRC is a community of proactive natural gas companies dedicated to resolving technical issues within the rapidly evolving gas machinery industry. GMRC was founded in 1952 in response to the rapid expansion of natural gas pipeline facilities in the United States following World War II. It continues to support and fund research of gas compression and related equipment to improve the quality and efficiency of pipeline facilities and compressor stations. The 2016-17 chairman of GMRC...

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Pierce Norton Sets a Proactive Path for AGA

May 2017, Vol. 244, No. 5

Pierce Norton’s career had already spanned six different companies before he joined ONEOK in 2004, but he had effectively been working there all along.  By the time he became president of its distribution companies, Tulsa-based ONEOK owned every natural gas system that Norton had operated since joining the Delhi Gas subsidiary of Texas Oil and Gas in 1982. Now president and CEO of ONE Gas, Norton was one of six University of Alabama graduates hired by TXO in Tuscaloosa in its first recruiting venture outside of Texas A&M University and the University of Texas.  Norton would...

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Pipeline Protests Cloud Future for Native Americans

February 2017, Vol. 244, No. 2

Naomi Schaefer Riley recently wrote a piece concerning the standoff involving Native American protesters and their allies opposed to the North Dakota Access Pipeline being constructed by Energy Transfer Partners titled “Bury Their Future at Standing Rock, The Truth about the Shutdown of the Dakota Pipeline.” This interview with P&GJ is based on that article. By the time this article is published, the Trump administration may have already reversed the federal bureaucrat’s controversial 11th hour delay of the project. Riley is a weekly columnist for the New York Post and a former Wall Street Journal […]

Q&A: Energy Expert Offers Global Perspective

January 2017, Vol. 244, No. 1

Melissa Stark is in an enviable position as Managing Director Energy Industry Group for Accenture. She carries impressive educational credentials that, along with 18 years of working in every energy sector, place her in a key post with the global consulting giant. Stark was the assistant chair to the Technology Task Group of the National Petroleum Council’s Future of Transportation Fuels Study (Advancing Technology for America’s Transportation Future) commissioned by Energy Secretary Stephen Chu. The study was released in August 2012 and focused on different engine/platform/fuel options for the U.S. through 2050, including advanced engines […]

Young LDC Manager Sees Millennials as an Answer, Not a Threat

December 2016, Vol. 243, No. 12

Bradley Walters, gas distribution manager for the city of Rocky Mount, NC, sees the public utility’s gas services and infrastructure program from an especially fresh perspective. At 30 years old, what other choice would he have? Already with the city nearly eight years, Walters, who cut his teeth on the natural gas business as project gas system engineer up until his recent promotion, sees his environmentally conscious generation of millennials as a perfect fit for the industry. He sees his work in the natural gas industry not only as an opportunity to make a good...

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Q & A: Jim Hodges Fighting the Good Fight for Natural Gas

December 2016, Vol. 243, No. 12

Jim Hodges is the 2016-17 chairman of the American Public Gas Association (APGA). APGA is the national trade association for publicly owned natural gas utilities, in other words those owned and operated by government entities rather than stockholders. There are over 1,000 public gas utilities in the United States and over 700 are members of APGA. Hodges is a 43-year natural gas industry veteran who is executive vice president and CEO of Middle Tennessee Natural Gas Utility District, a local distribution company that serves all or parts of 22 counties in the triangle within Nashville, […]

Legal Tips on Planning Natural Gas Pipeline Projects

October 2016, Vol. 243, No. 10

Michael Rutter, a partner in the law firm of Rutter & Roy, is known for his legal expertise in the planning and development of federally regulated pipeline projects. With deep roots in New Jersey, the firm began representing its first interstate natural gas pipeline client in 1950. Since then they’ve helped clients save time, money and avoid potential show-stoppers. From acquisition and planning through construction, permitting and restoration, natural gas pipeline projects can be complex and challenging. Rutter has seen first-hand the multitude of issues that pipeline development projects face, especially in today’s hyper-connected world...

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Business Agent: Striking a Balance Between Operators and Unions

August 2016, Vol. 243, No. 8

For many, pursuing a family trade is a rare endeavor. My great-grandmother would float in a canoe on the murky waters of East Texas, shotgun in hand, hunting alligators. No one in my family chose to follow suit, but we all know the legend she was. Still, there is a lingering sentiment that surfaces with a story like David Butterworth’s. His father, Bob, started in Local 798 as a welder’s helper and moved up to a welder in 1982. David knew at a young age that he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and...

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Frank Yoho and Natural Gas Are a Perfect Fit

July 2016, Vol. 243, No. 7

From helping engineer the multibillion-dollar merger of his Piedmont Natural Gas with Duke Energy to his role as 2016 chairman of the Southern Gas Association, Frank Yoho is a very busy man with natural gas on his mind 24/7. Yoho, 56, is Piedmont’s chief commercial officer, with responsibility for such projects including Piedmont’s involvement in the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Charlotte, NC-based Piedmont will be a wholly owned subsidiary of Duke Energy but will retain its own name. In this interview with P&GJ, he provides a clear perspective of the opportunities facing the booming gas business....

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Taking the Cover off the Shale Revolution

June 2016, Vol. 243, No. 6

Buy it, sit down and read The Green and the Black, The Complete Story of the Shale Revolution, the Fight over Fracking, and the Future of Energy by Gary Sernovitz,(St. Martin’s Press, 2016,. $27.99). The shale revolution prompted by the development of hydrofracking has changed the face of energy in America and to a lesser extent, the rest of the world. However, the changes have occurred so quickly that they remain shrouded in controversy and mystery. Today, this perception is heightened by the role of fossil fuels in climate change, along with a gross lack...

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Q&A: Wearing Many Hats No Problem for Ralph LaRossa

April 2016, Vol. 243, No. 4

Ralph A. LaRossa is a busy man these days. His company, Public Service Electric & Gas Co. (PSE&G), is embarking on an extensive multi-year upgrading of its North Jersey and environs territory (see related article). His peers at the American Gas Association thought enough of his experience and abilities to name him their 2016 chairman. It’s a job that demands effort and dedication, especially with natural gas looming ever larger as America’s fuel for the present and the future. If over 30 years of experience means anything, they can depend on LaRossa, who was named […]

Q & A: We Can Win This, John Davies Tells Oil & Gas

March 2016, Vol. 243, No. 3

John Davies, CEO and chairman of California-based Davies Public Affairs, warms to challenges, and that’s good news for the beleaguered energy industry which needs an eloquent and forceful advocate who can speak to the public. Davies has been active throughout the U.S. as a speaker at numerous conferences over the last 30 years and now he has taken a special interest in the cause of the energy industry, which needs every bit of help it can get in trying to overcome often-hostile environments and secure permit approvals in a timely manner. His efforts have included […]

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