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Connecticut Regulators Investigating Gas Companies for Withholding Pipeline Capacity

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials have launched an investigation into allegations of market power abuse by two of the state’s largest energy providers. The Office of Consumer Counsel says the investigation began after university researchers claimed Eversource and Avangrid companies intentionally created natural gas shortages so they could drive up energy rates. The report by university researchers estimates the practice cost utility customers billions of dollars over a three year period. Eversource representative Tricia Taskey Modifica said Tuesday the report is a “complete fabrication.” She says the company is “always acting in the […]

The Natural Gas Market Is Set To Boom

Lower-for-longer oil prices and the advance of renewable energy and electric vehicles have made Big Oil plan for a gradual shift toward natural gas in their production portfolios. All current projections point to natural gas as the fastest-growing fossil fuel in the energy mix for decades to come. Pitched as the cleanest burning hydrocarbon (compared to coal and oil), natural gas is expected to be the bridge fuel between coal and renewables, until storage solutions allow renewables to become less intermittent. How bright natural gas’s future will be depends on how competitive its prices are, […]

The U.S. LNG Boom Could Be About To Stall

While speaking before industry executives last June, United States President Donald Trump asserted that he had “ended the war on coal” and that America would be “dominant” in energy. But where does this all stand now? Much of the Trump administration’s hope for achieving dominance requires increasing exports of liquid natural gas (LNG) from six new liquefaction and export facilities. One of these, Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass plant in Louisiana, is now being expanded, while the rest are approved and scheduled to be completed in the next three years. When they’re all in service, they’ll […]

Colorado Proposes New Rules for Oil-Gas Lines After Blast

DENVER (AP) — Colorado energy regulators on Monday proposed tighter rules for shutting down oil and gas pipelines after a fatal explosion blamed on natural gas leaking from a line that was thought to be out of service but was still connected to a well. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission rules govern flow lines, which carry oil, gas and wastewater from wells to tanks and other gathering equipment. A public hearing is scheduled for Dec. 11-12, and the commissioners could vote to approve the rules after that. The rules are in response to […]

TAP Pipe Deliveries Complete to Albania, Greece and Italy

The last shipment of steel line-pipes for the construction of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) arrived in Thessaloniki, Greece, marking the completion and final delivery of all line-pipes to TAP’s host countries. The transport of 55,000 TAP pipes and bends was completed in about a year and a half, with the first pipes arriving in Durrës, Albania in April 2016. The all the pipes together weighed 520,000 tons and were transported to TAP’s main marshaling yards in 79 sea vessel shipments and 158 block trains within Greece. The offloading of the largest ships took five days on average. […]

Land Preservation Board Approves Easements for Pipeline

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A public land preservation organization in Virginia has approved easements that will allow two natural gas pipelines to be built in mountainous areas of the state. The Virginia Outdoors Foundation’s board of trustees approved 11 easements on Monday, the board said on its website. In exchange for crossing 53 acres of protected land, two pipeline developers will convey to the foundation 1,130 acres of substitute land in three counties. Both pipelines would start in West Virginia, carrying gas from the Appalachian basin to U.S. markets. Prominent business and political leaders back […]

Protesters Arrested at Atlantic Sunrise Construction Site

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — More than two dozen people have been arrested at a protest of a $3 billion pipeline being built to carry natural gas from northeastern Pennsylvania to Southern states. Scores of demonstrators gathered Monday on land in Lancaster County’s West Hempfield Township that is owned by a Catholic order of nuns that allowed activists to build an outdoor chapel on the planned pipeline route. Police gave demonstrators until 12:45 p.m. to disperse, then began arresting those holding hands in front of a backhoe. Officials said defiant trespass charges were planned. The Federal […]

Federal Regulators Approve Atlantic Coast, Mountain Valley Pipelines

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A divided panel of federal regulators granted approvals Friday evening for the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley natural gas pipelines, major East Coast projects. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s authorization had been widely expected by both supporters and opponents of the pipelines. The certificates granted by the commission came with dozens of conditions, and other necessary permits for both projects are still pending. Both pipelines would start in West Virginia, carrying gas from the Appalachian basin to U.S. markets. Prominent business and political leaders in all three affected states back the […]

Williams Partners to Expand Gas Gathering, Processing and Liquids Handling Services in the Northeastern U.S.

Williams Partners L.P. has executed agreements with Southwestern Energy Company to expand its services in the Appalachian Basin of West Virginia. The agreements call for Williams Partners to deliver gas processing, fractionation, and liquids handling services in Southwestern’s Wet Gas Acreage in the Marcellus and Upper Devonian Shale along with gas gathering services in the company’s South Utica Dry Gas Acreage. Williams Partners will provide Southwestern with 660 million cubic feet per day of processing capacity to serve a 135,000-acre dedication in Southwestern’s Wet Gas Acreage in the Marcellus and Upper Devonian Shale in Marshall and Wetzel […]

Sabine Pass Train 4 Placed in Service

Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. has completed the Commissioning of Train 4 associated with the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project in Cameron Parish, Louisiana. As part of a 20-year sale and purchase agreement (SPA) with GAIL (India) Limited, the first commercial delivery for Train 4 of the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project is expected to occur in March 2018.  The Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project consists of six liquefaction trains located at the Sabine Pass LNG terminal, which includes existing infrastructure of five LNG storage tanks with capacity of approximately 16.9 billion cubic feet equivalent (Bcfe), two marine berths that can accommodate vessels with […]

Nevada Regulators Fine Southwest Gas $300000 for 2 Gas Leaks in Las Vegas

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — State regulators have fined Southwest Gas Corp. $300,000 for a pair of natural gas leaks it was responsible for in Las Vegas last year. Nevada Public Utilities Commission Chairman Joe Reynolds told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the fine approved Wednesday for violation of federal pipeline safety regulations is one of the highest the panel has ever assessed against a utility. The first incident occurred in July 2016, when a Southwest Gas crew hit a pipeline with a backhoe, forcing the evacuation of 30 homes and loss of power to […]

NEXUS Pipeline Construction Gets Green Light

FERC has approved Enbridge’s request to begin construction of the NEXUS Gas Transmission Project, except for the following locations: North Country National Scenic Trail at milepost 3.5 and Iron Horse Trail at milepost 17.0 From milepost 130.5 to milepost 133.0 and milepost 151.5 to milepost 162.0 In addition, according to FERC’s Alisa M. Lykens, before beginning HDD operations, the company must complete the following directives: Filing supplemental information to comply with Environmental Condition 38, affirming it will utilize a down-hole annular pressure tool during the entire pilot hole drilling process and while reaming beneath sensitive environmental features (such […]

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