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FERC Names New Chief of Staff

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has named Anthony Pugliese Chief of Staff. Since January 2017, Pugliese has served as Senior White House Advisor at the U.S. Department of Transportation, where he helped oversee all aspects of the department, including pipeline safety and regulatory issues...

ABA Elects New Chair of Section of Environment, Energy and Resources

John E. Milner, partner in Brunini, Grantham, Grower & Hewes PLLC, has been named Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, the premier forum for lawyers practicing environmental, natural resources and energy law. The ceremony took place on August 13, ..

Exporting Natural Gas to Mexico: An Opportunity for Texas?

As partners in the Houston office of the law firm Jones Walker LLP, Jennifer D. Hamer and Amy L. Vazquez have a front-row perspective on the legal and business issues surrounding the export of natural gas from the United States (through Texas) to Mexico. Hamer has a broad business practice in energ..

Plains All American Makes Leadership Change

Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. and Plains GP Holdings today announced Oscar K. Brown has been appointed by an affiliate of Occidental Petroleum Corporation to serve as its designated representative on the Board of Directors of PAA GP Holdings LLC, replacing Ben Figlock. The PAA GP Holdings Board..

Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation Elects New Directors

Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation has elected Amanda M. Brock and Marcus A. Watts to its Board of Directors, effective immediately. Since 2009, Brock has been the Chief Executive Officer of Water Standard, a water treatment company focused on water-based enhanced oil recovery, recycling and reuse of wate..

ScottMadden Announces New Rates, Regulation, & Planning Practice and Practice Leader

ScottMadden, Inc., one of North America’s leading energy consulting firms, today announced the addition of the new Rates, Regulation, & Planning practice and the promotion of Bob Hevert to Rates, Regulation, & Planning practice leader. Hevert joined ScottMadden in 2016, specializing in corporate fi..

Crowell & Moring LLP Adds Energy Lawyer

Crowell & Moring LLP has added Charles E. Schwenck to its Orange County office as a senior counsel in the firm’s Energy Group. Schwenck comes to the firm from Gordon & Rees, and has more than 40 years of experience handling transactions in the energy, natural resources, and construction industries..

Atmos Energy Promotes Hartsfield to Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Atmos Energy Corporation’s Board of Directors has appointed Karen E. Hartsfield, currently Senior Attorney, to the position of Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, effective immediately. Hartsfield will also serve on the company’s Management Committee. Hartsfield joined A..

Tallgrass Energy Partners Makes Leadership Change

Tallgrass Energy Partners today announced that the company has named Dean Dick to lead its crude oil gathering business. Dick has nearly 30 years of experience in crude oil transportation services including trucking, gathering, terminals and DOT regulated pipeline transportation.  Previously, he wo..

EQT Corporation Names New Midstream President and Chief Operating Officer

EQT Corporation has appointed Jeremiah J. Ashcroft III as senior vice president and president, midstream of EQT Corporation, effective August 7, 2017. Ashcroft was also appointed senior vice president and chief operating officer for EQT Midstream Partners, LP and will join the company’s board of dir..

Energy Lawyer Marvin T. Griff Joins Thompson Hine’s Corporate Practice

Thompson Hine LLP today announced that Husch Blackwell’s Marvin T. Griff has joined the firm’s Corporate Transactions & Securities practice in Washington, D.C., as a partner. Throughout his career, Griff has counseled electric utilities, clean technology companies, alternative energy developers, in..

UGI Corporation Elects New Board Member

UGI Corporation has elected Theodore A. Dosch to the company’s Board of Directors, effective July 25, 2017. Dosch currently serves as Executive Vice President-Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Anixter International, a leading global distributor of network and security solutions, electrical and ..

PPG Names Marathon Petroleum CEO to Board of Directors

PPG has elected Gary R. Heminger, chairman and CEO of Marathon Petroleum Corporation, to join its board of directors, effective immediately. He will serve on the PPG board’s audit committee and its nominating and governance committee. Heminger has been chairman of Marathon Petroleum Corporation sin..

Trump Chooses Lawyer to Head FERC

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has nominated energy lawyer Kevin McIntyre to chair the vacancy-plagued commission that oversees the nation’s power grid and natural gas pipelines. Only one commissioner currently serves on the five-member Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, leaving it wit..

Tallgrass Energy Announces Leadership Change, Receipt of Settlement Payment

Rockies Express Pipeline LLC (REX) and Tallgrass Energy Partners, LP, REX’s operator, announced today that REX has received the cash payment of $150 million from Ultra Resources, Inc. in connection with the settlement of REX’s $303 million breach of contract claim, and that the payment has been dist..

Tillerson Gets Oil Industry Award, Says He Misses Colleagues

ISTANBUL (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson took a brief break from his diplomatic duties on Sunday, returning to his Exxon Mobil comfort zone to bask in the glow of approval from his former colleagues in the oil sector. Accepting a lifetime achievement award from the World Petroleum Cong..

Man Killed in Pipe Cleaning Accident Identified

BROWNSVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a 20-year-old man killed in an industrial accident in Brownsville. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office identifies the victim as Treston Isham of Fond du Lac. Authorities say Isham was cleaning pipes at utility contractor Michels Corp. wh..

Former FERC Commissioner Joins Law Firm

Reed Smith LLP today announced the addition of Colette D. Honorable, former commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and Regina Y. Speed-Bost, chair of Schiff Hardin’s Energy Group, to its market-leading international Energy & Natural Resources (ENR) practice. Ho..

CMS Energy and Consumers Energy Announce Leadership Shakeup

CMS Energy and Consumers Energy have announced Jean-Francois (JF) Brossoit, currently senior vice president of transformation and shared services, will succeed Dan Malone, senior vice president of engineering, effective immediately upon Malone’s retirement Nov. 1, 2017. Brossoit will as..

AECOM Appoints New Chief Operating Officer

AECOM has named Randall A. Wotring chief operating officer, effective July 1, 2017. With more than 30 years of experience in the engineering and construction industry, Wotring was promoted in September 2016 to group president, Technical and Operational Services. At AECOM, he has overseen the growth..

Frontier Integrity Solutions Makes Leadership Changes

Frontier Integrity Solutions (FIS) has appointed Keyth Pengal as CEO and added oil and gas industry veteran Bill Boyer to its Board of Directors. These appointments are effective immediately. “FIS has an over-40-year history of quality, trust, and honesty with its customers, employees, and communit..

INGAA Foundation Names New Executive Director

The INGAA Foundation has announced that industry veteran Jason M. Goldstein will formally assume the role of executive director of the organization, following Richard Hoffmann’s retirement, effective Aug. 31. Goldstein joined the INGAA Foundation staff in June to create a smooth transition. As exec..

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

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 i..

New NACE President Expects Hectic Year Battling Corrosion

Samir Degan, president of NACE International for 2017, expects the global association to see yet another hectic year of change and “high-level discussions” focused on fighting corrosion during his tenure. “I think we at NACE are changing for the better,” Degan said during an interview with P&GJ tha..

Williams Appoints New Senior VP of Atlantic-Gulf Operating Area

The Williams Companies, Inc. today announced that Frank J. Ferazzi has been named senior vice president over the company’s Atlantic-Gulf operating area, succeeding Rory Miller, who has announced his retirement. Ferazzi has served as vice president and general manager, Eastern Interstates, including..

What to Expect from a Coating Inspector

A critical part in any corrosion-control program is regular inspection of industrial coatings by certified third-party inspectors. This article explains why coating inspections are necessary, what they entail and why it is important for asset owners to take control of quality assurance. With many o..

T. Boone Pickens Offloads Pinnacle Midstream

BP Energy Partners—owned by oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens—is offloading a small portfolio company, Pinnacle Midstream, according a new report by Reuters. Anonymous sources said Pinnacle could sell for around $300 million for its gas and crude gathering and transloading services in Texas, New Mexico, ..

PG&E Senior VP and Chief Nuclear Officer to Retire at End of 2017

Edward D. Halpin, Senior Vice President, Generation and Chief Nuclear Officer of Pacific Gas and Electric Company, and a 35-year veteran of the energy industry, has announced his retirement, effective December 31, 2017. “Ed has done an outstanding job leading our nuclear and power generation operat..

Williams Appoints New Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategic Development

The Williams Companies, Inc. today announced that Chad Zamarin has been appointed senior vice president of Corporate Strategic Development, effective June 26. He succeeds Frank Billings, who previously announced his retirement. In this role, Mr. Zamarin will be responsible for enterprise-level strat..

Energy Drone Coalition Announces 2017 Horizon Award Recipient

The Energy Drone Coalition has named Dr. Luis Cifuentes, Vice President of Research, Commercialization and Outreach at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi as the recipient of the 2017 Energy Drone Coalition Horizon Award, sponsored by BP. This annual award was created to recognize professionals in t..