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PG&E plans to appeal $1.4 billion penalty in deadly blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. plans to appeal a $1.4 billion penalty recommended by California regulatory judges for a gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco suburb that killed eight people, the utility said in a filing Wednesday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

The utility said it plans to file an appeal with the California Public Utilities Commission within 30 days. The filing did not list a reason for the appeal, but PG&E spokesman Greg Snapper said the utility wants the commission to take into consideration the $2.7 billion PG&E has or will spend on gas pipeline safety improvements.

Snapper said any penalty should also directly go toward public safety.

Shell hits gas in the Utica Shale


Two successful gas discovery wells announced by Shell Wednesday are in north-central Pennsylvania, further east than the area that has been considered the sweet spot of the Utica Shale play, FuelFix reports.

Deal signed to sell Israeli natural gas to Jordan

JERUSALEM (AP) — A developer of Israel's offshore natural gas deposits says it has signed a letter of intent to sell gas to Jordan over a 15-year period.

Noble Energy Inc. says under the letter of intent, it will sell 1.6 trillion cubic feet of natural gas to neighboring Jordan's National Electric Power Company Ltd.

A spokesman for Noble would not discuss the value of the deal. Israeli media said it was worth some $15 billion.

Exxon’s Point Thomson facility a step toward Alaska LNG exports


Exxon Mobil’s small natural gas production facility at Point Thomson, from which it expects to start shipping gas condensates in 2016, is just a step toward what the company hopes will be major natural gas exports from Alaska to Asia in the future, E&E reports.

California's share of $1.4B blast penalty questioned

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — By far the largest share of a $1.4 billion penalty recommended by California regulatory judges for a gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people will go directly to the state with no strings attached.

The $950 million portion marked for the state's general fund drew objections from the penalized Pacific Gas & Electric Co., a private advocacy group for ratepayers and the city of San Bruno, the San Francisco suburb where the fiery 2010 explosion destroyed more than three dozen homes and became the state's deadliest utility disaster in decades.

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McCarthy: Methane cuts can bring profits

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy on Tuesday sought to convince energy industry executives that domestic greenhouse gas emissions can be cut in a profitable way, especially by curtailing methane releases from natural gas drilling and transmission.

Speaking at the Barclays Energy-Power Conference in New York, McCarthy said the Obama administration is preparing to act to move to reduce methane losses, but will seek a pro-business approach that could include a mix of regulation and voluntary steps, adding, "we need to do something about it, something more than we're doing today."

PG&E fined $1.4B for deadly 2010 gas line blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California regulatory judges issued a $1.4 billion penalty on Tuesday against the state's largest utility for a 2010 gas pipeline explosion that engulfed a suburban San Francisco neighborhood in fire, killing eight people and prompting national alerts about aging pipelines.

The California Public Utilities Commission said the figure reached by two administrative law judges against Pacific Gas & Electric Co. would be the largest safety related penalty it had ever imposed. PG&E can appeal the fine.

An email to a company representative for comment was not immediately returned. But PG&E said in a statement it fully accepts that a penalty is appropriate.

Dominion, Duke propose $5B natural gas pipeline

NEW YORK (AP) — Dominion Resources, Duke Energy and other partners are proposing a $5 billion natural gas pipeline to connect the Southeast with the prodigious supplies of natural gas being produced in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

Gas is being relied upon to generate more of the nation's electricity in recent years because enormous new domestic supplies have drastically lowered its price and because natural gas burns cleaner than the nation's other most important fuel for electric power, coal.

Texas researchers report finding arsenic in Barnett shale water

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In a study examining 100 water wells across the Barnett Shale last year, University of Texas researchers reported finding what could be unhealthy levels of arsenic, although an industry spokesman expressed doubt that drilling would be responsible, the Denton Record-Chronicle reports.

Limited water could hold back fracking


An analysis from the World Resources Institute says 38 percent of the world’s shale gas and oil reserves are located in areas with limited water supplies and concludes that may limit the global development of fracking, FuelFix reports.


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