Five years after deadly blast, audit questions California's pipeline oversight

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Five years after a deadly natural-gas explosion in suburban San Francisco, California's oversight of utilities' gas pipelines still suffers from a lack of focus on safety by top state regulators, a new audit says.

The audit finds widespread breakdowns in performance by state-appointed utilities commissioners and by the state Public Utilities Commission overall since a fiery pipeline breach killed eight people in San Bruno, California, and heightened scrutiny of state regulation of California's 100,000 miles of natural-gas lines.

2nd major gas pipeline would link Pennsylvania, Northeast

SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (AP) — New York landowners along the planned 124-mile Constitution Pipeline are getting details of a second major natural gas pipeline proposed to cut through their property, this one a 325-mile link from Pennsylvania to New England.

Construction workers in economically distressed southern New York are ecstatic about the job possibilities, but landowners who have been fighting the first pipeline for three years are dismayed at the prospect of going through the whole process a second time.

Northeast, despite highest gas costs, resists more pipelines

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — There is near universal agreement that the Northeast has to expand its energy supply to rein in the nation's highest costs and that cheap, abundant, relatively clean natural gas could be at least a short-term answer. But heels dig deep when it comes to those thorniest of questions: how and where?

Proposals to build or expand natural gas pipelines are met with an upswell of citizen discontent. At the end of last year, a Massachusetts route selected by Texas-based Kinder Morgan generated so much venom that the company nudged it north into New Hampshire — where the venom is also flowing freely. During this winter's town meetings, a centuries-old staple of local governance in New England, people in the nine towns touched by the route voted to oppose the project.

2 US funds to invest $900 million in Mexican gas pipeline

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's state-owned petroleum company Pemex has signed an agreement giving two investment funds a 45 percent stake in a natural gas pipeline in exchange for $900 million.

The Los Ramones pipeline will transport natural gas from Texas to Mexico and is intended to facilitate imports of cheap U.S. gas and lower Mexico's high commercial electricity rates.

Northeast gas pipeline progresses, to some landowner dismay

HARPERSFIELD, N.Y. (AP) — The 124-mile Constitution Pipeline will likely bring some relief from high natural gas prices to residents of New York City and New England, but it will also bring anguish to some landowners in the wooded hills and valleys in its path.

It will slash a mile-long gash through a pristine forest tended by the Kernan family for seven decades. It will spoil Andrew Havas' plans to build a home and automotive shop. It will disrupt farming operations for dairyman Ken Stanton. It will dash hopes Bob Lidsky and Bev Travis had of building the hilltop home where they planned to retire with their five huge mountain dogs.

Marcellus pipeline sale to bring Southwestern Energy $500M


Southwestern Energy is selling Pennsylvania assets including 100 miles of natural gas gathering pipeline to Howard Midstream Energy Partners for $500 million, looking to pay off a loan that matures at the end of 2016, FuelFix reports.

Battle against natural gas pipeline route in Virginia

The Associated Press

Opponents of the proposed route for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline through Virginia have launched an ad campaign against it, urging the project use existing rights of way, The Associated Press reports.

Pipeline project to improve New England gas flow gets FERC OK


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has given the green light to the proposed expansion of Algonquin Gas Transmission’s natural gas pipeline system in New England, adding more than 37 miles of pipeline to boost capacity to Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, Platts reports.

NJ gas mains and service lines to get makeover: PSE&G

The Wall Street Journal

Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. says it plans to upgrade New Jersey’s gas infrastructure – including gas mains and service lines – at a cost of $1.6 billion over the next five years, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Forest owners battling pipeline in New York

The New York Times

The Kernan family, which has owned and nurtured nearly 1,000 acres of forest in upstate New York since the 1940s, is fighting plans for the Constitution Pipeline to run through it, The New York Times reports.


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