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Obama nominates Honorable to FERC

President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated Colette Honorable to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Honorable would fill the seat left vacant by the departure this month of John Norris, a Democrat, who resigned to take a post with the Agriculture Department. 

Honorable, also a Democrat, has been frequently mentioned as a possible appointee. She chairs the Arkansas Public Service Commission and is president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.


New England looking at two different pipeline proposals


Even if they can figure out how to pay for the work, authorities in New England trying to improve the region’s energy infrastructure are faced with two different proposals for natural gas pipeline construction: One from three utility holding companies or another from an aggregator, E&E reports.

Columbia to build pipelines to move Marcellus, Utica gas


Houston-based Columbia Pipeline Group has announced plans to spend $1.75 billion to build two new pipelines to move natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica Shale plays into the Northeast and also to connect to systems linked to the Gulf and the Midwest, FuelFix reports.

Kinder restructuring frees up cash for acquisitions


Richard Kinder’s move to bring together three of Kinder Morgan Inc.’s divisions under one umbrella frees up cash for acquisitions that will likely be rival infrastructure operators, Bloomberg reports.

McClendon firm to team with Regency to construct Utica pipeline


American Energy’s midstream unit says it will join with Regency Energy Partners to build a 52-mile pipeline – at a cost of $500 million – to move more than 2 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day from the Utica Shale in Ohio, FuelFix reports.

Profit jump of 47 percent for Energy Transfer Partners

The Wall Street Journal

Higher revenue across most of its segments led Energy Transfer Partners – increasingly focused on natural gas pipelines --  to a 47 percent increase in earnings in the second quarter to $471 million, far exceeding analysts’ expectations, the company said Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Kinder Morgan working on pipeline upgrades to supply gas to Mexico


Kinder Morgan affiliate El Paso Natural Gas Co. has already begun engineering work on $529 million worth of upgrades to its pipeline system in the Southwest which will enable it to deliver promised natural gas to Mexico, agreed in a 21-year deal signed with the country’s electricity commission, FuelFix reports.

Pipeline protesters rally in Boston

The Associated Press

Hundreds rallied in Boston Wednesday to express their opposition to a Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline proposed to run through northwest Massachusetts, urging Gov. Deval Patrick to pull his support from it, The Associated Press reports.

PG&E charged with obstruction over San Bruno blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal grand jury charged Pacific Gas & Electric on Tuesday with lying to federal investigators in connection with a fatal pipeline explosion that killed eight people and leveled a suburban Northern California neighborhood in 2010.

The U.S. attorney in San Francisco announced the obstruction of justice charge and 27 related counts, which are in a new indictment charging the utility with felonies. It replaces a previous indictment that contained 12 counts related to PG&E's safety practices, but not obstruction.

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FERC: Carbon rule to pose challenge for natural gas system

The Obama administration's proposed carbon rule for existing power plants will require more natural gas pipelines to ensure reliable electricity service, federal energy regulators warned lawmakers on Tuesday.

Members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission told a House subcommittee that it is too soon to know the exact impacts of the rule, because states will be left to draw up their own implementation plans.

Yet, Acting Chairman Cheryl LaFleur said the rule's expectation of greater gas use, to about 30 percent of U.S. generation, poses transmission challenges in the coming years.


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