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.

SE gas pipeline to create jobs, cut energy bills, say companies

The Associated Press

A study commissioned by utilities including Dominion Resources and Duke Energy claims that a $5 billion natural gas pipeline they intend to build with other partners in the Atlantic region would provide thousands of new jobs and save households in Virginia and North Carolina an average of $44 per month on their utility bills, The Associated Press reports.

Natgas pipelines could cope with carbon rule pressures: Study


With just a modest boost, the nation’s pipeline infrastructure could cope with the extra burdens from a surge in use of natural gas anticipated from the rule mandating cutbacks in carbon emissions from power plants, according to a study compiled by Deloitte MarketPoint for the Energy Department, E&E reports.

NTSB: Systemic flaws in safety oversight of gas pipelines

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three powerful accidents in recent years show systemic weaknesses in how natural gas providers maintain the largest pipelines in their networks, accident investigators said Tuesday as they issued more than two dozen safety recommendations.

The National Transportation Safety Board said in the decade since the government set rules for pipeline inspections in "high consequence" areas where an explosion is likely to hurt people or destroy buildings, there appears to have been a slight leveling off of such incidents, but no decline.

Gas pipeline to Turkey on Russia’s agenda

The New York Times

Russia and its state-owned company Gazprom is taking a number of steps to get moving on construction of a natural gas pipeline through Turkey, which was announced by President Vladimir Putin last month when he said the alternative South Stream project through Bulgaria was being scrapped, The New York Times reports.

House defies Obama to speed natgas pipelines

The Hill

Defying a White House veto threat, Republicans in the House have voted 253-169 to approve a bill from Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., that would put a 12-month time limit on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to decide on natural gas pipeline applications, The Hill reports.

Obama vows to veto GOP-backed pipeline, abortion bills

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is vowing to veto a Republican-backed bill that would require a decision on pipeline construction within 12 months, as well as one that would ban abortions after the first 20 weeks of pregnancy.

The White House says Obama would veto legislation requiring the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve or deny applications for natural gas pipelines within 12 months. The administration says the bill would create conflicts with existing statutes and requirements.

House Rules Committee meeting on Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act

Washington, January 20, 2015, 2:00 pm

House Rules Committee meets to set floor debate on H.R. 161, Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act. 

Bill to speed natgas pipeline permitting to get House vote

The Hill

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission would have one year to consider applications for natural gas pipeline permits, under legislation introduced by Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., that’s due to be voted on in the House next week, The Hill reports.


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