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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The man who took over Interior Department oversight of offshore drilling in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster – Michael Bromwich -- has expressed concern that safety could be a tempting area for cuts as companies tighten their belts in response to lower oil prices, National Journal reports.
After cutting 9,000 jobs - and announcing more cuts to come - as a result of the crude price crash, oil field services company Halliburton reported results above analysts’ expectation, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A report of a drop in stockpiles at the Cushing delivery point helped support oil prices Monday, Reuters reports. U.S. benchmark crude settled 64 cents higher at $56.38 a barrel, having bounced around in a $2 spread throughout the day, while in London Brent finished flat at $63.45.
On the fifth anniversary of BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Americans United for Change is running an ad campaign linking repeal of the renewable fuel standard to a higher risk of more spills, The Hill reports.
As the Environmental Protection Agency finalized its regulations for the disposal of coal ash, Dominion Virginia Power announced it would shut its coal ash ponds in the state, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.
A day before the Environmental Protection Agency’s rule limiting power plant mercury emissions took effect last week, Rocky Mountain Power’s Carbon Power Plant – the oldest in Utah generating electricity from coal – went offline for good, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.
After four years of European Union investigation, anti-trust chief Margrethe Vestager is ready to file charges against Russian gas giant Gazprom for abusing its dominant position in the market, sources tell The New York Times.