Energy

West Virginia Issues Stormwater Construction Permit for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s environmental regulators have approved a construction stormwater permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which would carry natural gas southeast from the center of the state. The Department of Environmental Protection says it covers stormwater discharge asso..

North Carolina OKs Water Certification for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A pipeline that would carry fracked natural gas from West Virginia into the Southeast cleared another regulatory hurdle Friday when North Carolina’s environmental agency issued a water quality certification. Gov. Roy Cooper’s office separately announced pipeline partners Domini..

Gas Pipeline Told to Halt Drilling Under River After Spill

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Federal regulators have again told a company building twin natural gas pipelines across northern Ohio to stop drilling under a river because of concerns over a spill. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission says in the stoppage ordered Wednesday that it wants the builders of th..

Mountain Valley Pipeline Clears Another Regulatory Hurdle

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The federal government has approved preliminary construction for parts of the Mountain Valley Pipeline in West Virginia. The 300-mile natural gas pipeline would also run through parts of southwestern Virginia if it’s fully approved. The Roanoke Times reported Monday that the Fed..

FERC Approves PennEast Pipeline

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today issued an Order under section 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act approving the construction of the PennEast Pipeline. The approval comes two weeks after a severe regional cold spell that forced natural gas prices in New Jersey to skyrocket 31 times abo..

Environmental Groups Challenge Key Approval for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A coalition of community and environmental groups has filed a legal challenge to Virginia regulators’ decision to grant a conditional water quality permit for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The groups filed a petition Thursday with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals i..

J.D. Power Study: Natural Gas Utility Satisfaction Reaches All-Time High

According to J.D. Power’s 2017 Gas Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Study, natural gas utility business customer satisfaction scores have reached record levels. With an overall satisfaction score of 792 (on a 1,000-point scale), gas utility business customers are now the most satisfied among a..

Aclara And Suez Join Forces to Provide Smart Infrastructure Solutions to U.S. Cities

Aclara and SUEZ North America today announced an exclusive strategic partnership to deliver advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and smart infrastructure solutions (SIS) that will enable SUEZ to better serve municipalities across the United States. The Advanced Solutions division of SUEZ North Am..

Utility: Weight of Fill Material Led to Gas Pipeline Fire

ORION TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan utility says the weight of 21 feet of fill material was responsible for a November gas line rupture and massive fire in Oakland County’s Orion Township. Jackson-based Consumers Energy says Monday in a statement that the weight of the material “stressed the pi..

Federal Regulators Deny Constitution Pipeline Water Permit Petition

On Jan. 11, 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) denied Constitution Pipeline Co. LLC’s petition to overturn New York’s denial of a water quality certification for the Constitution Pipeline, an approximately 125-mile natural gas pipeline that will connect Susquehanna County, Pennsyl..

Record Cold Results in Record Gas Use for New York Utility

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) — The record-cold temperatures late last week resulted in a New York state utility setting a record for natural gas use. Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. said customers in the eight eastern New York counties it serves used a record amount of natural gas last Friday. Then ..

Colorado Considers New Pipeline Regulations after Fatal Explosion

DENVER (AP) — Colorado regulators are considering proposed new rules for thousands of oil and gas pipelines after a fatal explosion last year blamed on leaking gas. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission opened two days of hearings Monday on regulations for installing, testing and shuttin..

Merger Could Mean Pipeline Expansion into South Carolina

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Dominion Energy’s planned merger with a South Carolina energy company could open the door for an expansion of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline, both supporters and opponents of the natural gas project say. In a conference call about the proposed merger, Dominion CEO Tom Far..

Appalachia Underground Natural Gas Storage Project Clears 1st Hurdle

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Plans for an underground natural gas liquids storage hub pegged as a major job creator for the chemical industry in struggling Appalachia have cleared their first big hurdle. The Appalachia Storage & Trading Hub initiative got approval Wednesday for the first of two applicat..

Pennsylvania Halts Construction on Sunoco Gas Pipeline

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania environmental officials have ordered Sunoco to halt construction of a natural gas pipeline across the southern part of the state, citing a series of spills and other “egregious and willful violations” of state law. The Department of Environmental Protection annou..

Natural Gas Players Oppose Perry Coal/Nuclear Subsidy Proposal

The natural gas industry is attempting to turn back an attempt by Energy Secretary Rick Perry to, in effect, subsidize coal and nuclear suppliers to electric utilities at the expense of natural gas suppliers. Perry instructed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in September to propose a..

Federal Judge Dismisses Legal Effort to Halt Gas Pipeline

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has delivered a blow to some Ohio property owners’ efforts to stop construction of a high-pressure natural gas pipeline. U.S. District Judge John Adams in Akron on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit filed in May by more than 60 property owners. They want the Federal Ener..

Gas Line Explosion Raises Concerns About Old Michigan Pipes

ORION TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Environmental advocates say Michigan’s aging gas pipelines have a heightened risk of corrosion or other material failure that could cause a fire or explosion. The concerns follow last month’s gas explosion in Orion Township, about 30 miles north of Detroit, The De..

Phase 1B of the Rover Pipeline Can Begin Operations

Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. has received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to place Phase 1B of the Rover Pipeline project into service. With the addition of the Phase 1B facilities, the Rover Pipeline is now capable of transporting up to 1.7 billion cubic feet per da..

CPS Energy Wins 50-Year Natural Gas, Electric Distribution System Contract at Joint Air Force Base

CPS Energy has been awarded a $248 million, 50 year contract by the Defense Logistics Agency for the ownership, operation and maintenance of the natural gas and electric distribution system at Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA). The company was awarded the contract through a competitive bidding proce..

Nobody Hurt in Natural Gas Pipeline Fire

SOMERVILLE, Texas (AP) — Authorities are trying to determine what sparked a natural gas pipeline fire in Central Texas in an early-morning blaze that could be seen for several miles. The Burleson County Sheriff’s Office says nobody was hurt in the fire reported about 3 a.m. Wednesday at a rural sit..

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Receives Water Permit in Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A panel of Virginia environmental regulators granted a conditional permit Tuesday for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline, making its approval contingent on getting more information about the project’s impact on water quality. The Virginia State Water Control Board voted 4-3 t..

Virginia Regulators Weigh Key Approval for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — State regulators will soon decide whether to grant a key approval to the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The Virginia State Water Control Board will meet for a second day Tuesday to consider whether to issue a water quality certification for the natural gas pipeline that woul..

Environmental Groups File Lawsuit to Try to Block Pipeline

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A coalition of environmental groups has filed a federal lawsuit to try to block a natural gas pipeline planned for southwestern Virginia. The Mountain Valley Pipeline cleared its last regulatory hurdle and won state water permits Thursday. The lawsuit was filed Friday in the ..

New White Paper Advises Natural Gas Utilities on How to Increase Customer Satisfaction

HomeServe USA has released “Securing the Future,” a white paper that examines the customer relations challenges faced by America’s natural gas utilities and offers solutions they can implement to better position themselves as a trusted partner to their customers. The white paper is authored by Timot..

Virginia Water Board Certifies Mountain Valley Pipeline

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s Water Control Board has issued a certification for a proposed natural gas pipeline that will run through six counties in the state. The board voted 5-2 Thursday to issue a water quality certification for the Mountain Valley Pipeline. The Roanoke Times reports that at..

North Carolina Regulators Want More Information on Pipeline

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Another state permit needed for a proposed natural gas pipeline in eastern North Carolina is being slowed. The state Department of Environmental Quality asked Atlantic Coast Pipeline developers this week for more information for an air quality permit for a compressor station to..

West Virginia Weighs Permit for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia environmental regulators Wednesday announced two public hearings on issuing a construction stormwater permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which would carry natural gas southeast from the center of the state. The 600-mile (965-kilometer) pipeline would exte..

Company: Cause of New Mexico Natural Gas Pipeline Rupture Unknown

LOVING, N.M. (AP) – A Houston-based energy company says it’s investigating what caused one of its natural gas pipelines to rupture, explode and catch fire in southeastern New Mexico’s oil patch. Spokesman Rick Rainey of Enterprise Products Partners L.P. says the incident early Wednesday morning in ..

Father, Son Killed in Northern Illinois Pipeline Explosion

NACHUSA, Ill. (AP) — Authorities in northern Illinois say a father and son were killed in a natural gas pipeline explosion while working on a farm field. Officials on Wednesday said 59-year-old father Rory Miller of Amboy and 30-year-old son Ryan Miller of Oregon died in the Tuesday morning explosi..