DOE authorizes LNG exports from Venture Global's Calcasieu Pass terminal
The U.S. Department of Energy authorized liquefied natural gas exports from Venture Global LNG's Calcasieu Pass terminal in Louisiana following a federal approval in February that allowed the developer to build the multibillion-dollar facility. The DOE's March 5 order will allow Calcasieu Pass to export up to 1.7 Bcf/d of natural gas as LNG to countries that do not have a free trade agreement with the U.S. as long as trade with those countries is not otherwise prohibited.
Colo. Democrats introduce 'sweeping oil and gas reform'
Colorado legislative leaders unveiled a bill that could make changes to the mission of the agency regulating the oil and natural gas industry in the state and give more authority to local entities over drilling and well locations. "This is the most sweeping oil and gas reform the state has ever seen, but at the same time, it's incredibly reasonable and common sense," Senate Majority Leader Steve Fenberg told the Feb. 28 briefing. "We haven't really done anything since the '50s."
Pa. agency hands Rice Midstream $1.5M penalty for violations on gathering line
A Pennsylvania agency assessed a $1.5 million penalty against Rice Midstream Holdings for environmental violations on what is now an Equitrans Midstream Corp.-owned natural gas gathering pipeline in the Aleppo and Richhill townships of Greene County, Pa. Rice Midstream, a unit of EQT Corp., violated standards related to sediment discharge into waterways, pollution controls and construction, according to a March 4 news release from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
PG&E utility submits final report on pipeline safety enhancement plan
Pacific Gas and Electric Co., or PG&E, has submitted to the California Public Utilities Commission a final report on the steps it has taken in recent years to improve the safety of its 6,600-mile network of natural gas pipeline. In that report, the PG&E Corp. utility subsidiary said it completed 585 projects, such as installing 217 automated valves as well as strength testing 673.5 miles and replacing 114.9 miles of pipeline. PG&E also upgraded 202.4 miles of pipeline to accept inline-inspection technology, according to a related March 8 news release.