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Judge says CPUC should reject $621M Sempra pipe project; Ohio agency proposes uniform permitting for oil, gas compressors

Judge says Calif. PUC should reject Sempra's $621M North-South gas project

A CaliforniaPublic Utilities Commission judge has recommended that the regulator reject theNorth-South gas pipelineexpansion project plannedby Sempra Energy utilities.

AdministrativeLaw Judge Karl Bemesderfer disputed whether the project, which would involve linkingSempra's northern and southern gas systems, would improve reliability the way SouthernCalifornia Gas Co. and SanDiego Gas & Electric Co. said it would. While the utilities in theirproposal pointed to a number of instances of gas supply constraint, the judge'sproposed decision dismissed claims that better connections between the NorthernSystem and Southern System could have overcome supply concerns.

Ohio EPA proposes uniform permitting for oil, gas compressor emissions

The OhioEnvironmental Protection Agency on April 7 proposed uniform permitting requirementsfor emissions from oil and gas compression equipment.

"Currently,air emissions from these common pieces of equipment are subject to more lengthycase-by-case permits. By contrast, applications for general permits follow a template,"the Ohio EPA said. "These general permits would allow the agency to ensureit protects the environment and frees up valuable staff resources to work on complexpermit issues."

SoCalGas to follow 3-pronged framework to bring Aliso Canyon into compliance,back online

willfollow a three-phase framework to determine if the Aliso Canyon storage facilityis safe to put back online and is in compliance with newly issued regulations, thecompany said in an April 7 news release.

The CaliforniaDivision of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources, or DOGGR, safety review testingregime for the Aliso Canyon facility, developed with the U.S. Department of Energy'snational labs, requires "that each of the active injection wells in the AlisoCanyon Storage facility either pass a thorough battery of tests in order to resumegas injection or be taken out of operation and isolated from the underground gasreservoir."

TransCanada restarts Keystone pipeline after SD leak

on April 10 began a controlledrestart of the Keystone oil pipeline, a little more than a week after a was discovered in South Dakota.

Followingrestart approval by the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration,Keystone is operating at a reduced pressure, TransCanada said in an emailed statement.

Halliburton, Baker Hughes vow to defend merger against antitrust suit

and pledged to fight theU.S. Department of Justice's antitrust lawsuitto stop the pending merger,saying the DOJ has "underestimated the highly competitive nature of the oilfieldservices industry."

The DOJfiled the suit April 6, alleging that the transaction, valued at $34.6 billion whenit was announced in 2014, "threatens to eliminate competition, raise prices,and reduce innovation in the oilfield services industry."

Southern, AGL file merger settlement with Ga. regulators

and announced April 4 theyhave reached a settlement agreement with most intervenors and regulatory staff ofthe Georgia Public Service Commission regarding the proposed merger of the two companies.

Georgiaregulators are currently scheduled to vote on the merger May 24. The companies announcedthe $11.5 billion deal,in which Southern would acquire AGL for about $66 per share, or a 36.3% premium,in August 2015. The companiesfiled for approval with Georgia regulators inDecember 2015. Both companies are headquartered in Atlanta.

NYSE notifies Southcross Energy of noncompliance over annual report filing

The NYSEnotified Southcross Energy PartnersLP that it failed to timely file its annual report on Form 10-K forthe fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2015, a noncompliance with the NYSE's continued listingrequirements, according to the partnership's April 6 news release.

Southcrosssaid it intends to file its annual report shortly after the bankruptcy court's confirmationof Southcross Holdings LP'sprepackaged plan of reorganizationunder Chapter 11.