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Calif. storage rules finalized; Mountain Valley pipeline halts construction

California finalizes gas storage rules aimed at preventing Aliso Canyon repeat

California finalized underground gas storage rules that require real-time monitoring and establish well integrity testing and protocols that are intended to prevent leaks.

The new regulations, finalized June 29, replace emergency rules that went into effect after a multimonth leak at Southern California Gas Co.'s Aliso Canyon storage field in 2015-2016.

Mountain Valley pipeline agrees with Va. agency on temporary construction halt

Developers of the 2-Bcf/d Mountain Valley natural gas pipeline announced a temporary halt of the project's construction activities in Virginia after the state Department of Environmental Quality identified erosion- and sediment-control issues during inspections.

Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC said in a June 29 news release that it would "redirect its work efforts to focus exclusively on erosion controls" in the wake of "the recent extraordinary rainfall experienced in Virginia."

Pa. DEP denies Dominion of water certificate for Atlantic Coast-related project

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection denied Dominion Energy Inc.'s request for a 401 Water Quality Certification for a project related to the 1.5-Bcf/d Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline project, finding the request to be lacking.

Minn. regulator confirms need for Enbridge Line 3 replacement

The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission ruled that replacement of Enbridge Inc.'s 1960s-vintage Line 3 pipeline is in the public interest and approved the company's preferred route with a variation.

Replacement of the line and its route have been contentious matters and opposed by environmental and indigenous groups. Enbridge's preferred route would skirt sensitive areas and Indian reservations, although other groups have complained about that route.

Alaska gets final supplement for environmental study of North Slope pipe project

The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation received a final supplemental environmental impact statement for one of its proposed pipeline projects that would deliver gas volumes from Alaska's North Slope region.

One Gas' Kansas utility requests $42.7M base rate increase

The One Gas Inc. natural gas utility Kansas Gas Service Co. asked the Kansas Corporation Commission for approval to raise its net base rates by $42.7 million to help recover investments on its gas distribution system.