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  1. Utility Company: Natural gas utilities move against new state clean air law

      SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Several large natural gas utilities in Washington state are taking legal action against the state Department of Ecology over its recently created clean air rule that seeks to combat climate change. Avista Corp. , Cascade Natural Gas Corp., NW Natural and Puget Sound Energy jointly challenged the rule Tuesday in federal court in Spokane. They also plan to file a challenge in Thurston County Superior Court. The utilities contend that reducing greenhouse gas emissions must be addressed, but on a nationwide level. They are asking the court to invalidate the rule. "We're confident in our authority under the state's Clean Air Act that we can regulate carbon pollution and are continuing our work," said Camille St. Onge, a spokeswoman for the Ecology Department in Olympia. The rule, created earlier this month, requires large industrial emitters to gradually reduce carbon emissions over time. The change will cover power plants, oil refineries, fuel distributors, pulp and paper mills and other industries. Critics contend it will hurt families, as costs are passed on to consumers; limit the state in attracting and retaining businesses; and hamper the ability of energy-intensive businesses to compete globally. Supporters say limiting heat-trapping gases is needed to protect human health and the environment. They say the state faces severe economic and environmental disruption from rising sea levels, increased risks of drought and wildfire and other effects of climate change. Gov. Jay Inslee sought the rule last year after failing to gain legislative support for a more ambitious plan to charge polluters a fee, similar to California's cap-and-trade program. A coalition of Northeast states also has a cap-and-trade program that applies to power plants. Under the rule, large carbon polluters will be required to reduce carbon emissions by an average of 1.7 percent annually. Republican lawmakers have criticized Inslee, a Democrat, for taking executive action on the issue, saying lawmakers should set such policy. Using worst-case scenarios, the state estimated that by 2020 electricity prices would go up by $16 a year and gas prices would increase by 1 cent because of the rule. Two dozen businesses likely will to be covered when the rule takes effect in October 2017. They include all five oil refineries in the state, several Puget Sound Energy facilities, including those in Longview, Goldendale and Sumas, the Grays Harbor Energy Center in Elma, Frederickson Power facility in Tacoma and Spokane's Waste to Energy facility. In their legal filing, the utilities said the new rule will have the unintended consequence of increasing carbon emissions while penalizing customers for using clean natural gas. It will raise net carbon emissions regionally from the electric power sector by discouraging the use of natural gas facilities in Washington in favor of out-of-state coal plants and less efficient out-of-state natural gas plants, they contend. The rule will increase home heating costs, greenhouse gas emissions and particulate pollution from less efficient sources of energy, they contend.

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    Wed, 28 Sep 2016

  2. Anchor damaged gas pipeline repaired to restore vital Hong Kong gas link

    Pipeline technology specialist STATS Group has completed its first subsea isolation project in China on a 780km gas pipeline which is crucial for supplying gas to Hong Kong.

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    Wed, 28 Sep 2016

  3. LNG Processing: Canadian government approves natural gas project

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approved Tuesday a $27 billion liquefied natural gas project on British Columbia's northwest coast in a decision that's considered a litmus test for a government that has vowed to do more for the environment.

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    Wed, 28 Sep 2016

  4. Subsea gas compression paying off at Ã…sgard

    Statoil’s subsea gas compression system has been operating for more than a year at the Åsgard field in the Norwegian Sea, raising production by more than 16 MMboe.

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    Wed, 28 Sep 2016

  1. Survey: Planned salary freezes by US oil, gas firms to drop in 2017

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    Wed, 28 Sep 2016

  2. Gas -fired power plant a first for Afghanistan

    A planned power plant in Afghanistan will be the nation’s first gas -fired generation facility, as well as its first power project to be financed by the private sector.

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    Tue, 27 Sep 2016

  3. Karoon Gas Australia acquires partner’s interest off Brazil

    Karoon Gas Australia Ltd. of Melbourne has made a binding sale and purchase agreement for the acquisition of partner Pacific Exploration & Production Corp.’s 35% interest in five Santos basin blocks offshore Brazil.

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    Wed, 28 Sep 2016

  4. Burns & McDonnell to Build Gas -Fired Plant in Saskatchewan

    SaskPower announced they have chosen Burns & McDonnell to design and construct the new  350 MW Chinook Power Station to be located in southwestern Saskatchewan, 100 miles north of the border between Canada and the United States.

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    Wed, 28 Sep 2016

  5. Oil and Gas News: Marine firm to pay almost $5M, improve practices after spill

    A Houston marine services firm has agreed to pay $4.9 million in civil penalties to settle federal claims resulting from a March 2014 collision between its tugboat and a ship that spilled nearly 170,000 gallons of oil into the Houston Ship Channel.

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    Wed, 28 Sep 2016

  6. Oil and Gas News: North Dakota says no Indian artifacts found at pipeline site

    A North Dakota state inspection of an oil pipeline site has found no sign of the Native American artifacts or human remains that an American Indian Tribe says are present, the state's chief archaeologist said in a draft memo.

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    Tue, 27 Sep 2016

  7. Oil and Gas : Sheriff's office: Oil pipeline protesters gather at 2 sites

    Authorities say people protesting the construction of an oil pipeline in North Dakota gathered Tuesday at two construction sites on private property.

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    Wed, 28 Sep 2016

  8. Oil and Gas News: DTE Energy spending $1.3B for natural gas assets in 2 states

    DTE Energy Co. plans to spend $1.3 billion for natural gas assets in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

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    Tue, 27 Sep 2016

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