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  1. Natural Gas Pipeline : Judge set to sentence PG&E in criminal case tied to blast

    In this Sept. 9, 2010 file photo, a massive fire roars through a neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. says it is prepared to pay the maximum fine of $3 million after a jury convicted the company of deliberately violating pipeline safety regulations before a deadly natural gas pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area and then misleading investigators looking into the blast. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File) SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. says it is prepared to pay the maximum fine of $3 million after a jury convicted the company of deliberately violating pipeline safety regulations before a deadly natural gas pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area. But California's largest utility is asking a federal judge not to restructure its bonus program for employees or require an advertising campaign publicizing its conviction. U.S. District Court Judge Thelton Henderson is scheduled to sentence PG&E on Monday, and prosecutors want him to impose the bonus and advertising requirements. They say a $3 million fine alone would be a "drop in the bucket" for PG&E. "PG&E's crimes compel a serious sentence that will alter its culture for good," prosecutors said in a sentencing memo filed with the court. The 2010 blast of a PG&E natural gas pipeline sent a giant plume of fire into the air, killing eight people and destroying 38 homes in the city of San Bruno. Jurors convicted the company in August of five of 11 counts of pipeline safety violations, including failing to gather information to evaluate potential gas-line threats and deliberately not classifying a gas line as high risk. Prosecutors said the company deliberately misclassified pipelines so it wouldn't have to subject them to appropriate testing, choosing a cheaper method to save money. Jurors also convicted the utility of obstructing investigators after the blast. PG&E attorneys said during trial that the company's engineers did not think the pipelines posed a safety risk, and the company did not intend to mislead investigators. The stakes in the case dropped dramatically, however, when prosecutors made the surprising decision several days into jury deliberations not to pursue a potential $562 million fine if PG&E was found guilty of any of the pipeline safety counts. No PG&E employees were charged, so no one is facing prison time In addition to the advertising campaign, prosecutors are asking Henderson to restructure the company's employee bonus program to reward safety over meeting budgets and earnings. They have also told the judge that blast victims may want to speak at the sentencing hearing. PG&E says changes to the bonus program could jeopardize safety by limiting the company's ability to attract and retain talented employees and interfering with state oversight of the utility's compensation programs — oversight that the company says prioritizes safety. The advertising campaign is not necessary because the trial and verdict were widely covered in the media, the utility said. It has agreed to prosecutors' request for a monitor to oversee compliance with pipeline safety regulations. "Both since the accident in San Bruno and since the criminal trial, PG&E has taken steps to move beyond the legal disputes and focus its energies on becoming the safest public utility in the country," attorneys representing PG&E said in their sentencing memo. PG&E has previously been fined $1.6 billion for the San Bruno blast by California regulators.

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    Tue, 24 Jan 2017

  2. Natural Gas Pipeline : Electric utility asks court to reconsider pipeline decision

    New Hampshire's largest utility has asked the state Supreme Court to overturn a decision by regulators denying its proposal to buy natural gas pipeline capacity to be used to create electricity.

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    Tue, 10 Jan 2017

  3. Natural Gas Pipeline : Ultra Petroleum settles claim with Rockies Express Pipeline

    The settlement includes a cash payment of $150.0 million to REX natural gas pipeline six months after Ultra emerges from chapter 11, but no later than October 30, 2017.

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    Thu, 19 Jan 2017

  4. Santa Fe Midstream, Vermilion Cliffs Partners plan Delaware Basin JV

    Plano, Texas-based Santa Fe Midstream LLC plans to form a joint venture with Vermilion Cliffs Partners LLC to develop crude oil, natural gas and water midstream infrastructure in the Delaware Basin in Reeves and Culberson counties in West Texas.

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    Mon, 23 Jan 2017

  1. Duke Energy Ohio modifies design and identifies preferred route for natural gas pipeline

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    Wed, 14 Sep 2016

  2. Gregory to retire as Atmos Energy SVP, general counsel, corporate secretary

    Effective February 1, 2017, Louis P. Gregory will retire as senior vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary of Atmos Energy Corp. (NYSE: ATO).

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    Fri, 20 Jan 2017

  3. Report offers 184 suggestions on growing natural gas pipeline network

    A state task force created to figure out how Pennsylvania should grow its network of natural   gas   pipelines has come up with 184 recommendations.

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    Fri, 19 Feb 2016

  4. NextEra completes acquisition of natural gas pipelines in Texas

    NextEra Energy Partners LP has completed its acquisition of NET Midstream, a privately held developer, owner and operator of a portfolio of seven long-term contracted natural gas pipeline assets located in Texas.  

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    Mon, 5 Oct 2015

  5. NextEra to acquire seven natural gas pipelines in Texas

    NextEra Energy Partners LP has agreed to buy seven natural gas pipelines in Texas for $2.1 billion.

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    Tue, 4 Aug 2015

  6. Evacuation Services = Safe, Nontoxic Natural Gas Pipelines Repair, Replacement

    Pipeline Evacuation Services are available and field-proven to repair or replace a natural gas pipeline section. At the same time, services avoid release of toxins and fugitive emissions.

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    Wed, 5 Aug 2015

  7. TransCanada plans to start natural gas pipeline in 2015

    TransCanada announced plans to begin building a natural gas pipeline in 2015.

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    Mon, 15 Jun 2015

  8. US House bill would speed natural gas pipeline permitting

    US Representative Mike Pompeo (R-Kansas) has introduced a bill (HR 1900) that would expedite the permitting of new interstate natural gas pipelines . Such projects require approvals from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as well as a number of other federal agencies.  

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    Mon, 13 May 2013

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