Natural Gas News – June 11, 2018

By Published On: June 11, 2018Categories: Daily Natural Gas Newsletter

Natural Gas News – June 11, 2018

Gas Plant Proposal Fuels Fight in Small Michigan Town

The Detroit News reported: In this rural town where residents enjoy life at a comfortable pace along a scenic river, Bill Dibble has a visceral reaction to a proposed natural gas-fired power plant. This community of 3,700 people has long driveways, expansive manicured lawns, and two coal-fired power plants. So the idea that DTE Energy would invest in another plant that emits pollution roiled Dibble, even though the utility plans to shutter one existing facility. The $1 billion Blue Water Energy Center would “not be a good thing,” he said. Wind turbines and solar panels would be ideal and safer, he said. “Gas isn’t for me,” said the 74-year-old Dibble on a recent sun-soaked day from his front porch, a mile and a half from where DTE Energy’s new plant would be. “I’m not for any kind of exhaust.” Residents here have differing views about the new facility that is expected to be completed by 2022. It was green-lighted in late April by the Michigan Public Service Commission despite opposition from a phalanx of environmental groups, which have appealed the decision to the Michigan Court of Appeals. For more on this story visit or click

In California, Natural Gas Availability Still an Issue 3 Years After Major Leak

Ars Technica reported: In 2015, one of 115 natural gas storage wells at the Aliso Canyon storage facility in Southern California started leaking methane, an extremely potent greenhouse gas. The leak took months to seal, becoming the second largest methane leak in US history but likely the most environmentally damaging methane leak in US history due to the fact that none of the methane combusted before being released to the atmosphere. After the well at Aliso Canyon was sealed, the state of California prohibited Southern California Gas (SoCalGas) from filling the storage facility, a series of underground caverns made of depleted former oil wells, to capacity. For more on this story visit or click

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