Nat Gas News – September 26, 2018
Columbia Gas Postpones Natural Gas Venting Project Due to Weather
NECN reported: Less than a week after announcing restoration plans for the Merrimack Valley, Columbia Gas reported that its natural gas venting project will be postponed until Wednesday due to the weather. Columbia Gas was slated to begin the Andover and North Andover project on Tuesday, two Natuweeks after a series of gas explosions and fires that displaced approximately 8,600 residents. The company has been working toward a Nov. 19 deadline to fully restore gas to the affected areas. The venting process is described as a routine procedure to ensure that any residual gas is removed from the gas lines prior to crews beginning work. Venting is expected to occur throughout the restoration process, with gas workers and emergency responders around the area being vented.
Miami Dade Getting $11 Million from FTA for Compressed Natural Gas Buses
Florida Daily reported: As part of more than $366.2 million in grants from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Miami Dade will get $11 million to replace diesel buses with compressed natural gas (CNG) buses. U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced this week that the FTA is backing 107 projects across the country, including in all 50 states and all the territories, that will “improve the safety and reliability of America’s bus systems and enhance mobility for transit riders” The funds are coming from FTA’s Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program to back “projects to replace, rehabilitate, and purchase buses and related equipment, as well as projects to purchase, rehabilitate, and construct bus-related facilities.” “These grants will help rebuild and modernize bus systems across the country for greater safety,” said Chao on Tuesday. “Bus transportation is the most widely available form of public transportation across the country,” said FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams.