Natural Gas News – December 26, 2017

Natural Gas News – December 26, 2017

Alaska Approves Expansion Plan for Point Thomson Gas Field

US News reported: JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state has approved ExxonMobil’s plan to expand a gas field in far northern Alaska, ending months of negotiations after a previous plan was rejected. Gov. Bill Walker’s administration gave approval on Friday for the project that would expand development of the Point Thomson gas field east of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska’s Energy Desk reported. The field currently produces a diesel-like fluid, but it’s located on a natural gas reserve that could play a crucial role for the state’s liquefied natural gas project. In a statement, Walker said the expansion project would add momentum to the pipeline project as it would demonstrate the commitment to move the gas. ExxonMobil and the state have been battling over the field’s development for years, but they reached a settlement in 2012. The settlement established the initial plan for the field, which came online last year. For more visit USNews.com or click http://bit.ly/2pDsHsA 

 

SoCal Gas Cited for ‘Public Nuisance’ over New Leak at Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Facility

LA Times reported: Air quality officials on Friday cited Southern California Gas Co. for a 50-minute gas leak at its Aliso Canyon storage facility earlier this week, accusing the utility of causing a public nuisance by exposing nearby residents to foul odors. The South Coast Air Quality Management District said it received 15 odor complaints from residents in the Porter Ranch neighborhood of Los Angeles after the leak began at 4:55 p.m. Monday. A SoCal Gas methane monitor at the fence line of the facility measured concentrations of up to 66 parts per million — more than 30 times the typical level of 2 ppm, according to the air district. That prompted the air district on Thursday to require the company to provide all of its monitoring data from the day of the leak. For more visit latimes.com or click http://lat.ms/2Dg76IB

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