Natural Gas News – February 27, 2019

Natural Gas News – February 27, 2019

Utility To Pay $119.5 Million Settlement After Massive 2015 Natural Gas Leak

Ars Technica reported: On Monday, a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge approved a $119.5 million settlement between Southern California Gas (SoCalGas) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB). SoCalGas was responsible for the Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility when one of the 115 storage wells at the site started leaking methane dramatically. Stanching the leak took nearly five months, and in that time 109,000 metric tons of methane was spewed into the atmosphere. Methane is an extremely potent greenhouse gas, capable of trapping more heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide, although methane is shorter-lived. For more on this story visit arstechnica.com or click https://bit.ly/2EgDL2V

Dominion Eyes Avenues To Get ACP Natural Gas Pipeline Project Over Court Obstacle

S&P Global reported: Dominion Energy said Tuesday it expects to seek a US Supreme Court appeal as well as pursue legislative and administrative options to move the Atlantic Coast Pipeline forward after the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals declined Monday to remove a major hurdle for the project. The appeals court in December struck ACP’s permits from the US Forest Service to cross national forests and the Appalachian Trail. The pipeline developers and the Department of Justice had warned the court that the ruling could turn the trail into a long barrier to construction of pipelines moving Appalachian gas to markets, but the court Monday declined their requests to rehear the decision. That denial added to uncertainties for the 600-mile, 1.5 Bcf/d project, which has faced multiple legal setbacks in the 4th Circuit, located in Richmond, Virginia. An additional major hurdle is the court’s stay on the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s biological opinion and incidental take statement related to protected species. For more on this story visit spglobal.com or click https://bit.ly/2XuA8iX

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