The pipeline safety recommendations issued by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Aug. 30 puts significant pressure on Congress and the Obama administration to respond to problems discovered as part of the NTSB investigation of the PG&E San Bruno explosion in September 2010.

In the past several years, few have doubted the growing importance of natural gas in the global supply picture. In this Q&A, Bill Colton, vice president, Corporate Strategic Planning, discusses the company’s global energy outlook through 2030, and the critical role that natural gas will play in meeting energy needs.

Construction of the $160 million Gibraltar-Bucaramanga gas pipeline in Colombia was recently completed. Gas Natural E.S.P. entered into an agreement with TransOriente E.S.P. for construction of the Gibraltar-Bucaramanga gas pipeline that will transport gas from the Gibraltar field to Bucaramanga Refinery where it will connect with Colombia’s national gas transport system.

Bluestone Gathering has signed a long-term agreement with Southwestern Energy Services Company to build and operate a natural gas gathering system in Susquehanna County, PA and Broome County, NY.

Dominion is proceeding with its next major project in the Marcellus and Utica shale regions, construction of a large natural gas processing and fractionation plant along the Ohio River in Natrium, WV. The first phase of construction includes facilities that can process 200 MMcf/d of natural gas and fractionate 36,000 bpd of NGLs. This phase of the project is 90% contracted and is expected to be in service by December 2012.

Cheyenne Light, Fuel & Power has applied to state regulators to build a $158 million gas-fired power plant - the first natural gas-powered electrical generating plant in the state. Construction would start on the 120-MW, three-turbine power plant in 2013. It would go online in 2014, if approved by the state utilities commission.

Meritage Midstream Services, LLC plans to build a new rich-gas gathering system in Webb County, TX. Escondido Resources II, LLC will serve as the system’s anchor tenant and will also have firm capacity on Meritage’s existing Eagle Ford Escondido Gathering System to move its Eagle Ford volumes. Escondido Resources will dedicate 33,000 acres to Meritage including deep and shallow rights in the Eagle Ford, Escondido and Olmos formations.

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. and Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. extended its binding open commitment period for capacity on a proposed crude oil pipeline from Cushing, OK, to Houston.

Infrastructure Developments Corp. of Salt Lake City plans to expand development of its compressed natural gas business into Virginia as the state bolsters efforts to convert public vehicles to CNG.

WGL Holdings, Inc., the parent company of Washington Gas and other energy-related subsidiaries, has been named one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity for the fifth consecutive year, according to Black Enterprise magazine.

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