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Utility commission weighs natural gas rate increase request

Oct. 23, 2020 1:44 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's Public Utilities Commission is weighing a request from National Grid to raise rates on natural gas for consumers starting Nov. 1. National Grid is asking to raise rates on natural gas by 7.3% starting on Nov. 1 and extending for a year, the Providence Journal...

$56M gas explosions settlement with Massachusetts approved

Oct. 8, 2020 10:04 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A $56 million settlement between Massachusetts and the natural gas utility found responsible for a series of explosions and fires in the state in 2018 was approved by the state Department of Public Utilities. The settlement with Columbia Gas of Massachusetts and its parent, NiSource, was...

Reatha Jefferson looks out over the Great Pee Dee River on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020, Pamplico, SC. Dominion plans to build a new 14.5-mile-long gas line along the river and cites new energy demand spurred by economic growth in eastern South Carolina as the impetus for the project. Jefferson is one of several landowners protesting the pipeline because they are worried about its potential environmental effects. (AP Photo/Michelle Liu)

Small pipeline, large worries for some S. Carolina residents

Oct. 3, 2020 8:55 AM EDT

PAMPLICO, S.C. (AP) — The land agent who arrived at Reatha Jefferson’s door in May, unannounced and unmasked in the middle of the pandemic, told her he was giving her one more chance. The agent was there on behalf of Virginia-based utility giant Dominion Energy. He wanted to see if Jefferson would...

Gas leak leads to explosion in Dubuque

Sep. 29, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Fire officials are blaming a gas leak for an explosion that destroyed one Dubuque home and damaged several others. KCRG reports that Chief Rick Steines with the Dubuque Fire Department said a machine struck a gas main Monday while working in the area. He said firefighters evacuated...

Natural gas compressor station gets federal approval

Sep. 25, 2020 2:25 PM EDT

WEYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Federal regulators have given final approval for operation of a natural gas compressor station in Massachusetts that opponents have said is an environmental hazard. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday gave the company behind the Weymouth facility, Enbridge,...

Utility loses bid to recoup costs related to gas fire

Sep. 25, 2020 12:32 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State regulators rejected Consumers Energy's request to recoup millions of dollars after a natural gas fire during a polar vortex in 2019. The utility was seeking nearly $8 million from ratepayers for the additional cost of acquiring natural gas, the Michigan Public Service Commission...

Natural gas company to provide $10M in grants to nonprofits

Sep. 24, 2020 3:12 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — The charitable arm of the gas company blamed for a series of natural gas explosions and fires in Massachusetts two years ago said Thursday it will provide $10 million to support nonprofits in the three communities affected by the disaster. The NiSource Charitable Foundation,...

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., speaks during the committee's business meeting where it will consider new subpoenas in the

GOP Senate report on Biden son alleges conflict of interest

Sep. 23, 2020 9:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Republican-led Senate committees issued a politically charged report Wednesday alleging that the work Joe Biden’s son did in Ukraine constituted a conflict of interest for the Obama administration at a time when Biden was engaged in Ukraine policy as vice president. But the...