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On Tuesday February 27, there will be a free webinar sponsored by the joint industry Pipeline Safety Management Systems (PSMS) Implementation Team. APGA recently joined this effort and encourages APGA members to participate in the webinar. Attendees will be introduced to the three tools that this group has developed (Planning Tool, Implementation Tool and the Evaluation Tool) with a focus on the Implementation Tool during this session. Click Here for more information & to add the event to your calendar! For questions on this article, please contact Erin Kurilla of APGA staff by phone at 202-905-2904 or by email at ekurilla@apga.org .
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Charlie Wheatley, APGA’s first General Manager and General Counsel, passed away on February 13 at Whitewood Assisted Living Facility in Grasonville, Md. He was 90 years old. The APGA Board hired Charlie in 1961 as General Manager and General Counsel. Charlie served as General Manager from 1961 to 1975 and General Counsel until 1980. Charlie became interested in the importance of public natural gas systems for America while he was a second-year student at Harvard Law School. Upon graduation in 1951, he joined a private law firm, and in 1960, opened his own law firm. In 1961, Frank King (Holyoke, Mass.) contacted Charlie in connection with organizing APGA. At that ...
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On February 16, APGA submitted an answer to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in response to a filing made by the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA), which represents pipelines. INGAA submitted its filing in response to an Industry Petition for Initiation of Show Cause Proceedings Directed to Interstate Natural Gas Pipelines and Storage Companies that APGA and several pipeline shippers had submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on January 31. In that petition, APGA and the pipeline shippers are requesting FERC to issue show cause orders requiring interstate natural gas pipeline and storage companies to file cost/revenue ...
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Here is the weekly EIA Summary Report issued on Thursday, February 22, 2018, which reports the week’s storage report highlights for Friday, February 16. A 124 Bcf decrease has been reported. Working gas in storage was 1,760 Bcf as of Friday, February 16, 2018, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net decrease of 124 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 609 Bcf less than last year at this time and 412 Bcf below the five-year average of 2,172 Bcf. At 1,760 Bcf, total working gas is within the five-year historical range.
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On February 8, the American Public Gas Association sent a letter to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) addressing a proposed moratorium on new commercial and industrial natural gas service connections in Los Angeles County. The moratorium was developed by the CPUC as a means to address potential shortages from areas that would rely on the Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility for service. The CPUC has communicated that the moratorium is being proposed to ensure reliability for existing customers and would last until March 31, which is the end of the natural gas heating season. In the letter, APGA states that, “The direct use of natural gas ...
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This week, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced it is establishing a new Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER). President Trump’s fiscal year 2019 budget request included $96 million in funding for the office to bolster DOE's efforts in cybersecurity and energy security. The CESER office will be led by an Assistant Secretary, who will focus on energy infrastructure security, support the expanded national security responsibilities assigned to the department and report to the Under Secretary of Energy. The creation of the CESER office will elevate the department’s focus on energy infrastructure protection and will enable ...
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This week, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a new Strategic Plan for fiscal year (FY) 2018-2022 establishing DOT’s strategic goals and objectives for FY 2018 through FY 2022. It reflects DOT’s priorities for achieving DOT’s mission through four strategic goals: • Safety: Reduce Transportation-Related Fatalities and Serious Injuries Across the Transportation System.  • Infrastructure: Invest in Infrastructure to Ensure Mobility and Accessibility and to Stimulate Economic Growth, Productivity and Competitiveness for American Workers and Businesses.  • Innovation: Lead in the Development and Deployment of Innovative Practices and Technologies ...
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APGA’s Gas Overall Awareness Level (GOAL) program is a partnership with Blue Otter Solutions and provides participants with a turnkey solution for measuring their Public Awareness Program effectiveness. GOAL periodically surveys both customers and non-customers about pipelines, safety, and the use of natural gas. Through the resulting statistics, the GOAL survey measures the performance of the utility’s safety awareness plan, compared over the years and nationally, while customizable questions let the participating utility focus on specific issues of importance to them. APGA’s Gas Overall Awareness Program (GOAL) is a partnership with Blue Otter Solutions and ...
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APGA signed on to the joint industry comments in response to the December 2017 Gas Pipeline Advisory Committee (GPAC) meeting on the Safety of Gas Transmission and Gathering Lines Rulemaking. The comments were a joint effort between APGA, American Gas Association, Interstate Natural Gas Association of America and American Petroleum Institute. The GPAC voted on proposed requirements related to Material Verification and began discussions on the proposed requirements related to Maximum Allowable Operating Pressure (MAOP) Reconfirmation and proposed changes to requirements associated with transmission pipeline integrity assessment methods. The comments provided the ...
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On February 12, President Trump released his proposed fiscal year (FY) 2019 federal budget. As they did in FY 2018, the Trump Administration has recommended eliminating spending on the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). That represents a $3.3 billion decrease from the fiscal year 2018 levels. President Trump’s budget will now be submitted to Congress and sends a message on the priorities that the President would like to pursue. After Congress receives the budget, it will be dispersed to various committees where it will be reviewed and reprioritized. It is during this time in committee that Senators and House members have the opportunity to add ...
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Here is the weekly EIA Summary Report issued on Thursday, February 15, 2018, which reports the week’s storage report highlights for Friday, February 9. A 194 Bcf decrease has been reported. Working gas in storage was 1,884 Bcf as of Friday, February 9, 2018, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net decrease of 194 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 577 Bcf less than last year at this time and 433 Bcf below the five-year average of 2,317 Bcf. At 1,884 Bcf, total working gas is within the five-year historical range.
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Today, Congress released text of the Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA) of 2018. The bill sets a topline budget cap, which allows the Appropriations Committees to then complete writing their full appropriations bills for fiscal year (FY) 2018. Once those bills are completed and passed, Congress will have finally fully provided FY 2018 funding for the government, and can then move on to FY 2019. In order to give Congress time to consider and pass the appropriations bills, the BBA contains another continuing resolution (CR) until March 23. This bill also includes an extension of a number of expired tax credits APGA has been advocating for. On the positive side, the bill ...
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The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has announced two upcoming meetings. APGA will be in attendance at both.  1. Voluntary Information-Sharing (VIS) System Work Group – On February 28, 2018 the PHMSA’s VIS Work Group will meet in Arlington, Va. This is the fourth meeting of the work group that was formed to address a Congressional mandate in the PIPES Act of 2016. The group is charged with determining the feasibility of a “voluntary information-sharing system to encourage collaborative efforts to improve pipeline assessment information and information sharing with the purpose of improving integrity risk analysis.” At the last meeting, ...
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At its January 29 meeting, the APGA Board of Directors approved the nomination of Jason Roberts, City Recorder/Administrator for the City of Newbern, Tenn., to the Public Gas Policy Council (PGPC). The PGPC is an advocacy group made up of elected and appointed officials from public natural gas communities. The primary purpose of the PGPC is: to assist APGA in moving legislation forward that is important to its members; to oppose harmful legislation; and, to provide advice on other legislative related issues of importance to APGA. The group also serves as a forum for elected officials to discuss public natural gas issues. PGPC members come to Washington D.C., ...
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The American Petroleum Institute (API) is in the process of updating its Recommended Practice (RP) 1162 on Public Awareness Programs for Pipeline Operators. The original RP 1162 was issued in 2003; and in 2005, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) incorporated RP 1162 by reference in its pipeline safety regulations, making RP 1162 mandatory for public awareness programs. Operators were required to develop and implement public awareness programs meeting the requirements of RP 1162 no later than 2006. APGA developed a model public awareness plan for public gas systems and conducted a series of workshops across the country to familiarize ...
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APGA is requesting that member systems sign on to an open letter to Congressional Appropriations Committees from the National Energy and Utility Affordability Coalition (NEUAC) that requests that Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding for fiscal year (FY) 2019 be made a priority as they draft the Labor-Health and Human Services (HHS)-Education Appropriations Bill. Please note that APGA has already signed this letter. NEUAC is the result of a 2013 merger between the National Fuel Funds Network (NFFN) and the National Low Income Energy Consortium (NLIEC). In early FY 2018, there was an initial release of $3.03 billion, which represents 90 ...
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Here is the weekly EIA Summary Report issued on Thursday, February 8, 2018, which reports the week’s storage report highlights for Friday, February 2. A 119 Bcf decrease has been reported. Working gas in storage was 2,078 Bcf as of Friday, February 2, 2018, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net decrease of 119 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 503 Bcf less than last year at this time and 393 Bcf below the five-year average of 2,471 Bcf. At 2,078 Bcf, total working gas is within the five-year historical range.
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On January 30 and 31, APGA held its Annual Gas Supply Conference in San Antonio, Texas. The conference was very well attended with approximately 80 APGA members in attendance. It began with a welcome from Brian Dove, CEO for the Cullman-Jefferson Counties Gas District and Chair of the APGA Gas Supply Committee. Participants then heard an outlook on gas supply from Jim Duncan, Chief Analyst & Commodity Market Strategist for ConnocoPhillips. James Hulse, Manager for Sales, Marketing and Business Development for CenterPoint Energy Mobile Energy Solutions, then discussed the role that mobile compressed natural gas (CNH) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) can play ...
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Here is the weekly EIA Summary Report issued on Thursday, February 1, 2018, which reports the week’s storage report highlights for Friday, January 26. A 99 Bcf decrease has been reported. Working gas in storage was 2,197 Bcf as of Friday, January 26, 2018, according to EIA estimates. This represents a net decrease of 99 Bcf from the previous week. Stocks were 526 Bcf less than last year at this time and 425 Bcf below the five-year average of 2,622 Bcf. At 2,197 Bcf, total working gas is within the five-year historical range.
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On January 31, APGA joined several individual producers—the American Forest and Paper Association, Independent Petroleum Association of America, Natural Gas Supply Association, and Process Gas Consumers Group—in filing a petition asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to issue show cause orders requiring interstate natural gas pipeline and storage companies to file cost/revenue studies, including current costs/revenues and the new tax rates, to determine if they are over-recovering as a result of the new tax law, and if so, order a reduction. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which was signed into law in December, lowered the corporate tax rate ...
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