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Regulators Rebuke PG&E for Neglect in Reducing Wildfire Risk

California regulators reprimanded PG&E for its lack of efforts to maintain safe equipment to prevent wildfires.

Pacific Gas & Electric Charged for 2019 Wildfire

A California district attorney filed 33 criminal charges against Pacific Gas & Electric for a 2019 wildfire that was caused by the utility's equipment.

Utility Fined $900K for Gas Pipeline Violations

Regulators in Indiana fined CenterPoint for pipeline violations.

Man Sues Baltimore and BGE Over August Home Gas Explosion

A man in Baltimore sues the city and Baltimore Gas & Electric for injuries caused by a gas explosion.

Indiana Utility Fined $1.1M for Pipeline Safety Violations

Northern Indiana Public Service Co. was fined for having pipeline safety violations.

State Seeks Input on use of Gas Explosions Settlement Money

Massachusetts is asking the communities affected by a series of natural gas explosions and fires how to spend the settlement money from the utility responsible.

Lawsuits Expected Over Mexican Law on Power Generation

Lawsuits are expected over a new law in Mexico that favors government-owned power over cleaner private companies.

Pennsylvania Agrees to Settle Gas Drilling Royalties Lawsuit

A settlement was reached in a lawsuit against natural gas driller Chesapeake Energy Corp. for its handling of royalty payments to property owners.

House Panel Seeks Storm Documents from Texas Grid Operator

The agency that operates the Texas power grid is under investigation after the lack of preparation for the winter freeze caused millions to be without power.

Maryland Capital Sues Oil, Gas Companies Over Climate Change

Annapolis, Maryland filed a lawsuit against several oil and gas companies over climate change.

Senator Seeks Probe of Natural Gas Price Spikes During Storm

A senator is calling for federal investigations into possible natural gas price gauging in regions hit by severe weather last week.

Agency to Take Action on Fracking Ban Near Delaware River

A regulatory agency is looking into banning hydraulic fracturing in the Delaware River watershed.

Utilities Unite to Cut Wildfire Risk

A group of utilities came together to spend billions on reducing wildfire risk in California.

Supreme Court to Hear New Jersey Natural Gas Pipeline Case

The Supreme Court will hear an appeal involving a 116-mile natural gas pipeline to be built on state-controlled land.

Report: Gas Pipeline Builder Changed Plans Without Approval

A report found that Vermont Gas made several changes to an approved construction plan for a gas pipeline without informing the Public Utility Commission.

NTSB Investigates Deadly House Fire Involving Gas Pipeline

An Oklahoma deadly house fire involving a gas pipeline is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Southern California Edison to Pay $2B Settlement from Deadly 2018 Fire

California utility reaches a settlement of $2.2 billion for insurance claims made for a 2018 wildfire that was caused by the utility's equipment.

Court Upholds Order for Dakota Access Environmental Review

A court order requires an environmental impact review to assess the environmental concerns surrounding The Dakota Access pipeline.

Court Ruling Says Lawsuit Against MUD Can Continue

A lawsuit against a natural gas utility in Omaha, Nebraska for a fire is set to continue.

Ohio's Top Utility Regulator Resigns; FBI Recently Searched Home

Samuel Randazzo resigned from the Public Utilities Commission, a day after First Energy Corp. reported to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that former executives had directed a $4 million payment to an official who fits Randazzo’s description.

Québec Government Announces 2030 Plan for a Green Economy

Québec government announced the 2030 Plan for a Green Economy to promote clean electricity and reduce greenhouse gases.

SoCalGas and the City of Los Angeles Reached a Settlement in Class Action Lawsuit

A settlement has been reached with the City of Los Angeles in a class action lawsuit with Southern California Gas Company that claimed that the City improperly included in its natural gas utility user tax calculation the Service Establishment charge and the Customer Charge.

Team Investigating Deadly California Fire Seizes PG&E Equipment

Fire investigators looking into what caused a wildfire that killed four people in far Northern California have taken possession of equipment belonging to Pacific Gas and Electric, the utility has reported.

$56M Gas Explosions Settlement with Massachusetts Approved

A $56 million settlement between Massachusetts the gas utility found responsible for explosions and fires in the state in 2018 was approved by the state Department of Public Utilities.