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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A new fight has emerged over efforts to shift New England from oil and coal to lower cost natural gas.

A new CME Group report suggested that if natural gas only increases its share of energy use for transportation from the current 3% to the 7-10% range over the next five years, the result would translate into a dramatically faster closing of the energy price gap.

TMK-IPSCO, the American Division of global pipe manufacturer TMK, will reduce the number of operating hours used to produce welded pipe at its Blytheville, AR, Camanche, IA and Wilder, KY plants. In addition, the 8-inch welded pipe mill at Wilder will be idled. In total, the number of operating hours at TMK IPSCO’s welded pipe plants will be reduced by 30%.

PECO continues to expand its natural gas system, celebrating the significant milestone of providing natural gas service to more than 500,000 customers in southeastern Pennsylvania.

The natural gas industry performed reliably in the face of colder than normal temperatures and numerous record-setting demand days this winter, the industry’s Natural Gas Council (NGC) said. Freezing temperatures frequently covered large portions of the U.S. at once, placing exponentially greater pressure on peak-day demand for natural gas, with little recovery time between cold spells.

Birmingham, AL-based Energen Corporation will sell its natural gas utility business, Alabama Gas Corporation (Alagasco), to The Laclede Group, Inc. The value of the transaction is $1.6 billion, comprised of $1.28 billion cash and $320 million of debt.

High energy price volatility has for the first time replaced global climate framework as the top critical uncertainty driving the world energy agenda, says the 2014 World Energy Issues Monitor, released by the World Energy Council (WEC).

John Allen, outgoing president of the Pipe Line Contractors Association (PLCA) and president of Pipeline Constructors, LLC, welcomed 625 delegates to the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa in Bonita Springs, FL at the PLCA’s 66th Annual Convention.

The Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL) and American Petroleum Institute (API) launched the Pipeline Safety Excellence™ initiative, an industry-wide program to improve liquid pipeline safety performance.

Can Colorado’s native plants and animals live in harmony with expanding energy production in the state? Colorado State University (CSU) and Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) are working on a comprehensive study of potential effects of natural gas development on wildlife and their habitats, and are working to enhance mitigation measures to reduce any identified impacts.

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