Southwest Gas Corporation Case Settles for $300,000.00

This page last reviewed November 7th, 2013.

Southwest Gas Corporation is obligated to report natural gas supplied to California each year, but did so late for the year 2011, in violation of the Regulation for the Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gas Emissions, California Code of Regulations, title 17, section 95100 et seq. Such reports allow emissions from that fuel to be fully accounted for in ARB’s emissions inventory and under the Cap-and-Trade Regulation. 2011 was the first year for which Southwest Gas Corporation was required to report, and it will not have any obligations under the Cap-and-Trade Regulation until 2015.

In light of the important role reporting plays under the overall efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the Air Resources Board is vigorously enforcing such regulations. Because Southwest Gas Corporation promptly corrected its omission and fully cooperated with ARB’s investigation, the parties compromised for a penalty well below the possible maximum of $10,000 per day. The company agreed to pay a penalty of $300,000 to resolve this matter, amounting to just over $937 for each day its report was late.