Spotlight Fades in US

On Enhanced RecoveryTULSA, Okla. - Low oil prices have lead to a 28 percent reduction in high- cost enhanced oil recovery drilling in the United States over the last two years, according to Oil and Gas Journal.

Enhanced oil recovery techniques include the the injection of steam, gases or liquids into oil-producing formations. Thermal recovery methods, mostly steam injection, account for about 73 percent of production from enhanced oil recovery, the Journal said.

The projects, which are aimed at boosting oil recovery from known reservoirs, suffered from crude prices that were too low to provide incentives for expansion and from a lack of capital to invest in new projects.

Gas Producing States

Aim to Forge Coalition

WASHINGTON - Politicians from natural gas producing states are trying to forge an unlikely coalition of industry and environmental interests to promote their product and lobby Congress.

Texas Land Commissioner Garry Mauro, who was among those attending a symposium on the subject Tuesday, said the natural gas industry has been timid too long.

T. Boone Pickens, general partner of Mesa Limited Partnership, told the gathering that the domestic oil industry will never return to its former glory.

There's not much future for the domestic oil industry, Mr. Pickens said. But there is a lot of potential for the natural gas industry.

Southern Connecticut

Gas Sales Rise 23 percent

This year's cold winter contributed to a 23 percent increase in sales in 1987 for Southern Connecticut Gas Co., Bridgeport, Conn.

Southern delivered 26.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas last year.

Southern is the main subsidiary of Connecticut Energy. It delivers gas to 144,000 customers in the cities of Bridgeport, New Haven and 20 communities.

PSE&G Chief Blasts

Philadelphia Electric

NEWARK, N.J. - The chairman of Public Service Electric & Gas Co.'s parent company, speaking at the firm's annual meeting, harshly criticized the management of the Pennsylvania utility that manages the closed Peach Bottom nuclear plants.

E. James Ferland on Tuesday said a $30 million customer refund prompted by the shutdown will cost stockholders 8 cents a share for the second quarter, and sharply criticized past management of Philadelphia Electric Co., which operates the power plant in Delta, Pa.