September 2014, Vol. 241, No. 9

Aggressive efforts are underway to reduce methane emissions from the natural gas sector and the industry is working on technologies and approaches for mitigating emissions. But it also must improve the way emissions are quantified. By establishing reasonable baselines, utilities will be able to provide more accurate reports about their emissions profiles and implement mitigation and reduction programs. GTI and its industry partners are working to update those baselines now.

September 2014, Vol. 241, No. 9

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

September 2014, Vol. 241, No. 9

There is at least one raised eyebrow at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) over the EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan, the subject of a proposed rule issued on June 2. The plan would force electric utilities to reduce carbon emissions to advance President Obama's Climate Action Plan, which seeks to lower air emissions of the six greenhouse gases, of which carbon dioxide is the major member. The plan foresees individual states devising separate, and perhaps different, plans for reducing carbon emissions from electric utilities.

August 2014, Vol. 241, No. 8

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — ExxonMobil Pipeline Company has agreed to pay a $1.4 million civil penalty for an alleged violation of the Clean Water Act stemming from a 2012 crude oil spill from its "North Line" pipeline near Torbert in Pointe Coupee Parish.

August 2014, Vol. 241, No. 8

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A 25,000-gallon oil spill in the Powder River Basin occurred after a backhoe nicked a 6-inch underground pipeline and, over time, corrosion turned the minor damage into an oil-spewing hole, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management said Tuesday.

August 2014, Vol. 241, No. 8

I’ve never been to North Dakota; in fact, I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone from that state. Now, one of the great oil discoveries of recent years, the immense Bakken Shale, has put the upper Plains state on the map for all to see.

August 2014, Vol. 241, No. 8

Recent events in West Virginia have shown that our water supply is in jeopardy of contamination from leaks or overfills of storage and processing tanks (Figure 1) at chemical, petroleum and water/wastewater facilities.

August 2014, Vol. 241, No. 8
Special To Pipeline & Gas Journal

Like most stories about Texas, the one that’s being written in the Eagle Ford shale is full of big dreams, big dollars, and big results.

The play itself is huge, covering an area of 20,000 square miles, it spans 25 south-central Texas counties and is roughly the size of Croatia. Capital expenditures there by energy companies are sky-high, reaching $28 billion through the end of 2013, if predictions by global consultants Wood Mackenzie held true.

August 2014, Vol. 241, No. 8

Pipeline safety is back on the congressional agenda, in part because of a recent Department of Transportation Inspector General's report, in part because of PHMSA'S failure to finish rulemakings mandated by the 2011 pipeline safety bill. PHMSA's foot-dragging has irritated the industry and the major pipeline safety advocacy group equally.

July 2014, Vol. 241, No. 7
Special To Pipeline & Gas Journal

Rice University scientists have created an earth-friendly way to separate carbon dioxide from natural gas at wellheads.

A porous material invented by the Rice laboratory of chemist James Tour sequesters carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, at ambient temperature – with pressure provided by the wellhead – and lets it go once the pressure is released. The material shows promise as a replacement for more costly and energy-intensive processes.

July 2014, Vol. 241, No. 7
Special To Pipeline & Gas Journal

The growth in U.S. imports of Canadian oil sands in recent years has not impacted the overall greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity of the U.S. supply mix, according to a new study by IHS, a leading global source of critical information and insight. The growth of oil sands imports were offset by substitution for similar sources of supply and by increase in lower-carbon tight oil displacing relatively higher carbon imports from Africa and elsewhere, the study says.

July 2014, Vol. 241, No. 7

Spectra Energy’s 20-mile expansion of the Texas Eastern and Algonquin Gas Transmission pipelines from Linden, NJ to Manhattan cost $60 million per mile, but the money is just the beginning.

June 2014, Vol. 241, No. 6

Just as onshore production methods change and evolve over time, so too do environmental regulations. On Aug. 16, 2012, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published final regulatory updates specific to onshore oil and natural gas production that span from well completion to transmission. Deciphering and gaining a better understanding of these regulations will remove costly compliance pitfalls during normal operations.

June 2014, Vol. 241, No. 6
Execs at INGAA Foundation Meeting Outline Construction Risks

Faced with a study projecting that the pipeline industry will need an average of $30 billion per year worth of new infrastructure to satisfy oil, gas and liquids transportation needs between 2014 and 2035, pipeline operators foresee struggle and risk as well as opportunity.

June 2014, Vol. 241, No. 6

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. will invest $671 million to grow its CO-2 infrastructure in southwestern Colorado and New Mexico.

June 2014, Vol. 241, No. 6

A federal court decision allowing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to move forward with a rule limiting mercury emissions from power plants has heightened concerns in some quarters about interstate pipeline infrastructure inadequacy.

May 2014, Vol. 241, No. 5

When we graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1968, the American oil industry was in the midst of a boom. Domestic crude production had increased every year for nearly a decade, and Texas was the world’s swing oil producer, providing our nation with important strategic flexibility.

May 2014, Vol. 241, No. 5

IEA Chief Economist Fatih Birol synthesized the agency’s 2013 World Energy Outlook and his own analysis to suggest that for the next 20 years, low energy costs caused by the early and plentiful development of shale gas and energy infrastructure will give the United States a large competitive advantage over other nations when it comes to attracting and developing business.

May 2014, Vol. 241, No. 5

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. announced it will build and operate a new, 213-mile, 16-inch pipeline to transport carbon dioxide (CO-2) from the company’s St. Johns source field in Apache County, AZ to the Kinder Morgan-operated Cortez Pipeline in Torrance County, NM.

May 2014, Vol. 241, No. 5
Also: Obama Administration Methane Strategy Light on Potential Regulation; Legislation Would Eliminate Need For DOE Approval Of Additional LNG Exports

An American Petroleum Institute (API) advisory committee released a draft "recommended practice" describing a safety management system (SMS) for natural gas and liquid pipelines at a meeting sponsored by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) in February. The API was taking comments through April 11 and will approve RP1173, in some form, later this year.