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BOWLING GREEN, Mo. (AP) — More than four dozen homes near the town of Bowling Green in northeast Missouri have been evacuated due to the rupture of a natural gas pipeline.

Linde North America has completed installation of the gasifier vessel, a significant step in the construction of its new gasification train at its La Porte, TX facility. The plant is part of an investment that includes a state-of-the art air separation unit (ASU), which is also under construction. The gasification plant is scheduled to come on-stream in early 2015.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) signed a two-year alliance with the National Service, Transmission, Exploration & Production Safety Network and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to prevent injuries, illnesses and fatalities among workers in the exploration and production sector of the oil and gas industry.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled Senate has passed a bipartisan bill approving construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

The 62-36 vote on Thursday advanced a top priority of the newly empowered GOP, which championed the legislation despite a presidential veto threat. Keystone is the first of many battles with the White House over energy and the environment.

The measure fell short of the threshold needed to override a veto. It also needs to be reconciled with the House version.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three powerful accidents in recent years highlight weaknesses in the oversight of how natural gas providers maintain the largest pipelines in their networks, accident investigators said Tuesday as they issued more than two dozen safety recommendations.

At 35-foot tall and equally as wide, a glycol dehydrator may be big, but this gift is a perfect fit just the same. The device, which is used to remove water from natural gas before compression and distribution, is now nestled snugly into one corner of the Susquehanna County, PA site of Lackawanna College's School of Petroleum & Natural Gas.

TransCanada’s Keystone Pipeline has just completed a year’s service of bringing Canadian tar sand syn crude from Alberta to U.S. Gulf Coast facilities for refining and marketing. This was the third phase of the project. Bringing crude from Cushing, OK to Texas began in January 2013 and still has a lateral line to be completed that will bring crude oil from Nederland, TX to Houston-area refineries. A terminal will be completed in mid-2015 for the Houston refining.

Venture Global LNG has announced plans to develop an LNG export facility, the Calcasieu Pass Project, in southwestern Louisiana. The project, south of Lake Charles, will be built, operated and manufactured in Louisiana and will create 1,500 construction jobs, 326 indirect jobs and 100 permanent jobs for the community.

A federal approval for construction of a major natural gas pipeline that will ship supplies from the Marcellus to underserved New England and the Northeast markets closed out 2014 with a reminder to the industry of good things to come.

Although the total tonnage of transport pipe needed in North America was down as of late summer, that has not been due to decreased construction activity ahead. Rather, it reflects NGL and oil pipes crowding out demand for large-diameter gas transmission pipe, and the prevalence of reversals and conversions of existing pipe, according to a report by Amanda Eglinton, senior research analyst for IHS Global Insight.

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