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Oil Spills From Pipeline After Syria Army Retakes Oil Field From ISIS

Oil spilled from a pipeline at the al-Teym oil field in the oil-rich desert south of Deir al-Zor in Syria after the Syrian Arab Army and its allies had recaptured the oil site from ISIS, video footage uploaded on Friday on YouTube by Berlin-based video news agency Ruptly shows. Earlier this month, Syrian state TV reported that the Syrian army and its allies had retaken the Teym oil field as forces were advancing to clear the city of Deir al-Zor from Islamic State militants. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the army also […]

LAGCOE 2017 Targets Midstream Sector

LAGCOE, a nonprofit energy industry organization focused on educational programs and organizer of a leading technical exposition and conference, is targeting the midstream industry sector with the following sessions at LAGCOE 2017. Two midstream panels and one LNG keynote session will be featured. This year’s attendees will welcome the following industry leaders: • Eric Fischer, Oceaneering — Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 9:45 AM to 10:15 AM • Allen Fore, Kinder Morgan — Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 1:30 PM to 2:15 PM • Thomas H. Hudson, G2 LNG & Greg Vesey, Magnolia LNG — […]

MDU to Build Natural Gas Pipeline to Doosan Bobcat Factory

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Bismarck-based Montana Dakota Utilities is building a $13.8 million pipeline to provide natural gas to a South Korea-owned manufacturing facility in southeastern North Dakota. MDU says construction of the 12-inch, 21-mile long pipeline to the Doosan Bobcat Inc.’s factory in Gwinner will be complete in September 2018. The North Dakota Industrial Commission earlier approved $10.5 million in financing through the state-owned Bank of North Dakota. Regulators also granted the project a certificate of public convenience and necessity, which means traditional permits aren’t necessary. Doosan Bobcat signed a 15-year contract with MDU […]

NEXUS Pipeline Gets Ohio Water Permit

The Ohio EPA has issued a Water Quality Certification for Enbridge’s Nexus Transmission Pipeline Project to be constructed in Columbiana, Stark, Summit, Wayne, Medina, Lorain, Huron, Erie, Sandusky, Wood, Lucas, Henry and Fulton counties. The 255-mile NEXUS Transmission Pipeline Project will transport 1.5 Bcf/d of clean-burning natural gas from receipt points in eastern Ohio to existing pipeline system interconnects in southeastern Michigan. During its review of the project, the Ohio EPA considered technical, economic, social and environmental aspects of the project, held an information session and public hearing on the application, and received and reviewed public input throughout an initial […]

U.S. Shale: Water Is the New Oil

Texas has a water problem, and this one isn’t due to Hurricane Harvey… Rising U.S. shale output has led to increased amounts of the water that inadvertently flows out of wells together with oil. For now, drillers use trucks to transport this dirty water—which exceeds the amount of oil produced—to disposal sites, creating heavy traffic on roads. But now, at the heart of the shale boom in Texas, water management companies are thinking about new ways to move this water, creating a new opportunity in the onslaught of U.S. shale—and a new hurdle for U.S. […]

OPEC Talks End Without Recommendation On Output Cut Extension

The OPEC/non-OPEC joint panel on monitoring the cuts, which is meeting in Vienna today, has concluded talks without any recommendation for the broader group on whether it will extend the production cuts beyond March next year, one OPEC delegate told Bloomberg at the end of the meeting. The monitoring committee, which consists of OPEC’s Kuwait, Venezuela, and Algeria, as well as non-OPEC Russia and Oman, was also expected to discuss a proposal to consider informal monitoring of crude oil exports, in addition to supervising compliance to production cuts. At the time of writing, OPEC had […]

Trump Aims For Arctic Oil And Gas

The Trump administration is trying to lay the groundwork to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) for oil and gas drilling, according to a report last week from the Washington Post. It won’t be easy, and it is not guaranteed to work, but the Department of Interior is hoping to crack open the door to drilling in ANWR, which has been off limits for decades. The Post reports that the Department of Interior is working to authorize seismic testing, a necessary precursor to new drilling. The agency does not have the authority to […]

ExxonMobil Resumes Service on Pipelines Affected by Harvey

ExxonMobil today announced that its Baytown and Beaumont refineries have begun producing fuels at reduced rates and that crude oil and refined product pipelines in the Gulf and other regions of Texas have restarted as recovery continues from Hurricane Harvey. “We are making good progress safely restoring our operations to pre-storm levels,” said Jerry Wascom, president of ExxonMobil Refining and Supply Company. “We have brought in gasoline, diesel and jet fuel from other regions to supplement our own production to ensure a quick return of reliable supply to our customers.” According to the company, crude […]

Report: Global LNG Market to Reach Nearly $21 Billion by 2025

According to a new report from Grand View Research, Inc., the global LNG market is expected to reach 20.6 billion by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 12.7%. Reasons given for this growth include: A rising focus on development and expanding gas pipeline infrastructure and growing demand for natural gas from downstream sectors. Decreasing LNG prices along with execution of favorable government rules and regulations. Insufficient channel infrastructure is supplementing demand for small scale projects to source natural gas for key consumers in remote areas, specifically in the power generation and industrial manufacturing verticals. Other […]

Residents File Motion to Stop Sunoco Pipeline Project

THORNBURY, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania homeowners’ association group has filed a motion to stop work on a pipeline project over environmental concerns. The Delaware County Daily Times reports ( ) the Andover homeowners’ association filed a motion in Commonwealth Court seeking to end work on the Sunoco Logistics L.P. Mariner East 2 project. The 350-mile pipeline will bring natural gas liquids to the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex. Soil beneath Andover contains leftover lead and arsenic pesticide agents that were used by an old apple orchard. Residents of the Thornbury development say Sunoco isn’t doing […]

Colorado Revising Pipeline Regulations After Fatal Gas Explosion

DENVER (AP) — Colorado regulators are starting work on new rules for thousands of pipelines that crisscross oil and gas fields in the aftermath of a fatal home explosion blamed on a gas leak. The state Oil and Gas Conservation Commission will hold the first of two meetings with industry representatives and the public to discuss the rules Thursday. The rules will include standards for designing, testing and permanently shutting down flow lines, which carry oil or gas from wells to tanks and other gathering equipment. A public hearing is scheduled for Dec. 11 and […]

Purchase of California Oil Hub Dropped After State Sues

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Valero Energy petroleum company says it is giving up plans to acquire the last independently owned petroleum terminal in the San Francisco Bay Area. Valero said in a statement Monday that it is dropping its purchase of the Martinez petroleum terminal hub rather than wage a long court battle over it. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (HAH-vee-air beh-SEHR’-ah) had sued to block the transaction. Becerra says Valero’s purchase of the Plains All American Pipeline facility would have put all three Northern California petroleum-shipping hubs in the hands of refineries. He […]