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Kinder Morgan Moving Forward with Trans Mountain Expansion Project

Kinder Morgan has secured satisfactory financing for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, and the completion of an initial public offering (IPO) is expected no later than May 31. Construction on the project is expected to begin in September and be completed in December 2019. The Trans Mountain Expansion Project is a $5.5 billion project will provide western Canadian oil producers with an additional 590,000 bpd, resulting in total pipeline capacity of 890,000 bpd, of shipping capacity and tidewater access to the western United States and global markets. The project is underpinned by 15- and 20-year […]

ONEOK Makes Organizational Changes

ONEOK, Inc.  and ONEOK Partners, L.P. have announced the following organizational changes: Walter S. Hulse III, currently executive vice president, strategic planning and corporate affairs, has been named chief financial officer and executive vice president, strategic planning and corporate affairs. Kevin L. Burdick, currently executive vice president and chief commercial officer, has been named executive vice president and chief operating officer. Derek S. Reiners, currently senior vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer, has been named senior vice president, finance, and treasurer. “These changes consolidate key reporting responsibilities to me and are a reflection of the exceptional leadership […]

Blackeagle Energy Services Names New Regional Directors

Blackeagle Energy Services today announced that Gene Hallman and Armando Ferri have joined the company’s leadership team. Hallman will serve as the company’s south region director and Ferri will serve as the director for the east region. Hallman and Ferri each has more than 20 years experience in project and personnel management and will help the company expand its presence in these regions. Blackeagle’s regional directors are responsible for all operations within their region, including overseeing project managers who report directly to them. Hallman is based out of Midland, Texas, and is responsible for projects in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and New Mexico. Ferri is based out of […]

OPEC Extends Output Cut

VIENNA (AP) — An alliance of many of the world’s biggest oil-producing nations extended their agreement to cut output for an additional nine months — an effort to support prices that will prove difficult in the face of growing production from the U.S. Thursday’s decision by the OPEC cartel — now at 14 members with the entry of Equatorial Guinea — and 10 other countries led by Russia, means that the reductions of 1.8 million barrels a day agreed on in November will stay in place until March. Saudi Oil Minister Khalid A. Al-Falih, who […]

Senate Bills Seek Tougher Great Lakes Pipeline Standards

DETROIT (AP) — Legislation proposed in the U.S. Senate would toughen liability standards for oil pipelines crossing the Great Lakes. The measure is part of a package introduced Wednesday by Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan. They say the bills are intended to boost safety of pipelines in and near the lakes. That includes Line 5 operated by Enbridge and running beneath the Straits of Mackinac. Pipelines that cross portions of the lakes are classified as “onshore,” so they’re held to less stringent liability standards than offshore lines. The bill would change that, […]

Public Comment Period and Hearings Set in Pennsylvania for Pipeline Project

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection today announced it will open a comment period on May 27, 2017 and hold four public hearings for feedback on the earth disturbance (Chp. 102) and waterway and wetland encroachment (Chp.105) permit applications submitted by Williams  Companies for the proposed Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Project. The proposed pipeline would run through northeast and central Pennsylvania and would connect natural gas-producing regions in northeastern Pennsylvania to markets in the Mid-Atlantic and southeastern states. The pipeline project is proposed to run through Clinton, Columbia, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Lycoming, Northumberland, Schuylkill, Susquehanna and […]

Company to Shut Down Well Linked to Fatal Colorado Explosion

FIRESTONE, Colo. (AP) — The company that owns a gas well linked to a fatal home explosion in Colorado says it will permanently shut down that well and two others in the neighborhood. Anadarko Petroleum announced the shut-down Wednesday in Firestone, where an April 17 explosion killed two people. Investigators blamed the explosion on unrefined, odorless natural gas from a severed 1-inch (2.5-centimeter) pipeline. The pipeline was thought to be out of service, but investigators say it was still connected to a well near the home. Federal, state and local authorities are investigating. Anadarko says […]

DTE Energy Acquires Renewable Natural Gas Facilities

DTE Biomass Energy has acquired two landfill gas-to-energy projects in Texas, purchasing both the operating Fort Bend Power Producers, LLC facility just outside of Rosenberg and the Seabreeze landfill gas development project in Angleton. Construction of the Seabreeze plant is expected to commence next month. The RNG to be produced at both facilities is derived from landfill gas which is then ultimately processed to pipeline-quality standards. This low-carbon fuel is extremely versatile and fully compatible with the U.S. natural gas infrastructure. Today, RNG is primarily used to power compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas vehicles, offsetting […]

NGL Pipeline Planned in the Permian

Targa Resources Corp. today announced it intends to construct the Grand Prix Pipeline, a new common carrier natural gas liquids pipeline that will transport volumes from the Permian Basin and Targa’s North Texas system to the company’s NGL market hub at Mont Belvieu, Texas. The Grand Prix Pipeline will be supported by Targa’s volumes and other third party customer commitments, and is expected to be operational in the second quarter of 2019.  The capacity of the pipeline from the Permian Basin will be approximately 300,000 barrels per day, expandable to 550,000 barrels per day. “We are excited to […]

PSE&G CEO Calls for Regulatory Reforms

Ralph Izzo, president, chairman and chief executive officer of Public Service Enterprise Group, today called for a set of regulatory reforms in New Jersey that would create financial incentives for utilities to help their customers reduce at-home energy use, as well as expand access to renewable energy and new energy-saving technologies. Izzo delivered his remarks at a state energy forum sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey. “Customers’ demands are changing,” Izzo said. “They want more reliability, they want more resilient power, they want cleaner energy and they want access to smart technology […]

PG&E Named a Top Employer for Veterans

Pacific Gas and Electric Company has been named as one of the best employers for veterans by Military Times. This is the second consecutive year the company has made the “Best for Vets: Employers” list in the ranking’s eight-year history. The survey, conducted by the publishers of the Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times, consisted of nearly 100 questions which focused on areas such as: recruiting veterans and service members, company culture, policies and reservist accommodations. “Veterans know the importance of accountability, leadership and being safe on the job,” said PG&E Vice President of Human Resources and former Army Captain Mary King. […]

Iraq Could Make Or Break The OPEC Deal

The markets are betting that the OPEC extension is all but guaranteed after Saudi Arabia and Russia announced their intention to support a nine-month extension. Saudi energy minister Khalid al-Falih tried to put to rest any possibility of dissention.  “We think we have everybody on board,” al-Falih said on Bloomberg TV. “Everybody I’ve talked to indicated that nine months was a wise decision.” Rumors have surfaced that OPEC might even be considering deeper cuts, perhaps on the order of 2.5 million barrels per day (mb/d), which is twice as much as the current reductions. Because […]