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Atlantic Coast Pipeline Secures Another Key Federal Permit

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline has cleared another key regulatory hurdle. The U.S. Forest Service granted approval Friday for the natural gas pipeline to run through the George Washington National Forest and Monongahela National Forest. About 21 miles (33 kilometers) of the 600-mile-long (965 kilometers) project are located on National Forest Service lands, including where it will cross the Appalachian Trail. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission signed off last month on the approximately $5 billion project that would run through West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. The key permits now pending […]

Keystone Pipeline Leak Won’t Affect Nebraska Ruling

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Discovery of a 210,000-gallon oil spill from the Keystone pipeline that critics say demonstrates the risks of energy transport to the environment, will not affect Nebraska regulators’ decision next week on an expansion of the system because they are not allowed to consider pipeline safety, a state official said Friday. Keystone operator TransCanada Corp. shut down the pipeline early Thursday morning and workers were testing to determine the cause of the spill on agricultural land in Marshall County, South Dakota, near the North Dakota border about 250 miles (402 kilometers) west […]

Infrastructure Upgrades Part of PG&E’s Proposed Gas Transmission and Storage Plan

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today submitted a comprehensive proposal as part of its 2019-2021 Gas Transmission and Storage (GT&S) rate request to state regulators. The request outlines how PG&E will continue to achieve increased levels of gas safety by strengthening and modernizing its approximately 6,600 miles of gas transmission pipelines and storage facilities, which serve more than 4.4 million customers across the company’s 70,000 square mile service area. GT&S rate requests and proposed work plans are typically submitted once every three or four years to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). This proposal […]

Buckeye Partners Launches Open Season for Line 602 Expansion

Buckeye Partners, L.P.’s  subsidiary, Buckeye Pipe Line Company, L.P., has launched a binding open season to solicit commitments for the transportation of distillate on the Line 602 Expansion Project, which transports refined petroleum products from Linden, New Jersey to destination points in Inwood and Long Island City, New York. The project is expected to provide approximately 12,000 barrels per day of distillate expansion capacity on or before April 1, 2018 with a potential subsequent expansion increasing to 30,000 barrels per day of capacity on or before Dec. 1, 2019. The binding open season is scheduled to conclude at […]

Judge Won’t Impose Deadline in Gas Pipeline Suit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge tells developers of the Mountain Valley Pipeline he won’t order all landowners in its West Virginia lawsuit to respond by Dec. 4 to motions for summary judgment for rights of way available under federal regulations. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that U.S. District Judge John Copenhaver at a status conference Thursday said he wants the developers to locate landowners and serve them with court papers. The pipeline would extend south for 195 miles (315 kilometers) from north-central West Virginia through 11 counties to the Virginia state line, and nearly […]

HDD Activities Can Resume at More Rover Pipeline Locations

FERC has conditionally approved Energy Transfer Partners’ request to resume horizontal directions drilling (HDD) activities at the following locations along the Rover Pipeline: Honey Creek – Energy Transfer Partners states that J.D. Hair & Associates’ recommendation of using an 8-degree overbend is not feasible, and that increasing the exit angle and breakover height is not possible due to safety concerns associated with overhead power lines. Due to these constraints and J.D. Hair & Associates’ review, FERC recommends maintaining the original 2.5-degree overbend to 6-degree exit angle. Interstate Highway 77 Ohio River Majorsville Norfolk Southern Railroad – […]

Keystone Pipeline Leaks 210K Gallons of Oil in South Dakota

AMHERST, S.D. (AP) — TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone pipeline leaked an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil in northeastern South Dakota, the company and state regulators reported Thursday. Crews shut down the pipeline Thursday morning and activated emergency response procedures after a drop in pressure was detected resulting from the leak south of a pump station in Marshall County, TransCanada said in a statement. The cause was being investigated. Officials don’t believe the leak affected any surface water bodies or threatened any drinking water systems, said Brian Walsh, an environmental scientist manager at the South Dakota Department […]

Report: Rising Demand for Energy to Boost the Onshore Oil and Gas Pipeline Market Through 2021

According to a new report from Technavio, the global onshore oil and gas pipeline market is expected to grow at a CAGR of close to 7% between 2017 and 2021, “Transporting oil through rail, road, or ships is expensive and requires frequent trips,” said Thanikachalam Chandrasekaran, an oil and gas research expert with Technavio. “However, with pipelines, the transportation of oil and gas can run continuously and can be ramped up or shut down at any time. Pipelines are the most preferred mode of transporting oil and gas. Increasing global consumption of oil and gas is expected to drive the […]

New Mexico County Weighs Rules for Oil and Gas Drilling

BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — Elected leaders in one New Mexico county are considering an ordinance that would guide energy development across a large swath of land that borders the state’s largest metropolitan area and numerous Native American communities. Sandoval County’s proposed regulations have generated much debate, with activists raising concerns about the potential environmental effects of increased drilling. Meanwhile, supporters are highlighting the industry’s multibillion-dollar role in the state’s economy and the current void of regulations in the sprawling county. The County Commission is taking up the matter Thursday evening. The ordinance would apply to […]

Bahrain Security Forces Foil Attacks On Three Oil Pipelines

Bahrain’s security forces have prevented a terrorist attack on three oil pipelines as well as attacks on public figures, the Chief of the country’s Public Security, Major General Tariq al-Hassan told media today. According to Al-Hassan, the plotters behind the plan were acting on directives from a terrorist based in Iran, who had ties to Iran’s elite security force, the Revolutionary Guards Corps. The security chief noted that the plot was uncovered prior to the explosion at the Saudi-Bahraini pipeline that occurred over the weekend. The official went on to add that Bahrain’s security forces had […]

Tribes Make Renewed Push for Pipeline Protections

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Two American Indian tribes in the Dakotas that are fighting the Dakota Access pipeline in court are making a renewed push to bolster protections for their water supply. The Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux have filed court documents urging a federal judge to reject the recent arguments of federal officials and the pipeline developer that the tribes’ proposals aren’t needed. The Army Corps of Engineers is conducting an additional court-ordered review of the pipeline’s impact on tribal interests. While that’s done, the tribes want additional protections such as emergency equipment […]

Arctic Refuge Drilling Closer as Senate Panel Backs Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Oil and gas drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge moved closer Wednesday as a key Senate panel approved a bill to open the remote refuge to energy exploration. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved the drilling measure, 13-10. Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia joined 12 Republicans to back the bill. Opening the remote refuge to oil and gas drilling is a longtime Republican priority that most Democrats fiercely oppose. The 19.6-million acre refuge in northeastern Alaska is one of the most pristine areas in the United States […]