Tag Archives: gas transmission

Property Values Unaffected by Presence of Pipelines, New Report Finds

April 2016, Vol. 243, No. 4

Special to Pipeline & Gas Journal The presence of an underground natural gas transmission pipeline does not affect the sales prices or value of residential properties, according to a new study, “Pipeline Impact to Property Value and Property Insurability,” conducted by Integra Realty Resources on behalf of The INGAA Foundation Inc. “We undertook an independent study of residential properties in proximity to natural gas pipelines in the Southeast, Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast United States,” said IRR Senior Managing Director David Dominy. ‘By identifying residential neighborhoods that were bordered or bisected by at least one pipeline, […]

2 Workers Killed, 1 Hurt in Texas Gas Pipeline Accident

April 2016, Vol. 243, No. 4

WOODSBORO, Texas (AP) — Two workers have been killed and another was hurt during a high-pressure release as the men repaired a South Texas gas pipeline. Refugio County authorities say the accident happened Tuesday at a Southcross Energy Partners plant near Woodsboro. Justice of the Peace Lorraine Lopez says two men were in a hole repairing a pipeline when a piece of the line came loose, releasing about 800 pounds of pressure. One worker died at the scene. Another died at a hospital. A third man was treated at a hospital. A statement Wednesday from […]

Consequences of Gas Leak Could Be California Blackouts

March 2016, Vol. 243, No. 3

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A natural gas well blowout last year that crippled a major energy supply for Southern California could lead to blackouts in the region over as many as 14 days this summer, energy officials said Tuesday. State agencies that studied the impact of the partial shutdown of the Aliso Canyon gas storage field proposed an action plan to prevent power outages but concluded they “will reduce, but not eliminate, the risk of gas shortages this summer that are large enough to cause electricity interruptions for the region’s residents and businesses.” The report […]

Gas Line Explosions Bring New Safety Proposal

March 2016, Vol. 243, No. 3

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. officials moved Thursday to strengthen safety rules for the nation’s 300,000-mile network of natural gas transmission pipelines in response to numerous fiery accidents, including a 2010 California explosion that killed eight people and injured more than 50. The Department of Transportation proposal would expand inspection and repair rules to include lines in some rural areas and recently-installed lines in burgeoning gas drilling fields. Pressure-testing for leaks would be required on older lines that were previously exempt, such as the Pacific Gas and Electric Company pipe constructed in 1956 that broke […]

Beleaguered Petrobras May Sell Natural Gas Pipeline Unit

March 2016, Vol. 243, No. 3

Brazilian state-owned oil company Petrobras, the most indebted oil company in the world, could soon lose its status as the top operator in some of the country’s most prolific offshore oil assets. Petrobras is reeling from a wide-reaching corruption scandal and it is drowning in a mountain of debt that exceeds $100 billion. It no longer has the funds to front large-scale drilling in the way that it once did. Petrobras executives are now trying to manage shrinking the company’s footprint. In order to raise cash it has plans to sell off assets far and […]

SoCalGas Facility Must Pass Tougher Tests to Operate Again

February 2016, Vol. 243, No. 2

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The gas storage facility that spewed methane uncontrollably for almost four months, driving thousands of families from their homes, won’t resume operations until it has undergone tougher tests than ever required before, a process that will take months and perhaps even longer. The massive leak drew attention to the Southern California Gas Co. facility and the larger subject of old energy infrastructure nationwide. It also put heat on the state to speed up tougher new regulations that will outlaw a risky practice that put the well in jeopardy of a blowout. […]

American Midstream Holding Open Season for Magnolia Interstate Extension

February 2016, Vol. 243, No. 2

American Midstream began a non-binding open season for a proposed 45-mile extension of the Magnolia Intrastate pipeline to transport up to 500,000 dekatherms per day of natural gas for delivery to a major interstate pipeline beginning in 2019. The open season ends April 11. The proposed Magnolia Extension would connect to Tennessee Natural Gas Pipeline’s 500 Line, providing transportation under 20-year, firm transport agreements to Williams’ Transco pipeline through an existing interconnect. The proposed project would offer supply diversity to growing demand areas in the Southeast market, and specifically, address infrastructure constraints associated with the […]

Lawmakers Mull Moratorium on SoCalGas Storage Facility

February 2016, Vol. 243, No. 2

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are considering legislation that would prevent a utility from resuming full operations at a facility that had a massive natural gas leak for nearly four months. The bill requiring testing of wells at the Southern California Gas Co. facility near Los Angeles faces an Assembly committee hearing Monday. The measure by Sen. Fran Pavley would put a moratorium on gas injections at the Aliso Canyon gas storage facility until state regulators determine the facility is safe. The well that leaked was permanently sealed last week after spewing methane uncontrollably […]

California Declares Massive Natural Gas Leak Sealed

February 2016, Vol. 243, No. 2

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A blowout at a natural gas well that spewed massive amounts of climate-changing methane for nearly four months and drove thousands of Los Angeles families from their homes has been permanently sealed, state officials declared Thursday. The announcement certifying that the ruptured well had been plugged with cement brought a point of closure in the long-running drama that has disrupted life in the Porter Ranch community and drawn attention to a massive underground storage facility owned by Southern California Gas Co. Testing showed the well was no longer leaking, Jason Marshall, […]

National Grid at Home and Abroad

January 2016, Vol. 243, No. 1

National Grid is a British-based multinational pipeline and power networks company with operations in the United Kingdom and northeastern United States. It is one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the world and is listed on both the New York and London Stock Exchanges. According to National Grid’s most recent report and accounts, it made profits of £3,780 million and employed 24,274 people in 2014-15. This article looks at some of its United Kingdom and U.S. gas operations. UK National Grid   National Grid is the sole owner and operator of the national gas […]