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North Dakota’s Bill Rises for Oil Pipeline Protest Costs

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP)  – North Dakota’s bill for policing protests of the Dakota Access pipeline continues to rise. The North Dakota Emergency Commission is set to borrow an additional $5 million Monday to cover law enforcement costs. That will bring the total line of credit from the state-owned bank of North Dakota to $39 million. State Emergency Services spokeswoman Cecily Fong says 11 states provided law enforcement help to North Dakota, and some bills are only now arriving. The $3.8 billion pipeline built by Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners began moving oil from North Dakota to […]

Jordan Cove, Pacific Connector Applications Submitted

Veresen Inc. has submitted applications with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the Jordan Cove Energy and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline Projects, which consist of the construction and operation of the 7.8 million tonne per annum LNG export terminal in Coos Bay, Oregon and a related pipeline that will deliver natural gas from the Malin Hub in southern Oregon to the LNG export terminal. The application includes the elimination of a 420 MW power plant, reflects more than 50 route adjustments of the Pacific Connector Pipeline and the optimization of multiple water crossings to minimize environmental impacts via […]

Enbridge Line 3 Pipeline Debate Shifts to Public Hearings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota kicks off public hearings this week on whether regulators should allow Enbridge Energy to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota. The replacement would have higher capacity than the existing pipeline and run along a new route in some areas — two characteristics that opponents say shows it’s more like a new pipeline than a replacement. Environmental and tribal groups say they expect hundreds of people to protest and march against the project before Thursday’s hearing in St. Paul. They’ve been buoyed by a recent review from […]

Vermont’s High Court Finds in Favor of Pipeline Under Park

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) – Vermont’s state supreme court has issued a decision that a Vermont Gas pipeline going under a public park will not impact its use. Activists who oppose the pipeline going under the Hinesburg park argued the 85-acre park was already designated for public use, so it couldn’t be claimed under eminent domain. WCAX-TV (http://bit.ly/2xCnlAd ) reports the high court ruled on Friday that the “prior public use” doctrine didn’t apply. It ruled the installation of the pipeline will have a negligible effect on existing use. The park represented the final piece connecting […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ohio Increases Fines to $2.3 Million Against Pipeline Developer

TOLEDO (AP) – Ohio’s environmental agency has more than doubled the fines against a company building a natural gas pipeline from West Virginia to Michigan. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency says the fines against Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners stemming from water and air pollution violations are now at $2.3 million. The head of the state EPA said Wednesday that the company is balking at paying and he now wants the state’s attorney general to get involved. A message seeking comment with Energy Transfer Partners wasn’t immediately returned. The $4.2 billion Rover Pipeline is being built […]

Collusion Alleged Between PG&E, California Public Utilities Commission

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The former chief administrative law judge at California’s powerful utility regulator said Tuesday she was fired for cooperating with investigators looking into collusion between regulators and executives from Pacific Gas & Electric. Karen Valentia Clopton announced that she’s filing a whistleblower compliant over her dismissal in August from her senior position at the California Public Utilities Commission, which regulates privately held natural gas, electric, water and other utilities. Clopton’s allegations stem from the commission’s actions following a deadly gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno in 2010. A federal investigation into the […]

North Dakota Settles with Dakota Access Pipeline Builder

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators have approved an agreement settling allegations that the Texas-based builder of the Dakota Access pipeline violated state rules during construction.North Dakota’s Public Service Commission last year accused Energy Transfer Partners of improperly reporting the discovery of American Indian artifacts. Regulators also were looking into whether crews removed too many trees. The deal the commission approved Wednesday calls for ETP to help develop and promote an industry manual for handling artifacts discoveries, and to plant more trees along the pipeline route than it had proposed. The state isn’t requiring […]

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