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Improving Pipeline Cybersecurity with Public-Private Partnerships

November 2017, Vol. 244, No. 11

From an environmental, safety, and health perspective, pipelines are widely considered the optimal mode of transporting fossil fuel products. Release failures and loss-of-life incidents remain on a downward trend that began decades ago. But with over 2.5 million miles of pipelines moving natural gas, refined petroleum products, ethanol, chemicals, and other liquids, the U.S. oil and gas infrastructure also presents an array of high-value targets to technologically sophisticated terrorist groups and foreign state actors. After the false starts and failures of separate industry- and government-led efforts to improve the cybersecurity framework, public-private cybersecurity partnerships that...

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Climate Activist Goes on Trial for Montana Pipeline Shutdown

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An Oregon man goes on trial in Montana Tuesday in the latest criminal prosecution against activists who sought to call attention to climate change by shutting down oil pipelines in four states. Sixty-five-year-old Leonard Higgins of Portland is charged with criminal mischief and trespassing. He told The Associated Press that he wants to tell jurors his closure of a Spectra Energy pipeline valve in north-central Montana in October 2016 was necessary because climate change is an emergency and can’t be ignored. But District Judge Daniel Boucher (boo-SHAY’) says he won’t allow […]

A New Era for Argentine Gas Pipelines

November 2017, Vol. 244, No. 11

The construction of the 932-mile (1,500-km) Argentine Northeastern Gas Pipeline (GNEA) is designed to transport greater volumes of gas from Bolivia to parts of Argentina where about 40% of the population living in the provinces is still forced to use bottled gas. For this reason, one of the priorities of the new government calls  for the construction of three important gas infrastructure projects. “Expansion of the Natural Gas Transportation and Distribution System,” will, by the end of 2018, allow natural gas to be delivered to 140,500 homes, in the provinces of Buenos Aires, Chubut, Río...

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Spain Well-Entrenched as Natural Gas Island

Spain is Europe’s fifth-biggest consumer of energy and seventh-largest market for natural gas, burning some 984 Bcf in 2015, when gas accounted for 18% of its  energy consumption. The industrial sector accounted for the lion’s share at 64%, with the remainder shared equally by the domestic-commercial and electricity generation sector. Economic recovery, combined with conversion of  coal and diesel plants to gas, and growth in power generation of 32% in 2017 to maintain power supplies, has increased demand for gas, reported Kallanish Energy in February 2017. As for the future, demand for gas is  expected...

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Alternative Keystone XL Route OKed in Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska commission approved an alternative route for the Keystone XL oil pipeline through the state on Monday, removing the last major regulatory obstacle to building the long-delayed $8 billion project. The Nebraska Public Service Commission’s vote on the long-delayed project could still be challenged in court. Opponents also said another federal review may be needed because the approved route would run farther north than the preferred route proposed by TransCanada Corp., which wants to build a 1,179-mile (1,897-kilometer) pipeline from Canada across several U.S. states. “This decision opens up a […]

Nebraska’s Keystone XL Vote May Not be a Clear Yes or No

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska regulators are set to decide Monday whether to approve or deny an in-state route for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. It’s the last major regulatory hurdle facing project operator TransCanada Corp. The Nebraska Public Service Commission’s ruling is on the Nebraska route TransCanada has proposed to complete the $8 billion, 1,179-mile (1,897-kilometer) pipeline to deliver oil from Alberta, Canada, to Texas Gulf Coast refineries. The proposed Keystone XL route would cross parts of Montana, South Dakota and most of Nebraska to Steele City, Nebraska. A vote in favor of the […]

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 […]

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 – […]

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 […]

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