Tag Archives: liquids

Kinder Morgan Sells 50% Interest in Utopia Pipeline Project

Kinder Morgan said it will sell half its interest in the Utopia Pipeline project in Ohio to private equity firm Riverstone Investment Group for an undisclosed amount that will include 50% of Kinder Morgan’s previous expenditure on the $500 million project. Riverstone will also fund its share for the final commissioning and construction of the pipeline. The Utopia Pipeline is a common carrier project planned to include about 215 miles of new, 12-inch pipeline constructed entirely within the state of Ohio from Harrison County to Fulton County. The pipeline will connect with an existing Kinder […]

ITC Seeks Shippers for Pipeline from Pasadena Terminal

May 2016, Vol. 243, No. 5

ITC Pipeline Company announced it launched an open season for a new petroleum products pipeline system south of Houston in Pasadena, TX. The system consists of two 36-inch injecting pipelines and two 16-inch return lines running 1.7 miles between a terminal and interconnections with Colonial and Explorer pipelines and a 16-inch pipeline, running 3.8 miles between the terminal and an interconnection in Pasadena. The system is scheduled to begin service in the third quarter of 2016. ITC is seeking shippers interested in makin long-term dedication commitments to use the system.  In return, dedicated shippers will […]

US High Court Won’t Touch $236 Million Verdict in ExxonMobil Pollution Case

May 2016, Vol. 243, No. 5

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will not hear Exxon Mobil’s appeal of a $236 million judgment for its use of a gasoline additive that contaminated groundwater in New Hampshire. The court’s order Monday leaves in place a jury verdict involving contamination by the chemical MTBE. Exxon Mobil wanted the judgment thrown out because New Hampshire was not required to prove that individual water supplies were contaminated. The Irving, Texas-based company also said it is not responsible for contamination caused by gasoline spills at junk yards and independent gas stations. MTBE, or methyl tertiary butyl […]

Protesters Block Train Tracks to 2 Washington Refineries

May 2016, Vol. 243, No. 5

SEATTLE (AP) — Hundreds of climate activists on Saturday marched to the site of two refineries in northwest Washington state to call for a break from fossil fuels, while a smaller group continued to block railroad tracks leading to the facilities for a second day. Protesters in kayaks, canoes, on bikes and on foot took part in a massive demonstration near Anacortes, about 70 miles north of Seattle, to demand action on climate and an equitable transition away from fossil fuels such as oil and coal. A day before, about 150 activists had pitched tents […]

Logistical Challenges Result in Ship-to-Ship transfers of US Propane Exports

April 2016, Vol. 243, No. 4

U.S. propane exports have increased significantly over the past three years, but only after market participants worked to overcome several challenges in transporting propane to export customers. After largely overcoming the first challenge of building sufficient export capacity, the next challenge involves economically transporting large quantities of propane over long distances. The current, although likely temporary, solution has resulted in import and export data abnormalities affecting U.S. propane exports to Asian countries. Asia, the largest regional destination for U.S. propane, imported 220,000 barrels per day (b/d) of U.S. propane in 2015, or slightly more than […]

Blast Kills 13, Injures Dozens at Mexico Petrochemical Plant

April 2016, Vol. 243, No. 4

MEXICO CITY (AP) — An explosion killed 13 people and injured scores at a petrochemical plant on Mexico’s southern Gulf coast, forcing evacuations as a fire billowed a huge toxin-filled cloud into the air. The head of Mexico’s civil defense agency, Luis Felipe Puente, wrote in his Twitter account Thursday that emergency personnel had been able to enter the burned-out plant and found 10 more cadavers. Three workers had been reported dead immediately following the blast Wednesday afternoon. The state oil company, Petroleos Mexicanos, said 136 workers had been hurt in the blast in the […]