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Second Oil Spill Reported in Kuwait’s Ras Al-Zour Waters

A new oil slick off of Kuwait’s southern shores is spreading in the Persian Gulf and will add on the impact of a recent 35,000-barrel spill in the same water body, according to emerging reports. The spill is the second reported this week. The first incident, which occurred just 60 kilometers away from the second one, is currently under control, spokesman Sheikh Talal Khaled Al-Sabah of the Kuwait Petroleum Corp said. The spill reached 1.6 kilometers in length at press time, and measures have been taken to stop the leakage and limit environmental damage, according […]

North Dakota Gets $10 Million for Dakota Access Costs

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — U.S. Sen. John Hoeven says North Dakota will receive $10 million from the federal government to help pay state law enforcement bills related to months of protests over the Dakota Access pipeline. The state applied to the Justice Department’s Emergency Federal Law Enforcement Assistance Program in late June. Hoeven announced the $10 million award on Tuesday. North Dakota is facing a $38 million bill for protest-related costs, and taxpayers could end up footing the bulk of the bill. Gov. Doug Burgum asked President Donald Trump for a disaster declaration in late April, […]

Pipeline Construction Project Planned in the Delaware Basin

3Bear Energy, LLC has entered into definitive agreements with an anchor shipper to develop, own and operate a gathering and processing system serving the Northern Delaware Basin in Lea and Eddy Counties in New Mexico. As part of the project, 3Bear Energy is constructing more than 100 miles of pipeline wellhead gathering, including systems for oil, gas and water transportation, a central water treatment facility, crude terminal and a 60,000 Mcf/d cryogenic gas processing plant with treating capabilities. The company expects the system to be operational in the first quarter of 2018. “3Bear is pleased to […]

Regulators Offer Settlement to Dakota Access Developer

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota regulators offered Monday to settle state allegations that the Texas-based developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline improperly reported the discovery of American Indian artifacts during construction. The state Public Service Commission last November proposed a fine of at least $15,000 against ETP, though the commission has the authority under state law to levy fines of up to $200,000. The three-member commission unanimously agreed to offer a settlement under which ETP would make a $15,000 “contribution” to the State Historic Preservation Office or another mutually agreed-upon entity. The company […]

35,000-Barrel Oil Spill Prompts Urgent Cleanup In Kuwait

An oil spill into Kuwaiti waters prompted an emergency cleanup over the weekend, with media reports saying it all will be over this week. While some sources attributed the spill to a pipeline leak, estimating the amount that spilled into the Persian Gulf at 35,000 barrels, there has been no official confirmation on the size or cause of the accident. The spill occurred near Ras al-Zour, in southern Kuwait, Reuters reports, where Kuwait National Petroleum Company is currently building the biggest oil refinery in the Middle East, capable of handling 615,000 barrels of crude daily […]

Pipeline Construction Project to Proceed

Andeavor has received sufficient commitments from third-party shippers to warrant construction of the Conan Crude Oil Gathering Pipeline system in the Delaware Basin. The Conan Crude Oil Gathering Pipeline system will be approximately 130 miles in length and transport crude oil from origins in Lea County, New Mexico and Loving County, Texas to a terminal to be constructed in Loving County, Texas, where the gathering system interconnects with long-haul pipeline carriers. The first phase of the Conan Crude Oil Gathering Pipeline system will provide capacity of approximately 250,000 barrels per day. Future phases of the […]

Ex Minister: Unused Iraq-Saudi Pipeline Should Reopen

Iraq needs to regain access to a pipeline that was used in the past to export Iraqi crude oil via Saudi Arabia, according to Parliament member and former Iraqi oil minister, Ibrahim Bahr Al Olum. “I have discussed this issue before with the Saudi side,” Saudi newspaper Al Hayat quoted Al Olum as saying, as carried by Reuters on Thursday. The Iraqi Pipeline in Saudi Arabia (IPSA) has not been used to load Iraqi oil since the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait back in 1990. IPSA was laid across Saudi Arabia in the 1980s after both sides in […]

Line 67 Expansion Final EIS Released

The U.S. State Department has published its Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for Enbridge’s proposed Line 67 Expansion. The Secretary of State (or his delegate), based on Presidentially-delegated authorities under Executive Order 13337, will now conduct a review to determine whether issuance of a new permit to Enbridge would be in the national interest. To make this determination, the Secretary of State (or his delegate) will consider many factors, including, but not limited to, foreign policy; energy security; environmental, cultural and economic impacts; and compliance with applicable law and policy. The Department will also consult with the […]

Pipeline Says They Could Ship 100,000 Barrels of Oil Daily

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The president of the company behind a Maine pipeline says they would be able to ship 100,000 barrels of crude oil daily if they were allowed to reverse the flow of their pipeline. The Portland Press Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2usUz0q ) the Portland Pipe Line Corp. disclosed how much oil it could transport from Canada for the first time since they filed a federal lawsuit against South Portland in 2015. Their lawsuit is challenging the city’s Clear Skies ordinance, which bans the loading of crude oil into tankers on the South […]

The $50 Billion Backlog Of U.S. Energy Projects

For six months, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) lacked the voting quorum necessary to authorize construction of oil and gas pipeline projects and LNG export terminals. Last week, the Senate confirmed the nominations of Neil Chatterjee and Robert F. Powelson to join the commission, filling two of the four vacancies on the five-seat panel. FERC had been without a quorum since early February this year, when Commissioner Norman Bay stepped down. Now Chatterjee, a senior energy adviser to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Powelson—a member and former chairman of the Pennsylvania Public […]

Tribes Want Dakota Pipeline Shut Down, But Offer Fallback Plan

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — American Indian tribes fighting the Dakota Access oil pipeline are asking a judge to shut down the line while more environmental review is conducted, but they’ve also presented a fallback plan should the judge disagree. The “alternative relief” that Standing Rock Sioux attorney Jan Hasselmen “reluctantly” proposed in court documents filed Monday includes increased public reporting of pipeline issues such as repairs, and implementation of a spill response plan — including equipment staging — at the Lake Oahe reservoir on the Missouri River, from which the tribe draws its water. “Neither […]

Niger Delta Legalizes Illicit Oil Refineries

The Nigerian government will make illicit refineries operating in the Niger Delta legal, and will even supply them with crude oil, the presidency announced yesterday. The legalization process will take until the end of the year, and the crude they will process will be sold at a reasonable price. The move, in stark contrast with years of forceful shutdowns of illegal refineries in the poverty-ridden Delta, follows negotiations between the federal government and local community leaders that were aimed at resolving problems, including oil theft that causes spills and losses for pipeline operators as well […]

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