Tag Archives: Pipeline

Senate Bills Seek Tougher Great Lakes Pipeline Standards

DETROIT (AP) — Legislation proposed in the U.S. Senate would toughen liability standards for oil pipelines crossing the Great Lakes. The measure is part of a package introduced Wednesday by Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan. They say the bills are intended to boost safety of pipelines in and near the lakes. That includes Line 5 operated by Enbridge and running beneath the Straits of Mackinac. Pipelines that cross portions of the lakes are classified as “onshore,” so they’re held to less stringent liability standards than offshore lines. The bill would change that, […]

Public Comment Period and Hearings Set in Pennsylvania for Pipeline Project

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection today announced it will open a comment period on May 27, 2017 and hold four public hearings for feedback on the earth disturbance (Chp. 102) and waterway and wetland encroachment (Chp.105) permit applications submitted by Williams  Companies for the proposed Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Project. The proposed pipeline would run through northeast and central Pennsylvania and would connect natural gas-producing regions in northeastern Pennsylvania to markets in the Mid-Atlantic and southeastern states. The pipeline project is proposed to run through Clinton, Columbia, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Lycoming, Northumberland, Schuylkill, Susquehanna and […]

Company to Shut Down Well Linked to Fatal Colorado Explosion

FIRESTONE, Colo. (AP) — The company that owns a gas well linked to a fatal home explosion in Colorado says it will permanently shut down that well and two others in the neighborhood. Anadarko Petroleum announced the shut-down Wednesday in Firestone, where an April 17 explosion killed two people. Investigators blamed the explosion on unrefined, odorless natural gas from a severed 1-inch (2.5-centimeter) pipeline. The pipeline was thought to be out of service, but investigators say it was still connected to a well near the home. Federal, state and local authorities are investigating. Anadarko says […]

NGL Pipeline Planned in the Permian

Targa Resources Corp. today announced it intends to construct the Grand Prix Pipeline, a new common carrier natural gas liquids pipeline that will transport volumes from the Permian Basin and Targa’s North Texas system to the company’s NGL market hub at Mont Belvieu, Texas. The Grand Prix Pipeline will be supported by Targa’s volumes and other third party customer commitments, and is expected to be operational in the second quarter of 2019.  The capacity of the pipeline from the Permian Basin will be approximately 300,000 barrels per day, expandable to 550,000 barrels per day. “We are excited to […]

First Reserve, Crestwood JV Plans Pipeline Construction Project

Crestwood Equity Partners LP and First Reserve today announced that Crestwood Permian Basin Holdings LLC, a joint venture focused on developing, owning and operating midstream infrastructure in the Delaware Basin, has agreed to acquire Crestwood’s Willow Lake gathering and processing assets located in Eddy County, New Mexico. The companies also announced that the joint venture has approved the construction of a 200 million cubic feet per day cryogenic gas processing plant located near Orla, TX and associated pipeline infrastructure required to connect the Willow Lake system to the plant. “The announced Orla processing plant and the contribution […]

Nebraska Commission Sets O’Neill Hearing for Pipeline Review

O’NEILL, Neb. (AP) — A state commission that will decide whether to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline’s route through Nebraska has scheduled a one-day public hearing in northern Nebraska’s Holt County. The Nebraska Public Service Commission says the hearing will run from 1 to 8 p.m. June 7 at the O’Neill Community Center in O’Neill. Public comment will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Speakers will have three to five minutes to comment about the TransCanada project. A hearing was held May 3 in York and a five-day hearing is scheduled to run […]

Open Season Extended for Pipeline Construction Project

A subsidiary of Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. today announced that the open season for committed crude oil pipeline capacity from Midland, TX/Colorado City, TX to Cushing, OK that commenced on April 18, 2017 has been extended to 12 p.m. CT on June 9, 2017 to incorporate certain modifications requested by potential shippers. Potential shippers who have signed a confidentiality agreement will be sent the final TSA by May 26, 2017. Every potential shipper wishing to become a committed shipper must execute and submit two copies of the final version of the TSA no later […]

Iran, Spanish Company Sign $615 Million Deal for Oil Pipes

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Wednesday signed a deal worth $615 million — or euros 550 million — with a Spanish-Iranian consortium under which the group will provide pipes used in Iran’s oil industry. It was the first major deal for Iran’s oil industry since President Hassan Rouhani’s re-election last week to another term in office on a platform of reform and greater openness to the international community. The consortium, which includes Spain’s Tubacex S.A. and Iran’s Foolad Isfahan Company, will produce pipes made of a corrosion resistant alloy for a network of 600 kilometers, or […]

Few Pipeline Inspections Reported After Fatal Colorado Gas Blast

DENVER (AP) — Colorado regulators say few energy companies have reported the results of state-ordered inspections of oil and gas pipelines after a natural gas explosion killed two people. Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Director Matt Lepore warned Tuesday the state could order operators to shut down wells connected to pipelines that haven’t been checked by the deadline. The commission ordered inspections and tests of pipelines within 1,000 feet (300 meters) of buildings after the April 17 explosion in the town of Firestone. Investigators blamed the explosion on odorless, unrefined gas from a small […]

Oil Pipeline Attack Breaks Months Of Truce In Nigeria

Just as Nigeria’s government and militants in the restive Niger Delta have managed to reach a kind of fragile truce with talks, amnesty funding, and incentives, a pipeline close to the Warri oil hub was attacked by suspected rebels in what was the first sabotage against the country’s oil facilities in months. Militants attacked on Saturday a pipeline operated by the Nigerian Gas Company Limited, a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Nigeria Gas Company spokesman Violin Antaih told AFP on Tuesday. “It has been confirmed, even by the community people, that it was a […]

Texas Gov. Reauthorizes Oil and Gas Regulator for Another 12 Years

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed House Bill 1818, which reauthorizes the Railroad Commission of Texas, the state’s oil and gas regulator, to operate for another 12 years. A committee of lawmakers, known as the Sunset Commission, oversees reviewing the agency. In 2016, the Railroad Commission had its third Sunset review since 2010, after numerous attempts to alter the agency failed to get through the Texas Legislature. House Bill 1818 excludes nearly all of the Commission’s recommendations for the commission, including: Changing the commission’s name Transferring regulation of gas utilities to the Public Utility Commission Improving monitoring of company violations […]

Pipeline Planned at Big Colorado Well Site, not Noisy Trucks

DENVER (AP) — An energy company will build a pipeline to transport crude oil from a huge well complex inside a Colorado city before production starts, officials said Monday, easing the anxiety of nearby residents who feared noisy trucks would haul away the petroleum around the clock. Extraction Oil & Gas spokesman Brian Cain said the company always planned to build a pipeline to the 22-well Triple Creek project in Greeley, about 60 miles north of Denver. He said the plans are now complete after two years of engineering, contracting and other preparations. Triple Creek is one of multiple oil and […]

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