BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A judge deciding whether to temporarily shut down the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline said Thursday that he will allow North Dakota’s main energy trade group to weigh in. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg might also allow some national energy and manufacturing groups to have a say, though he didn’t immediately rule. The groups, including the North Dakota Petroleum Council, maintain their input is important because none of the parties in a lawsuit over the $3.8 billion pipeline to move North Dakota oil to Illinois speaks for the general oil industry. […]
Jordan Cove LNG has launched an open season for the Pacific Connector Pipeline to assess customer interest for natural gas capacity. The open season commenced on July 18, 2017 and will end on Aug. 16, 2017. Though much the natural gas from the Pacific Connector Pipeline will be shipped to Asian markets, Jordan Cove spokesman Michael Hinrichs said the open season is open to everyone. Hinrichs added that one of the reasons cited by FERC when it rejected the project in 2016 was a lack of an open season to determine customer interest in purchasing capacity on the pipeline. “We are excited to […]
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The planned reopening of a massive Los Angeles natural gas storage facility that spewed methane for months has only renewed the fight over its future. California state officials on Wednesday cleared the way for resumption at reduced capacity in the next few weeks of natural gas pumping into the underground Aliso Canyon facility after 17 months of testing and inspections. The announcement brought fierce opposition from residents who were made sick and driven from their homes by the leak, and vows of action by the advocates and local officials who represent […]
NEW WASHINGTON, Ohio (AP) — The company that developed the Dakota Access oil pipeline is entangled in another fight, this time in Ohio where work on its multi-state natural gas pipeline has wrecked wetlands, flooded farm fields and flattened a 170-year-old farmhouse. The federal commission that oversees gas pipelines told Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners last week to clean up its mess before it will allow the Rover Pipeline to flow. New drilling on unfinished sections also remains halted after 2 million gallons (7.6 million liters) of drilling mud seeped into a wetland in the spring. […]
Virtual pipelines are scheduled shipments of natural gas between two points – from A to B – by road, rail or sea without a fixed pipeline. Virtual pipeline operations are usually to be found in remote areas where the terrain makes it too costly or too difficult to construct permanent pipelines. They are also located in regions where the market is too small to justify the capital costs of a pipeline, or as a means to deliver gas to off-grid, large-scale gas customers. Virtual pipeline operators deliver gas in two main formats: (liquefied natural gas...
NextDecade, LLC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Port of Cork Company to advance a joint business development opportunity in Ireland for a new Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) and associated LNG import terminal infrastructure. NextDecade and the Port of Cork will hold a joint public event at the Port of Cork on August 2, 2017, to highlight the MOU and its potential benefits for Ireland and its regional partners. NextDecade CEO Kathleen Eisbrenner and Flex LNG CEO Jonathan Cook will meet with port officials and discuss the opportunity with local industry […]
Two Saudi teachers are standing trial in Saudi Arabia on charges that they have allegedly spied for arch-rival Iran in gathering information about a 5-million-bpd oil pipeline for the purposes of planning to blow it up, Reuters reported on Wednesday, quoting two Saudi newspapers. According to the Makkah and Al Weeam newspapers, as carried by Reuters, the two men are charged with collecting information about the East-West Pipeline in Saudi Arabia, known as Petroline, which ships crude oil from the desert Kingdom’s eastern provinces to the Red Sea port of Yanbu, to be exported to […]
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Industry officials say demonstrations like the massive encampment to protest construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota could become commonplace. The opposition by American Indian tribes and others to the recently completed $3.8 billion pipeline was discussed Wednesday at an annual oil industry conference in Bismarck. A panel dissected what was learned from the nearly yearlong protest. Craig Stevens, a spokesman for a pro-pipeline coalition, says opponents “will not rest” and industry officials should “realize these protests are going to happen.” He says the oil industry must battle […]
Tesoro Corporation, which will formally change its name to Andeavor effective Aug. 1, 2017, has reached a definitive agreement with Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) for terminaling and transportation services in Mexico. The agreement will enable Tesoro to supply transportation fuels in the Mexican states of Sonora and Baja California. Earlier this summer, Tesoro was awarded capacity in the open season for Northwest Mexico on the Pemex oil products pipeline and storage terminals. The final agreement with Pemex has now been signed and Tesoro will soon begin to move products in the country through this arrangement. “The […]
HEBRON, N.D. (AP) — About 20 people were evacuated from their homes in Hebron when workers digging holes for fence posts struck a natural gas pipeline and started a fire. No injuries were reported in the Tuesday incident. The Bismarck Tribune reports damage was limited to some fencing and a shed. Montana-Dakota Utilities says the incident cut off service to some natural gas customers for a time.
Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. has finished a successful open season for additional capacity from the Delaware Basin to Cushing, OK., receiving sufficient committed volume from shippers to expand portions of its pipeline systems to accommodate a volume increase of approximately 120,000 barrels per day of movements from the Delaware Basin and Midland, TX to Cushing, OK. The committed volume will move on a combination of new and existing pipelines. To accommodate the extra capacity, Plains All American Pipeline plans to extend its Sunrise Pipeline system, which currently originates at Midland, TX and connects with Colorado City, […]
Northwest Pipeline, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Williams Partners L.P., has filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission seeking authorization for its North Seattle Lateral Upgrade project in south Snohomish County in the state of Washington. Northwest has executed firm agreements with Puget Sound Energy (PSE) for the project to expand the delivery capabilities of the North Seattle Lateral, which serves PSE customers. PSE operates Washington’s largest natural gas distribution system serving nearly 800,000 gas customers in six counties. “Our customers depend on safe, reliable and affordable natural gas service,” said Shawnte Anderson, Puget […]