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API Study: Increased NatGas Exports Boosts Jobs, Accelerates Economic Growth

API has released a new study showing that increased exports of clean and abundant U.S. natural gas (in the form of liquefied natural gas or LNG) could support between 220,000 and 452,000 additional American jobs and add up to $73 billion to the U.S. economy by 2040. The study, conducted by ICF International, also concluded that increased LNG exports would have a minimal impact on natural gas prices. Greater use of natural gas across the world is estimated to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, just as natural gas in U.S. power generation has helped reduce U.S. greenhouse […]

Feds Retain Many Post-Belle Fourche Pipeline Spill Corrective Actions

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Federal officials have decided to keep in place many of the corrective measures they ordered in December after a pipeline spilled about 530,000 gallons of oil in western North Dakota, which was one of the biggest spills in the state’s history. The March 24 decision from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s Office of Pipeline Safety stemmed from a Feb. 21 hearing in Denver. It means Wyoming-based pipeline operator True Cos. must take several steps, including digging up the failed section of the Belle Fourche Pipeline and doing additional pipe and […]

New Pipeline Safety Bill Heads for House Passage; Senate Bill Waiting

June 2016, Vol. 243, No. 6

Two House committees passed nearly identical pipeline safety bills. Once combined into a single piece of legislation, the House will work with the Senate, which previously passed a bill, to come up with a single version for President Obama’s signature. All three bills pale beside the 2011 pipeline bill that contained many new regulatory mandates for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), a significant number of which have not been completed. In this new batch of bills, there are only two significant provisions. One in the two House bills gives PHMSA “emergency order”...

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