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Officials Say Mackinac Oil Pipelines Have Too Much Unsupported Space

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials said Wednesday that Enbridge Energy Partners had violated a legal requirement by having too much unsupported space along its twin oil pipelines running beneath the environmentally sensitive waterway that links Lakes Michigan and Huron. Enbridge found similar problems two years ago with the pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac and said it had taken steps to ensure they would not happen again, but recent findings “have refuted that prediction,” state Attorney General Bill Schuette and other officials said in a letter to the Canadian company. The pipes are […]

Natural Gas Utilities Express Concern Over PHMSA’s Gas Transmission and Gathering Pipelines Proposed Rule

In comments submitted today on the Safety of Gas Transmission and Gathering Pipelines Proposed Rule, The American Gas Association (AGA) voiced support for the intended pipeline safety benefits behind many of the proposed modifications to pipeline safety regulations. However, according to AGA and its members, PHMSA’s proposal fails to consider the extensive existing regulatory and voluntary safety initiatives in place and imposes prescriptive and burdensome requirements on operators that will likely not address the perceived regulatory pipeline safety benefits. The Proposed Rule represents a shift away from performance-based regulations, which recognize the unique characteristics of […]

Canada Court Overturns Approval of Enbridge Oil Pipeline

TORONTO (AP) — Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal has overturned the previous government’s controversial approval of a pipeline proposal that would bring oil to the Pacific Coast for shipment to Asia. In a ruling released Thursday, the court said the former Conservative government did not adequately consult aboriginal communities regarding their traditional territory or accommodate their concerns. Canada’s former Conservative government in 2014 approved Enbridge Inc.’s Northern Gateway pipeline project, which would carry oil from the Alberta oil sands to a port in northern British Columbia for export. Its construction was subject to more than 200 […]

Exxon Mobil Wins a Round in Climate Litigation

DALLAS (AP) — Exxon Mobil Corp. won an early round Wednesday in its fight against regulators over whether the oil giant covered up what it knew about climate change. The U.S. Virgin Islands attorney general agreed to drop a subpoena for company records. In exchange, Exxon asked a federal court to dismiss a counter-lawsuit that the company filed against the U.S. territory. Officials in New York and Massachusetts also issued subpoenas. Exxon is seeking to have the Massachusetts subpoena thrown out but has not yet challenged New York’s. Environmentalists and regulators charge that the largest […]

Oregon Looks To Ban Crude-Oil-Only Trains Following Derailment and Fire

Oregon transportation officials are now calling for a halt of Union Pacific trains after a derailment on the third of June. Eleven cars from a 96-car train owned by Union Pacific that was hauling crude oil along the border of Oregon and Washington derailed, causing one of the cars to catch fire. The Oregon Department of Transportation raised its concerns on Thursday to the Oregon Transportation Commission, in reference to this specific type of train—crude-oil-only—which is heavier than others and might be putting greater strain on the lag bolts that connect the rails and tracks. […]

Colorado’s New, Higher Oil and Gas Fines Are Biting Industry

Colorado is imposing heftier fines on energy companies as the state struggles to resolve conflicts between growing cities and big oilfields at their doorstep, an Associated Press analysis shows. Regulators say the tougher penalties for breaking health, safety and environmental rules are prompting energy companies to be more careful. Others say it’s too early to call them a success. The higher fines kicked in a year ago after lawmakers said Colorado’s existing penalties were too light. The AP reviewed records for the first 12 months under the new system, from April 2015 through March 2016, […]

Sabal Trail Transmission Project Receives FERC Certificate

March 2016, Vol. 243, No. 3

  Sabal Trail Transmission, a joint venture of Spectra Energy Partners, NextEra Energy, and Duke Energy, received a certificate of public convenience and necessity from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to construct and operate the Sabal Trail interstate natural gas pipeline project. The approval authorizes Sabal Trail, subject to certain conditions, to proceed with final preparations to start construction in the coming months to meet a May 1, 2017, in-service date. Once complete, the 516-mile pipeline would have the capacity to deliver 1.1 Bcf/d to the Southeast, including firm transportation services to Florida Power […]

Judge Wants Southern California Gas Pipeline Rejected

March 2016, Vol. 243, No. 3

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A judge has recommended that state regulators reject a $621-million pipeline to carry natural gas to Southern California. Southern California Gas Co. and San Diego Gas & Electric want to build a 63-mile pipeline and pass on the cost to customers. Karl J. Bemesderfer, an administrative law judge with the California Public Utilities Commission, issued a proposed decision Tuesday rejecting the concept, saying there are cheaper, safer and less environmentally damaging ways to ensure that the region’s increasing natural gas demands are met — including through proposed alternative pipelines. The judge’s […]