Community & Environment

SoCalGas: Aliso Canyon Leak Costs Exceed $1 Billion

SoCalGas raised the estimated cost for the massive leak at its 2015-2016 Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility in Los Angeles to $1.014 billion, warning the "estimate may rise significantly" due to pending lawsuits, possible fines and other costs.

US Court Vacates 2 Permits for EQT Mountain Valley Gas Pipeline

A U.S. appeals court has vacated decisions by two federal agencies that allowed EQT Corp to build its Mountain Valley natural gas pipeline from West Virginia to Virginia across federal land.

Dakota Access Pipeline Builder Wants State Lawsuit Dismissed

The company that built the Dakota Access oil pipeline wants a North Dakota judge to throw out a lawsuit over its ownership of agricultural land, claiming it's not violating a Depression-era state ban on corporate farming that it calls unconstitutional anyway.

New Day for Pipeline Tolls

The old rules no longer apply when it comes to determining the value of property and negotiating right-of-way agreements, as enlightened landowners are demanding and getting more lucrative contracts.

Top German Court Rejects Bid to Block Gas Pipeline

Germany's highest court has rejected a bid by an environmentalist group to block construction of the planned Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which would pump Russian gas to Germany under the Baltic Sea.

Gun-Firing Protester Gets Prison Term

A Denver woman accused of shooting at officers during protests in North Dakota against the Dakota Access oil pipeline was sentenced to four years and nine months in federal prison.

Safety Board: Damage During Installation Led to Pipeline Crack

The NTSB said last year’s rupture of the Keystone oil pipeline in South Dakota was due to a fatigue crack that probably resulted from mechanical damage by a metal-tracked vehicle during installation.

Washington Voters Likely to Take Up Carbon Fee Initiative

Washington state voters will likely decide in November whether to charge industrial emitters a fee for their carbon pollution, the latest effort yet to pass a carbon-pricing measure to fight climate change.

Protesting Professor Removed from Mountain Valley Perch

A Virginia Tech professor who locked herself to a piece of construction equipment to protest the Mountain Valley Pipeline has been removed and arrested.

In Texas, Trump’s Steel Tariff Stirs Uncertainty, Concern

There’s no playbook to guide companies through an exemption process, often described as chaotic and unpredictable. In Baytown, Texas, east of Houston, Joel Johnson is fighting an uphill battle to keep his pipe factory from becoming a casualty .

SGA Chair Caron Lawhorn on a Mission to Raise Industry’s Voice

Southern Gas Association Chair Caron Lawhorn is on a mission to give the natural gas industry a bigger voice in the national conversation on energy efficiency and sustainability.

Roadmap to Future Energy Infrastructure

A “new energy realism” based on advancing technologies is replacing “old energy pessimism” as government and industry leaders collaborate on future energy infrastructure.

Minnesota PUC Opens Hearings on Enbridge Line 3 Replacement

Passions ran high as Minnesota regulators opened a key hearing on a final decision on Enbridge Energy’s proposal to replace its deteriorating Line 3 crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota.

Tunnel, Trench Offer Options for Replacing Pipeline

A 65-year-old pipeline that carries crude oil beneath a sensitive waterway connecting two of the Great Lakes could be replaced with pipes buried in a tunnel or partially enclosed in trenches that would pose virtually no risk of leakage but require years and hundreds of millions of dollars to build, according to a report released Friday.

Firefighter, 4 Others Injured as Tractor Hits Gas Line

An Oklahoma firefighter who was among five people injured in an explosion after a natural gas pipeline rupture in Tulsa was in stable condition, a fire department spokesman said.

South Dakota High Court Dismisses Appeal Against Keystone XL

South Dakota’s Supreme Court this week dismissed an appeal from opponents of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, saying a lower court lacked jurisdiction to hear their cases. But an attorney battling the project says the “fight is not over.”

TransCanada Working on Leach Xpress Pipe after W. Va. Incident

TransCanada Corp’s Columbia Gas Transmission (TCO) unit said it was working on a section of the Leach Xpress natural gas pipeline downstream of an incident in West Virginia last week.

Judge Rules for North Dakota Landowner in Pipeline Dispute

A judge has dismissed Montana-Dakota Utilities' eminent domain lawsuit over a proposed half-mile natural gas pipeline in northern North Dakota, a decision hailed by landowner attorneys as a rare victory.

New Jersey Challenges FERC Approval of PennEast Pipeline

The state of New Jersey has petitioned a federal appeals court in Washington to set aside the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) approval of the PennEast Pipeline, the latest in a series of moves to stop construction of the $1 billion project. Fi..

Understanding Corps Of Engineers Approach to Pipeline Permit Approvals

Growing U.S. oil and gas production will require billions of dollars in projects that require permit approvals from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Understanding and working with the Corps can help companies avoid construction delays for pipelines and marine export facilities.

A Conversation with Conservation Fund CEO Larry Selzer

In an interview with P&GJ, Conservation Fund CEO Larry Selzer explains the organization's unique, dual-purpose mission to work with business and government to bring environmental protection and economic vitality together.

Pipeline Construction, Environmental Compliance Can Co-Exist

By being aware of all regulatory requirements and implementing a few best practices, companies can construct pipelines while maintaining environmental compliance.

Some Extra-Clean Breaks with Standard Practices

In recent weeks, some innovations in the area of fortifying the environment have been gaining attention and should make those in the pipeline industry, particularly those involved with gas distribution, feel good about what they do for a living.

Gas Utility Customers Show Greater Satisfaction Levels

Pipeline & Gas Journal staff report In a year that saw growing efforts to improve safety through direct customer outreach and residential safety inspections, the latest J.D. Power Gas Utility Business Customers Study found gas utility customers increasingly satisfied. This represents the sixth yea..

Coastal Reclamation Projects Attempt to Protect Pipelines

Coastal reclamation projects are being undertaken across Louisiana in an attempt to protect pipelines.

Energy Regulatory Outlook Stresses Need for Modernization

Gas pipeline companies across both the distribution and transmission segments have undertaken a much-needed modernization effort with one major catalyzing force – regulatory mandates precipitated by a confluence of serious events, political pressures and pragmatic industry imperatives.

Kimberly Harris Sees Future Shaped by Customer Needs as AGA Turns 100

Puget Sound Energy President & CEO Kimberly Harris this year brings her unique combination of environmental sensibility and unabashed love for the energy industry to the international stage as chair of the American Gas Association as it celebrates its 100th year and hosts the World Gas Conference.

FERC Denies Pipeline’s Request for More Time to Cut Trees

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal commission denied a request Wednesday from developers of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline to continue cutting down trees along the project’s route beyond an initial deadline designed to protect birds and bats. Dominion Ene..

Creating Public Trust with Strategic Outreach

Strategic outreach can help companies overcome opposition to pipeline construction projects.

Deadline Looms for Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Camp

Protesters of the Dakota Access pipeline construction project must soon vacate camp in North Dakota.