Perspectives

Rare Split Vote May Signal Tighter Regulation of Future Permian Flaring

The chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission cast a rare vote against a flaring permit in the Permian Basin, citing concern over the "frequency and ease" with which the state's oil and gas regulatory body has permitted crude producers to burn associated gas.

Midyear International Update: Pipeline Construction & Market Trends

Global demand for natural gas and the infrastructure necessary to deliver it is set to keep growing over the next five years, with ongoing increases in demand across underdeveloped Asian economies and the continued development of international gas trade.

Analyzing Pipeline Records Discrepancies Efficiently

The pipeline industry is working with an aging infrastructure, with about two-thirds of existing U.S. pipelines constructed before the 1980s. This creates unique challenges for analysis and decision making with the pipeline asset data.

Pipeline Constraints, Not Export Ban, Caused Big Price Differentials

Over the past decade, the primary U.S. crude benchmark, WTI, diverged considerably from its foreign counterpart, Brent, sometimes selling at a steep discount. Some studies pointed to the ban on exporting U.S. crude oil production as the main culprit for this divergence.

New NAFTA  Agreement: Pathway for Oil, Gas

A member of the energy intelligentsia in June, after the U.S.-Mexico dispute over immigration was calmed, noted President Donald Trump who was in Texas over that period delivered the message that he favors expanding infrastructure to bolster energy trade with Mexico.

Author Tisha Schuller, Ex-Gas & Oil Group CEO, Discusses Environmentalism

The former president and CEO of the Colorado Gas & Oil Association (COGA) sits down with P&GJ’s Editor Joe Hollier and shares her experiences heading the Association and the details of her new book, “Accidentally Adamant.”

NACE President Looks to Attract Young Professionals

In this interview, Greenfield, who has nearly 40 years’ experience in the protective coatings and corrosion industry and has served on various NACE committees, discusses the urgency of attracting younger professionals to the industry, the need to communicate financial ideas more clearly and his own excitement at the possibilities of NACE International and the Society for Protective Coating (SSPC) joining forces in some capacity.

U.S. Natural Gas Prices Continue to Drop as Demand Soars

U.S. natural gas demand is at an all-time high and expected to keep rising - and yet, prices are falling.

Permian to Need More Crude Takeaway Capacity: WoodMac

Planned crude oil pipeline projects may result in a “moderate overbuild” of Permian Basin crude oil capacity in the early 2020s, but Wood Mackenzie analysts project this period of overcapacity will be fairly short-lived before even more capacity is needed.

Midstream Companies’ Improved Credit Raising LBO Risk

North American midstream companies that are deleveraging in response to muted investor interest and higher capital costs are indirectly raising the risk of leveraged buyouts (LBOs), according to a new report from Moody's Investors Services.

State of Learning in the Gas Industry

Today, the association serves nearly 100 gas and electric utilities and provides training and eLearning courses for the electric industry. MEA’s goal is to empower the energy industry through education, leadership, development and industry connections. P&GJ visited with some top executives to discuss industry challenges and the training benefits provided by MEA.

LNG: Supporting Midstream Infrastructure as Financial Lifeline

When examining the global liquefied natural gas (LNG) trade, including the role of U.S. midstream infrastructure, there are various exogenous factors that can be part of the matrix.

Is North America Facing a Pipeline Bubble?

With about a million active wells in the U.S. pumping more and more shale oil and gas, the fracking revolution of the last decade has spawned a boom in pipeline construction, initially to carry oil and gas to markets and regional hubs across America and more recently to export facilities.

Terminal Expansions Aid Permian Basin Exports

The re-emergence of the United States as a leading power in energy markets is good news for all Americans. A secure and resilient energy sector helps all end-users here at home, from manufacturers to residential consumers.

Natural Gas Champions and Constructive Dialogue

Although rich in energy resources, the United States has increasingly adopted a viewpoint that fossil fuel should be eliminated from the clean energy solution. The industry has been singularly targeted, grouping all fossil fuel into the same category, as a destructive influence in climate change.

Opinion: Sub-Standard Pipe Torpedoing Basin Projects

By: Tony Radoszewski, President, The Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc. The boom is on in the basin and other areas. That’s the good news. The bad news is that this year, sub-standard plastic pipe has been found in the oil and gas gathering operations of the Permian and Delaware basins in Texas and New..

Letter from PRCI President Cliff Johnson: Investing in Research to Improve Pipeline Safety

Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI) exists as a way for its members, who are pipeline operators, service providers and other industry stakeholders, to collectively and collaboratively, conduct research, develop, and evaluate new and emerging technologies that have the potential to improve..

Perspective: Impact of Trump’s Executive Orders Unclear

The executive orders signed Wednesday by President Trump are intended to make it easier for companies to build oil and gas pipelines, but experts aren’t sure yet if they will achieve their goal.

Trump Signs Orders to Ease Pipeline Approval, Construction

President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed executive orders intended to ease permitting and construction of pipelines and other energy infrastructure – an action that quickly drew the praise of industry organizations.

No-Deal Brexit Won't Disrupt UK Gas Flows from Europe: National Grid

Britain's National Grid said electricity and gas flows from continental Europe would continue as normal even under a no-deal Brexit.

Exploring Tariffs to Curb Alleged Chinese Intellectual Property Thefts

The United States recently implemented significant trade tariffs against Chinese products, totaling over $250 billion. As a result, its trade negotiations with China have waxed and waned over the past several months.

SGA’s Chapman Promotes Clean Energy Future

P&GJ recently sat down with Adrian Chapman to discuss his new role as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Southern Gas Association, and the outlook for SGA and the energy industry.

S.D. Governor Targets Out-of-State Funding for Pipeline Protests

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said Monday that she's proposing legislation before construction begins on the Keystone XL oil pipeline that would create a way to go after out-of-state money that funds pipeline protests.

Refining the Oil and Gas Industry Through 5G Mobile Technology

Guest Editorial Refining the Oil & Gas Industry Through 5G Mobile Technology The next generation of wireless technology, 5G, is nearly upon us. And right now, enterprises across all industries are imagining how it will change their business. This digital transformation will impact the oil and gas ..

CEPA Seeks Common Ground on Bill C-69

Canada’s energy transmission pipeline companies are clear on what amendments they would like to see, and we ask the Canadian government to take the time to get this right.

Some Companies Losing Hope for U.S. Tariff Exemptions

Pipeline companies and other U.S. steel and aluminum importers who applied for tariff exemptions last year are losing hope for Commerce Department approval, as the recent government shutdown has added to their long wait for a ruling.

Addressing Legal Risk Through SAFETY Act

Legal Perspectives By Eric Hutchins, Principal, H2 Legal, P.C., and Ted Murphy, Partner, Hunton Andrews Kurth  On the morning of Aug. 15, 2012, most Saudi Aramco employees were home celebrating Ramadan. Suddenly, the few remaining at work noticed problems with their computers. Screens flickered, a..

Guest Commentary: Pipeline Projects Provide Multiple Benefits

Over the past several years this false narrative that business is inherently evil has steadily crept into the social conscious. Nowhere is this animosity on display more—nor more misplaced—than toward traditional energy producers.

Future Policy Implications and Response to ‘Big Green’ Advocacy

A moderate middle group that strives to put the U.S. as the world leader in environmental protection and energy production is in the best interest of all of us – regardless of political affiliation or socio-economic background.

2019 Global Pipeline Construction Outlook

The upstream sector started the new year on a cautious note following a sharp decline in oil and gas prices, but the midstream sector roared into 2019 on a wave of pipeline construction activity. The latest Pipeline & Gas Journal survey indicates 145,353 miles of pipelines were planned or under construction worldwide at the start of the year.

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