North America

Court Stay Halts Some Work on Mountain Valley Pipeline

A federal appeals court has issued a stay that halts some Mountain Valley Pipeline construction in West Virginia. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted the stay Thursday in a case brought by conservation groups that challenged a water-crossings permit.

Liberty Utilities Sees Potential Benefit in Decoupling

Whenever the topic of “decoupling” is mentioned concerning natural gas distribution utilities, confusion, along with a fair amount of debate, is bound to follow. That’s because, traditionally, rates for business and residential customers are decided based on a particular company’s revenues and profits.

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.

Report: US, Canada Need $800 Billion in Midstream Infrastructure Investment Through 2035

The United States and Canada will require annual average natural gas, oil and natural gas liquids midstream infrastructure investment of about $44 billion per year, or a total of $791 billion over the 18-year period from 2018 through 2035, a new study finds.

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.”

Potential Cushing Bottleneck Could Increase U.S. Oil Discount

As the discount of U.S. crude to global benchmark Brent nears three-year highs, an emerging bottleneck at the key storage hub in Cushing, Okla., is making U.S. futures vulnerable to a drop, traders and analysts said.

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.

Matador Signs GCX Project Firm Sales Agreement

Matador executed a firm sales agreement for about 115,000 MMBtu with Kinder Morgan beginning on the in-service date of the Gulf Coast Express (GCX) pipeline project.

Rover Pipeline’s Full Mainline B Goes into Full Service

Energy Transfer Partners today that Rover Pipeline received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to begin service of the Supply Connector B and full Mainline B pipeline segments.

Energy Transfer Seeks More Commitments on Permian Express 3

Energy Transfer Partners said Permian Express Partners LLC will begin soliciting for intrastate service on up to 50,000 bpd of volume commitments on Phase 1 of Permian Express 3.

Trans Mountain Pipeline, Expansion Project to Be Sold for C$4.5 Billion

Kinder Morgan agreed to sell the Trans Mountain Pipeline system and the expansion project to the Canada government and help it find a third-party buyer.

Trump Administration Defends Keystone XL Pipeline in Court

Trump administration attorneys defended the disputed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline in federal court on Thursday against environmentalists and Native American groups that want to derail the project.

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

A federal commission denied a request 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.

TransCanada Places Section of NGTL Program into Service

TransCanada placed its Northwest Mainline Loop-Boundary Lake pipeline in service, completing the final section of its 2017 Expansion Program on the NOVA Gas Transmission (NGTL) System, a natural gas pipeline system in Western Canada that includes about15,110 miles (24,320 km) of pipeline and associated facilities.

Phase 1 of 650-Mile NGL Pipeline Completed

EPIC Y Grade Pipeline placed Phase 1 of its 650-mile NGL pipeline, which connects DLK Black River Midstream’s processing plant in Eddy County, N.M., and Delaware Basin Midstream’s terminal in Orla County, Texas, in service.

Virginia Regulators OK Key Step for Mountain Valley Pipeline

Virginia's Department of Environmental Quality announced that it has approved erosion, sediment and storm water control plans for the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

Permian Cryogenic Gas Plant Completed

Mid-Continent WestTex’s Joyce 200 MMcf/d cryogenic gas processing unit has been completed on schedule, according to contractor KPE. The plant is located in Rankin, Texas, in the Permian Basin.

Garden State Expansion Phase 2 Placed in Service

Williams Partners placed into service the facilities constructed as part of Phase 2 of the Garden State Expansion Project, an expansion of the Transco pipeline system designed to deliver 180,000 dekatherms a day of additional natural gas capacity to New Jersey Natural Gas.

Tellurian Begins Open Season for the Permian Global Pipeline

Tellurian subsidiary Permian Global Access Pipeline LLC (PGAP) is holding a non-binding open season for a proposed 42-inch interstate natural gas pipeline connecting the Permian Basin in Texas to Southwest Louisiana.

Liberty Utilities Hires Consultants for Pipeline Project

Liberty Utilities hired two consulting firms to evaluate the Granite Bridge infrastructure project in New Hampshire. Analysis Group will perform the economic evaluation of the proposed project, while VHB take the lead the lead on environmental permitting.

Targa to Expand Grand Prix NGL Pipeline, Delaware Basin Capacity

Targa Resources entered a long-term, fee-based agreements for natural gas gathering and processing services in the Delaware Basin and for downstream transportation, fractionation and other related services.

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Magellan to Expand Texas Refined Products System

Magellan Midstream Partners will expand the western leg of its refined petroleum products pipeline system in Texas to handle incremental shipments of gasoline and diesel fuel to demand centers in Abilene, Midland/Odessa, El Paso and New Mexico.

Governor Vows Veto of Bill Authorizing Enbridge Pipeline

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said he will veto a bill that would kick start construction of a crude oil pipeline replacement across northern Minnesota.

Minnesota Lawmakers Approve Line 3 Construction Bill

Both houses of the Minnesota Legislature have passed legislation enabling Enbridge to proceed with the $2.9 billion Line 3 Replacement project without regulatory approval.

TransCanada Official: Coastal GasLink Pipeline Construction Expected to Start in 2019

Construction on TransCanada's Coastal GasLink pipeline will start in early 2019, pending a positive final investment decision on the LNG Canada project, the head of the project said.

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Construction Can Continue Despite Vacated Permit

Federal regulators rule Atlantic Coast Pipeline construction can continue as scheduled after an appeals court invalidated a key permit for the multistate project.

Canada May Cover Losses for Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion

Canada is prepared to cover any losses Kinder Morgan Canada might suffer if a proposed oil pipeline expansion continues to be delayed by political opposition, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said.