North America

Regulator Ties Pipeline Work to Deadly Massachusetts Gas Explosion

A NiSource Inc. affiliate failed to require contract repair crews to relocate pressure sensors during natural-gas pipeline work, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said on Thursday, resulting in over-pressured lines that caused explosions and fires in three Massachusetts communities last month.

Aspen Midstream to Construct Residue Gas Pipeline in Austin Chalk Play

Aspen Midstream the company is constructing a large-diameter residue pipeline, and both a lean and a rich gas gathering system in the Austin Chalk play in Texas.

Canada Pipeline Blast Risks Washington Natural Gas Shortage

A pipeline explosion in British Columbia risks cutting off the flow of Canadian natural gas to Washington State, and companies are urging customers to conserve.

Minnesota Judge Tosses Charges Mid-trial Against 3 Activists

A Minnesota judge abruptly dismissed charges against three climate change activists during their trial, saying prosecutors failed to prove that the protesters’ attempt to shut down two Enbridge Energy oil pipelines caused any damage.

Gas Line Rupture Prompts Evacuation in British Columbia

A natural gas transmission pipeline ruptured in a rural area north of Prince George in the Canadian province of British Columbia, prompting precautionary evacuations, pipeline owner and operator Enbridge said.

Crude Oil Service to Begin on Epic NGL Pipeline in 2019

Epic Midstream Holdings obtained all required approvals for its subsidiary Epic Crude Oil Pipeline, through a lease arrangement, to begin crude oil service on a portion of the Epic NGL Pipeline, once construction is completed in the third quarter of 2019.

Clogged Pipelines Cut Canada’s Oil Price; Small Producers Shift Strategy

Small Canadian oil producers are striking complex deals with refineries, diversifying production and seeking marketing help as they try to soften the blow from record price discounts on heavy crude generated by pipeline congestion.

Canada Won’t Appeal Court Ruling Overturning Pipeline Approval

The Canadian government will not appeal a court ruling that overturned its approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi said Wednesday.

Enbridge: Petitions Against Approved Line 3 'Expected'

Line 3 pipeline opponents have petitioned Minnesota to reverse its approval of the replacement project, which Enbridge described as an expected step in the process.

Keystone XL Pipeline Route Would Not Harm Environment: State Dept.

The U.S. State Department on Friday issued an environmental assessment of a revised route for the Keystone XL crude pipeline that concluded it would not harm water or wildlife, clearing a hurdle for the project that has been pending for a decade.

Dominion Energy to Buy Rest of Dominion Energy Midstream Partners

Dominion Energy said Wednesday it offered to buy the rest of Dominion Energy Midstream Partners in an all-stock deal, valuing the company at about $2.2 billion.

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Pipelaying for Ichthys LNG Project. (Photo: Inpex) Ichthys LNG Project Commences Production Japan’s Inpex Corp. marked a key milestone in late July with the start of natural gas production from its giant Ichthys Field offshore northern Australi..

TransCanada – A Company Near You

With total assets of $93 billion and a near-term capital investment program of about $28 billion, TransCanada is the country’s second-largest company after Enbridge and enjoys good growth prospects as forecast demand for gas rises by 29 Bcf/d, driven by LNG exports, gas-fired power-generation and industrial demand.

Feds Allow Atlantic Coast Pipeline Construction to Resume

Federal officials will allow construction to resume on the Atlantic Coast pipeline, weeks after work was halted when a federal appeals court threw out two key permits for the 600-mile (965-kilometer) natural gas pipeline.

Oryx Midstream Services Announces Successful Open Season

Oryx Midstream Services announced the successful completion of the open season for a new regional crude oil gathering and transportation system that will provide additional pipeline capacity across the Northern Delaware Basin.

Official: Pressure Sensors Focus of Gas Explosions Investigation

The investigation into the Boston-area natural gas explosions is partially focused on pressure sensors that were connected to a gas line that was being taken out of service shortly before the blasts, the head of the National Transportation Safety Board said.

Pipeline Thieves Cause Leak, Evacuation in Mexico

A gas leak caused by pipeline theft prompted neighborhood evacuations in Puebla, Mexico.

Landowners Oppose Year-Old Oil Pipeline Before Iowa Supreme Court

A group of Iowa landowners and an environmental group asked the Iowa Supreme Court on Wednesday to declare a crude oil pipeline permit illegal under the Iowa Constitution, a decision that could force the pipeline in operation for more than a year to be turned off.

Black Bear to Provide ‘Dry’ Gas Gathering Service

Black Bear Midstream signed a contract to provide “dry” gas gathering service beginning in late 2018. The six-year agreement includes “a significant volume commitment” and extends Black Bear’s business beyond its core of natural gas processing, the company said.

US Accused of Planning Crackdown on Keystone XL Pipeline Protests

Civil liberties advocates sued the U.S. government Tuesday, alleging law enforcement agencies have been making preparations to crack down on anticipated protests over the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Flint Hills Resources Plans Ingleside Expansion

As part of its Ingleside terminal expansion, Flint Hills Resources plans to build connections to the recently announced crude pipelines coming from the Permian Basin.

Apache, Kayne Anderson Form $3.5 Billion Permian Basin Pipeline Firm

U.S. oil producer Apache Corp is putting its West Texas pipeline assets into a joint venture with investment firm Kayne Anderson that will operate in the largest U.S. shale field, the companies announced on Wednesday.

EagleClaw Midstream to Buy Rival Caprock for $950 Million

EagleClaw Midstream Ventures said on Wednesday it will buy rival Caprock Midstream Holdings for about $950 million, strengthening its presence in the oil-rich Permian Basin.

ETP, Magellan, Delek to Construct Permian-to-Gulf Coast Pipeline

Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), Magellan Midstream Partners and Delek US Holdings, received sufficient commitments to proceed with plans to construct a 30-inch common carrier pipeline to transport crude oil from the Permian Basin to the Texas Gulf Coast region.

Court Quashes Canada's Approval of Trans Mountain Pipeline

Canada's Federal Court of Appeal on Thursday quashed the approval of the contentious Trans Mountain pipeline expansion that would nearly triple the flow of oil from the Alberta oil sands to the Pacific Coast.

Fire Breaks Out at Plains All American Crude Tank

A fire broke out Tuesday morning at a Plains All American Pipeline crude storage tank east of Wichita Falls, Texas. It was limited to a single storage tank at the Wichita Falls Station, the company said, and none of its workers were missing.

Trans Mountain Project Faced Delay, but Proceeding, Canadian Official Says

Canada’s resource minister said Wednesday that construction on the Trans Mountain project had faced a delay, but he did not provide an update on when the expansion of the oil pipeline from Alberta to British Columbia’s coast would be complete.

Commerce Dept: 6 Countries Dumped Welded Pipe in US Market

The U.S. Commerce Department said it made a preliminary determination that large-diameter welded pipe from Canada, China, Greece, India, South Korea and Turkey was being dumped in the U.S. market.

A New Mexican Administration: Taking Action

As the new administration offers additional insight into its policies, it appears that Mexico will continue to offer a business-friendly environment when Andrés Manuel López Obrador takes office as its new president on Dec. 1.

Mexico Likely To Keep Making the World’s Biggest Oil Hedge

First signals from President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s staff and advisors are that the new administration will not seek to backtrack on energy reforms that allow foreign firms to win E&P contracts in Mexico.