North America

Phillips 66 Sets $1.6 Billion Midstream Budget for 2019

Phillips 66 announced that it has set a $2.3 billion capital budget for 2019 and will direct the bulk of that spending to midstream growth projects.

Mountain Valley Pipeline Project to Be 70% Complete by Year-End

Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) officials said the company remains on target for the $4.6 billion project in fully in-service in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Pennsylvania Judge Rejects Shutting Mariner East Pipelines

A Pennsylvania administrative law judge denied a petition by state residents asking utility regulators to prohibit the operation of Energy Transfer LP and its Sunoco subsidiary's Mariner East pipelines.

Michigan Legislature Passes Great Lakes Oil Pipeline Bill

The Michigan Legislature approved a bill that would allow the replacement of a 65-year-old oil pipeline in a key Great Lakes waterway, voting to create a state authority that would oversee the construction of a tunnel to encase a new segment of pipe.

Panel to Take Closely Watched Vote on Atlantic Coast Pipeline Station

A massive winter storm delayed a closely watched vote in Virginia on a natural gas pipeline compressor station that's been the frequent target of protests. Dominion Energy needs the State Air Pollution Control Board to sign off on a permit to build a station in Buckingham County to pump gas through the planned Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

Gas Service Mostly Restored after September Explosions

Columbia Gas said natural gas service has been restored for 96 percent of customers who were affected by the September explosions in Massachusetts

Pipeline Company 'Trespassers' Handed $150 Fines by Judge

A Louisiana judge ruled a company building an oil pipeline through south Louisiana trespassed on the land of three people opposed to the project, but he allowed the work to continue while awarding the three only $150 apiece in compensation and damages.

Williams Completes Sale of Several Gulf Coast Pipeline Systems

Williams announced the sale of certain pipeline systems located in the Gulf Coast area to Easton Energy for $177 million in cash. The 31-mile Texas Belle Pipeline, which transports natural gas liquids from Mont Belvieu to the Houston Ship Channel, is included in this transaction.

Michigan Senate OK's Bill to Enable Great Lakes Pipeline Deal

The Michigan Senate voted to facilitate a deal to replace a contentious 65-year-old oil pipeline in the Great Lakes, approving legislation to empower a new authority to oversee the construction and operation of a utility tunnel that would encase the new pipeline.

Pair of Key Canada-to-US Oil Pipelines Hit by Disruptions

Two major pipelines carrying oil from Canada to the United States were hit by weather-related disruptions on Tuesday, the latest hit to Canada's oil industry just days after the Alberta government announced forced cuts in crude production.

Michigan Governor Drops Plan on Line 5 Tunnel Oversight

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Monday abandoned his proposal to have the state’s Mackinac Bridge Authority oversee the construction and operation of a tunnel to house a replacement for the Line 5 oil pipeline in the Great Lakes, noting that the proposal did not have enough legislative support.

Jupiter Announces Open Season for Permian-Gulf Coast Crude Pipeline

Jupiter Energy Group announced it has commenced a 90-day open season for binding shipper commitments on a potential 1 Mmb/d crude oil pipeline from West Texas to the Port of Brownsville.

Keystone XL Prep Work Resumes Despite Court-Ordered Review

A federal court judge who ordered another environmental review of Keystone XL pipeline told TransCanada it can resume some U.S. pre-construction activities that had been blocked by his initial ruling.

Binding Open Season Launched for Mariner East Pipeline

Energy Transfer announced its Sunoco Pipeline subsidiary launched a binding open season to solicit shipper commitments for NGL transport through its Mariner East Pipeline system, which is nearing completion.

Alberta Buying Rail Cars to Move Pipeline-Constrained Crude

Canada's province of Alberta is in talks to buy rail cars to transport 120,000 barrels per day of crude oil and expects a deal to conclude within weeks, Premier Rachel Notley said on Wednesday, as the energy-rich province takes actions to move oil stuck in the region because of a lack of pipeline capacity.

Energy Transfer, Sunoco Pipelines Rack Up Violations: Analysis

Energy Transfer LP and its Sunoco pipeline subsidiary have racked up more than 800 state and federal permit violations while racing to build two of the nation's largest natural gas pipelines, according to a Reuters analysis.

Tallgrass Signs Potential Seahorse Anchor, Plans Joint Tariff Open Season

Tallgrass Energy said it has signed a binding agreement with an unaffiliated third-party with potential to become an anchor shipper and equity partner in its planned Seahorse crude oil pipeline. It also announced plans for an open season to solicit transportation commitments under a joint tariff between Seahorse and Pony Express.

Permian Pipeline Constraints Push Waha gas to 25 Cents

Next-day natural gas prices for Tuesday at the Waha hub in the Permian basin in Texas tumbled almost 80 percent to their lowest on record because of limits on the amount of gas that can move out of the region by pipeline.

Dakota Access Protester Injured in Blast Files Lawsuit

A New York woman who was injured while protesting Dakota Access pipeline has filed a lawsuit against several law enforcement officers and a North Dakota county.

Bakken Oil Flows Pressure Gulf Coast Crude Grade Prices

Crude flowing from North Dakota's Bakken shale is taking a larger share of the U.S. Gulf Coast market, siphoning demand from refiners and exporters for local grades, traders and brokers said.

North Dakota Regulators Want to Fine Dakota Access Security Firm $2 Million

North Dakota regulators are seeking up to $2 million in fines from a North Carolina company that handled security for the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

Williams, Brazos Midstream Agree to Joint Venture in Delaware Basin

Williams and Brazos Midstream agreed to a partnership in the Delaware Basin, under which Williams will contribute its Delaware Basin assets in exchange for a 15% minority position in the venture.

U.S. Approves Part of TransCanada WB XPress for Service

U.S. federal energy regulators on Wednesday approved a request by TransCanada Corp's Columbia Gas Transmission unit to put the eastern facilities of its $900 million WB XPress natural gas pipeline into service in West Virginia and Virginia.

Tallgrass Sets Open Season for Pony Express Pipeline Expansion

Tallgrass Energy scheduled an open season for crude oil shipping commitments from the Guernsey, Wyo., origin point to refinery delivery points along the Pony Express system and Cushing, Okla. The open season begins at noon Friday and ends Jan. 18.

Wolf Launches Open Season for Midland Basin Crude Oil Pipeline

Wolf Midstream Partners launched a binding open season to solicit long-term, shipper commitments for the proposed Red Wolf Crude Connector, a new crude oil pipeline to serve the Midland Basin. The open season ends at 4 p.m. CST Dec. 14.

Trio of Regions Drive U.S. Natural Gas Production Growth

Gross production of natural gas in the United States has generally been increasing for more than a decade and in recent months it has been more than 10% higher, driven by production in the Appalachian Basin, Permian Basin and Haynesville Shale.

Permian Basin — Where Midstream Infrastructure Needs Take on Outsized Importance

An updated examination of the Permian midstream reveals extraordinary growth projections for the one-of-a-kind petroleum basin with robust buildout continuing for years to come,

Transco’s Atlantic Sunrise Expansion Adds Marcellus Takeaway Capacity

Long before pipeline constraints launched the race to add Permian Basin capacity, soaring natural gas production in the Marcellus and Utica basins outpaced the infrastructure required to move it to market. Operators responded with a flurry of pipeline projects, and one of the most important of them - Atlantic Sunrise - has commenced full operations.

Phillips 66, Bridger Plan Pipeline from Bakken to Texas

Phillips 66 and Bridger Pipeline announced they have preliminary plans for a 350,000 bpd of oil pipeline to send Bakken crude oil to Texas.

US Pipeline Operators Reap Hefty Profits from Bottlenecks in Texas

Some of the biggest pipeline operators in the United States have supercharged earnings this year by buying deeply discounted shale in West Texas oilfields and selling it at a premium at Gulf Coast ports.