Oil/Gas Pipelines

Format of public comment meetings for Dakota Access oil pipeline upsets opponents

Opponents of the Dakota Access oil pipeline are taking issue with the format of private oral testimony in meetings for public comment on a draft environmental review of the controversial pipeline.

Cleanup is done on a big Kansas oil spill on the Keystone system, the company and EPA say

The operator of the Keystone pipeline system has finished cleaning up a massive December 2022 oil spill, and the creek affected by it is flowing naturally again, the company and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said.

Feds OK gas pipeline expansion in Pacific Northwest over environmentalist protests

The 1,377-mile (2,216-km) pipeline will run from the Canadian border through a corner of Idaho and into Washington state and Oregon, connecting with a pipeline going into California.

Biden administration wants to count downstream GHG emissions when FERC considers pipeline, power projects

(UI) — The President Biden administration announced its latest effort to throw a wrench in pipeline construction. The Biden Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) wants to rollback Trump administration pro-pipeline changes to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

Enbridge Gas to expand northeastern natural gas pipeline with new capacity open season

The Enbridge Gas Dawn Parkway System is one of the most robust pipeline systems in North America and provides for the movement of natural gas from Enbridge Gas's Dawn Hub to northeastern U.S. markets.

North Dakota panel will reconsider denying permit for Summit CO2 pipeline

North Dakota utility regulators, in an unusual move, granted a request to reconsider their denial of a key permit for a proposed carbon dioxide pipeline.

Biden restores states' and tribes' authority over waterways, including gas pipelines

The rule, which takes effect in November, reverses a Trump-era action that limited the ability of states and tribes to review pipelines, dams and other federally regulated projects within their borders.

Federal officials release draft environmental review of Dakota Access oil pipeline

The draft was released more than three years after a federal judge ordered the environmental review and revoked the permit for the Missouri River crossing, upstream of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s reservation.

Environmentalists lose latest court battle over Louisiana gas pipeline project

A panel of three appellate judges rejected multiple arguments against the project's permit in a 26-page ruling, saying the Corps had complied with requirements of the federal Administrative Procedures Act and the Clean Water Act.

Duke Energy methane emissions monitoring platform to receive federal funding

The company's current methane-monitoring platform – which has reduced recordable leaks by more than 85% since the beginning of 2022 – uses satellites, sensors and other cutting-edge technologies to detect leaks and measure real-time methane emissions on underground natural gas distribution systems.

Iowa utility regulators begin hearing on proposed Summit CO2 pipeline

Summit Carbon Solutions’ proposed $5.5 billion, 2,000-mile pipeline network would carry CO2 from 34 ethanol plants in five states to North Dakota for storage deep underground — a project involving carbon capture technology, which has attracted both interest and scrutiny in the U.S.

Federal court dismisses challenge to Mountain Valley Pipeline construction

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, sided with lawyers from Mountain Valley Pipeline in dismissing challenges to the project by environmental groups over concerns about the pipeline’s impact on endangered species, erosion and stream sedimentation.

New permitting provisions in budget bill slight natural gas industry

(UI) — The natural gas industry greeted the permitting reform bill Congress passed, and President Biden signed last month with something short of enthusiasm. The permitting provisions in the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023 had only glancing benefits for gas pipelines and were chiefly written to benefit wind, solar and electric energy deployment.

Wood delivers 2,000 miles of low carbon pipeline projects in North America

(UI) — Wood has announced that it is delivering concept and front-end engineering and design (FEED) studies for nearly 2,000 miles of onshore low-carbon pipelines in North America.

Pipeline companies to pay $12.5 million after oil spills in Montana, North Dakota

Two pipeline operators have agreed to pay a $12.5 million civil penalty related to crude oil spills in Montana and North Dakota. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday announced the settlement in a 2022 federal court lawsuit.

Oil pipeline construction breaches Minnesota aquifer for fourth time

Officials said Enbridge is working to fix the rupture, in which the layer of earth above an aquifer is punctured, causing the water to leak to the surface and possibly introducing pollutants.

Supreme Court allows construction to resume on Mountain Valley Pipeline

Work on the Mountain Valley Pipeline had been blocked by the federal appeals court in Richmond, Virginia, even after Congress ordered the project’s approval as part of the bipartisan bill to increase the debt ceiling. President Joe Biden signed the bill into law in June.

W.Va. asks Supreme Court to set aside ruling that blocks Mountain Valley Pipeline construction

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey argued that the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, lacked jurisdiction to block the Mountain Valley Pipeline. In a statement Monday, he said any challenges to Congress’ action must be heard by a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C.

Cheniere Energy plans new natural gas pipeline for Sabine Pass expansion

Cheniere Energy’s Chief Operating Officer, Corey Grindal, said that the company is considering plans to build a new pipeline linking its Sabine Pass expansion project to other shale-gas infrastructure.

Federal investigators find leaking natural gas pipe fitting at site of Pa. factory explosion that killed seven

The older fitting had a known tendency to crack, and it was added to a federal government list of pipe materials with “poor performance histories” in 2007, the safety board said. But it was left in place during utility work two years ago and remained connected to the natural gas system.

Mountain Valley urges US Supreme Court to lift stays and resume pipeline construction

(UI) — Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC has submitted a request to the U.S. Supreme Court to lift stays issued by a federal court that had stopped work on a section of its West Virginia-to-Virginia natural gas pipeline.

New leak detection rules for pipelines proposed

(UI) — The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has proposed major changes to its leak detection based not on concerns about safety but, rather, in order to reduce methane emissions related to their contribution to climate change.

ConocoPhillips facing $914,000 fine over Alaskan underground gas blowout

ConocoPhillips Alaska faces a potential $914,000 fine over what a state regulatory agency called a “shallow underground blowout” of a well that released natural gas at the company’s Alpine field on Alaska’s petroleum-rich North Slope last year.

Wellington City Council adopts digital map for underground infrastructure management

(UI) — The Wellington Underground Asset Map, backed by a $4 million investment, aims to revolutionize the installation and maintenance of buried infrastructure, including telecommunications cables, gas pipes, and other vital services.

Judge not inclined to shut down pipeline, pleads with Wisconsin tribe to work with oil company

A federal judge said Thursday he is unlikely to force an energy company to shut down an oil pipeline in northern Wisconsin, despite arguments from a Native American tribe that the line is at immediate risk of being exposed by erosion and rupturing on reservation land.

Consultants: Design issues, operations lapses led to big Keystone pipeline oil spill

Pipeline design issues, lapses by its operators and problems caused during its construction led to a massive oil spill on the Keystone pipeline system in northeastern Kansas, according to a report for U.S. government regulators.

Washington Watch: Congress unusually active on pipeline issues

(UI) — This could be one of the most impactful congressional years for the pipeline industry in decades. Besides the start of work on the next pipeline safety bill, the House passed a big energy bill (H.R. 1) by a vote of 225–204, with four Democrats joining Republicans in the affirmative.

Federal agency aims to reduce methane leaks with new natural gas pipeline rules

The proposal by the Transportation Department’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration would significantly improve the detection and repair of leaks from natural gas pipelines, keep more product in the pipes and prevent dangerous accidents, officials said

Enbridge to acquire underground natural gas storage for $295 million

Aitken Creek Storage is an underground reservoir located 75 miles (120 kilometers) northeast of Fort St. John, B.C., and is the largest and only underground natural gas storage facility in B.C., totaling 77 billion cubic feet of working gas capacity.

Shawcor expands spoolable composite pipe, underground fuel, water storage capabilities

Shawcor Ltd. will be expanding its Composite Systems segment production capabilities in the US with commitments for two new operating facilities. Capital expenditures for these operating facilities are expected to represent, in the aggregate, approximately $60 million across 2023 and 2024.