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US Seeks More Time on Atlantic Coast Appeal Filing

The U.S. Solicitor General asked the Supreme Court on Wednesday to extend the time the government has to file a petition in an appeal of a circuit court decision preventing Dominion Energy from building the Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline across the Appalachian Trail in Virginia. Solicitor General Noel Francisco is seeking a one-month extension until June 25. Without the extension, the time expires on May 28. Some analysts think Dominion could cancel the pipeline if the Supreme Court does not hear the case because the project’s costs have ballooned due to legal and regulatory […]

Texas May Stiffen Penalties for Pipeline Damage

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Lawmakers in Texas are considering a bill that would stiffen penalties for damaging or trespassing around oil and gas operations despite opposition from environmental groups who say it would quell peaceful protests and overly criminalize offenses. Environmental activists and oil and gas lobbyists returned to the Texas capital on Wednesday to go head-to-head over the bill at a public hearing. There, they clashed over its necessity and whether the bill would suppress Texans’ right to legally protest pipeline projects. The effort comes as states around the country have introduced similar measures […]

Bulgaria Builds Gas Link to End Full Reliance on Russian Gas

Bulgaria started building a $268 million (240 million euro) gas pipeline with Greece that will end the Balkan country’s total dependence on Russian gas and help diversify supplies in southeastern Europe. Sofia, which currently meets all of its gas needs from Russia via one route, pledged to start building gas links with its neighbors and diversify its suppliers in 2009, when a price dispute between Moscow and Kiev left hundreds of Bulgarians without heating in the middle of winter. After years of delays, a 113-mile (182-km) interconnector link between Bulgaria and Greece with an initial […]

New York Regulators Deny Permit for Key Gas Pipeline

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – State environmental regulators denied a water quality permit for a 24-mile (39-kilometer) underwater pipeline from New Jersey to Queens that backers say is crucial for meeting rising demand for natural gas in New York City and Long Island. The Northeast Supply Enhancement project would expand the Transco pipeline, which extends from Texas to the Northeast Coast. It would allow National Grid to bring natural gas from Pennsylvania’s shale gas fields to the metropolitan region. In denying the permit, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) said the project “fails to meet […]

Armed Drones Attack Oil Pumping Stations on Saudi Pipeline

RIYADH/DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia said armed drones had struck two oil pumping stations on a pipeline Tuesday in what it called a “cowardly” act of terrorism two days after Saudi oil tankers were sabotaged off the coast of the United Arab Emirates. The energy minister of the world’s largest oil exporter said the attack caused a fire, now contained, and minor damage at one pump station, but did not disrupt oil output or exports of crude and petroleum products. State-run Aramco said it had temporarily shut down the East-West pipeline, known as Petroline, to evaluate its […]

Snelson Awarded Final 2 Phases of Saginaw Trail Pipeline Project

Snelson has been awarded a contract to complete the final phases of the Saginaw Trail Pipeline project in Lower Michigan. The project should be completed in December 2020. Phase 3 of the project, which includes installation of 29.2 miles of larger pipeline between Clio City Gate to Grand Blanc City Gate, is anticipated to begin in Spring 2019. This phase not only replaces the existing 12- and 16-inch pipe with new 24-inch pipeline, but also reroutes the path around the urban area of Flint. Phase 4, beginning in 2020, will replace 28.2 miles of pipeline […]

FERC Authorizes Williams to Expand Pipeline for New York Markets

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued a certificate of public convenience and necessity to Williams authorizing the Northeast Supply Enhancement (NSE) project – an expansion of the existing Transco natural gas pipeline designed to serve New York markets. Following the receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals, Williams expects to begin construction on the NSE project facilities in the fall of 2019. The NSE project will provide 400.2 Btu/d of additional natural gas supply to National Grid, the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeastern United States. If all goes as scheduled, the […]

Rangeland Plans Crude Gathering Project in Alberta

Rangeland Midstream Canada plans to design, construct and operate new crude oil and condensate pipelines in the Marten Hills region of north central Alberta. The Marten Hills Pipeline System will extend 53 miles (85 km) and consist of crude oil and condensate pipelines and related facilities. The system is expected to come into service in the second quarter of 2020. The system will gather crude oil production from the Clearwater formation, described by the company as “emerging as an extremely economic play with low extraction costs using modern multilateral horizontal drilling.” The system will deliver […]

Trans-Adriatic Pipeline Crosses Albanian Rocky Mountains

The Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) has crossed the rocky mountains of Albania, putting it on track to start delivering gas to Europe next year. Stretching 546 miles (878 km) from Turkey’s border across Greece, Albania’s mountains, and the Adriatic Sea to Italy, TAP is a cornerstone of the European Union’s energy security policy to wean the bloc off Russian gas. The pipeline will transport up to 10 Bcm of natural gas per year from the Shah Deniz II field in Azerbaijan to Italy from next year. Out of TAP’s total cost of $5.04 billion (4.5 billion […]

Kinder Morgan Eyes Another Permian Gas Pipeline

(PLN) – Executives at cash-flush Kinder Morgan, which already has two major Permian Basin-Gulf Coast natural gas pipelines totaling 4.1 Bcf/d under construction, are considering a third pipeline in response to ever-growing demand in the region. “We’re doing everything we can for our customers there, both with our existing infrastructure as well as prosecuting our projects just as quickly as we can,” Kinder Morgan President Steve Kean said during a conference call discussion of the company’s 15% year-over-year increase in first-quarter net earnings to $556 million. “Demand to get out of the Permian continues to […]

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