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FERC Approves Atlantic Coast Construction through N.C.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal regulators are allowing construction of the 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline to proceed in North Carolina. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) officials this week approved work to proceed without further steps to protect endangered species. The FERC order issued Tuesday said work could be stopped to protect the environment if ordered by a federal court. Opponents are trying to force a stop to the $6 billion project after a federal appeals court in Virginia in May vacated a U.S. Fish and Wildlife service approval meant to protect threatened or endangered species. […]

Dakota Access Pipeline Builder Wants State Lawsuit Dismissed

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The company that built the Dakota Access oil pipeline wants a North Dakota judge to throw out a lawsuit over its ownership of agricultural land, claiming it’s not violating a Depression-era state ban on corporate farming that it calls unconstitutional anyway. Attorneys for Dakota Access LLC also asked the judge in court documents filed Tuesday to prevent North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem from enforcing the state’s anti-corporate farming law. It prohibits large corporations from owning and operating farms in order to protect the state’s family farming heritage. Stenehjem’s office filed […]

Top German Court Rejects Bid to Block Gas Pipeline

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s highest court has rejected a bid by an environmentalist group to block construction of the planned Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which would pump Russian gas to Germany under the Baltic Sea. The Nord Stream 2 project will add to an existing direct Russian-German pipeline, increasing the amount of natural gas Russia can send to central Europe skirting transit countries to Germany’s east. Several eastern European countries object to the plan, which the United States also opposes. The Naturschutzbund Deutschland environmental group filed a suit to the Federal Constitutional Court challenging a […]

Dixie Pipeline to Expand Capacity

Dixie Pipeline Company plans to expand the westbound transportation capacity of its pipeline system to Mont Belvieu, Texas. The project, which would involve the addition of pumping horsepower and related infrastructure, will increase capacity from 58,000 bpd to 90,000 bpd. The expansion is scheduled to come on-line in March 2019.  Dixie, an affiliate of Enterprise Products Partners, is undertaking this expansion in response to increased shipper demand for westbound transportation services to the Mont Belvieu market. The incremental capacity will be made available to all shippers under Dixie’s currently applicable tariffs. 

Medallion Launches Open Season for Major Expansion of Crude Pipeline

Medallion Pipeline Company began a binding open season to solicit long-term, firm shipper commitments for a major expansion of its crude oil pipeline system in the Midland Basin. The company plans to expand six pipeline segments to transport increased quantities of crude oil, produced from acreage proximate to Medallion’s system, to downstream pipelines and markets. The open season ends at 4 p.m. CDT, Aug.15. Medallion plans to construct a 16-inch operational loop of its existing Midkiff Lateral and expand the capacity of the Crane Extension, Reagan Gathering Extension, Santa Rita Lateral, Martin Lateral and Midland […]

Enterprise to Develop Offshore Texas Crude Oil Export Terminal

Enterprise Products Partners is planning to develop an offshore crude oil export terminal off the Texas Gulf Coast, which could include 80 miles of 42-inch pipeline to an offshore terminal capable of loading and exporting crude oil at about 85,000 barrels per hour. The terminal would be capable of fully loading very large crude carriers (VLCC), which have capacities of 2 MMbbls and provide the most efficient and cost-effective solution to export crude oil to the largest international markets in Asia and Europe. The company has started front-end engineering and design (FEED) and preparing applications for […]

North Dakota Sues Dakota Access over Farmland Ownership

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s attorney general is suing the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline over agricultural land the company owns in violation of a state law banning large corporations from owning farmland. In a separate case, an American Indian activist accused of starting a riot on a portion of the land during protests against the pipeline last year wants to use the state’s lawsuit in his defense. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem on July 3 filed a civil complaint in state district court against Dakota Access, a company formed by Texas-based Energy […]

Erosion Temporarily Halts Mountain Valley Construction

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline in Virginia has been halted to address some soil erosion problems. Officials said Friday that the suspension is expected to be temporary for the natural gas pipeline’s installation. Construction will resume with approval from Virginia’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). DEQ officials said in a statement that the pipeline will direct crews to enhance and restore erosion and sediment controls along the route. Pipeline officials said in a statement that recent heavy rainfall affected crews’ abilities to control erosion. Pipeline officials said they take their […]

Bayou Bridge Plans to Finish Louisiana Oil Pipeline by October

A company building a crude oil pipeline in Louisiana expects to complete the construction project by October if a federal appeals court doesn’t order another halt to the work. Bayou Bridge Pipeline’s attorneys said in a court filing Wednesday that construction of the entire 163-mile (260-km) pipeline was nearly 76% complete as of Sunday. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is considering whether the company can continue building the pipeline through the environmentally fragile Atchafalaya Basin swamp. Last Friday, the panel asked for an update on the work. In February, […]

Joint Development Planned for Permian Highway Pipeline

Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline, EagleClaw Midstream and Apache signed a letter of intent to develop the Permian Highway Pipeline (PHP) project, which will provide an outlet for natural gas from the Permian Basin to the Texas Gulf Coast. The $2 billion PHP project is designed to transport up to 2 Bcf/d of natural gas through 430 miles of 42-inch pipeline from the Waha, Texas, area to the U.S. Gulf Coast and Mexico markets, Kinder Morgan said. Given the level of producer inquiry, the company is also evaluating the economic and hydraulic feasibility of a 48-inch […]