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Feds Allow Atlantic Coast Pipeline Construction to Resume

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – 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. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) announced the change in a letter Monday to Dominion Energy, the project’s lead developer. Last month, a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service permit was “arbitrary and capricious” regarding its effect on five threatened or endangered species. Last week, […]

Fire Breaks Out at Plains All American Crude Tank

(Reuters) – A fire broke out Tuesday morning at a Plains All American Pipeline crude storage tank east of Wichita Falls, Texas, the company said. The fire was limited to a single storage tank at the Wichita Falls Station, the company said, and none of its workers were missing. Plains did not say if there were injuries, but first-responders were on site. Plains did not specify whether the fire had affected any other operations. Wichita Falls is a crude injection point in north Texas along Plain’s Basin Pipeline, which runs from the Permian Basin that […]

Dakota Access Protester Injured in Blast Loses Legal Battle

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A New York City woman who was injured in an explosion while protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline lost a legal battle to obtain evidence she wanted to bolster a civil rights lawsuit against law enforcement. Sophia Wilansky sued the federal government in February, seeking the return of shrapnel and clothing taken from her while she was hospitalized following her November 2016 injury, or an opportunity to have the items analyzed by a forensic scientist of her hiring. Her father, Wayne Wilansky, willingly surrendered the evidence, but her lawsuit argued in […]

Supplemental Open Season Launched for Medallion Expansion

Medallion Pipeline Company said it successfully closed a binding open season for a major expansion of its Permian crude oil pipeline and launched a supplemental open season for additional capacity in response to “compelling interest” by potential shippers. Irving, Texas-based Medallion plans to expand six segments of its pipeline system to transport increased quantities of crude oil, produced from acreage near its Midland Basin system, to downstream pipelines and markets. Medallion said it received sufficient long-term binding commitments to move forward with construction of the expansion.  It expects to commence expanded system operations in phases, with […]

Tallgrass Energy Announces Seahorse Pipeline Open Season

Tallgrass Energy, LP announced an open season soliciting binding shipper commitments for crude oil transportation service on Seahorse Pipeline. The proposed Seahorse project is a 30-inch, 700-mile crude oil pipeline with capacity to transport up to 800,000 bpd from Cushing, Okla., to the Louisiana Gulf Coast. Operating as a multi-grade common batch system, Seahorse, along with Tallgrass’ Pony Express Pipeline, would ensure domestic refiners and international markets have access to “neat” barrels from five different production basins. Tallgrass said the Seahorse open season will end Oct. 1, with commercial operations expected to start in the […]

Regulators Greenlight Construction of Trans Mountain Segments

ANCOUVER (Reuters) – Canada’s energy regulator said it had given the go-ahead for the construction of a large portion of the Trans Mountain expansion project, which will nearly triple capacity on the oil pipeline from Alberta to a Vancouver area port. The National Energy Board (NEB) said all conditions had been met for construction to go ahead on Segments 1-4, which cover a vast swath of land from Edmonton, Alberta to Kamloops, British Columbia. Kinder Morgan Canada, which announced a deal to sell the project to the Canadian government in May, separately said in a […]

Zydeco Pipeline Begins Binding Open Season

Zydeco Pipeline Company, jointly owned by Shell Midstream Partners and Shell Pipeline, began a binding open season for firm capacity on its 350-mile pipeline which delivers crude to St. James, La., and Clovelly, La., from terminals in Houston and Nederland, Texas. “Zydeco is a strategic pipeline and among the best in terms of connectivity and delivery points of any pipeline along the Gulf Coast,” said Kevin Nichols, CEO of Shell Midstream Partners. “It has met, and we expect that it will continue to meet, demand in the critical part of a high-growth market,” Zydeco provides […]

Enterprise Products Partners to Expand Seaway Pipeline Capacity

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Enterprise Products Partners LP said on Wednesday it would expand its Seaway crude pipeline system capacity to about 950,000 bpd from 850,000 bpd. The company said it expects to add drag reducing agents (DRAs) to boost capacity on the Seaway 2 line by about 100,000 bpd by September. The Seaway system hauls crude from Cushing, Okla., the delivery point for U.S. oil futures, to Gulf Coast refineries. Enterprise said it was also evaluating more expansions of the Seaway system and was mulling converting natural gas liquids (NGL) pipelines to crude oil in order to […]

Report: Keystone XL Would Have No Major Impact on Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A new planned route for the Keystone XL pipeline through Nebraska would not have a major impact on the state’s water, land or wildlife, according to an updated environmental study produced by the Trump administration. The U.S. State Department released a draft study Monday of the pipeline’s potential environmental impact in Nebraska, where opponents have repeatedly thwarted the project. The study is now subject to public input through Aug. 29 before it’s finalized. The announcement marks another step in pipeline developer TransCanada’s quest to finish the 1,184-mile oil pipeline, although the […]

Nebraska Legal Battle Speeds up on Proposed Pipeline Route

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The developer of a proposed oil pipeline through Nebraska has won its bid to speed up the legal battle over its route through the state. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that the Nebraska Supreme Court granted the motion from TransCanada to advance the case to oral arguments and to expedite it. The court could hear arguments as early as October. The state Public Service Commission voted Nov. 20 to approve a slightly longer, alternative route over the 275-mile preferred route TransCanada had requested for the Keystone XL pipeline. Landowners fighting the […]