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Apache Halted Permian Gas Production in March Due to Bottlenecks

(Reuters) – Oil and gas producer Apache said it temporarily halted production at its Alpine High assets in the Permian basin in late March, curtailing output of about 250 MMcf/d because of extremely low prices. Oil and gas pipeline construction in the Permian has not kept up with output, which has more than doubled over the past three years, making the country the world’s largest oil producer. Several new pipelines are in the works, but none are expected to enter service before late 2019. The Gulf Coast Express pipeline and the Permian Highway – designed […]

Zydeco Sets Open Season for Pipeline to US Gulf Coast

Zydeco Pipeline Company, jointly owned by Shell Midstream Partners, and Shell Pipeline Company began a binding open season, looking for binding commitments for non-firm capacity transportation service on its 350-mile pipeline, which delivers crude to St. James and Clovelly, La., from terminals in Houston and Nederland, Texas. The open season runs through May 31. “We believe conducting the open season at this time is the best way to maximize the value of the system to both shippers and the pipeline.” said Kevin Nichols, CEO of Shell Midstream Partners and executive vice president U.S. Pipeline.

Court Rejects Dominion’s Request for New Atlantic Coast Pipeline Hearing

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Monday denied a request to reconsider a ruling throwing out a permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross two national forests, including parts of the Appalachian Trail. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a request from lead pipeline developer Dominion Energy and the U.S. Forest Service to hold a full-court rehearing. In December, a three-judge panel of the 4th Circuit sharply criticized the Forest Service, saying the agency lacked authority to authorize the pipeline’s crossing of the trail. The panel also said the […]

Valley Crossing Pipeline Goes In Service to Mexico

Service began on the 168-mile Valley Crossing Pipeline, which will transport natural gas from the Agua Dulce near Corpus Christi, Texas, to a pipeline in Mexico. The $1.5 billion pipeline will, at capacity, move 2.6 Bcf/d of natural gas into service on Feb. 14. It had been ready to operate since October, Enbridge said, but awaited the completion of the pipeline in Mexico. The second pipeline, the Infraestructura Marina del Golfo, a joint venture between TransCanada and Sempra Energy, experienced months of delays but was finished in in early February.

TransCanada Restarts Shut Portion of Keystone Oil Pipeline

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) – TransCanada restarted a section of the Keystone oil pipeline on Tuesday, following a leak in Missouri earlier this month, company spokesman Terry Cunha said. TransCanada had shut an arm of Keystone from Steele City, Neb. to Patoka, Ill., on Feb. 6 after leaking 43 barrels of crude oil. The shutdown restricted the flow on the 590,000 bpd Keystone pipeline system, a critical artery taking Canadian crude from northern Alberta to refineries in the U.S. Midwest. The line restarted with a 20% reduction of pressure, a spokesman for U.S. regulator PHMSA said. […]

Solaris’ Pecos Star System Begins Recycling, Adds Acreage

Solaris Water Midstream’s flagship Pecos Star System has begun recycling operations and has added new acreage and volume commitments that support a major expansion of the system. Located in the heart of the Permian Basin in Eddy and Lea counties in New Mexico, and Culberson and Loving counties in Texas, the system serves numerous oil and gas producers working in the Delaware Basin. The system delivers integrated water management services including produced water gathering, transportation, disposal and treating, as well as the delivery of treated produced water and non-potable brackish water for use during drilling […]

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 […]