January 2015, Vol. 242, No. 1

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A pipeline oil spill in Montana that contaminated a river and a city's drinking water supply is adding to fears about a proposed pipeline to carry oil from western North Dakota to a terminal in Illinois for distribution to refineries in eastern states.

February 2015, Vol. 242, No. 2

With the continuing expansion of natural gas development in shale plays across the nation, pipeline infrastructure continues to be built out, with product making the trek from source points to downstream consumers. However, not every end-user has access to affordable natural gas yet.

February 2015, Vol. 242, No. 2

I hope the industry is paying attention to some regionalized developments that could hamper activity, at least in the short term.

February 2015, Vol. 242, No. 2

British Columbia has adopted a regulation to ensure pipelines built to support LNG facilities will not be permitted to transport oil or diluted bitumen. This follows concerns expressed in environmental assessments and by First Nations about the long-term pipeline use.

February 2015, Vol. 242, No. 2

In November, President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping surprised the world by agreeing in principle to targets for carbon dioxide emissions in a symbolic effort to address climate change. This is a pact of historic magnitude that recognizes a need for the world’s two largest emitters – both longstanding antagonists – to reduce future release of greenhouse gas. But aside from a handshake and a promise, what will actually come from this mutual recognition?

February 2015, Vol. 242, No. 2

HOWELL, Mich. (AP) — Plans for a natural gas pipeline are being modified to pass through fewer Michigan counties following resistance to the project from residents near the initially proposed route.

Officials with Rover Pipeline announced Monday that a deal with an existing pipeline operator means the ET Rover pipeline will no longer be built in Genesee, Lapeer, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair and Shiawassee counties, the Detroit Free Press and MLive.com reported.

February 2015, Vol. 242, No. 2

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota counties that would be affected by a proposed pipeline to carry oil from western North Dakota to refineries in eastern states want to weigh in on the state's decision to approve the project.

The 26th World Gas Conference is the largest and most prestigious conference in the global gas industry calendar gathering thousands of leading energy players and decision makers.

In June 2015 Paris will welcome over 4,000 conference delegates from 100 countries. More than 500 speakers will discuss current and future industry developments. Numerous social and technical networking events have been organised for delegates to grow their global network, showcase their findings and build strong partnerships.

January 2015, Vol. 242, No. 1

GLENDIVE, Mont. (AP) — Workers recovered about 10,000 gallons of oil from a ruptured pipeline that spilled crude into Yellowstone River and contaminated the drinking water supply of an eastern Montana city downstream.

January 2015, Vol. 242, No. 1

Natural gas production and pipeline construction thrive on predictability. They depend on reliably meeting milestones and deadlines in order to connect new sources of energy into supply lines.

January 2015, Vol. 242, No. 1

Canadian hydrocarbon production is growing and the nation is looking to pursue offshore markets as an important element of a strategy for expanded oil and natural gas sales.

January 2015, Vol. 242, No. 1

As the 2014 mid-term elections faded from view, one cogent footnote of the political power change was the significant shift in the money and manner of spending it in the national environmental movement. Even some of their harshest critics were noting a higher level of professionalism and use of legitimate spokespersons as they attempted to spend their growing cash infusion more strategically.

December 2014, Vol. 241, No. 12

It’s just a few days before Thanksgiving, so let’s talk turkey and football. The Keystone pipeline has never really been about energy. It’s been a political football almost since the day TransCanada proposed a pipeline to bring Canadian oil sands product to Gulf Coast refineries.

November 2014, Vol. 241, No. 11

A study has pinpointed the likely source of most natural gas contamination in drinking-water wells associated with hydraulic fracturing, and it’s not the source many people may have feared. What’s more, the problem may be fixable: improved construction standards for cement well linings and casings at hydraulic fracturing sites.

November 2014, Vol. 241, No. 11

One top federal pipeline regulator left her job and a prominent state regulator is coming to Washington to fill a second high-profile pipeline job. Cynthia Quarterman left as administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) Oct. 3. No replacement has been named. Meanwhile, the White House nominated Colette Honorable as a commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). When confirmed, which is likely, she would probably be appointed chairman. Honorable is chair of the Public Service Commission in Arkansas.

October 2014, Vol. 241, No. 10

When global business consulting giant Accenture finished a recent treatise on shale oil and natural gas development, it identified eight key factors needed to make exploitation of shale viable, and the first three are found in abundance in successful U.S. shale plays from North Dakota’s Bakken to Texas’ Eagle Ford. They are geology, land considerations and the existence of an unconventional energy resource service sector.

October 2014, Vol. 241, No. 10

$3.25. Remember that number.

These days I avoid watching the evening news. ISIS, Ebola, Ukraine, Putin, Iraq, Gaza, Boko Haram, the Khorasan Group, Ferguson, etc. Some days I wish I could just stay in bed.

September 2014, Vol. 241, No. 9
Special To Pipeline & Gas Journal

The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) recently unveiled interactive online maps showing natural gas leaks beneath the streets of Boston, Indianapolis and New York City’s Staten Island. Leaks like these rarely pose an immediate safety threat, but the leaking natural gas – which is mostly methane – has a powerful effect on the global climate, carrying 120 times the warming effect of carbon dioxide.

September 2014, Vol. 241, No. 9

Aggressive efforts are underway to reduce methane emissions from the natural gas sector and the industry is working on technologies and approaches for mitigating emissions. But it also must improve the way emissions are quantified. By establishing reasonable baselines, utilities will be able to provide more accurate reports about their emissions profiles and implement mitigation and reduction programs. GTI and its industry partners are working to update those baselines now.

September 2014, Vol. 241, No. 9

There is at least one raised eyebrow at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) over the EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan, the subject of a proposed rule issued on June 2. The plan would force electric utilities to reduce carbon emissions to advance President Obama's Climate Action Plan, which seeks to lower air emissions of the six greenhouse gases, of which carbon dioxide is the major member. The plan foresees individual states devising separate, and perhaps different, plans for reducing carbon emissions from electric utilities.