FERC Approves Construction Of TransCanada's Leach XPress, Rayne XPress Lines

The combined $1.8 billion investments will provide additional outlets to transport domestic, clean burning natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica production areas to higher-value Midwest and Gulf Coast markets.


BSEE, Coast Guard Respond To Pipeline Release In GoM

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the U.S. Coast Guard are responding to a release of gas and condensate from a pipeline at West Cameron 165 in the Gulf of Mexico.


PHMSA Issues Rule To Improve Pipeline Operations Safety

The rule announced on Jan. 19 addresses mandates included in the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011, PHMSA said.


Shell Chemical Appalachia Will Build Petrochemical Complex In Pennsylvania

Polyethylene is a plastic used in many products, from food packaging and containers to automotive components. Ethane, a natural gas liquid, is the U.S. chemical industry's main feedstock.


In Senate Hearing, Rick Perry Regrets Calling For Energy Department's Elimination

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who resigned from the board of directors of Energy Transfer Partners LP, has said that, if confirmed, he will divest his interests in two pipeline companies, Reuters reported.


US Army To Begin Environmental Study Of Dakota Pipeline

Reuters reported that on Jan. 16 and 17, 16 people were arrested for a number of offenses, including engaging in a riot and assault on a peace officer, bringing the total number of arrests to 603 since Aug. 10.


Democratic Senate Panel Questions Scott Pruitt Over Energy Industry Ties

Asked what would be his guiding philosophy as EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt said "I believe that the role of the regulator is to make things regular. Public participation, cooperative central to restoring confidence and certainty to those that are regulated."


Brazil's Odebrecht Is Settling Bribe Cases In 12 Countries

Brazil's largest engineering conglomerate Odebrecht SA plans to reach settlements in all 12 countries where it has admitted to paying bribes to obtain contracts, two sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Jan. 17.


Activists Succeed In Consigning Projects To ‘Purgatory’

A BTU Analytics expert describes how environmental opposition in the Northeast creates pipelines to nowhere.


California Regulators Want Public Input On Aliso Canyon Facility

California regulators said on Jan. 17 they were seeking public comment on a proposal that would significantly limit the amount of natural gas Southern California Gas can inject into its Aliso Canyon storage facility in Los Angeles, which leaked in 2015.


Trump Interior Pick To Clarify Stance On Federal Land Development

Lawmakers are expected to seek clarity on Zinke's commitment to keeping public lands in federal control, after he voted on a provision that could make it easier to transfer federal lands to states.


PHMSA Passes Rule Boosting Safety On Oil, Refined Product Lines

The U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) said on Jan. 13 it has passed a rule to boost safety requirements on the country's oil and refined products pipelines.